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  • Sarah Palin Reportedly Donates Only 5.5% of PAC Money to Actual Candidates

    10/25/2014 11:56:31 AM PDT · by Bratch · 114 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 20th, 2014 | Tina Nguyen
    Sarah Palin‘s PAC is extremely stingy when it comes to donating money to her fellow Republicans: a report from Open Secrets reveals that since the 2014 two-year election cycle began, her PAC has raised a total of $2.7 million dollars, but only donated $150,000 of that money to actual candidates, a donation rate of 5.5%.This year was even worse: according to SarahPAC’s third quarter filings this year, they had $1.4 million cash in hand, but only donated $45,000 to nine Congressional candidates — about 3% — between July 1st and September 30th. What did they spend the rest on? Many of the...
  • Many Requests for Donations to the RNC

    10/03/2014 8:41:38 AM PDT · by goodn'mad · 11 replies
    email | October 4, 2014 | National Republican Senatorial Committee
    AMAZING We asked our supporters to step up in September to help us catch up to the Democrats and tens of thousands of them did. It truly is amazing. We noticed though, that you did not take advantage of our September triple-match offer: EMAIL: SUGGESTED DONATION: $5.00 QUICK LINK: Click Here Will you stand with us today by making a $5 contribution to help us over the final 5 weeks of the election? We are on the verge of winning a Republican Senate majority and firing Harry Reid. This would put a final end to the Obama agenda, but we...
  • Senate moves forward with amendment to the Constitution on elections

    09/09/2014 7:17:36 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 08, 2014, 06:51 pm | Ramsey Cox
    The Senate on Monday advanced a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending. Republicans are likely to vote against the amendment when it comes up for a final vote, but by allowing it to proceed, ensured that it will tie up the Senate for most of the week. More than 20 Republicans joined Democrats in the 79-18 vote advancing the amendment, well over the 60 votes that were needed. The amendment is almost certain to fail, as it would need to win two-thirds support to pass the Senate, and then would still need to...
  • 16 year old programmer made something awesome that has politicians terrified

    06/23/2014 8:12:03 AM PDT · by Library Lady · 37 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | Josh Riddle
    Now when you hear babbling on about the Koch Brothers, you can see the hypocrisy and look at who he is bankrolled by. From Engadget: The murky world of lobby groups bankrolling politicians is garnering more attention, but is there a way to find out which representatives are in the pocket without a lot of tedious research? A 16-year-old programmer has developed a browser plugin that, when you mouse-over the name of a US lawmaker, will serve up a list of which parties have donated to their campaign funds, and the quantities. Greenhouse (geddit?) is currently available for Chrome, Firefox...
  • "Hillary For President" Fundraiser Busted For Illegal Campaign Contributions

    04/18/2014 7:04:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/18/2014 | Tyler Durden
    If you listen carefully, you can hear the stampede of politicians distancing themselves from their once best-friend - Hotel magnate Sant Singh Chatwal - as AP reports, he plead guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates and coached someone to lie about it. Without the contributions "nobody will even talk to you," Chatwal said. "That's the only way to buy them, get into the system." Welcome to the ugly truth of American politik.  The FT details that Sant Singh Chatwal, chairman of Hampshire Hotels Management, pleaded guilty on Thursday...
  • Fewer Limits on Campaign Contributions Strengthens America

    04/07/2014 4:25:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2014 | Star Parker
    The Supreme Court’s decision last week in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission, eliminating the total limit that an individual can contribute in an election cycle to candidates and party committees, amounts to a shot of adrenalin to American democracy. The court ruled that such limits violate First Amendment free speech protection. Limits remain on the total funds that an individual can contribute to a given candidate in an election cycle. But the limit on the total contributions that an individual can make are now gone. The principle involved - that participation in elections and supporting candidates of one’s choice is...
  • Another Election Problem in Search of a Solution

    04/04/2014 7:14:46 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 4, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    When you have a problem, you look for a solution. Whether you’re an engineer, a teacher, a scientist, or a cook, the goal is to solve an identified problem. The field of politics works the same way; the main challenge is that different sides have such different views of not only what the right solution is, but also of what the problems are. Campaign Finance laws – which have always existed, but were turbocharged in the mid-1970s through the Federal Election Campaign Act and its successors – are written to deal with one simple problem: there’s too much money in...
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Limits on Individual Free Speech Contributions

    04/02/2014 9:51:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 2, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    Until this morning, the federal government could limit the amount of money you contribute for political speech. Today in McCutcheon vs. FEC, the Supreme Court invalidated overall contribution limits. The federal government limited individual campaign contributions to $48,000 overall and $123,200 to everything (PACs, candidates, national parties) each cycle. The Supreme Court struck down the limits, holding that the government’s justification for limiting free speech rights – to keep money out of politics and the avoid the appearance of impropriety – failed. This decision cuts at the heart of the leftist narrative on free speech attacks. The heart of the...
  • Breaking: Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Contribution Limits

    04/02/2014 7:17:50 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 85 replies
    Twitter ^ | 04-02-2014 | SCOTUSblog
    Breaking: scotus strikes down aggregate campaign contribution limits 5-4 per Chief Justice Roberts in McCutcheon case.
  • Is Fox News Really That Different?

    01/29/2013 8:43:34 PM PST · by SeminoleCounty · 46 replies
    WND ^ | January 29, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    For many Americans, Fox News is their “alternative” choice for news. They’ve made it the No. 1 cable news network, largely because they believe its “fair and balanced” promotional slogan? Many even believe Fox leans to the right and provides news they can’t get anywhere else. But is Fox really different from the rest of the media? Or has it been successful merely at positioning itself as different? Would it surprise you to know that individuals at News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, gave nearly six times as much money to Barack Obama than Mitt Romney in the...
  • Michelle Obama Solicited Campaign Contributions As Sandy Pummeled East Coast

    10/30/2012 8:41:38 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    While Sandy pummeled the East Coast Monday night, Michelle Obama was soliciting campaign contributions from folks affected by the storm. The following was sent at 7:44 PM via email to voters in North Carolina and Virginia just around the time Sandy made landfall: From: Michelle Obama > Subject: I know we've asked a lot of you, but we're almost there To: Date: Monday, October 29, 2012, 7:44 PM Friend -- There's still time to meet Barack and get two of the best seats in the house on Election Night. If you make a donation today, you'll be automatically entered to...
  • Obama campaign collecting more donations from non-existent ZIP codes as campaign season goes on

    10/21/2012 2:34:05 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | October 21, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    A soon to be released report from the conservative Government Accountability Institute shows that President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has increasingly collected more electronic donations from non-existent ZIP codes throughout the 2012 campaign cycle. From February through June this year the GAI findings reported that the Obama campaign collected $175,816.26 in electronic donations from non-existent ZIP codes. One month later, the campaign raised $411,369.55 through such donations and $197,464.59 in August. By the end of September, the Obama campaign raked in $2,199,204.38 – thanks to donations from non-existent ZIP codes. The upcoming GAI report suggests the Obama campaign is allowing...
  • Dubious donations: A case study

    10/21/2012 8:39:23 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    powerline ^ | 10-21-12 | scott johnson
    I first wrote about Barack Obama’s “Dubious donations” for the New York Post just before the 2008 election. We returned to the subject earlier this month in a series of posts upon the publication of the Government Accountability Institute report documenting this fact: Same as it ever was. Today the New York Post arrives on the scene at just about the same point in the campaign that I did four years ago with an exclusive report that provides a case study:
  • NYT notices Obama campaign’s increasing desperation for contributions

    08/01/2012 1:44:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/01/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Politicians use their e-mail lists to continually hit their base with requests for donations. Everyone who puts their name on a political list expects to see those e-mails on a constant basis, usually tied to the news cycle. Michele Bachmann's campaign is particularly adept at this, with missives that start by saying something like this completely hypothetical opening sentence: "Senate Democrats passed a tax increase on job creators last week, so it's more important than ever to have me in the House fighting for our economic health." That kind of moment-to-moment marketing approach both uses potential flash points to encourage...
  • Scandal-plagued HSBC shopped Congress for favors

    07/29/2012 4:05:09 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    WND ^ | July 29, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    No officials offer to return bank's blood moneyThe fallout from the HSBC money laundering scandal continues to reverberate around the globe, but U.S. Congress members apparently are in no hurry to return millions of dollars they have received from the scandal-plagued bank. WND, which originally broke the story on the HSBC debacle, conducted an analysis of Federal Election Commission records specific to the company political action committee’s generosity toward Congress. The investigation centered upon two congressional panels with primary oversight of the industry: The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs, and the House Committee on Financial Services. Since...
  • Federal Lawmakers Silent on Tainted HSBC Funds - Will Menendez, Garrett return "blood money"?

    07/27/2012 1:41:08 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock
    The Revered Review ^ | July 27, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    Two New Jersey lawmakers tasked with federal oversight of the banking industry are keeping quiet about whether they will return “blood money” donated to their campaign war chests. HSBC executives already have appeared before the U.S. Senate for the bank’s global role in a drug-gang and terrorist money laundering scandal. However, The Revered Review is now pressing Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J) and Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J./5th District) about what they plan on doing with the tens of thousands of combined dollars that the scandal-plagued bank’s political action committee has given them... TRR analyzed Federal Election Commission records specific to the...
  • Obama: Perpetuator-in-Chief of political cliché

    07/15/2012 8:36:05 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 4 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | July 8, 2012 | John David Powell
    Democrats think your money is theirs to give to other people, while Republicans believe your money is your money to do with as you please. Yes, that is a tired, old political cliché, but all clichés are born out of some level of truth. President Obama seems to be both a Democrat and Perpetuator-in-Chief of political clichés by coming up with a novel, yet oh-so-liberal, way of raising money for his re-election campaign. In the true fashion of someone who believes wholeheartedly that he can put your money to better use than you can, President Obama has set up an...
  • Romney Raises Record $106.1M in June

    07/09/2012 8:15:54 AM PDT · by BAW · 17 replies
    ABC defg ^ | July 9, 2012 | Emily Friedman
    The Romney campaign announced today that it raised $106.1 million in June, its best fundraising month to date. The money was raised by Romney for President, Romney Victory and the Republican National Committee. The campaign reported having $160 million on hand at the end of the month. June’s loot far exceeds May’s total of more than $76 million, out-raising the Obama campaign by $16 million. The Obama campaign has not yet released its own fundraising numbers for the month of June.
  • Ka-Ching: Team Romney Rakes in $5.5 Million After ObamaCare Upheld

    06/30/2012 9:36:14 AM PDT · by Signalman · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/30/2012 | Katie Pavlich
    When people say Thursday's Supreme Court ruling was a big win for President Obama, the Romney Campaign must shake their heads just a little bit. Since the ruling, Team Romney has raked in $5.5 million. That money isn't coming from big time donors at fundraisers, but is made up of 55,000 separate donations, with 65 percent of those people donating for the first time. These numbers come after Romney outraised President Obama in May, spent less and Obama seems to be draining his war chest quickly. Just one month after the start of the general election campaign, Mr. Obama has...
  • What are the Tax Implications of the Zombie Apocalypse? (Death and Taxes and Zombies)

    05/26/2012 10:48:48 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    IO9 ^ | May 26, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    What are the tax implications of the zombie apocalypse? The only certainties in life are death and taxes, but how do you handle the taxes when death doesn't go quite as planned? Law professor Adam Chodorow takes a stab at estate planning for the undead in perhaps the only legal paper to cite both the Internal Revenue Code and Weekend at Bernie's II. Chodorow, a professor at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, authored the paper "Death and Taxes...and Zombies," which will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Iowa Law Review. Chodorow notes that, while the...
  • Essays for Lent/Easter: Our Debt to the Catholic Church

    05/03/2012 6:19:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    StayCatholic.com ^ | 2007 | Sebastian R. Fama
     Our Debt to the Catholic Churchby Sebastian R. Fama Attacks on the Catholic Church have never been in short supply. The Church’s critics have been maligning her and predicting her demise for centuries. While those same critics fade off into history one by one, the Church continues on in her mission, sometimes shaken but never defeated. Whenever scandals arise in the Church gleeful detractors try to portray the aberration as the norm. Starting with Judas, the Church has always had within its walls those who would betray Christ. However, to focus on such individuals while ignoring those who take their...
  • Journal Sentinel launches interactive recall contribution page (WI)

    04/10/2012 2:20:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-9-12 | Ben Poston
    Today the Journal Sentinel is launching an interactive page that will allow you to explore contributions to candidates and political action committees in the gubernatorial recall election on June 5. With it, you can compare campaign contributions to any of the candidates or PACs that have raised money in the recall election through January, which was the last filing deadline. We will update the data as committees submit additional filings. After you choose two committees you would like to compare, interactive maps will show how much money each candidate received from each state. For instance, if you choose the political...
  • Don't muzzle ‘special interests'

    03/26/2012 12:50:40 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 1 replies · 2+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | 3-26-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Sometimes, good intentions bring bad results. Such is the case with the so-called Stop Special Interest Money Now initiative – a promise to fix what ails California politics by unconstitutionally muzzling someone else's freedom of speech. What could go wrong? . . . The Stop Special Interest Money Now initiative is another well-intentioned infringement of Americans' basic rights. There is a reason freedom of speech was part of the first amendment to the Constitution. The freedom to speak on political matters, especially when offensive to those in power, was one of the basic rights American revolutionaries fought and died for....
  • Billionaire Sheldon Adelson Gives Additional $5.5 Million to Pro-Gingrich Super-PAC.

    03/24/2012 10:26:25 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 20, 2012 | Jonathan Easley
    Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson contributed another $5.5 million to Winning Our Future, the super-PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, according to Federal Election Commission documents filed Tuesday. The former House Speaker has vowed to stay in the race until the Tampa, Fla., convention in August, and denies that he’s only being kept afloat by the large donations from Adelson. “I have 176,000 supporters at newt.org — they want me to stay in the race. I really represent their interests as individuals," he told CBS last week, claiming that "95 percent have given less than $250" — meaning they haven't hit their legal...
  • I need help understanding Campaign Finance Laws.

    02/21/2012 4:56:31 PM PST · by johnsmom · 25 replies
    John's Mom
    "Obama for America can accept contributions from an individual of up to $2,500 per federal election (the primary and general are separate elections). " How is it, then, that Vince Carter can host 40 people at his home for a $30k per plate dinner to ' support the Barack Obama Victory Fund"? That's $1.2 mil. What allows him to donate one sum and I am legally bound in the limits of what I can give? Is this 'bundling' and, if not, what is it and what's the difference, please?
  • Top court backs foreigner campaign donation ban

    01/11/2012 12:05:07 PM PST · by americanophile · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 9, 2012 | James Vicini
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court rejected on Monday a free-speech challenge to the longtime ban on campaign contributions by foreign citizens who temporarily live and work in the United States. The justices affirmed a ruling by a three-judge federal panel that upheld the ban adopted by Congress to keep foreigners from financially influencing U.S. elections. The court's last federal campaign finance law ruling was in January 2010, when it gave corporations the free-speech right to spend freely to support or oppose candidates. PresidentBarack Obama and fellow Democrats in Congress criticized that ruling while Republicans praised it. The new challenge...
  • Obama campaign, DNC return Corzine contributions

    12/23/2011 5:36:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/23/11 | Ken Thomas - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee have returned more than $70,000 in contributions from former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine following the collapse of MF Global, Corzine's financial firm, officials said Friday. Obama's campaign and the DNC returned contributions of $35,800 from Corzine and his wife, Sharon Elghanayan, said Democratic officials who spoke on condition of anonymity. They were not authorized to speak publicly. Corzine was among Obama's top fundraisers, raising at least $500,000 for Obama's re-election campaign since April, according to records released by the campaign. The former Goldman Sachs chief held...
  • Cain left with millions after withdrawing from presidential race

    12/06/2011 8:18:22 AM PST · by NoPrisoners · 74 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, December 5, 2011 | Luke Rosiak
    Mr. Cain raised more than $5 million through September. Information on the financial activity since that time won’t be disclosed until January, but the campaign said it raised $9 million over a few weeks alone. The funds allowed Mr. Cain and associates to dine and travel in style, using $350,000 on private chartered air in a few weeks, spending thousands at hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons, and eating largely steak dinners, records show. One of the campaign’s top recipients was T.H.E New Voice, a company set up to sell Mr. Cain’s books and motivational talks, which...
  • Cain's Surge in Polls Met With Surge in Campaign Contributions

    10/28/2011 4:19:50 PM PDT · by TexasFreeper2009 · 24 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 10/28/11 | Peter Barnes
    Cain campaign spokesman JD Gordon said Friday the campaign was projecting close to $5 million in contributions for the month of October alone. That compares to $2.8 million in three months ending in September, the last quarterly period that Cain's campaign filed fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission
  • Utah’s Honorable Politicians: Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, and Jason Chaffetz

    10/27/2011 11:54:09 AM PDT · by JoeA · 1 replies
    Word Press ^ | 10/26/2011 | Adam Baker
    I met Utah’s Governor Jon Huntsman and his wife Mary Kaye at an event in Las Vegas. My wife Sandie Tillotson had arranged for us to sit in the VIP section with them. Huntsman was a good friend of NuSkin, and helped open the lucrative Chinese market when he was a Trade Representative ... for the Bush Administration. MLM companies had tried to get into China for years, but NuSkin was the first, and Sandie said it was because of Hunstman. Of course it went both ways, and NuSkin was a good friend to Hunstman, and Sandie said she sent...
  • A former Obama donor

    08/27/2011 6:54:02 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/26/2011 | Jennifer Rubin
    Over the past couple of months I’ve exchanged e-mails with a gentleman (let’s call him John) who was a bundler in 2008 for Barack Obama. He’s begged off this time around and is searching for a presidential candidate. He’s Jewish and says that over the years he has shifted back and forth between support for Republican and Democratic candidates. No longer. Now, it’s not Israel that pushed him over the edge. He told me, “Although I felt Obama has grossly mishandled Israel (perhaps more in form than actual substance), I cannot honestly say that this was a major factor.”
  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz No Campaign Contributions

    08/24/2011 1:56:30 PM PDT · by Wurlitzer · 12 replies
    FOX News Neil Cavuto | 8/24/2011 | Neil Cavuto FOX
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on today's Neil Cavuto show states he is unsatisfied with politicians ability to run the country and wants all corporations to withhold campaign contributions to both parties. Already many companies have decided to withhold their contributions.
  • Contribution Profile of Members of the Deficit "Super Committee"

    08/15/2011 2:29:34 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 6 replies
    maplight.org ^ | Aug 12, 2011 | Emilie Middlesworth
    Top 10 Industry Contributors to Super Committee Members Industry Totals Lawyers/Law Firms $31,529,149 Securities & Investment         $11,221,416 Democratic/Liberal $9,647,264 Health Professionals $9,321,588 Real Estate $8,793,350 Education $8,568,460 Misc. Business $7,902,021 Business Services $6,563,524 Women's Issues $6,396,728 Insurance $5,693,595
  • FEC: John Edwards must pay back $2.3 million in campaign funds

    07/21/2011 11:59:35 AM PDT · by americanophile · 12 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | July 21, 2011 | Kim Geiger
    <p>John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign must repay $2.3 million in federal campaign funds, the Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday.</p> <p>The funds had been paid to Edwards' campaign committee by the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, which matches funds privately raised by a campaign. An FEC audit found that the Edwards campaign received more than it should have because of accounting errors.</p>
  • Perry spoke Sunday at Koch brothers’ gathering near Vail

    06/27/2011 9:44:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | July 27, 2011 | Jason Embry
    Gov. Rick Perry spoke Sunday at a summit hosted by the billionaire Koch brothers near Vail, Colorado. Perry spokesman....described the Colorado summit as a “private gathering of business leaders” and said it was not related to a possible presidential campaign. “This was an opportunity to talk about the economic success in Texas,” Miner said, adding that it was no different than other speeches Perry gives touting the Texas job record. Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries, an energy conglomerate based in Kansas, are among the country’s leading financial backers of conservative candidates and causes. The Denver Post has more...
  • Political Procurement

    05/12/2011 7:16:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 12, 2011 | Staff
    Government: Under the guise of rooting out Chicago-style political corruption from government contracting, President Obama seems intent on signing an executive order that would enshrine it. Last month, the White House drafted an order that would require any company bidding on a federal contract to disclose not only its company donations to federal candidates going back two years, but those of its directors and officers as well. It would also force these firms to disclose contributions to independent groups that might spend some of the money on campaign ads. And it would warehouse all this data in a searchable government...
  • Democrats give hypocrisy a bad name

    04/25/2011 2:10:36 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-25-11 | DrJohn
    Obama and his democrat thugs are making every effort to hamstring Republican fund raising efforts. The tools they are using for this purpose only add gasoline to the brightly burning fire of democrat hypocrisy. Obama has signaled that he once again will try to bypass Congress and out of thin air fabricate self-serving government rules to limit Republican fund raising. The Obama administration is considering a number of measures to compel disclosure of the kind of anonymous campaign contributions that helped finance millions of dollars of attack ads against Democrats during the 2010 elections. The White House last week...
  • Spreadsheet: Corporate political transparency ratings

    04/23/2011 8:53:22 PM PDT · by thecodont
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | Published: April 23, 2011 | Sources: Times Research, Credits: Kim Geiger, Noam N. Levey, Thomas Suh Lauder, Ben Welsh
    Many of America’s most powerful companies do not report how much they spend to influence elections and legislation. These companies contribute millions of dollars to powerful trade associations and to other politically active groups that are not required to report the sources of their funding. Those groups, in turn, spend the money on lobbying and other political activity. The Los Angeles Times reviewed how the 75 largest publicly traded companies in the energy, healthcare and financial services sectors disclose their political giving on their corporate websites.
  • Much corporate political spending stays hidden

    04/23/2011 8:50:58 PM PDT · by thecodont · 2 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | April 23, 2011 | By Noam N. Levey and Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
    Reporting from Washington— Despite mounting calls for greater transparency, only a few of the country's 75 leading energy, healthcare and financial services corporations fully disclose political spending, according to a review of company records and state and federal campaign finance reports. While complying with legal requirements to report direct donations to candidates, the vast majority of these companies — many of which are seeking legislative favors from the new Congress — do not reveal information even to their shareholders about support for politically active trade associations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Groups such as the chamber, some of which...
  • Trump’s Political Donations Are Left-Leaning

    04/07/2011 10:35:52 AM PDT · by arista · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/7/2011 | Brendan Coffey
    Donald Trump may be talking a game the Tea Party activists embarce, such as consistently questioning President Obama’s American birth of late, but an analysis of his political donations since 1989 show a distinct support of the Deomcratic Party that may not go over well should Trump be serious about running for the Republican Party nomination for President. <--snip--> Before 2010, when we could infer he was less serious about running for the Republican nomination, 59% of his political donations were to Democrats.
  • Donald Trump's Federal Campaign Contribution Report (Rats and RINOs)

    03/08/2011 4:54:05 PM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 14 replies
    Newsmeat.com ^ | March 7, 2011 | Newsmeat.com
    Trump's campaign contribution record---no surprises here.
  • Grijalva comments on MSNBC's Olbermann suspension

    11/07/2010 10:11:05 AM PST · by epithermal · 11 replies
    Kgun9 ^ | November 6, 2010 | Sheryl Kornman
    Friday evening, Grijalva, who won re-election, released this statement about Olbermann's situation: "I am personally distressed and saddened by the news of Mr. Olbermann's suspension. If there were any way to undo what has been done, I would do it in a heartbeat. "Mr. Olbermann is a respected media voice who has done good work at MSNBC for seven years, and I feel the network has overreacted with such a severe penalty. I welcome and appreciate his support, and the fact that his contributions were made as a private citizen - not as the host of Countdown - should be...
  • MSNBC's Olbermann Donates To Dems

    11/05/2010 9:44:33 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 13 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 11/05/10 | CaroleL
    MSNBC host Keith Olbermann may have violated NBC's ethics policy by making three campaign contributions to Democratic candidates without his employer's permission. I don't know what's more shocking, that NBC News actually has an ethics policy or that the man who attacked News Corp's recent donation to the Republican Governors Association is such a blatant hypocrite.
  • Top 400 Charities' Contributions Plummet (More Obama Damage)

    10/18/2010 5:03:29 AM PDT · by RavenATB · 30 replies
    AP ^ | Oct 17, 2010 | BRETT ZONGKER
    By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press Writer Brett Zongker, Associated Press Writer – Sun Oct 17, 12:26 pm ET WASHINGTON – A new ranking of the nation's 400 biggest charities shows donations dropped by 11 percent overall last year as the Great Recession ended — the worst decline in 20 years since the Chronicle of Philanthropy began keeping a tally. The Philanthropy 400 report to be released Monday shows such familiar names as the United Way and the Salvation Army, both based near Washington, continue to dominate the ranking, despite the 2009 declines. The survey accounts for $68.6 billion in charitable...
  • Pamela Geller...Article, Big Gov't: Obama’s Campaign Contribution Records Scrubbed Clean

    10/14/2010 3:23:47 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 15 replies · 9+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 14 Oct 2010 | Pam Geller
    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, “This brings to light the importance of disclosure. The only reason someone like Geller was able to find this out was because of the FEC’s disclosure of donations, something the Chamber of Commerce refuses to do.” Hey Josh, the Chamber is private; the FEC is government. Go see my follow-up piece featured at Big Government on the White House response to Obama's foreign campaign contributions. Huge thanks to the indispensible help of Atlas readers Laura and Cathy, great Americans. Obama’s Campaign Contribution Records Scrubbed Clean by Pamela Geller I appeared on David Asman’s show...
  • Government Motors is filling campaign coffers (Eric Cantor's take: $2000)

    09/23/2010 11:05:19 AM PDT · by cornelis · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sep 21, 2010 | Tom Fitton
    So much for GM’s self-imposed ban on political contributions. According to The Washington Post: "General Motors reported making $47,000 in contributions to lawmakers and congressional candidates in July, the first it has made since November 2008. The company stopped giving through its political action committee just as it began to seek government assistance to stay in business. "The U.S. government provided support but also steered the company through bankruptcy. Today, the Treasury owns a 60 percent stake in the company, which recently announced plans to go public with a stock sale. "GM earlier gave $41,000 to groups and causes associated...
  • GM Resumes Campaign Contributions

    09/22/2010 9:25:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies · 1+ views
    wsj ^ | September 21, 2010 | Josh Mitchell
    General Motors Co. has resumed contributing to political campaigns, lifting a self-imposed ban on political spending adopted during the auto maker’s bankruptcy restructuring last year. GM gave $90,500 to candidates running in the November elections, Federal Election Commission records show. The beneficiaries include midwestern lawmakers, mostly Democrats, who have traditionally supported the industry’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill, including Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Rep. John Dingell of Michigan and Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. The list also includes House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R., Va.), who would likely assume a top leadership post if Republicans win control of the House...
  • Congressional Candidates who need help

    09/19/2010 2:14:47 PM PDT · by SFmom · 18 replies
    Dick Morris ^ | September 17, 2010 | Dick Morris
    I am closely monitoring thirty five House races and want to send you updates every week or so on the ones that most need your help. The most recent list is enclosed below. ....Please help them out. All of them if possible. Our last mailer made a big difference, and many of went on the air for the first time with their ads! From there, the ads produce good polling numbers that attract national donors. But we need to catalyze the process.
  • WJLA-TV fires veteran anchor Doug McKelway, cites insubordination, misconduct

    09/18/2010 5:13:23 AM PDT · by jafojeffsurf · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/17/ 2010 | Paul Farhi
    WJLA-TV has fired veteran anchorman Doug McKelway for a verbal confrontation this summer with the station's news director that came after McKelway broadcast a sharply worded live report about congressional Democrats and President Obama. McKelway was placed on indefinite suspension in late July after his run-in with ABC7's news director and general manager, Bill Lord. In a letter to McKelway this week, the station said it was terminating his contract immediately, citing insubordination and misconduct. Amid the ongoing BP oil spill in July, McKelway covered a Capitol Hill demonstration by environmental groups protesting the influence of oil-industry contributions to members...
  • Obama, Democrats got 88 percent of 2008 contributions by TV network execs, writers, reporters

    08/27/2010 5:32:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/27/10 | Mark Tapscott
    Senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC contributed more than $1 million to Democratic candidates and campaign committees in 2008, according to an analysis by The Examiner of data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. The Democratic total of $1,020,816 was given by 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks, with an average contribution of $880. By contrast, only 193 of the employees contributed to Republican candidates and campaign committees, for a total of $142,863. The average Republican contribution was $744. Disclosure of the heavily Democratic contributions...