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  • Right-Wing PACs' Formula: Lose Races, Rake In the Cash (BARF ALERT)

    08/14/2014 2:36:52 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 8/13/14 | Patricia Murphy
    As Tea Party-affiliated Super PACs keep losing elections, their grassroots fundraising keeps going up, up, up. What’s the mentality there? Despite losing eight of nine GOP Senate primaries and being nearly shut out in a handful of Republican-on-Republican House showdowns in 2014, the three top D.C.-based Super PACs that fueled many of those losing efforts are continuing to rake in donations from supporters across the country. According to the latest monthly filings with the Federal Election Commission compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, the groups—the Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth Action, and FreedomWorks for America—all saw one of...
  • Curb Your Fluff-thusiasm -Laudatory coverage of Larry David leaves out his politicking

    08/07/2014 3:05:51 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 4 replies
    The Media Equalizer ^ | August 07, 2014 | Brian Maloney
    Isn’t it fun to be part of Hollywood’s elite? While controversial activities go unnoticed, you can enjoy fluff-filled coverage of your latest career developments. At the very center of this bubble-world is comedian Larry David, he of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm fame. His media friends were thrilled to learn today he’s set to star in his first Broadway play, “Fish in the Dark”. Shockingly, he’ll play a “somebody very similar to Larry David – it might even be Larry David with a different name,” according to the New York Times:
  • Election Commission Votes to Allow Bitcoin Donations

    05/09/2014 10:28:02 AM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 May 2014 | NICK CORASANITI
    The Federal Election Commission on Thursday voted to allow political committees to accept Bitcoin donations and outlined the ways that the virtual currency can be used by federally regulated campaigns. Responding to a request from a political action committee, the commissioners unanimously approved an advisory opinion that defined Bitcoins, which allows for online transactions without going through a bank or other third party, as “money or anything of value” — in essence, cash or an in-kind contribution. They also imposed some restrictions, ruling that Bitcoin donations will be capped at a cash equivalent of $100 per person per cycle, with...
  • FEC chair warns that conservative media like Drudge and Hannity face regulation --- like PACs

    05/07/2014 9:11:32 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 70 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 7 ,2014 | PAUL BEDARD
    Government officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media's exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission is vowing to fight. “I think that there are impulses in the government every day to second guess and look into the editorial decisions of conservative publishers,” warned Federal Election Commission Chairman Lee E. Goodman in an interview. “The right has begun to break the left’s media monopoly, particularly through new media outlets like the internet, and I sense...
  • Rove Syndicate Targets Conservative Consultants? Well TWO Can Play THAT Game...

    01/16/2014 5:31:11 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    What if conservative FReepers/bloggers/online activists were to instigate a boycott of major donors to Karl Rove's 'American Crossroads' and 'Crossroads GPS' SuperPACs- so that underwriting Rove's war on the Gee-Oh-Pee's own base comes at as heavy a price as possible? Then perhaps they'll realize what they're doing is wrong.   Crossroads GPS is a 'dark money' PAC -thus not required to release donor info- but we've got enough on the original American Crossroads group to make our presence felt (via pain inflicted) while we try and sniff-out the rest. Karl Rove and his congressional allies need to be taken-out-at-the-knees...
  • "Tea Party" group drafts Gov. Palin for Senate, but does she want the job?

    05/01/2013 5:34:30 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 31 replies | 5/1/13 at 6:01 AM CDST | Josh Painter
    A group organized as The Tea Party Leadership Fund is trying to draft former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. The fund claims that the former Fox News analyst would be favored to unseat incumbent Mark Begich (D-AK), whose polling numbers have suffered recently. But the organization has not even discussed its effort with Gov. Palin, and she has never expressed any real desire to be a U.S. Senator. The fund's Niger Innis says the interest of Tea Party members in a Palin run, however, is clear. "We...
  • Shawn Reilly, Of Kentucky Progress, Involved In False Voter Purge Allegations & More

    04/12/2013 12:55:12 PM PDT · by Bratch · 2 replies
    Page One Kentucky ^ | April 12, 2013 | Jacob Payne
    Click Here for Part One: Speaking Of Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly And Other Problems…Shortly after the request for a Special Bailiff was made in the Zachary Scarpellini murder/manslaughter civil suit, Shawn Reilly surfaced in Louisville working on the Congressional campaign of Democrat and Iraq War veteran Andrew Horne. (Full disclosure: I was a part of the Horne Campaign but that’s where my involvement in that part of the story ends)Horne, who lost in the May 2006 primary to now-Congressman John Yarmuth, employed Reilly to staff fundraising events, hold house parties and organize voters. But he wasn’t just handling campaign grunt...
  • Palin’s SarahPAC Embarrassment: Consultants Are Cashing In

    03/30/2013 9:27:04 AM PDT · by Bratch · 35 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Mar 29, 2013 | John Avlon
    She’s baaaack. Sarah Palin attempted to relaunch her political career and her political action committee, SarahPAC, on Thursday with a Web video called “Loaded for Bear,” which presented the former Alaska governor as the new kingmaker for conservative populists in the GOP. The video riffed off her speech at CPAC, in which Palin railed against “the big consultants, the big money men, and the big bad media.” But there’s an irony alert ahead: the current stated purpose of SarahPAC is to raise money ahead of the 2014 election—most of which will be spent on conservative consultants. Don't believe me? Well,...
  • Vanity: Exactly who is the "Republican Majority Campaign"?

    02/18/2013 7:12:54 AM PST · by Raven6 · 26 replies
    self | 02-18-2013 | Raven6
    I apologize if this has been discussed before... I searched and found nothing.We've been getting a lot of phone calls as of late from a group called "Republican Majority Campaign" soliciting contributions. Knowing nothing about them, I've tried to politely decline. The representatives with whom I've spoken have been more than a little bit pushy. I've asked them to send me information via the mail but they are not willing to do so without a small contribution. That doesn't cut it for me...I know that Carl Rove's group is called "American Crossroads". I personally wouldn't send them a dime, as...
  • Pelosi and Dem PACs Meddling in Colorado

    11/02/2012 10:02:59 AM PDT · by reformedcrat · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11-2-2012 | Tom Thurlow
    Stand up for your beliefs, right? If you are a conservative in a right-of-center state like Colorado, that should be simple enough. "The truth will make you free," as it is written in the Bible. Of course, in politics, that is a lot easier said than done, as Joe Coors, Republican candidate for Congress in Colorado's 7th congressional district, is now finding out. Read more:
  • Soros donates $1.5 million to pro-Obama super PACs

    09/27/2012 3:45:20 PM PDT · by yoe · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 27, 2012 | Dan Eggen
    George Soros, the liberal billionaire investor who has largely laid low during the 2012 elections, announced $1.5 million in pledged donations Thursday to a trio of super PACs backing President Obama and congressional Democrats, PAC officials said. Soros, who became nationally prominent in 2004 when he spent more than $20 million on independent groups supporting Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), will give $1 million to Priorities USA Action — which is supporting Obama — and $500,000 to Majority PAC and House Majority PAC, which are running ads on behalf of Democratic candidates for Congress. The move could signal a softening of...
  • Conservative PAC May Decide to Fund Todd Akin's Missouri Senate Race

    09/25/2012 12:58:55 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 24 replies
    abcnews ^ | 9/26/12 | CHRIS GOOD
    A powerful conservative PAC said today that "circumstances have changed" and it is reconsidering its decision to withhold funds for Todd Akin's bid for a Missouri Senate seat, and Akin's campaign said today they expect other groups will also resume spending. The statement by the Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC led by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, comes as the 5 p.m. CT deadline for Akin to quit the race looms. The campaign remains adamant that Akin will stay in the race, despite urging from the GOP hierarchy, including Mitt Romney. "In the words of Churchill, Todd will never, never,...
  • Romney’s Money Problems

    02/21/2012 7:33:47 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 21, 2012 | Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight
    ......MittRomney raised slightly more than his Republican rivals in January. His campaign committee, Romney for President, brought in $6.5 million in January, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission. By contrast, NewtGingrich raised $5.6 million, and RickSantorum and RonPaul each raised $4.5 million. But his fund-raising pace was fairly weak despite wins in New Hampshire and Florida. And Mr. Romney spent far more than his rivals in January — $18.8 million, compared with $5.9 million for his next-closest competitor, Mr. Gingrich. More worrisome, Mr. Romney spent more than he took in; his cash flow was negative $12.2...
  • Republican donor expected to provide $10 million to Gingrich SuperPAC

    02/17/2012 8:47:16 AM PST · by red flanker · 56 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 17, 2012 | Kevin Bohn
    Washington (CNN) - In a move that could again dramatically shake up the Republican primary race, billionaire and major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson is expected to donate an additional $10 million to the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, Winning Our Future, a source with knowledge of the donation told CNN. That contribution is expected soon, before the end of the month, the source said. The timing is important because Gingirch, whose campaign has been lagging, is hoping to do well in several of the upcoming Super Tuesday states that vote on March 6 to boost his effort. His allies will...
  • Romney Super PAC ad treads familiar (and false) ground

    01/27/2012 1:51:47 AM PST · by OPS4 · 4 replies
    The Hill Blog ^ | 1/24/12 | Christian Heinze
    Romney has absolved himself of having anything to do with the December Restore our Future ad, but if you don't think his campaign's fingerprints are all over it, just check out this screencap I grabbed recently.
  • Mitt Romney super PAC outspending rivals 20-to-1 in Florida

    01/23/2012 8:56:16 AM PST · by Qbert · 32 replies
    Reuters via CSMonitor ^ | January 23, 2012 | Alina Selyukh and Alexander Cohen
    Newt Gingrich's supporters are celebrating his stunning win in South Carolina, but Mitt Romney has a big jump in the next battleground state thanks to millions of dollars his backers have already poured into the Florida contest for the Republican presidential nomination. Restore Our Future has spent $5 million in Florida for Romney since mid-December. That was when the political action committee launched get-out-the-vote efforts aimed at hundreds of thousands who have sought to vote by mail or at early-voting centers well before primary on Jan. 31. The PAC's outlay is more than 20 times the amount spent in Florida...
  • Exclusive: Iowa GOP Chair Severs Ties With Strong America Now (SAN coordinating with Newt)

    12/28/2011 9:09:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | December 28, 2011 | Craig Robinson
    Matt Strawn, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, has disassociated himself from Strong America Now after reports that the group has a Super PAC that is advocating for one specific candidate. In the letter Strawn says, “I was surprised to learn from a member of the news media that a Strong America Now SuperPAC had been created for the express purpose of advocating for one Republican presidential candidate and opposing another Republican presidential candidate.” Strawn says that he was “given assurances that the organization would not specifically advocate for a particular candidate” when he signed on with the...
  • Fundraisers show little cash for Cain

    11/14/2011 7:04:13 AM PST · by Interesting Times · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Nov. 13, 2011 | Luke Rosiak
    A felon once imprisoned for fraud is raising money in the name of Herman Cain and profiting off of it through a company he owns. It is the second group raising large amounts of Cain cash that has a history of collecting millions of dollars through politically charged mailings and spending hardly any of it on politics. Draft Herman Cain is the latest from two California men who have raised tens of millions of dollars cashing in on causes such as breast cancer and illegal immigration, with little to show for it except payments to fundraisers and themselves, an analysis...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz the Most Unlikely Fund-Raising Watchdog of All

    09/19/2011 2:13:11 PM PDT · by · 19 replies
    The Democratic National Committee claims it has banned contributions from special-interest groups and lobbyists under the leadership of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D.-Fla.), an ethical standard she demands that Republicans now follow. “The refusal to accept donations from federal lobbyists and PACs [political action committees] is critical to limiting the influence of special interests in the political process,” Wasserman Schultz says. But Democrats aren’t eager to follow the edict. And neither is Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz. Under her leadership, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was recently forced to return thousands of dollars from a dozen lobbyists after the Center for Responsive...
  • VFW moves to dissolve PAC's board

    10/18/2010 11:32:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/18/10 | Ben Smith
    The National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Richard Eubank, has moved to amend his organization's bylaws to dissolve its PAC, which is run independently. The PAC endorsed Democratic incumbents starting with Nancy Pelosi based on their votes on a relatively small number of votes to do with veterans in a year when many VFW members are siding against Democrats on broader policy concerns, and the PAC has already refused the VFW's entreaty that it "rescind" its endorsement. "[T]he recent endorsement decisions have, in fact, harmed the VFW’s reputation and future ability to fulfill our mission," writes Eubank in...
  • best conservative or Republican PAC's??

    09/02/2010 3:27:47 PM PDT · by cherry · 9 replies
    vanity | 9/02/10 | cherry
    best Pac's
  • The Tea Party and the Spider's Web

    08/16/2010 3:14:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 16, 2010 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Rick Cohen, a knowledgeable and well-qualified liberal writer for The Nonprofit Quarterly, wrote his first installment of what he says is a series about the legal structure (or lack thereof) of the Tea Party movement, entitled "The Starfish and the Tea Party." Mr. Cohen's article poses the question, "What is the organizational structure of the Tea Party?" He goes on to discuss how the book, The Starfish and the Spider, which is about the success of leaderless organizations, purportedly plays a seminal role in the approach taken by Tea Partiers to their mission and movement. From its inception, the mission...
  • Reid rejects Wall St money during reform battle - What about Wall St Lobbyists?

    05/07/2010 3:30:41 PM PDT · by Fred · 6 replies · 189+ views
    Reuters ^ | 050710 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to stop accepting campaign money from Wall Street firms while the financial reform battle continues in the Senate, his office said on Friday.
  • Hassan Nemazee Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to $292 Million Bank Fraud

    03/19/2010 5:09:25 PM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 662+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Hassan Nemazee Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to $292 Million Bank Fraud PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that HASSAN NEMAZEE pleaded guilty today to charges of defrauding Bank of America, N.A. ("BofA"), Citibank, N.A. ("Citibank"), HSBC Bank USA, N.A. ("HSBC"), and a longtime friend and business associate of a total of more than $290 million in loan proceeds. NEMAZEE entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge SIDNEY H. STEIN in Manhattan federal court. According to the superseding Information, filed today, to...
  • Donors demand refund from Specter: Political switch gets expensive as lawmaker's support shrinks

    04/30/2009 3:23:26 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 1,211+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2009 | S.A. Miller
    Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party is prompting his campaign donors large and small to demand their money back, including several Republican senators whose political action committees gave tens of thousands of dollars to the Pennsylvania lawmaker. Sen. Johnny Isakson didn't waste any time putting himself at the front of the refund line. The Georgia Republican asked Mr. Specter for a return of his leadership political action committee's $5,000 contribution Tuesday on the Senate floor - just hours after Mr. Specter announced he was changing his political stripes. "Senator Specter readily agreed to return the contribution," said Isakson...

    10/19/2008 6:10:07 PM PDT · by cherry · 18 replies · 673+ views
    vanity | 10/19/08 | cherry
    my first vanity ever..... I would like some confirmation of the present McPalin campaign.... I live in a no-fly zone apparently and we get no ads here... ARE there McPalin ads?...are they effective?...where are they being run,if anywhere?.....Do we have 527's and are they doing anything?.... who deserves more money right now for good work....which pac or the Rnc or the compliance fund..???.. if we had some sense of where we are, maybe some needs could get filled.... lets brainstorm.....
  • Pelosi: Ethics, Nepotism and Doublespeak

    10/01/2008 2:56:51 PM PDT · by Pagan Power · 5 replies · 271+ views
    Pagan Power ^ | October 1, 2008 | Pagan Power
    Dear Leader Nancy Pelosi has a problem. It's her credibility. While claiming to support legislation that would make it illegal to hire family members onto campaign staffs, it seems that she has been paying her husband nearly $100,000 over the past 9 years for doing just that. Pelosi paid husband with PAC funds Financial Leasing Services Inc. (FLS), owned by Paul F. Pelosi, has received $99,000 in rent, utilities and accounting fees from the speaker's "PAC to the Future" over the PAC's nine-year history. Now strictly speaking, what Pelosi is doing isn't illegal. But it is the height (or depth)...
  • Obama, the PAC-Man

    07/10/2008 6:39:47 AM PDT · by LBSTx · 3 replies · 169+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 07/10/08 | William Tate
    While the media elite goes after Vets for Freedom for making a TV buy for John McCain, they're giving Barack Obama a free ride as he surfs a wave of PAC money to the Democratic nomination, a wave that, if anything, is nearing tsunami proportions despite his boasts that he doesn't accept donations from PACs. The political committees of just one such entity -- which according to Obama's own website, he "begged" for their support -- dwarf the Vets' $1 million ad buy.
  • Housing Industry Ramps Up Political Donations

    07/06/2008 1:55:33 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 9 replies · 206+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 5, 2008 | Elizabeth Williamson
    WASHINGTON -- The housing industry already has given more money in political contributions this election cycle than in the entire previous cycle, while winning favorable provisions in an emergency housing bill moving through the legislature. Through May, mortgage bankers and brokers, real-estate companies and home builders had given more than $95 million to federal candidates and political parties so far this election cycle, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. That compares to about $57 million at this point in the 2006 cycle. The recipients include people with key roles in the legislation. On the Senate Banking Committee, they...
  • The Democratic Sell-Out

    02/18/2008 7:53:44 AM PST · by jdm · 8 replies · 86+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 18, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    Robert Novak pulls together the politics of the Democratic refusal to call the Senate's bipartisan FISA reform bill to the House floor last week. Instead of taking a vote that Blue Dog Democrats has assured her would pass on that bill, Pelosi tried embarrassing the White House by voting for a 21-day extension to the current reform bill -- and that failed, with some Blue Dogs opposing it along with the Republicans, as well as some hard-Left Representatives that oppose FISA reform outright. Why did Pelosi tube the bill that would have easily passed and therefore extended the protections passed...
  • In Fundraising's Murky Corners: Millions Collected by Linda Chavez's Family

    08/13/2007 4:16:04 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 21 replies · 1,842+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, August 13, 2007; Page A01 | Mathew Mosk
    ...In the years since she was forced to pull her nomination as Bush's labor secretary after admitting payments to an illegal immigrant, Chavez and her immediate family members have used phone banks and direct-mail solicitations to raise tens of millions of dollars, founding several political action committees with bankable names: the Republican Issues Committee, the Latino Alliance, Stop Union Political Abuse and the Pro-Life Campaign Committee. Their solicitations promise direct action in the "fight to save unborn lives," a vigorous struggle against "big labor bosses" and a crippling of "liberal politics in the country." That's not where the bulk of...

    02/26/2007 9:19:24 AM PST · by janereinheimer · 6 replies · 268+ views ^ | 2/26/07 | Jane Reinheimer
    DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA THAT SO MUCH PAC MONEY WAS FLOATING AROUND? For instance, the US Telecom Association reported spending $3,100,000 in the last half of 2006. That's down from $15,280,000 that was spend in the first six months of 2006. AT&T Services Inc. (and affiliates) spent $13,595,451 in the last six months of 2006. AT&T spent $5,515,269, BellSouth $3,294,777, and Cingular Wireless $4,740,000 in the first half of 2006. AARP spent $11,040,000 in the last half of 2006, down from $12,120,000 in the first half. American Hospital Assn. spend $8,280,000 in the last half of 2006, up from...
  • 527 Activity Surges in the States. Liberals have raised more money than conservatives.

    09/14/2006 10:37:34 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 458+ views
    Capital Eye ^ | Sept. 13, 2006 | Lindsay Renick Mayer
    The advocacy groups that rose to prominence in 2004 have scaled back their federal activity this election. Instead, 527s are focusing on state issues and elections. Liberals have raised more money than conservatives. In politics, the money behind the message speaks volumes. And although the issue advocates known as 527 committees continue to be somewhat elusive, the Center for Responsive Politics has found that these tax-exempt groups are increasingly putting their 2006 money into state-level messages, instead of focusing on national issues. 527 committees raise unlimited money for political activities, such as voter mobilization efforts, and use advertising to push...
  • GOP vs. Conservatives?

    09/05/2006 11:51:31 AM PDT · by George W. Bush · 32 replies · 982+ views
    Human Events (Right Angle section) ^ | 09-04-2006 @ 06:24 PM | Matt Lewis
    Writing in Sunday's Washington Post, Marc Ambinder observed, “Both parties have well-financed internal agitators who yank tight the chains of ideological discipline -- think of MoveOn.Org on the left and the Club for Growth on the right ... The Republican base is fracturing around fiscal probity, immigration and cultural issues.” He's right. And it seems the Republican Party committees are actually working around-the-clock to expedite the process. It has been much noted that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has spent millions of dollars against conservative Steve Laffey in Rhode Island. But now, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has...
  • GOP Seeks Curbs On '527' Groups

    03/16/2006 7:23:51 AM PST · by yoe · 29 replies · 759+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2006 | Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Jonathan Weisman
    House Republican leaders proposed changes in lobbying laws yesterday that would include a crackdown on independent, big-money committees that heavily aided Democrats in the 2004 elections.[snip] Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), recently elected House majority leader, has argued that it is far more important to increase disclosure requirements for lobbyists and lawmakers than to limit their interaction. But in a surprising development yesterday, House GOP leaders decided to try to intervene in a fast-growing sector of campaign finance that has mostly benefited Democratic candidates.[snip] Instead, the groups would be governed by federal campaign finance laws that would restrict such giving...
  • Hillary Clinton Hoarding PAC Cash

    10/24/2005 3:58:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 1,236+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/24/05 | NewsMax
    New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has always been tightfisted with a dollar - and that hasn't changed she began raising cash for her 2008 presidential campaign. The New York Post reports that so far this year, just 8 percent of spending by Hillary's political action committee, HillPAC - a meager $75,000 - has gone to support other Democrats currently running for office. Two years ago, Hillary's fundraising chief Patti Solis Doyle told The Post: "HillPAC was founded to elect other Democrats." But instead the former first lady seems to be hoarding the rest of the cash for herself - pouring...
  • Landowners become PALS to combat eminent domain by predatory L.A. redevelopment wolf-PACS

    08/02/2005 11:31:54 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 198+ views ^ | August 2, 2005 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Landowners become PALS to combat eminent domain by predatory L.A. redevelopment wolf-PACS Wednesday, August 03, 2005 With all the media hullabaloo about the recent U.S. Supreme Court case eminent domain ruling, one would think that local redevelopment agencies are hunkered down in bunkers fearing the wave of new legislation being proposed in California and other states to eliminate the use of eminent domain for redevelopment projects. Not so in Los Angeles where the City Council has adopted new procedures which will grab power away from eight citizen advisory committees for redevelopment projects, called Project Area Committees or PACS. In reaction...
  • Freshmen Lawmakers Taking More Money from PACs - (hit the ground running for the pig trough!)

    06/30/2005 10:23:51 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 283+ views
    U.S. House freshmen are depending much more on political action committees to fuel their re-election campaigns. In the first quarter of this year, 43 percent of the newcomers' re-election campaign dollars came from PACs, a 15 percent increase from when they ran as non-incumbents, according to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics. "More of the early money, raised particularly by freshmen, comes from PACs than it does from individuals," Steven Weiss, spokesperson for the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), told Cybercast News Service. "That says that politicians are very reliant on PACs to receive an early boost in...
  • (Connecticut) PACs pick up lawmakers' hefty dinner check

    05/18/2005 9:24:21 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 3 replies · 311+ views
    Journal Inquirer ^ | May 17, 2005 | By Keith M. Phaneuf, Journal Inquirer
    HARTFORD -- If it's true that an army travels on its stomach, then the General Assembly -- and particularly its Democratic majority -- may be ready to enlist. A review of five major political action committees with ties to legislative leaders shows more than $20,000 was spent on restaurants and liquor since January 2004 -- and that doesn't include food and drink purchases tied to PAC fundraisers or connected to individual campaigns. It also doesn't cover several thousand dollars in PAC funds spent each legislative session to bring in lunches or dinners for lawmakers on days when House or Senate...
  • (Connecticut) Legislative PACs dole out big bucks for perks, favors, dining, drinking

    05/18/2005 8:41:00 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 5 replies · 387+ views
    Journal Inquirer ^ | May 17, 2005 | By Keith M. Phaneuf, Journal Inquirer
    Money the 'lifeblood of politics': Legislative PACs dole out big bucks for perks, favors, dining, drinking HARTFORD -- What do contributions to a charity for multiple sclerosis patients, a bargain condominium rental, and tens of thousands of dollars in restaurant bills have to do with the politics of the Connecticut General Assembly? These and other perks, financed over the past two years by political action committees connected to state lawmakers, play not only a key role in Capitol affairs but an ever-growing one. A review by the Journal Inquirer of more than 25 PACs tied to lawmakers shows they paid...
  • Compare Tom Delay to Harry Reid

    04/07/2005 10:42:34 AM PDT · by Richie Rich · 1 replies · 366+ views
    Bizblogger ^ | 04/07/05 | Richie Rich
    The media is having a field day with Tom Delay these days. If you have seen the news or read a paper the past few days, you have heard "Delay" and "ethics violations" or "scandal" at least a dozen times. The supposed violations consist of a trip to Russia paid by business interests in 1997 and Delay's wife and daughter being paid by political action and campaign committees. What most people don't realize is that many members of Congress have family members working for political campaigns or lobbying firms. Let's look at just one prominent example: Senate Democrat Leader Harry...
  • EMILY's List sues to block new FEC restrictions

    01/12/2005 1:30:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 529+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, January 12, 2005 | SHARON THEIMER
    A group that helps female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights is asking a federal judge to block new campaign finance rules that it argues will cripple its ability to participate in state and local elections. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by EMILY's List in U.S. District Court asks a judge to block Federal Election Commission regulations that took effect Jan. 1. The group contends that the commission exceeded its authority and violated free-speech rights by imposing the new fund-raising and spending limits.

    12/15/2004 5:34:32 AM PST · by NotchJohnson · 65 replies · 1,964+ views
    Neal Nuze ^ | 12/15/04 | Neal Boortz
    BUY BLUE? I DON'T THINK SO. Now here is an interesting website for you to take a look at. The title says "Choose the Blue." By searching the various categories through this website you can discover which political party PACs are supported by various corporations and corporate employees in several fields of business. The object of the website is to get loyal Democrats to stop spending their money with companies that lend the greater support to the Republican party. Some examples: In the auto insurance category, Progressive Insurance shows a 91% support for Democrats while State Farm shows an 81%...
  • Of Special Note, for Special Interests

    11/20/2004 4:58:19 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 256+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 4, 2004 | Carl Hulse
    Now that the elections are over, the race is on - the race to take credit for some of the victories, that is. Interest groups that invested heavily in the victorious presidential and Congressional campaigns are touting their contributions to winning efforts to make it known that they are forces to be reckoned with. For instance, today the National Rifle Association distributed a compilation of its work in South Dakota on behalf of Senator-elect John Thune, a Republican, in his successful effort to oust the Senate Democratic leader, Tom Daschle, from his South Dakota seat: 300 ads in 150 newspapers...
  • Pro-Kerry PACs outspend Bush backers

    10/27/2004 1:08:48 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 369+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, October 27, 2004
    Led by labor unions, interest groups that can urge the public to elect or defeat candidates have poured at least $27 million into the presidential race since Labor Day, with Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry's backers outspending President Bush's by a ratio of more than 5-to-1. The efforts range from pro-Kerry hard-hat stickers handed out by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Political Action Together Political Committee to pro-Bush radio ads, funded by the National Right to Life political action committee, airing in every battleground state. Among the biggest spenders is the United Auto Workers PAC, which yesterday...
  • Rush was WRONG !!

    09/21/2004 5:13:15 AM PDT · by Broker · 62 replies · 2,921+ views
    On his Monday radio show, Rush reviewed political contributions and erroneously credited Corporate and Institutional political contributions to the Kerry Campaign. A more critical reivew of his source notes these funds originate from employee PACs. Corporate contributions to campaigns are illegal. Needless to say, Rush Limbaugh's comments caused a tidal wave of discontent from his incorrect attribution. The accused heard rage from their investors and clients. In fact "Open Secrets" records show some these same PACs contributed more to Bush than Kerry! It appears that in this case, Rush Limbaugh is half right and half wrong!
  • connections

    09/14/2004 1:46:33 AM PDT · by wrbones · 1 replies · 397+ views
    W R Bones Morning Coffee ^ | 14 September 2004 | Warren Bonesteel
    Mrs. Heinz-Kerry and her connection to The Tides Foundation is not ‘new‘ news. The Tides Foundation’s connection to isn’t breaking news, either. Nor is’s connection to Texans for Truth. What is lesser known is the Communist Party’s willingness to back Kerry in this election. They’ve encouraged their members to vote for him instead of their own candidate. Their sole reason? Getting rid of President Bush. The W.W.W.P. (The Socialist Party) openly brags of infiltrating the unions. They brag about having Party members placed in positions to negotiate contracts for union memberships. Many of the people who give money...
  • The $50 million Dems - wealthy funders of progressive ‘527’ groups

    07/25/2004 11:48:26 PM PDT · by weegee · 22 replies · 3,481+ views
    Boston Phoenix ^ | Issue Date: July 23 - 29, 2004 | BY DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
    The $50 million Dems The real VIPs in the fight to oust George W. Bush won’t be on the FleetCenter stage next week. They’re the wealthy funders of progressive ‘527’ groups. BY DAVID S. BERNSTEIN ONE YEAR AGO, conventional political wisdom held that the Democratic presidential nominee would be in trouble right now. After spending all his cash in a tough primary battle, the thinking went, the candidate would have to spend April through June scrambling to raise money for the general campaign. In the meantime, Bush’s team would be free to use that three-month window to define the Democrats’...
  • Templeton Contributes $1 Million to Counter Soros

    06/26/2004 11:45:32 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 635+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 6/27/04 | NewsMax
    Famous financier Sir John Templeton has donated $1 million through his foundation to a political group that will encourage political conservatives to vote this November. Templeton’s significant donation is another sign the hotly contested 2004 race may turn out to be a battle of billionaires for the hearts and minds of Americans. The John Templeton Foundation, launched in 1987 by philanthropist, author and financier Sir John Mark Templeton, has earmarked the donation to kick-start an independent-expenditure group that will “counter the millions of dollars being spent to attack and discredit President Bush by leftist organizations such as those supported by...
  • FEC Won't Impose New Limits on Groups

    05/13/2004 5:22:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 119+ views
    My Way News ^ | 5/13/04 | SHARON THEIMER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators on Thursday refused to impose new restrictions on political groups that are spending millions on the presidential election, and Republicans predicted the decision would open the spending floodgates on their side. Several Democratic groups have already begun spending large donations on advertising and get-out-the-vote activities. Republicans had asked to step in and stop the activities under the campaign law that broadly banned big checks known as "soft money" from federal elections. But four of the six Federal Election Commission members on Thursday refused to step in, tabling the issue for at least three months. Democratic...