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July 12, 2014

Super PAC Spends $1 Million Against Kingston

A Republican-oriented Super PAC has reported spending more than $1 million against Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., in his July 22nd Republican Party Senate primary run-off election.

CWA PAC, formerly known as Citizens for a Working America PAC and based in Beaufort, South Carolina, reported it spent $1,031,400 from May 1 through July 2nd, on independent expenditures opposing Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.

CWA PAC reported Full story

July 9, 2014

Paul Ryan Collects Almost $7 Million (Corrected)

Mitt Romney Va. Tour

Corrected, 10:30 a.m. | 2012 vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul D. Ryan has had the time and opportunity to methodically meet and greet the top financial donors of the Republican Party around the country – and collect almost $7 million dollars in campaign contributions.

Ryan for Congress reported it had receipts of $1,611,280 during the second quarter of 2014. This brings the Wisconsin Republican’s election cycle total receipts to $6.95 million.

During the quarter, Ryan’s committee received over $1 million in direct contributions from individuals – with many from the financial services industry, $432,740 from PACs and other committees, and $156,596 from transfers in from joint fundraising efforts with this leadership PAC and his Ryan-NRCC Victory Committee. The committee spent $1,783,118 during the quarter, and has cash on hand of $3,835,558, and debts of $6,525, as of June 30th.

One June 16th, and prior to the close of books for the second quarter, the committee sent $1 million in excess funds to the National Republican Congressional Committee. It was also five days after Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced he would resign as House Majority Leader.

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July 7, 2014

New Bill Relative To Lobbyists and Candidates

Affordable Care Act

A bill recently introduced in Congress would require lobbyists to identify relatives who are senior government officials, and prohibit candidates and their committees from employing relatives.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., recently introduced H.R. 5011, that seeks to curtail the benefits involved with candidates who hire relatives and lobbyists who have lobbying contacts with their relatives who are government officials.

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FEC Provides Reminder and Resources for Upcoming Deadline

Federal candidates, PACS, and party committees have a major reporting deadline coming up that will provide the public with an update on the campaign financing of the 2014 elections. The Federal Election Commission has provided a reminder and resources to filers.

July Quarterly Filing Reminder. Quarterly filers have a report due on Tuesday, July 15 (covering activity through June 30). Quarterly reports sent by registered, certified or overnight mail must be postmarked no later than July 15, and paper filings sent by other means must be received by close of business on July 15. Electronic filers have until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on the due date of the report to submit their reports on time. (Federal Election Commission staff in the Reports Analysis Division (RAD) will be available until 8:00 pm (EDT) on Tuesday, July 15, to answer questions regarding the content and filing of reports. To reach RAD, call 800-424-9530 (press 5) or 202-694-1130. For help with technical issues relating to electronic filing, dial the same toll-free number and press 4 or call 202-694-1307.) Active in a primary election? See the Compliance Map and click on your state for specific filing information pertinent to that primary. Full story

June 30, 2014

Obama Selects Portman Supporter for VA Head

President Obama has selected a former CEO of Procter & Gamble Company and financial supporter of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to be the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Obama selected Robert McDonald, who retired from Procter and Gamble in 2013, to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of former four-star General Eric Shinseki.

McDonald, 61, a West Point graduate and five-year Army veteran, has not been a regular Republican donor over the years, but he and his wife have given to Sen. Rob Portman. On January 13, 2012, McDonald and his wife, Diane, each gave $5,000 to Portman’s leadership PAC, Promoting Our Republican Team PAC. McDonald also gave $2,400 to Portman for Senate in 2009, and $1,000 in October 2013.

In February 2014, McDonald gave $500 to Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont.

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June 27, 2014

Candidates Rush to Collect Funds by June 30th Deadline

The 2014 U.S. Senate and House campaigns are rushing to collect contributions prior to the June 30th close of their financial books.

Federal candidates and their campaign committees must close their financial books on Monday, June 30th, and publicly disclose their receipts, disbursements, cash and debt balances later in July.

To many people, the mid-year disclosure reports are bell weathers for how well candidates are doing in attracting support, and how well they are organized. The reports also provide a comparison between competing candidates. For most campaigns, the next comparison point will be the third quarter disclosure reports filed on October 15th.

2014 candidates and their campaigns must file their mid-year report by July 15th. Quarterly PAC and party committees must also file by the 15th. Monthly PAC and party committees must file by July 20th.

View FEC Filing Deadline notice.

June 26, 2014

Clawson Is Newest Millionaire In Congress

Rep. Curt Clawson

A millionaire, who self-financed most of his congressional campaign, was sworn in yesterday as the newest member of Congress.

Curt Clawson, R-Fla., who was elected Tuesday in a special election in Florida’s 19th Congressional District, was sworn in by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Clawson fills the seat formerly held by Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned in January after a conviction for cocaine possession.

Through June 4th, Clawson reported receipts of $3,988,149 and disbursements of $3,699,679, leaving $288,470 cash on hand, and outstanding loans of $3,650,000. Clawson loaned $3,650,000 to his campaign. Individuals contributed $326,746.

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June 20, 2014

National Party Committees Report May Financial Figures

The two major national party committees and the four Congressional campaign committees had healthy fundraising efforts during May, leaving them with substantial war chests for the upcoming elections.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) reported receipts of $8,785,383 and disbursements of $8,777,135, leaving $7,939,858 cash on hand on May 31st. The committee has debts of $4,909,240. During May the committee made a loan repayment of $1,875,000.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) reported receipts of $8,178,674 and disbursements of $7,944,305, leaving $13,476,355 cash on hand an no debts.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) reported receipts of $7,319,252 sand disbursements of $4,909,508, leaving $45,888,733 cash on hand, and debts of $9,510.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) reported receipts of $6,005,538 and disbursements of $3,090,729, leaving $35,235,418 cash on hand and no debts.

The Washington Post reported the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) had May receipts of $5.8 million, leaving $22.1 million cash on hand at the end of the month. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) had May receipts of $8.3 million, leaving $28.2 million cash on hand at the end of the month.

Don Young Must Repay $59K for Improper Trips/Gifts

A U.S. Representative must repay $59,000 to those who provided improper gifts, as well as be reproved by the House Ethics Committee.

The House Ethics Committee released a report on Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, stating that in regard to fifteen trips and certain gifts, (1) Young violated House rules, and other laws and standards of conduct, (2) Young failed to report certain gifts, (3) Young must repay the $59,064 value of those trips and gifts, (4) Young must amend his personal financial disclosure report to show the gifts, and (5) Young should be reproved for his conduct with respect to his personal use of campaign funds, his acceptance of improper gifts, and his failure to report certain gifts.

Roll Call’s Matt Fuller recaps the report in his articleDon Young Broke House Rules, Ethics Committee Says.

Appendix A of the Ethics Committee report details the nineteen gifts Full story

Records Show Connections to New Republican Leaders

The campaign finance records of the newly elected House Majority Leader and Majority Whip provide a wealth of data on who already has connections into the two new leaders.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has raised over $12.5 million in campaign funds for his principal campaign committee since 2006. The $4.9 million in contributions from individuals is easily searchable by donor name, employer, state, or date, on McCarthy’s multi-year financial profile with a subscription to Political MoneyLine’s databases.

McCarthy’s $6.6 million in receipts from PACs and other committees is also searchable by interest group category, such as Finance & Insurance, which has been his largest industry category over the years.

The records of McCarthy’s leadership PAC, the Majority Committee PAC, also show connections with donors around the country. The committee had almost $5 million in receipts since 2006. His personal wealth and income statements also are available.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., has raised Full story

Electronic Filing for Senators Moves Forward

The U.S. Senate moved a little closer to entering the electronic age this week when a second Senate committee approved a bill to require electronic filing of U.S. Senate campaign finance reports.

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved Sen. Jon Tester’s, D-Mont., bipartisan Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, as part of a broader measure to fund the Congress for the coming year. Last year the Senate Rules Committee approved Tester’s proposal.

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June 16, 2014

Candidate Starts Leadership PAC Before Winning

In an optimistic move, a Congressional candidate has registered a leadership PAC before winning a seat in Congress.

Republican state senator Mimi Walters, R-Calif., has registered BOL-PAC – Blessings of Liberty PAC, as a leadership PAC with the Federal Election Commission.

Walters is running in California’s 45th Congressional District to fill the seat being vacated by the retirement of Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif. She has reported receipts of $869,297 through May 14th, including $230,356 from PACs and other committees. Her campaign spent $703,368, and it has $165,929 cash on hand as of May 14th.

Several current members of Congress have started leadership PCs in June. These include Full story

June 12, 2014

Tom Ridge Starts New Political Action Committee

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge has set up a new political organization, organized under Section 527 of the I.R.S. Code.

RPG PAC was established on June 10th with the contact person listed as Pamela Curtis, chief administrative officer at the Ridge Policy Group. Louis Schiazza of Merves, Amon & Barsz LLC, in Media, Pennsylvania, is the treasurer.

The registration form stated the organization will, “assist in the election of Federal candidates.”

The Ridge Policy Group lobbying firm includes Tom Ridge, Mark Campbell and Mark Holman. Ridge was a Republican Representative in Congress from 1983-1995, Governor of Pennsylvania from 1995-2001, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security from 2001-2013, and the first Secretary of Homeland Security from 2003-2005. Both Campbell and Holman had served as Ridge’s chief of staff.

The Ridge Policy Group reported the following income from lobbying during Full story

June 11, 2014

Ethics Committee Releases Scathing Report on Stockman

The House Ethics Committee announced that it was continuing an investigation of Rep. Steven Stockman, R-Texas, for obtaining illegal campaign contributions from his congressional staff.

The House Ethics Committee announced their move as it released the report from its Office of Congressional Ethics, which concluded the following:

(1) that there is a substantial reason to believe that Rep. Stockman conspired to accept contributions to his congressional campaign committee from individuals who were prohibited from contributing to his campaign because they were employed by his congressional office at the time the contributions were made in violation of federal law and House rules.

(2) that there is a substantial reason to believe that Rep. Stockman made false statements and endeavored to impede the OCE inquiry when he filed Payroll Authorization Forms with the House Office of Payroll and Benefits in December 2013, purporting to document the termination of Mr. Posey and Mr. Dodd from his congressional staff on February 12, 2013, and their rehiring on February 13th.

(3) that there is substantial reason to believe that Full story

Meet David Brat’s Core Contributors

Money did not play a big roll in the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, but David Brat will certainly remember his early core contributors.

David Brat, R-Va.., reported receipts of $206,663 from December 31st through May 21st, and disbursements of $122,792. His committee reported another $24,600 in last-minute contributions after May 21st.

Major donors included $5,400 from Gerry and Karen Baugh (owner, Baugh Auto Body, VA); $5,200 from Louis McAlpin (writer, artist, MI); $5,200 from Martha and Kenneth Schwenzer (retired, VA); $5,100 from Martha and E. Todd Walker (VP, Hydro Tec Inc., VA); $5,100 from Oscar and Beverly Walker (retired, VA); $5,000 from Lisa and Gordon Miller (CEO, G3 Systems, VA); and $5,000 from Michael Vickers (chemical process technician, Marathon Petroleum, TX).

He also received Full story

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