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April 16, 2014

Most Efficient Fundraising: Debbie Dingell Spends $12K, Raises $529K

The award for most efficient fundraising this year will probably go to House candidate Debbie Dingell, who in 32 days spent less than $12,000 and raised over a half million dollars.

Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., is running in Michigan’s 12th congressional district to succeed her husband, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., who is retiring. Rep. Dingell has served in Congress since December 1955.

The Debbie Dingell in Congress committee reported receipts of $529,807 and disbursements of $11,543 from February 28th through March 31st., leaving $518,263 cash on hand as of March 31st.

Of the $421,698 from individual contributions, all but $23,781 was raised from contributions of $200 or more. Itemized donors showed $186,838 came from Michigan, and $176,479 came from DC/MD/VA.

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April 15, 2014

PAC, Founded by Scott Brown, Moves Money to New Hampshire

Funds from a political action committee founded by former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., were given in March to eighteen party committees in New Hampshire, where Brown is now a U.S. Senate candidate.

The PAC reported it contributed $29,000 in March, mostly on March 13th, to 18 local party committees in New Hampshire. The expenditures were marked as “nonfederal contribution.” The committee also gave $10,000 on March 26th to Brown’s then exploratory committee, New Hampshire for Scott Brown. The committee also gave $5,000 on February 24th and $5,000 on March 11th to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.

The PAC had been the campaign committee of former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. The Scott Brown for U.S. Senate Committee changed its name and type of committee in May 2013 to The People’s Seat PAC. The PAC reported $182,543 cash on hand as of June 30, 2013. The People’s Seat PAC changed its name on March 13, 2014 to the Fiscal Responsibility PAC.

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Sarah PAC Increases Giving to U.S. Senate Candidates

The federal political action committee of former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has had sudden surge in giving to U.S. Senate candidates around the country.

Sarah PAC, reported it had receipts of $430,217 and disbursements of $461,368 during the first quarter of the year, leaving $1,086,533 cash on hand as of March 31st.

Small contributions of $200 or less, totaled $344,295. Of the $83,777 that came from 261 itemized donors giving more than $200, the largest amounts came from Florida, California, and Texas. The largest donors were Paul Ellgen, a retired scientist from Fort Myers, Florida, who gave $5,000, and Rhodora Donahue, a homemaker from Naples, Florida, who gave $5,000.

The PAC gave $56,000 to federal candidates during the first quarter, after giving only $10,000 to federal candidates in all of 2013. Full story

April 14, 2014

Gillibrand’s Campaign and Others Pay Civil Penalties to FEC

The Federal Election Commission has announced civil penalties for campaign finance violations by the committees of a current U.S. Senator, a former presidential candidate, and a New York corporation.

The campaign committee of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and its treasurer, have agreed to pay a $8,000 civil penalty for failing to disclose accurately $12,124 in receipts and $229,479 in disbursements in ten disclosure reports filed during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. MUR 6757.

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April 11, 2014

FEC Seminar for Trade Assns., Membership, and Labor Organizations

The Federal Election Commission has announced a May seminar in Washington, D.C. for Trade Associations, Membership and Labor Organizations and their PACs.

The Commission will hold its seminar at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. on May 21. The session will also be available as a webinar. The staff will conduct a variety of technical workshops on the federal campaign finance  laws affecting these organizations and their PACs. Workshops are designed for those seeking an introduction to the basic provisions of the law as well as for those more experienced in campaign finance law.

Click here for more information on the agenda or to register for the seminar.

National Republicans Register New Joint Fundraising Committee

A week after the U.S. Supreme Court stuck down overall aggregate limits on campaign contributions, the three national Republican campaign committees have formed a new joint fundraising committee.

The Republican Victory Fund was registered as a joint fundraising committee with the Federal Election Committee on April 9th by treasurer Keith Davis of the Huckaby Davis Lisker political accounting firm. The filing was made public on Friday.

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Clawson Loans $2.65 Million to His Special Election Campaign

A federal candidate has loaned his campaign $2.65 million for his April 22nd Republican primary race to fill the Florida 19th Congressional District seat vacated by former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla.

Curt Clawson, R-Fla., reported he raised $2,864,734 and spent $2,265,783 from January 1st to April 2nd. He reported he loaned his committee $2,650,000.

The committee spent $895,715 on media placements; $269,305 on online advertising; and $242,420 on video production; among other expenses.

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Rowland Could Get Second Term – In Prison

Former Rep. John G. Rowland, R-Conn., was indicted Thursday for federal campaign finance violations involving the 2012 congressional campaign of Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley, and another federal candidate in 2010. If convicted, Rowland faces a possible second prison term.

Rowland served in Congress from 1985 to 1991. He served as Governor of Connecticut from 1995 to 2004. He resigned in 2004 under pressure about allegations of receiving $107,000 in gifts and services from state contractors. Rowland was convicted and served ten months in prison.

Former Rep. John G. Rowland, R-Conn., was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Connecticut. The actual indictment charges Rowland with seven counts, including of two counts of falsifying records in a federal investigation; one count of conspiracy; two counts of causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission; and two counts of illegal campaign contributions.

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April 10, 2014

Firman Total to Pro-Kreegel Super PAC Goes Over $900K

A Super PAC that has been active in spending in Florida’s special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., had receipts of $1.1 million during the first quarter of the year.

Values are Vital, a Super PAC, reported it had receipts of $1,102,000 and disbursements of $1,985,008 from January 1 to April 2nd., leaving $126,991 cash on hand.

The major donor was Ronald Firman, a retiree in Miami, Florida. Firman was given a $672,680 contribution refund on February 4, 2014, after having given $525,000 in December 2013 and $225,000 on January 13, 2014. Since January 14th, he has given $825,000. His net aggregate total to the PAC in 2013-2014 is $902,320.

Dave Brown, retiree from Sanibel, Fla., gave $50,000. Anthony Farhat, a home builder from Sanibel gave $1,000. Jack Stephenson, a real estate developer from Punta Gorda, Fla., gave $1,000.

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Office of Congressional Ethics Looking at Rep. Bobby Rush

A Congressman’s handling of a $1 million grant and his campaign fund expenditures are being probed by the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., acknowledged the inquiry and stated, “I’ve been cooperative,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Congressman’s campaign committee, Citizens for Rush, is paying the Dickstein Shapiro law firm for legal services. His attorney is Scott Thomas, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

Chuck Neubauer and Sandy Bergo reported in several Chicago Sun-Times/Better Government Association investigative articles that there was little to show from a $1 million grant Rush’s non-profit received from SBC (now AT&T). The articles also highlighted the mixing of campaign funds and those of his church where he is the minister. Carolyn Rush also was listed as a $3,000-a-month consultant to the campaign.

April 9, 2014

Fundraising Puts Rep. Paul Ryan’s War Chest Over $4 Million

A national-wide direct mail fundraising for a former Vice Presidential candidate has helped increase the size of his 2014 campaign war chest to over $4 million.

Ryan for Congress Inc., the campaign committee of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has reported receipts of $1,396,793 and disbursements of $595,991 during the first quarter of 2014, leaving $4,007,396 cash on hand as of March 31st, along with $79,548 in debts.

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April 8, 2014

FEC Publishes New Contribution Limits for 2013-2014

In response to last week’s Supreme Court case, the Federal Election Commission has published a chart of new contribution limits for the 2013-2014 election cycle.

The opinion in the U.S. Supreme Court case, McCutcheon v. FEC, tossed out the aggregate contribution limits on political contributions. The new FEC Reference chart shows there is no limit on the aggregate amount an individual may give to federal candidates. An individual had been limited to giving a two-year aggregate amount of $48,600.

The new chart also shows no limit on the amount an individual may give to political party committees. An individual had been limited to giving a two-year aggregate amount of $74,600 to other committees, of which no more than $48,600 of this amount may be given to committees that are not national party committees.

View the updated FEC brochure on Contributions.

April 7, 2014

Global Democratic PAC Formed

A top national law firm, which provides legal assistance to Democrats, has helped register the Global Democratic PAC with the Federal Election Commission.

The Global Democratic PAC registered as a Super PAC, with an address at the Washington, D.C. offices of Perkins Coie. Robert Carolina is the Treasurer. Carolina is the chairman of the Democrats Abroad United Kingdom.

The PAC registration was received on April 2nd, the day the Supreme Court published its opinion in the McCutcheon v. FEC aggregate contribution limit case. The PAC name is the sort of name that might be used for a national joint fundraising committee to take advantage of the Supreme Court ruling. View Roll Call articleSCOTUS Spawns Search for Son of ‘Super PAC.’

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Rep. Robert Pittenger Pays $31,000 Fine (Corrected)

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A freshman Congressman has paid a $31,000 fine for a campaign finance disclosure violation in his first federal election. But the fine was a relatively small amount for the 13th richest member of Congress.

The campaign committee of Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., failed to file a 48-hour contribution notice prior to his May 8th primary election in 2012. The pre-election notice would have disclosed Pittenger’s own $309,000 contribution to his campaign on April 26, 2012. Pittenger failed to win the primary outright, but ranked first with 32% of the vote in the eleven-candidate field. In the July 12th primary run-off, Pittenger beat former Mecklenburg County sheriff James Pendergraph.

The Federal Election Commission required the Pittenger for Congress LLC to pay a $31,010 civil penalty, which included $110 for one notice not filed, plus 10% of the overall contributions not filed. The fine was paid on February 21, 2013.

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April 6, 2014

Republican Attorneys General Association Starts Super PAC

A day after the Supreme Court made public an opinion on federal campaign financing, an association of state Republican Attorneys General registered a new Super PAC to make independent expenditures in federal elections.

This Spring political money appears to be crossing between branches of government, and between the state and federal levels.

The Republican Attorneys General Association became more active politically on Thursday when it registered a new Super PAC, RAGA Action Fund, with the Federal Election Commission. The committee registration states it intends to make independent expenditures and will not make contributions to federal candidates. The committee may receive contributions in unlimited amounts.

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