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April 24, 2014

FEC Provides New Resources for 2014 Elections

The Federal Election Commission is making available online updated resources for those involved in the 2014 elections.

The FEC now has available for download a new edition of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 11, Federal Elections, revised as of January 1, 2014. This includes the campaign finance regulations adopted and administered by the Federal Election Commission. This is a ‘must have’ publication for PACs, party committees, candidates, and reporters. When the FEC sends a letter or notification, it may cite various regulations, such as “Section 104.3.” This publication will provide more detail on Section 104.3 dealing with contents of reports, and help people understand the rules.

The FEC now has available a new edition of the  Full story

April 22, 2014

Internet-Related Companies Stay Logged In to Congress, Facebook Adds Capacity

Internet-related companies continued to keep their connections with Congress and the executive branch by lobbying during the first three months of the year.

Facebook Inc. was the exception in the field, by increasing their quarterly spending on lobbying by $1.3 million.

Here are some of the top online, computer, software, and technology companies that reported large expenditures for lobbying in the first quarter of the year.

Google Inc. $3,820,000 – down from $3,980,000 in the 4th quarter of 2013.
Facebook Inc. $2,780,000 – up from $1,480,000.
Microsoft Corp. $2,080,000 – down from $2,770,000.
Hewlett-Packard Co. $1,580,000 – down from $1,760,000.
Oracle Corp. $1,510,000 – down from $1,600,000.
I.B.M. $1,260,000 – down from $1,530,000.
Intel Corp.$1,223,000 – down from $1,446,000.
Apple Inc. $1,070,000 – up from $990,000.
Entertainment Software Association 1,001,138 – down from $1,320,000.
Amazon Corp. LLC $830,000 – down from $960,000.

Drug Companies Give Million-Dollar Boost to Lobbying

Five pharmaceutical companies have reported million-dollar increases in their spending on lobbying the federal government during the first quarter of 2014.

Pfizer Inc., Novartis, Johnson & Johnson Services, Bayer Corporation, and Merck & Company have each boosted their lobbying of the executive and legislative branches.

Here are the top pharmaceutical spenders in the first quarter of 2014:

Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers (PhRMA) $4,680,000 – up from $4,050,000 in 2013 Q4.
Pfizer Inc. $3,190,000 – up from $2,090,000.
Novartis $2,580,000 – up from $920,000.
Amgen USA Inc. $2,560,000 – up from $2,330,000.
Eli Lilly & Co. $2,086,000 – down from $2,430,000.
Johnson & Johnson Services $2,110,000 – up from $860,000.
Bayer – $2,040,000, up from $1,000,000.
Merck & Co. $2,000,000 – up from $820,000
Glaxosmithkline $1,630,000 – up from $4,210,000.
Sanofi US Services Inc. $1,570,000 – up from $790,000.
By Kent Cooper Posted at 11:52 a.m.
Corporations, Lobbying

Top Ranking of Organizations Lobbying the Government (Updated)

Twenty-five organizations have reported spending more than $1 million a month lobbying the federal government in 2014.

Here are the top organizations reporting for the first quarter of 2014:

Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. $18,960,000 – up from $16,490,000 in 2013 Q4.
National Assn. of Realtors $7,120,000 – down from $12,620,000.
American Medical Assn. $6,310,000 – up from $4,240,000.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform $6,240,000 – up from $5,810,000.
United Technologies Corp. $5,808,000 – up from $3,870,000.
National Assn. of Broadcasters $5,280,000 – up from $3,800,000.
Dow Chemical Co. $5,100,000 – up from $1,530,000.
Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers (PhRMA) $4,680,000 – up from $4,050,000.
Business Roundtable $4,230,000 – up from $4,150,000.
National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. $4,140,000 – down from $6,660,000.
American Hospital Assn. $4,060,000 – down from $4,560,000.
Google Inc. $3,820,000 – down from $3,980,000.
By Kent Cooper Posted at 10:19 a.m.
Corporations, Lobbying

April 21, 2014

Comcast and Time Warner Cable Spend $5 Million Lobbying in Q1

Two communications companies hoping to gain government approval of the planned merger of their operations, have reported spending $5.02 million lobbying the federal government in the last three months, according to new federal reports.

Comcast Corporation, the largest mass media and communications companyreported spending $3,090,000 lobbying the federal government on all their issues during the first three months of 2014, a decrease from the $4,780,000 spent in the fourth quarter of 2013. During all of 2013, they spent $18,710,000 lobbying. Comcast is also the largest U.S. cable provider.

The Comcast Corporation & NBCUniversal PAC- Federal reported it gave out $295,000 to federal candidates during March. During January they gave out $165,500. During February they gave out $97,500. For 2013 and the first two months of 2014, the PAC gave out $1,693,500 – with Democrats receiving 52%. View financial profile.

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Chamber of Commerce Spends $19 Million on Lobbying in Q1 (Updated)

The Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. reported it spent almost $19 million on lobbying the federal government during the first quarter of the year.

The Chamber reported spending $18,960,000 in the first three months of the year, an increase from the $16,490,000 spent in the fourth quarter of 2013, when they were the organization that spent the most on lobbying.

The Chamber’s extensive report discloses a broad range of issues and legislation they are concerned about. The report itemizes the general issues, and details the specific lobbying issues and bills on which they lobby. Individual lobbyists are also identified.

Updated pm 4/21: An affiliated entity, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform reported it spent $6,240,000 during the first quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2013 they reported spending $5,810,000.

The first quarter reports are due on April 21st. Other selected filings received include Full story

By Kent Cooper Posted at 12:34 p.m.
Corporations, Lobbying

April 18, 2014

Labor Union Political Committees Contribute Heavily in March

The political committees of several national labor organizations moved large amounts of political contributions to federal candidates and committees during March, according to early reports.

The American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education reported contributing $898,000 to federal candidates and committees. This included $250,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC, and $100,000 to the House Majority PAC, another super PAC. They also made a non-federal contribution of $300,000 to the Democratic Governors Association.

The Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners reported contributing $336,000 in March.

D.R.I.V.E., the PAC of the International Brotherhood of Teamstersreported it gave $269,000 to federal candidates and committees. In non-federal contributions, they gave $200,000 to the Democratic Governors Association, and $200,000 to the Democratic Attorneys General Association.

In other early filings for March,  Full story

By Kent Cooper Posted at 2:17 p.m.
Corporations, Donors, PACs

UPS, FedEx Spend Over $3 million on Lobbying in 2014 Q1

Two of the largest courier and shipping services have reported spending more than $3 million on lobbying the federal government during the first quarter.

Both companies reported spending more than a million a month on lobbying legislation and regulations dealing with fuel taxes, trade, pensions, Department of Defense appropriations, security, healthcare, pharmaceutical distribution, and postal reform.

The United Parcel Service company reported spending $3,044,992 during the first quarter, up from reporting $1,561,4140 during the fourth quarter of 2013. During the quarter the company also lobbied on the minimum wage issue. During 2013, the company reported spending $5.6 million. A company spokesperson stated there were no new projects or programs in the first quarter, but there were accounting changes and once a year compensation calculations. View multi-year spending chart.

The FedEx Corporation reported spending $3,271,984 during the first quarter, up slightly from the $3,165,090 reported for the fourth quarter of 2013. FedEx also lobbied on the immigration issue in the first quarter. During 2013, the company spent $12,200,912. View multi-year spending chart.

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By Kent Cooper Posted at 12:54 p.m.
Corporations, Lobbying

Donor Pleads Guilty to Giving $180,000 in Contributions Through Others

A New York hotel magnate pleaded guilty Thursday to making $180,000 in contributions through straw donors to three federal campaigns.

Sant Singh Chatwal pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act by giving in the names of others, and for witness tampering. He agreed to forfeit $1 million.

From 2007 to 2011, Chatwal, founder of Hampshire Hotels Management LLC, and founder of the Bombay Palace restaurant, operated several businesses, including restaurants, hotels and a hotel management company. He used his employees, business associates, and contractors who performed work for Chatwall Associates, to solicit contributions on Chatwal’s behalf in support of various candidates and PACs, collect these contributions, and pay reimbursements on these contributions.

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April 16, 2014

Democratic Governors Association Raises $11.7 Million

The Democratic Governors Association reported raising $11,722,581 and spending $6,753,330 during the first quarter of the year.

Major individual donors included John P. Anderson (retired, AZ) $100,000; and Dennis Washington (founder, Washington Corporations, WA) $100,000.

Top corporate, association, and union donors included AFSCME (DC) $895,000; Service Employees Int’l. IPEA (DC) $495,000; DRIVE Committee (DC) $400,000; Int’l. Assn. of Fire Fighters (DC) $300,000; BlueCross BlueShield Association (IL) $250,000; WellPoint Inc; National Education Assn. (DC) $250,000 and $145,000 from the NEA Advocacy Fund (DC).

Other donors were Full story

Republican Governors Association Raises $22 Million, Lists Donors (updated)

Under the chairmanship of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican Governors Association reported more than $22 million in donations during the first quarter of the year.

The Republican Governors Association, a Section 527 political organization, reported to the I.R.S. receipts of $22,432,846 and disbursements of $15,643,221 during the first quarter of 2014.

Major individuals donors included Mike Shannon (managing director, KSL Capital Partners, WI) and wife Sue, $1 million; Lawrence Degeorge (CEO, LPL Investment Corporation, FL) $750,000; Kenneth Griffin (CEO, Citadel Group, IL) and wife Ann, $525,000 as well as $5,337 in-kind catering; Karen Wright (CEO, Ariel Corporation, OH) $500,000; Daniel Loeb (founder, Third Point LLC, NY); Bruce Kovner (financial executive, Caxton Alternative Management LP, NY) $500,000; $500,000; U.S. Chamber of Commerce & related entities (DC) $500,000; Thomas Rastin (executive vice president, Ariel Corporation, OH) $500,000; Paul Singer (founder, Elliott Management, NY) $500,000; Muneer Satter (investment manager, Satter Investment Management Inc., IL) $250,000; Linda McMahon (executive, CT) $250,000; Diane Wilsey (CEO, A. Wilsey Properties, CA) $250,000; and Donald Trump (chairman and president, The Trump Organization, NY) $250,000; Trevor Rees-Jones (president, Chief Oil & Gas, TX) $250,000; among others.

Top corporate donors included Full story

April 15, 2014

Study Finds Voluntary Corporate Political Spending Disclosure Lacking

Corporations that stated they would voluntarily disclose their political contributions have been criticized by an organization that went through I.R.S. reports of the recipients to see if the corporations disclosed all.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-profit 501c3 organization, compared the political spending disclosed by 60 companies to what Section 527 political organizations reported receiving from those companies.

The key findings from their new report, “The Myth of Corporate Disclosure Exposed,” stated (1) that 25 of 60 companies had significant discrepancies between what was disclosed and what was reported, (2) 20 companies failed to disclose any of their contributions to Section 527 political organizations, and (3) the discrepancies of 25 companies totaled more than $3.1 million between 2011 and 2013.

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Republican Super PAC Spends Against Republicans

The war chest of a Republican-oriented Super PAC has been filled by three donors giving hundreds of thousands of dollars in March, but the funds are being spent against a Democrat and several Republicans.

Ending Spending Action Fund, the super PAC of a 501c4 non-profit organization, reported it had receipts of $1,350,000 and disbursements of $375,438 during the first quarter of the year, leaving $977,621 cash on hand as of March 31st.

The super PAC founder, J. Joe Ricketts, former CEO and chairman of T.D. Ameritrade, gave $550,000 on March 17th. Paul Singer, CEO of Elliott Management Corporation, gave $350,000 on March 18th. The Baupost Group LLC of Boston, Massachusetts, gave $450,000 on March 28th.

The super PAC was set up to educate and engage taxpayers about wasteful and excessive government spending.

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April 14, 2014

Realtors, Goldman Sachs, Comcast Move Money to Cantor

New fundraising reports show the Realtors have engaged more than 75 individual realtors from 35 states to contribute during March to the leadership PAC of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the House Majority Leader.

The Realtors PAC gave Cantor’s PAC, Every Republican is Crucial (EricPAC), $5,000, and 77 realtors from 35 states contributed $34,500 more.

The PAC reported receipts of $380,206 and disbursements of $282,252, during March, leaving $539,394 cash on hand. The committee received $158,129 in transfers from joint fundraising committees; and $151,000 from PACs and other committees.

The Goldman Sachs Group PAC gave $5,000.  Lloyd Blankfein, CEO and chairman, gave $5,000. The Comcast PAC gave $5,000. The Google NetPAC gave $5,000.

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Chairman Goodlatte Receives $143,000 While Considering Legislation

While considering immigration legislation, and holding a March hearing on the Internet sales tax issue, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, received over $143,000 from Internet and high-tech company PACs, their executives and lobbyists.

Goodlatte’s joint fundraising committee, Goodlatte Victory Committee, reported it had receipts of $149,400 and disbursements of $148,768 from January 1 to March 31st., leaving $6,847 cash on hand. All but $6,000 of the receipts came in during the nineteen days after the chairman’s March 12th Internet sales tax hearing and a Silicon Valley fundraising event.

Chairman Goodlatte held the Silicon Valley fundraising event on March 19th. View the TechNet invitation and Roll Call’s article, “Goodlatte to Fundraise in Silicon Valley as Tech Community Pushes Immigration Fix.Full story

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