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October 31, 2014

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July 15, 2014

Republican Governors Association Raises $24 Million

The Republican Governors Association, a Section 527 political organization,  reported it raised $24.1 million and spent $15.6 million during the second quarter of 2014.

Major donors included David Koch, executive VP, Koch Industries (NY) $2.5 million; Sheldon Adelson, CEO, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NV) $2.5 million; and Ken Griffin, CEO, Citadel Group (IL) $1.5 million.

Other top donors were Paul Singer, founder, Elliott Management (NY) $750,000; Exxon Mobil Corporation (TX) $500,000; John Paulson, president, Paulson & Co. (NY) $500,000; Marcus Hiles, CEO, WRPS Homes (TX) $500,000; Devon Energy Production Company (OK) $500,000; AstraZeneca (DE) $350,000; Jack Taylor, founder, Enterprise Holdings (MO) $300,000;  Duke Energy (NC) $275,000; Rex Sinquefield, retired (MO) $250,000; Leslie and Richard Gillam, Cumberland Development Co. (VA) $250,000; Comcast Corp. (PA) $250,000; Full story

Partisan Activities of Lerner Co-Worker at FEC

The blatant partisan activities of an employee of the Federal Election Commission have been detailed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is seeking information relating to a former co-worker, Lois Lerner. The loss of emails has hampered discovery.

The committee released a letter from chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to Lee Goodman, the chairman of the Federal Election Commission, asking for records and information about the activities of April Sands. The Inspector General of the Commission reported she could not obtain some of Sands’ emails, since the Commission had recycled her computer hard drive. As a result, there was no prosecution.

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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 10, 2014

Chamber of Commerce Spends $780K for Kingston

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported yesterday it spent $779,116 on July 8th for independent expenditures supporting Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.,  in the July 22nd Republican party Senate primary runoff election.

The Chamber paid Revolution Agency of Alexandria, Virginia, $779,116 for TV and digital advertisement to run from July 8th through July 22nd.

This brings the Chamber’s independent expenditures supporting Rep. Kingston to $1,415,451 for calendar year 2014. View earlier posting on the Chamber’s May 28th spending.

Kingston is running against David Perdue, R-Ga., to become the Republican opponent of Michelle Nunn, D-Ga., in the November General Election.

July 8, 2014

Bono’s One Action Ramps Up Lobbying

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The second 2014 quarterly disclosure report for Bono’s lobbying efforts has confirmed a major jump in direct advocacy efforts in 2014.

Bono co-founded One Action, a 501c4 non-profit organization that engages in grassroots and direct advocacy with policymakers and key influential persons around the world in support of smart and effective policies and programs, which are saving the lives of millions of people in the world’s poorest countries.

One Action reported it had spent $668,460 on lobbying the federal government in the second quarter of 2014. In the first quarter of 2014 it reported spending $694,623. These two 2014 quarters –  of spending more than $650,000 during each, are a substantial jump from the $425,000 to $500,000 spending per quarter in 2013. During the last twelve months, One Action has spent $2,255,801 on lobbying. View multi-year lobbying profile.

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July 3, 2014

Court Rules Super PAC Not Quite Independent

A federal court has ruled that a super PAC making independent expenditures was not functionally distinct from its sister committee that was making contributions to candidates.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled yesterday in Vermont Right to Life v. Sorrel. Vermont Right to Life has two state accounts, one for a regular political committee that gives contributions, and one for a super PAC for making independent expenditures.

The Court found that the two committees were “enmeshed financially and organizationally.” The two entities had shared staff and often made joint expenditures. The Court found the two had not been acting independently and thus must share the state’s limitations on contributions to candidates.

At the federal level, hybrid Super PACs may Full story

July 2, 2014

Washington, D.C. Lobby Firm Scores with U.S. Soccer

A Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm has scored $84,000 in the last year from the U.S. Soccer Foundation for lobbying the federal government.

McAllister & Quinn LLCreported yesterday it received $21,000 for their lobbying during the second quarter of 2014, bringing their 12-month total to $84,000.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation pays the firm to lobby on World Cup-related requests; Urban Soccer Symposium; Capitol Hill Day; and the Capital Soccer Classic/Congressional Soccer Competition.

The firm also lobbies on Full story

June 21, 2014

Supreme Court Justices’ Wealth/Income Reports Online

The new personal financial wealth and income reports of the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are now available online.

The Ethics in Government Act requires annual personal financial wealth and income reports from top officials in all three branches of government. The goal is to prevent conflicts of interest and deter corruption and the appearance of corruption of public officials.

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts made public on Friday the paper copies of financial reports covering calendar year 2013, for Chief Justice Roberts and the eight active Associate Justices. Since the Court does not make them available online, Political MoneyLine has scanned them each year and made them available here, under the tab for SCOTUS Personal Financial Disclosures.

The financial reports list assets and financial holdings in broad dollar ranges, and do not include the value of personal residences or spousal income, unless done voluntarily. Some view the filings to see if any Justice owns stock or has investments in a company that may relate to a matter that may come before the Court.

In 2013, some of the Justices supplemented their salary with brief teaching positions at education institutions and law schools. For example, Chief Justice Roberts taught a ten-day course in Prague, The Czech Republic.

Also, some are reimbursed for Full story

June 5, 2014

Congressional Visit to U.S. Citizen Imprisoned in Cuba

Four members of Congress traveled recently to Cuba to visit a U.S. citizen imprisoned since December 2009 in Cuba, a lost closer to home than Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s location.

The four members of Congress met with Alan Gross, 65, at a military hospital where he is currently serving a 15 year sentence. Gross was imprisoned in December 2009 for working against the government. The meeting was arranged by the Cuban Foreign Ministry.

In an interview with NBC, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., stated she thought Gross had lost a lot of weight and is desperate. Lee has visited Gross three times in the last four and a half years.

Gross was a subcontractor for the State Department’s Agency for International Development, working in Havana giving out communications equipment to Jewish groups as part of a democracy project. Gross had been providing cell phones, personal computers, and networking devices.

The May 3-6 trip was paid for by Full story

May 27, 2014

Chamber Sent $500K to RSLC Just Prior to NC Judicial Primary

The Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. sent $500,000 to a national Republican organization just in time to have an impact on the North Carolina Supreme Court primary election.

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), a Section 527 political organization, reported it had receipts of $1,625,373 and disbursements of $1,354,168 during April. The RSLC received $500,000 from the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. on April 25th. Earlier this year the RSLC had received $100,000 from the Chamber.

Other major donors during April included $230,000 from A. Henson, retired, from Cape Girardeau, MO; $100,000 from Astrazeneca Zeneca Services (DE); $100,000 from MMIC Agency, Raleigh, NC; $50,000 from the Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers (DC); and $50,000 from the American Beverage Association (DC).

The RSLC contributed $900,000 to Justice for All NC, including $650,000 on April 23rd and $250,000 on April 30th. The RSLC also gave $75,000 to Keep Conservatives United, based in Raleigh, N.C.

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May 23, 2014

Fundraising Starts for Lois Lerner’s Legal Bills

A fundraising effort has started to help pay the legal bills of former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner.

On May 7th, the House of Representatives approved a contempt citation against Lois G. Lerner, former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, for “refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform.” Lerner handled matters relating to the tax-exempt status of organizations.

This week’s fundraising letter was addressed to former employees of the Federal Election Commission, where Lerner worked prior to the Internal Revenue Service. The letter, states, in part:

“We are quite concerned about the heavy financial burden (not to mention the psychological burden) these partisan actions have imposed on Lois. She has lost her job, been subjected to death threats, and has been forced to incur significant costs in retaining legal counsel. Hence, we’ve decided that we must do what we can to help her. Clearly, we cannot get Lois her job back or stop the hate mail. However, we can reach out to others to seek help in defraying her legal defense expenses.”

The letter was signed by two former employees of the Commission.

Editor’s note: This letter was received by the post’s writer, who is a former FEC employee.

May 21, 2014

Chamber of Commerce Sends $100,000 to Pro-Cochran Super PAC

A Super PAC supporting Sen. Thad Cochran in the 2014 Mississippi Republican Primary has reported receiving $100,000 from the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.

The Mississippi Conservatives PAC reported receiving $164,150 and disbursing $61,213 from April 1st through May 14th, leaving $132,600 cash on hand as of May 30th, and $220,150 in debts owed.

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May 20, 2014

Super PAC Revived with $1 Million for 2014 Elections

A Super PAC that has been dormant since the 2012 elections has been revived with $1 million for the 2014 elections.

The Government Integrity Fund Action Network, a Republican-oriented Super PAC, reported it had receipts of $1 million during the month of April. The PAC reported the $1 million came from its sister organization, the Government Integrity Fund of Grove City, Ohio.

In the 2012 elections the Super PAC had receipts of $2.5 million, and spent over $1,099,998 on independent expenditures against House candidate Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn.; $1.3 million for Senate candidate Josh Mandel, R-Ohio; and $31,750 against presidential candidate Barack Obama, D. It’s sister organization, the Government Integrity Fund contributed $1,907,250.

The Super PAC was profiled by ProPublica in a recent reportWhat Happens When a Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules? Nothing.

May 19, 2014

Newest Member of Congress Joins Washington Money Circuit, Starts PAC

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The newest member of Congress, after only 60 days in office, has started a new federal PAC to raise funds, in addition to his regular campaign committee.

Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., who was sworn in on March 13th, has registered Seagrass PAC with the Federal Election Commission. The PAC is based in Tampa, Florida, with Nancy Watkins of Robert Watkins Co., handling the duties as treasurer.

Jolly, who won a special election in March, raised $1.4 million this cycle through March 31st, including $410,000 from PACs and other committees. His campaign committee reported $19,747 cash on hand as of the end of March, with debts of 235,487. View his financial summary.

Rep. Jolly sits on  the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

In other filings, The Howard Coble Fund, has registered with the Full story

May 15, 2014

Members of Congress Jet to Japan for Free

Thirteen members of Congress and eight spouses flew to Japan in April on a free week-long trip for a conference in Kyoto, Japan.

The Aspen Institute’s Congressional Program paid over $200,000 to send 13 members of Congress and eight spouses to a conference in Kyoto, Japan, from April 11th through the 18th. The conference was on America’s Rebalance toward Asia: Trade, Security and Resource Interests in the Pacific.

Receiving the gift of free travel and accommodations were Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and spouse $20,983; Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and spouse $15,898; Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., and spouse $21,290; Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., and spouse $9,526; Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and spouse $16,774; Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., $9,377 (did not accept free travel on return trip); Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Calif., $9,070; Rep Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., $17,660; Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., and spouse $16,774; Rep. Patrick Nunnelee, R-Miss., and spouse $18,524; Rep. David Price, D-N.C., and spouse $17,620 (Price stayed another 4 days at personal expense); Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and spouse $18,774; Rep. Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill., $9,987.

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