Time Warner Cable‘s political money and connections were in play during March when it gave $50,000 to a Republican political committee that supports state and local GOP campaigns.
During the first quarter of the year, Comcast and Time Warner spent $5 million lobbying the federal government. Time Warner Cable and Comcast are seeking government approval of their merger.
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) reported it had receipts of $750,688 and disbursements of $452,951 during March. Corporate funds from Time Warner Cable were part of those receipts.
Major donors included $100,000 from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; $50,000 from Time Warner Cable on March 28th; $55,000 from Lorillard Tobacco Company (NC); $55,000 from PLS Financial Services (IL);$50,075 from Walgreens Company (IL); $40,000 from the American Society of Anesthesiologists; $25,000 from eBay Inc. (CA); $25,000 from Dow Chemical Company (MI); $25,000 from Consol Energy (PA); $25,000 from Travelscape LLC (MO); $25,000 from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP); $25,000 from Waste Management (TX); and $25,000 from General Motors; among others.
Energy Future Holdings Corporate Services contributed $12,000 on March 21st. Energy Future Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday.
The RSLC paid $40,008 to Baker Hostetler for legal fees, and $12,566 to Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice LLP for legal fees.
The RSLC paid $18,025 during March to 3DNA Corp. (CA) for their website. Earlier this month the RSLC announced it had created a new political website suffix .GOP to build the GOP’s online community. View earlier Political MoneyLine posting.
On Tuesday, the RSLC announced that it is launching a Judicial Fairness Initiative to elect down ballot, state-level conservatives, in judicial races. The group has already contributed $650,000 to Justice for ALL NC that is spending money on TV ads against a North Carolina Supreme Court Justice, according to an article in the Washington Post. View earlier Political MoneyLine posting on Justice for All.
In January 2014, a group of state attorneys general split off from the RSLC and formed their own Section 527 committee, the Republican Attorneys General Association.