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November 23, 2014

Verizon Communications & Verizon Wireless Already Wired for PAC Money

The PAC of Verizon Communications has already pulled in contributions from employees and executives of Verizon Wireless to form a combined $2.5 million political operation.

Verizon Communications’ agreement Monday to buy the remaining 45 percent of Verizon Wireless, a joint venture with Vodafone Group, should not have a big impact on the political contribution program since the PAC operation of the two affiliated groups had already been combined.

The Verizon Communications Inc/Verizon Wireless Good Government Club had 2013 receipts of $772,692 and disbursements of $690,720 from Jan. 1 through July 24. The PAC has given $690,500 to federal candidates and committees this year. The PAC treasurer is Taylor Craig, who is based in Washington, D.C. The PAC has $326,952 cash on hand as of July 24.

In the full 2011-2012 cycle, the PAC had receipts of $2.5 million.  The PAC gave out $2,431,850 in contributions to candidates, party committees and leadership PACs. Candidates were given $1,748,350. Leadership PACs were given $453,000. Party committees received $230,500. The PAC gave 61 percent of its contributions to Republicans. Members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee received $307,000. View financial profile.

Lowell C. McAdam, CEO and President of Verizon Communications Inc., usually maxes out each year in giving $5,000 to the PAC. He also gives directly to candidates and committees. In 2012, he gave $30,800 to the Republican National Committee; $10,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee; $5,000 to Romney for President; among others.

2013 contributors include Michael A. Browne, Director of Federal Government Relations; Karen I. Campbell, Executive Director of Government Relations; Francis J.Cantrel, Executive Director-Lobbyist; Nneka N. Chiazor, Director, Federal Government Relations; Richard T. Cornwell, Director-Lobbyist; Taylor Criag, Director, Government Relations; Ulises E. Diaz, Director-Lobbyist; Robert Fisher, Director-Lobbyist; Joan Giambusso, Director-Government Relations; C.L. Hoewing, Executive Director, Government Relations; Karen M. Johnson, Director- Federal Government Relations; Michone T. Johnson, Jacqueline M. Kolego, Director-Lobbyist; Christopher B. MacKay, Director-Lobbyist; Joanna K. McIntosh, Executive Director-Lobbyists; Andrew M. Mekelburg, Director-Lobbyist; Marissa Mitrovich, Director-Government Relations; Mark S. Mullet, Director-Lobbyist; David Mullin, Director-Lobbyist; Charla Rath, Executive Director-Federal Government Relations; Jacquelynn Ruff, Executive Director-Federal Government Relations; Marcus H. Sachs, Director-Federal Government Relations; Paul R. Savary, Executive Director-Government Relations; David Young, Executive Director-Federal Government Relations; among others.

Lobbying expenditures by Verizon Communications totaled $13,510,000 in the last two quarters of 2012 and the first two quarters of 2013. Lobbying expenditures by Verizon Wireless totaled $456,000 for the four quarters of 2012. Verizon Wireless terminated their reporting of lobbying at the end of 2012.

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