April 23, 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.

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.

Top Ranking of Organizations Lobbying the Government

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

War Chest of House Democrats Grows to $40 Million

The two House Congressional campaign committees added to their war chests during March, with the Democrats topping $40 million. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported it had receipts of $10,340,790 and disbursements of $4,511,496 during March, leaving $40,239,885 cash on hand on March 31st. The Committee raised $3.8 million from contributors giving $200 or less, and $3.7 million from those giving more than $200. The committee received $2.5 million from PACs and other committees, and…

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.

National Party Committees Raise Equal Amounts in March

Both the national party committees reported raising $10 million during March, but the Democrats are still $14 million in debt.

Republican Super PAC Raises Over $5 Million From Big Donors

A Republican Super PAC has raised $5.2 million in the first quarter of the year from 24 donors.

Obama's Advocacy Group Has Million-Dollar Donor

President Obama’s advocacy group is continuing to receive donations of several hundred thousands of dollars, including one of $500,000 in the first quarter, which brings the donor’s aggregate contribution total to $1 million since the group was founded.

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.

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.

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.

Orthopaedic Surgeons Work On Congress

While it was pushing for a “doc fix” to delay cuts in Medicare payments to physicians, the PAC of orthopaedic surgeons contributed over $360,000 to Congressional candidates, leadership PACs, and party committees during the first quarter of the year.

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.

Online Advertising Helps Hillary Clinton Super PAC Raise $5.7 Million

A Super PAC encouraging a presidential run by Hillary Clinton has spent over $1.5 million for online advertising during the last 15 months and raised over $5.7 million.

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