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Influence Archive

Senate Enters Electronic Age With Personal Wealth Disclosures

The United States Senate has moved into the electronic age with its disclosure today of the personal wealth reports of Senators and candidates, although it still remains in the dark ages with no electronic filing of campaign finance reports.

Realtors, Accountants Move Big Bucks to Congress

Early disclosure reports of political contributions during April show realtors and accountants were major donors to members of Congress and candidates.

Bank Loan to Super PAC Backed by CD of an Anonymous Person (updated)

The Clarion-Ledger reported this afternoon that the treasurer of the Mississippi Conservatives, a super PAC supporting Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., stated the $250,150 loan it obtained from Trustmark was backed by a certificate of deposit owned by a person he would not name.

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.

Boehner May Not Need Tanning Support

The American Suntanning Association has registered a PAC to give contributions to federal candidates, but the perpetually tanned Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is one member of Congress who may not need their support.

PAC Contributions Returned

While members of Congress and federal candidates are known for soliciting millions of dollars from political action committees (PACs), there are a few instances when campaigns refund the money to PACs.

Five Joint Fundraising Committees Register at FEC

The Federal Election Commission has received five new registrations for political committees that will operate as joint fundraising committees, allowing a donor to easily write one check for a large amount. However, the check may not exceed the combined contribution limit for all the participating candidates/committees.

Bank Gives $250K Unsecured Loan to Super PAC (Updated)

In an unusual transaction, a Super PAC has reported receiving an unsecured $250,150 loan from a financial institution to use for making independent expenditures in the 2014 primary elections.

Chamber of Commerce Spends $5.2 Million on Ads

The Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. reported it spent $5.2 million last week on political advertisements for the 2014 elections. The Chamber identified how they sent the funds but did not report which corporations or donors provided the funds.

FEC Buys a Bit of Bitcoins

Another federal agency has bought into the use of the bitcoin virtual currency.

Top Corporate PACs Give Over $2 Million in Contributions

At the fifteen-month mark of this 2013-2014 election cycle, four corporate federal political action committees have already given out more than $2 million in contributions to federal candidates and committees.

Black Money Power: A Tsunami of Corporate Funds

Samsung Pays Akin Gump $1 Million for Lobbying

Organizations spent almost $822 million lobbying the federal government in the first quarter of the year, with one company paying over $1 million to a single lobbying firm.

Members of Congress Open Wallets and Pocketbooks

Members of Congress and senior Congressional staff may be a little distracted from legislative activity this week and next as they prepare to file their annual personal financial disclosure reports.

Chamber of Commerce Spends $1.2 Million on Independent Expenditures

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported late this afternoon that it spent $1.2 million Wednesday for independent expenditures for the 2014 elections.

ActBlue Receipts Jump In March

A Democratic fundraising committee had a big jump in receipts during March, enabling it to funnel almost $17 million to candidates and committees.

Broadcasters Fail To Disclose Public Data, But Expect Billions in Revenue

Broadcast television stations, who are paid billions by candidates and campaigns for political advertising on public airwaves, are not meeting federal disclosure requirements, according to two groups who have filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission.

Quick Reference Money Chart for 2014 Hot House Races

New campaign finance reports of incumbents and candidates for the most competitive and open-seat U.S. House races in 2014 show 39 candidates have war chests of over $1 million at the end of the first quarter of the year, including 11 who are not incumbents.

Time Warner Cable Gives $50,000 to Republican Group

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. …

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