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Influence Archive

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.

DNC Chips Away at Debt, NRCC Has Receipts Chipped Away

The two major national political party committees reported similar fundraising receipts during April, but the House Republican committee reported lower fundraising results than the Democrats.

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.

A $5 Million Check Fuels Super PAC

A Democratic-oriented Super PAC reported today it received $5 million from an individual for use in making independent expenditures in the 2014 elections.

Dinesh D'Souza Pleads Guilty to Illegal Contributions

A former college president and conservative filmmaker has pleaded guilty to one count of making illegal campaign contributions in a federal election.

Money Disclosed in Super PACs, Except One

New federal financial reports from Super PACs continue to show the use of hundreds of thousands of dollars from individuals for impacting on the 2014 elections. However, the big exception is $250,000 from an unknown source that a Super PAC has not identified.

Newest Member of Congress Joins Washington Money Circuit, Starts PAC

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.

Personal Finances of President Obama and Vice President Biden Disclosed

President Obama and Vice President Biden filed their personal financial disclosure reports this week and the White House has made them public.

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

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