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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 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.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported late this afternoon that it spent $1.2 million Wednesday for independent expenditures for the 2014 elections.
A Democratic fundraising committee had a big jump in receipts during March, enabling it to funnel almost $17 million to candidates and committees.
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.
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‘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.
Campaign committees are sometimes money makers, but when they are, they must pay taxes, as President Obama’s campaign did with a $523,000 payment to the I.R.S.
New campaign finance reports of incumbents and candidates for the U.S. Senate in 2014 show eight incumbents have war chests of over $5 million at the end of the first quarter of the year.
Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., was indicted on Monday on charges of underreporting payroll for his New York health-food restaurant, Healthicious.
A close friend of Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y,. was indicted on Friday for federal campaign finance violations.
At any given time there are always some members of the House of Representatives who find themselves in the need of having to pay for attorneys and legal services. In some instances, a member may have been dealing with the House Office of Congressional Ethics or the House Ethics Committee, such as Reps. Andrews, Bachmann, Bishop, Grimm, McMorris Rodgers, Mullin, Owens, and Schock.
The Federal Election Commission is making available online updated resources for those involved in the 2014 elections.
Internet-related companies continued to keep their connections with Congress and the executive branch by lobbying during the first three months of the year.
Five pharmaceutical companies have reported million-dollar increases in their spending on lobbying the federal government during the first quarter of 2014.
Twenty-five organizations have reported spending more than $1 million a month lobbying the federal government in 2014.
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.
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.