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Big Checks Strengthen Super PACs

Super PACs collect contributions in unlimited amounts for making independent expenditures, and new disclosure reports show some donors are willing to write a check for a quarter of a million dollars, or more.

Republican Governors Association Raises $24 Million

The Republican Governors Association, a Section 527 political organization, reported it raised $24.1 million and spent $15.6 million during the second quarter of 2014.

Democratic Governors Association Raises $13.8 Million

The Democratic Governors Association, a Section 527 political organization, reported raising $13.8 million and spending $12.1 million, during the second quarter of 2014.

Ernst & Young Agrees To Pay $4 Million Over Lobbying Violations

A national accounting firm has agreed to pay $4 million to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission that the firm violated rules relating to lobbying activities while claiming to be an independent auditor. In the settlement, Washington Council EY, a unit of Ernst & Young, agreed to pay $4,071,925.98 including disgorgement, interest, and civil penalty. The settlement details the House and Senate lobbying activities of the firm, including letters, meetings, and draft legislation.…

Partisan Activities of Lerner Co-Worker at FEC

The blatant partisan activities of an employee of the Federal Election Commission have been detailed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is seeking information relating to a former co-worker, Lois Lerner. The loss of emails has hampered discovery.

Small Donors, Retirees Still Fuel Palin

Former Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin is covering her ongoing political expenses with the help of retirees and others providing small donations to her PAC.

AFL-CIO Moves $3 Million to Super PAC

The AFL-CIO moved $3 million to a Super PAC for use during the 2014 elections, as well as for its Immigration Activism program.

Dickstein Shapiro Losses $2 Million Lorillard Tobacco Account

A major Washington lobbying firm reported it is no longer lobbying for a top tobacco company, which usually paid the firm $2 million a year.

Super PAC Spends $1 Million Against Kingston

A Republican-oriented Super PAC has reported spending more than $1 million against Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., in his July 22nd Republican Party Senate primary run-off election.

Chamber of Commerce Spends $780K for Kingston

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported yesterday it spent $779,116 on July 8th for independent expenditures supporting Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., in the July 22nd Republican party Senate primary runoff election.

Paul Ryan Collects Almost $7 Million (Corrected)

Corrected, 10:30 a.m. -- 2012 vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul D. Ryan has had the time and opportunity to methodically meet and greet the top financial donors of the Republican Party around the country – and collect almost $7 million dollars in campaign contributions.

Bono's One Action Ramps Up Lobbying

The second 2014 quarterly disclosure report for Bono’s lobbying efforts has confirmed a major jump in direct advocacy efforts in 2014.

New Bill Relative To Lobbyists and Candidates

A bill recently introduced in Congress would require lobbyists to identify relatives who are senior government officials, and prohibit candidates and their committees from employing relatives.

FEC Provides Reminder and Resources for Upcoming Deadline

Federal candidates, PACS, and party committees have a major reporting deadline coming up that will provide the public with an update on the campaign financing of the 2014 elections. The Federal Election Commission has provided a reminder and resources to filers. July Quarterly Filing Reminder. Quarterly filers have a report due on Tuesday, July 15 (covering activity through June 30). Quarterly reports sent by registered, certified or overnight mail must be postmarked no later than…

Court Rules Super PAC Not Quite Independent

A federal court has ruled that a super PAC making independent expenditures was not functionally distinct from its sister committee that was making contributions to candidates.

Washington, D.C. Lobby Firm Scores with U.S. Soccer

A Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm has scored $84,000 in the last year from the U.S. Soccer Foundation for lobbying the federal government.

FEC Seeks Answers From Pro-Cochran Super PAC

The federal agency regulating and monitoring money in federal elections is seeking answers from a pro-Cochran Super PAC regarding what appears to be campaign finance violations.

Obama Selects Portman Supporter for VA Head

President Obama has selected a former CEO of Procter & Gamble Company and financial supporter of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, to be the next Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Candidates Rush to Collect Funds by June 30th Deadline

The 2014 U.S. Senate and House campaigns are rushing to collect contributions prior to the June 30th close of their financial books.

Clawson Is Newest Millionaire In Congress

A millionaire, who self-financed most of his congressional campaign, was sworn in yesterday as the newest member of Congress.

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