independent-expenditures

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.  

American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic-oriented super PAC reported the following major donors: Mark Heising , investor, Medley Partners Management CA), $500,000; Ann Earhart , investor (CA) $400,000; Susie Buell , retired (CA) $250,000; Amy Fowler , author (NY) $250,000; and Phillip Ragon , founder, InterSystems (MA) $250,000.  

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.  

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.  

CWA PAC, formerly known as Citizens for a Working America PAC and based in Beaufort, South Carolina,  reported  it spent $1,031,400 from May 1 through July 2nd, on independent expenditures opposing Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.  

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.  

The Chamber paid Revolution Agency of Alexandria, Virginia, $779,116 for TV and digital advertisement to run from July 8th through July 22nd.  

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.  

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled  yesterday in Vermont Right to Life v. Sorrel.  Vermont Right to Life has two state accounts, one for a regular political committee that gives contributions, and one for a super PAC for making independent expenditures.  

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.  

The Federal Election Commission  (FEC) has sent a Request For Additional Information  (RFAI) to Mississippi Conservatives , a Super PAC supporting the re-election of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.  The committee has until August 1st to respond, or the failure to do so "could result in an audit or enforcement action."  

Millionaires Keep Shoveling Money Into Politics

The flow of money into politics continues with a steady stream of large contributions from millionaires and wealthy donors.  

Recent financial reports from Super PACs, showing May activity, disclose several large contributions. For example, American Crossroads , a Republican-oriented Super PAC reported receiving $1 million from Paul Singer , President and CEO of Elliott Management Group (NY); $200,000 from Ruben Martin , President and CEO of Martin Resource Management Corporation (TX); $100,000 from James MacDougald , chairman of Westshore Ventures (FL); and $100,000 from Geoff Palmer , owner, G.H. Palmer Associates (CA). The Super PAC had receipts o $1.66 million during May, and has $4.6 million cash on hand as of May 31st.  

Koch's Freedom Partners Action Fund Registers as Super PAC

A new Super PAC related to operatives of Koch Industries has registered  with the Federal Election Commission to make independent expenditures during the 2014 elections.  

Freedom Partners Action Fund  is based in Arlington, Virginia, with Thomas F. Maxwell as treasurer. The group registered as a Super PAC to raise funds in unlimited amounts, not to make contributions directly to federal candidates, but to make independent expenditures for or against candidates.  

Super PAC Spends Against New York Tea Party Candidate (Corrected)

Update 4:10pm A Republican Super PAC has spent over $500,000 opposing a New York tea party candidate in the June 24th Republican primary.  

The American Unity PAC , a Republican-oriented Super PAC, reported  it spent $559,516 opposing state assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., a tea party candidate in the 22nd Congressional District of New York. Tenney is running against Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., in the June 24th Republican primary. During the period April 1 through June 4th, the PAC raised $412,545 and sent $835,497, with $2,353,444 in cash on hand as of June 4th.  

After Cantor Shock, Independent Expenditures Resume (Updated)

Updated 8:00pm  The day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss, major national organizations quickly resumed making large independent expenditures for and against candidates in the 2014 elections.  

Those making independent expenditures on June 11th include American Crossroads  spending $461K, the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees PEOPLE  spending $652K, and the National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund  spending $400K.  Other spending included $600K spent by the Club for Growth Action, and $500K spent by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. American Crossroads spent $460,730 on independent expenditures opposing Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. This included $423,000 to Mentzer Media for TV and media placement; $20,000 to IMGE LLC for online advertising, and $17,730 to McCarthy Hennings Walen Inc. for TV and Media production.