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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.  

Major donors included David Koch , executive VP, Koch Industries (NY) $2.5 million; Sheldon Adelson , CEO, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NV) $2.5 million; and Ken Griffin , CEO, Citadel Group (IL) $1.5 million.  

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.  

The committee released a letter  from chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to Lee Goodman, the chairman of the Federal Election Commission, asking for records and information about the activities of April Sands. The Inspector General of the Commission reported she could not obtain some of Sands' emails, since the Commission had recycled her computer hard drive. As a result, there was no prosecution.  

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.  

Bono's One Action Ramps Up Lobbying

Bono

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

Bono co-founded One Action , a 501c4 non-profit organization that engages in grassroots and direct advocacy with policymakers and key influential persons around the world in support of smart and effective policies and programs, which are saving the lives of millions of people in the world's poorest countries.  

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.  

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.  

McAllister & Quinn LLCreported  yesterday it received $21,000 for their lobbying during the second quarter of 2014, bringing their 12-month total to $84,000.  

Supreme Court Justices' Wealth/Income Reports Online

The new personal financial wealth and income reports of the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court  are now available online.  

The Ethics in Government Act requires annual personal financial wealth and income reports from top officials in all three branches of government. The goal is to prevent conflicts of interest and deter corruption and the appearance of corruption of public officials.  

Congressional Visit to U.S. Citizen Imprisoned in Cuba

Four members of Congress traveled recently to Cuba to visit a U.S. citizen imprisoned since December 2009 in Cuba, a lost closer to home than Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's location.  

The four members of Congress met with Alan Gross , 65, at a military hospital where he is currently serving a 15 year sentence. Gross was imprisoned in December 2009 for working against the government. The meeting was arranged by the Cuban Foreign Ministry.  

Chamber Sent $500K to RSLC Just Prior to NC Judicial Primary

The Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. sent $500,000 to a national Republican organization just in time to have an impact on the North Carolina Supreme Court primary election.  

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) , a Section 527 political organization, reported it had receipts of $1,625,373 and disbursements of $1,354,168 during April. The RSLC received $500,000 from the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.  on April 25th. Earlier this year the RSLC had received $100,000 from the Chamber.