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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.  

Major donors included $1,360,000 from the NEA Advocacy Fund (DC) $900,000 from the American Federation of Teachers AFT (DC); $750,000 from AFSCME (DC);  $450,000 from the United Food Commercial Workers Intl. Union; $300,000 from SEIU IPEA (DC); $325,000 AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (AZ); $250,000 from Pfizer Inc. (OH); $250,000  from United Healthcare Services Inc.; $250,000 from SEIU Michigan State Council (MI); $150,000 from PhRMA (DC); and $150,000 from the International Union of Painters Allied Trades (DC).  

Democratic Governors Association Raises $11.7 Million

The Democratic Governors Association  reported  raising $11,722,581 and spending $6,753,330 during the first quarter of the year.  

Major individual donors included John P. Anderson (retired, AZ) $100,000; and Dennis Washington (founder, Washington Corporations, WA) $100,000.  

Donor who Gave Wendy Davis $1 Million, Gives Super PAC $1 Million

A family care physician in Austin, Texas, who gave $1 million to the Gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Wendy Davis last year, has tossed in another $1 million to a Texas super PAC.  

Battleground Texas, a Democratic-oriented super PAC, reported it received $1 million on 11/22 from Carolyn Oliver,  a physician and attorney in Austin Texas. The PAC is seeking to make Texas competitive for Democrats.  

New Reports Show Big Checks Flow for Politics

If you thought money in politics was limited, take a look at the big checks from donors being reported by Super PACs, joint fundraising committees, and Section 527 groups.  

Year-End campaign finance reports of candidates and political committees are due today, and disclose financial activity for the last part of 2013. While there are limits on how much can be given directly to federal candidates and a political committees, the limits are higher when several committees set up a joint fundraising committee. For Super PACs, that do not give directly to candidates but make independent expenditures, there are no limits. For Section 527 groups, there are no limits.