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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).  

Labor Union Political Committees Contribute Heavily in March

The political committees of several national labor organizations moved large amounts of political contributions to federal candidates and committees during March, according to early reports.  

The American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education  reported  contributing $898,000 to federal candidates and committees. This included $250,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC, and $100,000 to the House Majority PAC, another super PAC. They also made a non-federal contribution of $300,000 to the Democratic Governors Association.  

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.  

Corporations Can Expect To Pay More For Conventions

Congress has taken steps to remove public funds from partially paying for national party conventions, but corporations, unions, and individuals will soon be on the hook for making up the difference.  

The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill by voice vote to end taxpayer funding for presidential party conventions and use those funds for researching pediatric cancer and other childhood disorders. The funds come from the $3 check-off on taxpayer annual returns.