democratic governors association

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.  

National Section 527 Organizations Raise Over $133 Million

New financial reports from national political organizations, organized under Section 527 of the I.R.S. code, have brought the total of money raised last year to over $133 million, an increase of over $50 million from new reports filed in the last few days.  

The 488 national Section 527 organizations which impact indirectly on federal elections raised $133,007,637 in 2013.  

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.  

NEA Adds $5 Million to Advocacy Fund

A teachers union has contributed $5 million of its members' money to its super PAC for making independent expenditures, and spending on state and local elections.  

The NEA Advocacy Fund,  a super PAC, reported it received $5 million from the National Education Association  during the last six months of 2013. The NEA gave $1 million on 8/27, $730,000 on 9/26, and $3,270,000 on 10/1.