Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "fundraising":

"… payments to consultants and marketing. This doesn’t include spending on fundraising, events, research, data, list acquisitions, polling, voter outreach and ma …"

"… x return. American Bridge 21st Century also spent more than $1 million on fundraising but nothing to directly oppose or support candidates. The super PAC, spok …"

"… ington, D.C. "Our event, hospitality and catering expenses are related to fundraising activity,” Jordan Wiggins, a political assistant for the group, wrote in …"

"… dministrative costs for the current election cycle. American Crossroads’ fundraising costs made up a smaller percentage of its expenses compared to other group …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… esearch dropped from $185 million to $173 million. See here for more. The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010 did not, …"

Carrying concealed weapons just keeps getting easier

By Rick Schmitt

A multitude of states have eased requirements to carry concealed weapons

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ver since he voted for a national ban on assault weapons while a member of Congress in the mid-1990s.“It ticked off a lot of my Republican friends,” Irvin …"

Trading in favors

By Alex Knott and Aubrey Bruggeman

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2003 — Legislative favors, increased access to federal lawmakers and instructions on how to use loopholes to evade feder

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… p of people who are responsible for raising at least $100,000 each for the Republican Party. David, who has contributed more than $200,000 to the RNC since 2000, wrot …"

"… of the money I contributed to the RNSEC be allocated to help the New York Republican Party and Rick Lazzio [sic] defeat Hillary Clinton this fall, the letter states. …"

"… t 19 days after the letter, RNSEC shows a $25,000 transfer to the New York Republican Party, a sequence that seems to mirror the situation described in the letter.Doc …"

"… ry first Points of Light award; and since 1999 has donated $315,000 to the Republican Party, almost half of which ($150,000) came after the letter and before the 2000 …"

Shays-Meehan opens soft money loophole in the States

By John Dunbar

If the campaign finance reform bill that passed the House becomes law, it will eliminate a colossal loophole

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal law":

"… as “soft money” because it is not subject to the “hard” limits of federal law.Soft money was born in 1978 when the Federal Elections Commission gave the …"

N.C.'s public financing system drowned out by outside spending

By Chris Young

State supreme court elections vulnerable to outside spending by ideological groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… s certified in our [public financing] program don’t have that ability.”MichiganThe Michigan Supreme Court election is the nation’s most expensive judici …"

"… in our [public financing] program don’t have that ability.”MichiganThe Michigan Supreme Court election is the nation’s most expensive judicial race this …"

"… state’s highest court.“This is madness,” said Rich Robinson, of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, who says outside spending has reached a “ridic …"

"… ats on so-called “issue” ads, which are not reported to the state. The Michigan Campaign Finance Network has been monitoring the ads.The watchdog group es …"

Redistricting: GOP and Dems alike have cloaked the process in secrecy

By Nicholas Kusnetz

GOP, Dems alike have cloaked process in secrecy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… entucky, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Ohio, Alabama, Minnesota, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texa …"

Operating accounts

By Robert Moore

Alaska, Michigan, Ohio and South Carolina all have unlimited donation limits

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… eported each year by state political party organizations.Alaska, Michigan, Ohio and South Carolina state election regulations make explicit exceptions to …"

"… s it isn't required to be reported, so it's not done."Accounting for "Team Ohio"Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, both Repub …"

"… isn't required to be reported, so it's not done."Accounting for "Team Ohio"Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, both Republican …"

"… party with Gov. Taft at the official Governor's Residence, and to watch an Ohio State University football game from the governor's box seat at Ohio Stadiu …"