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Contributions Connected to the Wyly Family
Chad Outler | July 29, 2010
July 29, 2010 - According to the Washington Post, "The SEC has charged Samuel Wyly and Charles Wyly -- billionaire brothers in Texas who have been major political donors to conservative campaigns -- with reaping more than $550 million through fraudulent practices." Do your own analysis of recent campaign finance history using MAPLight.org's new contribution search.
Intelligence Companies Contribute Heavily to Lawmakers Extending War Funding
Owen Poindexter |
July 29, 2010 - Representatives voting for additional funding for the war received nearly twice as much from companies steeped in intelligence contracts as those voting against the measure.
TARP Produces a Return on Investment for Contributing Firms
Chad Outler | July 28, 2010
July 28, 2010 - A report released today has determined that 17 companies that received TARP funds distributed "ill advised" bonuses totaling some $1.6 Billion. Combining reported contributions by company PACs and employees, recipients of the "ill advised" funds have seen $75 in bonus cash for every $1 of campaign contributions.
The Storm Before the CFPB Nomination
Owen Poindexter |
July 26, 2010 - Though Elizabeth Warren has not even been nominated to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency created by the financial overhaul recently signed into law, the mere possibility has sparked action from legislators and organizations on both sides of the political spectrum.
Money and Votes on the Unemployment Benefits Bill
Pamela Behrsin |
VOTES AND MONEY ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS BILL
Unemployment Benefits Bill Heads to President
Jeffrey ErnstFriedman |
July 22, 2010 - Labor unions in support of the measure gave 12 times as much on average to House members voting 'yes' ($22,720) compared to members voting 'no' ($1,837).
Contributions Benefit Members Voting in Favor of Unemployment Benefits Extension
Chad Outler |
July 20, 2010 - The unemployment benefits extension bill (HR 4213) heads back to the House after obtaining enough votes to break a Republican blockade of the measure. The 60-40 vote was largely split along party lines. Interest groups in favor of passage gave Senators who voted for the bill an average of $268,593 compared to just $62,815 going to Senators who voted against passage.
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