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House Returns from Recess to Send Teachers to Work
Jeffrey ErnstFriedman | August 10, 2010
Aug. 10, 2010 - Teacher's unions, a group that will benefit from the legislation, contributed over $3 million in contributions to House members from June 3, 2008 to June 4, 2010. Teachers will see $10 billion in funds channeled to states, a return of over $3,000 for every $1 contributed. On average, House members voting in favor of passage received $11,920 from teacher's unions, while House members voting against passage on average only received $753 on average.
Google/Verizon Deal Marks a Line in Net Neutrality Sand
Chad Outler | August 09, 2010
Aug. 9, 2010 - The Washington Post reported on Monday that Verizon and Google have negotiated an agreement regarding prioritizing the tranmission of certain content over the Internet. On Friday, rumors of an impending deal had scuttled net neutrality discussions the Federal Communications Commission had been conducting, according to Politico.
Once-Influential Lobbyist Indicted on Illegal Contributions Charges
Jeffrey ErnstFriedman | August 06, 2010
Aug. 5, 2010 - Since the 2002 election cycle, PACs associated with PMA Group have given 1,199 contributions totaling $1,214,748 to elected members of Congress who have served in the 109th, 110th and 111th congresses. In that same time frame, members of the Magliocchetti family, including Paul, gave close to a half a million dollars to members of Congress elected since the 109th Congress.
Senate Moves for Final Vote on State, Teacher Funding Bill
Jeffrey ErnstFriedman |
Aug. 4, 2010 - Union groups in favor of passage gave on average 62 times more in contributions to lawmakers voting 'yes' ($26,984) as to lawmakers voting 'no' ($438).
Rep. Jane Harman’s Husband Purchases Newsweek
Owen Poindexter |
Aug. 2, 2010 - Newsweek magazine, owned by the Washington Post Company, has been purchased by billionaire Sidney Harman. Harman, founder of electronics manufacturer Harman International Industries is married to California Rep. Jane Harman.
House Passes CLEAR Act
Jeffrey ErnstFriedman |
July 30, 2010 - Interest groups against passage gave four times as much on average in campaign contributions to lawmakers voting 'no' ($17,739) compared to lawmakers voting in favor of passage ($4,439).
Contributions Connected to the Wyly Family
Chad Outler |
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.
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