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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 | August 04, 2010
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 | August 03, 2010
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.
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 - 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.
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