Posts tagged campaign cash
Posts tagged campaign cash
“Democrats, Republicans and the outside groups funding massive television blitzes have spent more than $100 million on television time to air general-election ads in battleground states critical to winning control of the Senate, according to public documents filed with television stations nationwide.”
The Moreland Commission in New York, the SEC moves against transparency, and campaign cash…for Christmas? It’s Public Campaign’s weekly money-in-politics roundup.
The growing fracking industry is “yielding gushers” of campaign donations for congressional candidates—particularly Republicans from districts with fracking activity—according to a new report from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
The report, “Natural Cash: How the Fracking Industry Fuels Congress,” examines a period spanning from 2004 to 2012. In that time, CREW finds, contributions from companies that operate hydraulic fracturing wells and fracking-related industry groups rose 180 percent, from $4.3 million nine years ago to about $12 million in the last election cycle.
“The digital currency Bitcoin is perhaps best known for its use in buying illegal drugs from online stores like the now-defunct Silk Road. An upcoming Federal Election Commission ruling will expand what you can buy with bitcoins into a strictly legal realm: purchasing politicians.
"The FEC is set to approve an advisory opinion this week allowing federal political campaigns to accept contributions in bitcoins. The agency will treat bitcoins the same way it treats donations of stock, as an in-kind gift worth the amount at which it was valued at the time of contribution.”
The Sunlight Foundation on the farm bill passed Monday night in the U.S. Senate:
As senators cast their votes today on the 1,139-page, $955 billion farm bill, the unseen backdrop is the more than $26 million in campaign cash that agribusiness has pumped into their political campaigns. All but two members of the current Senate have received money from these donors who represent every possible agriculture concern, from sugar growers to dairy farmers to chemical manufacturers and more.
- Invite to Sen. Barrasso’s “Oil and Gas Industry Lunch”, via Sunlight Foundation
"Hey Senator, thanks so much for voting to keep our billions in wasteful subsidies in place. Here’s $1,000 for your trouble.”
"After lobbying heavily before the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill became law in 2010, the top payday lenders did not slack off last year, and the companies have become a bigger source of campaign contributions for political candidates this election cycle, according to a report from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)." (Washington Post)