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Pro-Clinton super PAC creators have dubious pasts

September 24, 2013
Center for Public Integrity

Legal woes, bankruptcy and questionable identities among 'Time for Hillary' leaders' troubles

By Michael Beckelemail

Simon Sioni, a 29-year-old developmentally disabled man from Encino, Calif., dreamed of working for a restaurant, even taking cooking classes.

He never envisioned that his ill-fated quest for employment would help shine light on the hidden side of a new Hillary Clinton-themed super PAC.

Democrats eye super PACs for state races

September 22, 2013
Politico.com

By: Manu Raju and Byron Tau

Shell-shocked by the dominance of Republican-controlled state legislatures, Democrats in Washington are fighting back with something they once deplored: super PACs.

The Fund for Jobs, Growth and Security, a Washington super PAC, is setting its sights on New Jersey, making the state a new frontier in the high-dollar, sharp-edged campaign finance wars that have roiled the political landscape since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010.



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Donors’ Funds Sidestep Law, Aiding Christie

September 17, 2013
New York Times

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

In early May, Gov. Chris Christie arrived at the Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey for a political fund-raiser. Donors, many of them longtime backers of his, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and views of the Lower Manhattan skyline while he spoke of the important work to be done on issues like jobs and the economy.



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Group behind anti-gay robocalls hit with complaint

September 1, 2013
Windy City Times

by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
 
A political action committee fighting Illinois equal marriage is facing allegations that it broke state election law in failing to disclose funds taken from the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM).
The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) has hit the African American Clergy Coalition with a complaint for not disclosing that more than a third of its funds came from NOM, ICPR announced.

ICPR Files Complaints Against Two SuperPACs

Alleges Two SuperPACs Failed to Acknowledge Largest Donors
 
[Chicago] The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) announced today that it has filed complaints against two Illinois SuperPACs for failing to comply with state election statutes.

ICPR Statement on the Signing of HB 2418, the Election Code Omnibus Bill

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     Contact: David Morrison

Quinn to sign bill allowing online voter registration in Illinois

July 26, 2013
Chicago Tribune

By Monique Garcia Clout Street

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign a measure into law Saturday that will make Illinois the 18th state to allow voters to register online.

Supporters say the move could increase turnout at the polls and cut down on paperwork costs, while critics question the security of an online registration system and say there is a potential for fraud in a state where Chicagoans have been known to vote from beyond the grave.

Super PACs, other independent political groups already setting pace for 2016 presidential race

July 22, 2013
Washington Post

By Matea Gold

The Democrats have established their 2016 war room in a glassy new building in downtown Washington. The Republicans are setting up shop across the Potomac River in the Northern Virginia suburbs.

Conservative donors eye independent groups with new skepticism

June 22, 2013
Washington Post

By Matea Gold,

Charlie Spies knows how to raise money. The Republican lawyer helped rake in $153 million for Restore Our Future, the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC.

But he’s had a harder slog with one of his latest projects, Republicans for Immigration Reform, a super PAC that aims to be a dominant force in the fight over revamping the country’s immigration laws. So far, the organization has made just a tiny ad buy in South Carolina and financed a poll with two other advocacy groups.