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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

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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Ex-House leader DeLay's convictions overturned by Texas court

September 19, 2013
Chicago Tribune

Karen Brooks Reuters

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned the 2010 convictions of former House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay for money laundering and conspiracy, citing insufficient evidence.

Dubbed "the Hammer" for his hard-driving, partisan style, DeLay had been accused of conspiring to illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate campaign donations to Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature in the 2002 elections.

Donors’ Funds Sidestep Law, Aiding Christie

September 17, 2013
New York Times


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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Hultgren campaign fined for misstating financials

August 27, 2013
Kane County Chronicle


The congressional campaign of U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, will have to pay a $2,500 penalty to the Federal Election Commission after an audit showed a misstatement of receipts and expenditures for 2009 and 2010.

According to the FEC’s audit, Randy Hultgren for Congress’ financial reports showed understated receipts by $9,440 and spending by $7,911 for 2009.

In 2010, Hultgren’s campaign understated receipts by $83,278 and spending by $58,694 and the ending cash-on-hand by $26,113.

Private lobbyists get public pensions in 20 states

August 25, 2013
Associated Press

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- As a lobbyist in New York's statehouse, Stephen Acquario is doing pretty well. He pulls down $204,000 a year, more than the governor makes, gets a Ford Explorer as his company car and is afforded another special perk:

Even though he's not a government employee, he is entitled to a full state pension.

Winfield congressman penalized by FEC

August 24, 2013
Chicago Tribune

Rep. Hultgren ordered to pay $2,500 for failing to report $83,000 in contributions, loans

By Katherine Skiba, Chicago Tribune reporter

— Rep. Randy Hultgren's campaign must pay a $2,500 penalty and bolster its internal controls after an FEC audit determined that it failed to report more than $83,000 in receipts in 2010 when Hultgren first ran for Congress.

Iowa ethics board to decide Aug. 8 whether to investigate marriage group

July 26, 2013
DesMoines Register

by Jennifer Jacobs

A Republican gay rights activist hopes the state ethics board will vote on Aug. 8 to open an investigation into the National Organization for Marriage.

Former presidential candidate Fred Karger of California filed a complaint last month against the National Organization for Marriage, a Washington, D.C.-based organization, saying it violated state law by not disclosing who contributed money during its Iowa efforts to oust Iowa Supreme Court justices during the elections in 2010 and 2012.

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Business Executives Call Political Giving ‘Pay to Play’

July 24, 2013
Bloomberg News

By Julie Bykowicz

Top U.S. business executives say major political contributors such as themselves wield too much political influence.

A new poll of company leaders shows that 75 percent of them regard political giving as “pay-to-play,” and even more said they’d like the campaign-finance system vastly improved or completely rewritten.

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.