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Take your kids to work at the FEC, and let them dis the place!

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Thursday was “take your kids to work” day. Apparently at the Federal Election Commission it was “take your kids to work and have them bash your employer” day. 411 more words

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Financing the conventions — even more cash from some usual suspects

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The last time the Democratic and Republican parties had to stage the quadrennial spectacles that serve as their presidential nominating conventions, they got a big assist from the taxpayers: The Federal Election Commission cut checks to each of the two parties for $18.2 million to pay for construction and other basic services required for the 2012 events. 1,125 more words

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Pennsylvania company caught in a straw donor scheme; Toomey donates money to charity

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Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who’s locked in one of the Senate’s closest races this cycle, and one other current lawmaker were among politicians on the receiving end of donations from players charged with making illegal campaign contributions by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office. 622 more words

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First quarter doldrums hit lobbying outlays for most, but pharmaceutical industry bucks the trend

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Lobbying clients overall apparently weren’t looking to burst out of the gate in 2016, but some of the biggest companies in the pharmaceutical industry pushed the pedal to the floor. 531 more words

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Bringing dark money out of the shadows: DarkMoney.org

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This was originally posted on the Knight Blog

Today we’re officially launching our newly redesigned Dark Money section, DarkMoney.org, tracking the activities of politically active nonprofits that don’t disclose their wealthy corporate and individual donors to the voters they seek to influence. 523 more words

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Are super PACs becoming captive to hedge funders? Six give nearly $10 million to presidential groups in March alone

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Hedge fund managers know something about when to hold and when to fold. Last month, they did more of the former when it came to political giving, holding steady with their pattern of making uber-contributions to presidential super PACs — even after the favored candidate of some of them dropped out of the race. 836 more words

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Forget the presidential top-spending House races stir (and revive) rivalries

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To find some of the best story lines this side of the presidential contest, look no further than the tubs of money sloshing around in… 811 more words

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