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Entries by Paul Blumenthal from 01/2013

Fiscal Cliff Deal Opposed By Major Conservative Groups

Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three influential conservative groups that helped to defeat Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" before Christmas called for a "no" vote on t...

Primary Challenges Spurred By Independent Political Groups Feared But Rare

Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the nation briefly tumbled over the "fiscal cliff" and the White House worked to cut a deal with Senate Republicans, political groups...

Cynthia Bauerly, FEC Commissioner, To Resign On February 1

Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cynthia Bauerly, one of six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission, handed in her resignation on Friday and will officially le...

Corporate Political Spending Pushes SEC To Consider Disclosure Rule

Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission announced last month that it will consider a proposed rule to require publicly traded corporation...

Campaign Finance Reform In Congress Moves Forward With Little Hope For Passage

Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2012 election was the most expensive in history, with a pricetag as high as $6 billion. This staggering amount brought with it many ...

Andrew Cuomo, Campaign Finance Reformers See 2013 As The Year For Change In New York

Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In each of his three State of the State addresses, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has given increasing levels of detail to his support f...

Ken Cuccinelli Receives $50,000 Koch Brothers Contribution

Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The gubernatorial campaign of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) raised 40 percent of its more than $1 million haul from donor...

Michele Bachmann Campaign Violations Alleged By Ex-Staffer

Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

A former adviser to Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) 2012 presidential campaign has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alle...

Public Financing Bills Reintroduced In Show Of Unity By Congressional Democrats

Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to show a unified front, five members of a campaign finance reform task force organized by House Democrats reintroduced thr...

Organizing For Action: Obama Campaign Relaunches As Issue-Based Nonprofit

Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama may have run the last campaign of his career, but his political organization is not going away. In an unprecedent...

Public Financing Of New York Elections Picks Up Key Vote With Cecilia Tkaczyk Senate Victory

Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the last outstanding race for a New York State Senate seat called on Friday, campaign finance reform in the Empire State is also lo...

Citizens United Third Anniversary Marked By Reformers With Push For Constitutional Amendment

Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics

ANNAPOLIS, MD. -- Campaign finance reformers are ringing in the third anniversary of the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision with dozens of ...

Mark Zuckerberg's Chris Christie Fundraiser Marks CEO's First Major Foray Into Politics

Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg likes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). According to a report by Buzzfeed, the nation's youngest billionaire will host ...

Organizing For Action Praised By Super PACs, Derided By Reformers

Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The relaunch of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign as an issues-based nonprofit called Organizing for Action (OFA) has been me...

CRFB Corporate Ties: Budget Watchdog Funded By Big Tobacco In 1990s Health Care Fight

Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is known in Washington as a nonpartisan budget watchdog, a central voice in calls to rein...

Foster Friess, Republican Mega-Donor, Vows To Give In 2014

Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican mega-donor Foster Friess declared Friday that he was going to contribute money to outside groups to help elect Republican can...

Ed Markey Calls For 'People's Pledge' To Limit Outside Spending In Massachusetts Senate Race

Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Massachusetts Senate candidate Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) wants to keep independent groups out of the special election he plans to run in ...

Progress Kentucky, Democratic Super PAC, Targets Mitch McConnell For Defeat In 2014

Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's just January 2013, but in the race to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after nearly three decades in the Senate,...

House Majority PAC Video Features House Democrats Singing Its Praises

Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In another sign of the close ties between super PACs and elected officials, seven newly minted Democratic House members appear in a prom...

Michael Bloomberg Super PAC Targets Pro-Gun Democrat In Illinois Special Election

Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

A super PAC funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has weighed in on Illinois' Democratic primary to replace retired Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. with a...

House Majority PAC Targets 10 House Republicans For 2014 Defeat

Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The leading Democratic super PAC is getting an early start on the 2014 election cycle. House Majority PAC announced on Thursday that...

Democratic Convention Donation Of $25,000 Came From Anti-Teachers' Union Group

Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

The host committee for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., reported receiving a $25,000 contribution from a conservative educa...

DNC Debt Totals $21 Million At Start Of 2013; Obama Campaign Owes Too

Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After running the most expensive campaign in U.S. political history, President Barack Obama's reelection team and the Democratic Nationa...

Mitt Romney Aides Get Big Post-Election Payments To Their Companies

Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made large payments to the companies of some top Romney aides in the final...