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Mileage Representative Aaron Schock Billed For Personal SUV Adds To Legal Woes

Former congressman Aaron Schock purchased and returned several Chevy Tahoes while in office using campaign contributions. Why didn’t he keep the SUV’s? Too many miles.

March 25, 2015

Lobbyists Work To Kill California Bill That Would Outlaw Flimsy Plastic Grocery Bags

By Jessica Calefati, San Jose Mercury News SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lobbyists have launched a frenzied eleventh-hour effort to kill a bill that would make California the first state to outlaw flimsy plastic grocery bags, delaying a key vote and setting up one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year. Last week, the bill seemed […]

August 21, 2014

Cuomo Has Raised Millions Through Loophole He Pledged To Close

by Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica. When he ran for office four years ago, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo pledged to close a loophole in the state’s campaign finance regulations allowing corporations and individuals to pour unlimited amounts of money into politics. Instead, he’s become the loophole’s biggest beneficiary. New York State forbids corporations from giving […]

June 13, 2014

Democratic Senators: Amend Constitution To Limit Money In Elections

By Stephanie Haven, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Senate began debate Tuesday on a Democrat-proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the government to regulate campaign money again, a response to recent Supreme Court rulings that removed limits on certain election contributions. Democrats argue that the Supreme Court’s decisions in two cases allowed billionaires — […]

June 3, 2014

Supreme Court Says Political Donors Can Spread Wealth Much More Widely

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday further opened up the taps for political campaign contributions, with a bombshell ruling that removes long-standing limits on how much total money an individual can contribute to federal candidates. In what amounted to a 5-4 decision, the court’s conservatives declared that the […]

April 2, 2014

U.S. Court Removes Limits On Overall Campaign Donations

Washington (AFP) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday removed the overall limit on contributions a donor can make to political candidates or campaign committees, in a rebuff to President Barack Obama. But the top court, in a ruling read by Chief Justice John Roberts, retained limits on the amount of money an individual donor […]

April 2, 2014

McConnell Says Liberal California Billionaire Just Like The Kochs

By Evan Halper, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid resumed his polemic against the Koch brothers Tuesday, Republicans were quick to respond, noting they are not the only ones with a generous billionaire in their corner. The debate on the Senate floor quickly turned to Tom Steyer, the former San […]

March 4, 2014