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Is the NRA Partisan in its Campaign Finance Activities? Looking for answers in AL, AK, AZ, AR, and CA

Ask the National Rifle Association whether it is a partisan organization, and it will issue strenuous denials.

NRA Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris Cox:

The political reality is that we have President Obama, who had at one point 60 Democratic votes in the Senate and a 39-vote margin in the House. If […]

Attacking in Groups: Where Independent Expenditures Against Candidates Come Together

This spring, the money hounds of wealthy and corporate America were unleashed by the Supreme Court, let go to spend unlimited amounts on political campaigns without disclosing the sources of their funds. As a result, the 2010 election season has seen an explosion of “independent expenditures” used to attack congressional candidates. While we can’t know […]

Three Times Now: Richard Burr rejects NC invitations, parties with DC lobbyists

In August of 2009, Senator Richard Burr said he didn’t have the time to attend a civic forum in his home state of North Carolina; he declined the invitation. But Burr did have time to attend a party thrown in his honor by DC Beltway lobbyists for the financial services industry. Many checks to Burr […]

Why is Jason Altmire Taking Coordinated Money from a Dallas Corporation?

Jason Altmire is a U.S. Representative in Congress. His job is to represent the people of the 4th district of Pennsylvania.

FEC data show that on October 23, 2009, Jason Altmire received a $1,000 check from the Tenet Healthcare Corporation PAC. Tenet is a for-profit corporation based in Dallas, Texas.

On March 19 2010, Jason […]

Why is Jason Altmire boosting Tax Cuts for the Rich?

Why did Democratic Representative Jason Altmire demand this week that his party champion tax cuts for the rich?

Follow the money:

(Sources: FEC, That’s My Congress)

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Joe Miller Campaign Misrepresents, Taking Out of State Money

As Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post reports, the Republican Senate campaign of Joe Miller has sent out campaign communications bragging:

We all know that Joe’s campaign isn’t receiving any monies from corporations or out of state entities.

Grim counters this claim by sleuthing out that Joe Miller is hiring a DC Beltway fundraiser, an […]

Pat Tiberi (R-AEP)

“Them who pay the piper call the tune.”

Who does Representative Patrick Tiberi represent? Well, who’s paying the piper? The most frequent source of contributions to Pat Tiberi in the 2009-2010 election cycle is an energy corporation called American Electric Power. 48 contributions by the AEP political action committee and AEP employees have been registered […]

OH-12: Paula Brooks Buckeye Cash Versus Pat Tiberi PAC Machine

In this year’s race for Ohio’s 12th District seat in Congress, Democratic challenger Paula Brooks has received more in campaign contributions from the people of Ohio ($723,795) than Republican incumbent Patrick Tiberi has ($712,701).

In total campaign dollars, however, Pat Tiberi holds an immense advantage, with a warchest of $2,118,311. Paula Brooks has only $994,336 […]

Americans Elect’s Sole Donor Makes the Top Ten 527 Cash List

The Center for Responsive Politics just released its list of the Top 10 biggest contributions by private individuals to Section 527 political groups in the 2nd quarter of 2010.

Rounding out the list:

#10 Peter Ackerman, former Wall Street investor and now in the leadership of the recent 527 group Americans Elect (formerly Unity08): $400,000 […]

Unity08 wins right to unlimited donations and secret-term loans. Watch for the relaunch.

In the 2008 presidential election cycle, the corporation called Unity08 used its media contacts with DC insiders such as David Broder and shared financial history with publications such as The Hill and Atlantic Monthly to spread word that it would run the first-ever secure online presidential nomination, the end of which would be for the […]

Help Me Solve the Tim Rupli Campaign Contribution Mystery

Tim Rupli, the lobbyist for credit card companies, payday loan operations and online high-interest lenders, has been doling out the cash, but to what end?

Through House of Representatives lobbying disclosure forms, which are a bit speedier than the FEC in reporting, Tim Rupli‘s campaign contributions to members of Congress for the 2nd half of […]