“‘It’s just inherently intimidating’: Watchdog agency under fire for pressuring groups it regulates to oppose legislation”

LAT: A rare and heated dispute has erupted between California’s campaign finance regulators  and open-government groups that have accused the watchdog agency of pressuring them to rescind their support for legislation designed to show who is funding political ads. Supporters of the bill … Continue reading

Share

Adelson Gives Trump Super PAC a Relatively Paltry Sum of $5 Million; More Generous Supporting Rs for House and Senate

CNN: Conservative megadonor Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, have committed roughly $45 million so far to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and downballot Republicans’ attempt to control Congress, according to a person familiar with Adelson’s thinking. The billionaire on Tuesday … Continue reading

Share

Breaking: Court Holds FEC Applied Wrong Test to See If Koch-Allied Groups are Breaking Law by Not Registering as Political Committees

Major win for CREW here. The court’s opinion granting CREW summary judgment explains that the three (Republican) FEC Commissioners used the wrong test to decide if AAN and AJS (501(c)(4)s that don’t disclose their donors) violated the law by not … Continue reading

Share

“In major shift, Koch consolidates network of advocacy groups into Americans for Prosperity”

Matea Gold for WaPo: Billionaire Charles Koch is consolidating the array of conservative advocacy groups financed by his donor network, merging all the organizations into the main political arm, Americans for Prosperity, officials announced Friday. Network leaders cast the surprising move as … Continue reading

Share

“GOP eases lead paint laws after $750,000 in donations”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled Legislature approved a measure aimed at retroactively shielding paint makers from liability after a billionaire owner of a lead producer contributed $750,000 to a political group that provided crucial support to Walker and Republicans in recall elections, according … Continue reading

Share