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In 1995, I wrote a book, titled "Speaking Freely" (published by the Center for Responsive Politics) in which 25 former Democratic and Republican senators and representatives explained precisely that. Premise: I'd told the ex-members that, since they were no longer in Politics, they could finally speak ... lobbyists money
About half of Pence's money has come from outside Indiana, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Recent out-of-state donors include GOP megadonor Foster Friess who gave Pence the maximum $5,400 contribution this month. Get more Politics news: Sign up for IndyStar's ...

The NRA's greatest strength is viewed as its passionate and engaged five million members, said Sarah Bryner, a research director at the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan organization that tracks money in Politics. "The NRA as a political spender is no slouch," Bryner said. "Money matters.
Since his first bid for Congress in 2010, Pompeo has received $400,500 from Koch Industries -- $335,500 from individual employee contributions and $65,000 from its corporate PAC, Center for Responsive Politics data shows. Each election cycle leading up to his confirmation as CIA director in ...
Sarah Bryner, research director for the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics which tracks campaign contributions, said voters have the right to know who is funding advertisements so they can decide if ads should matter to them. "It's increasingly the case that mega donors and very wealthy ...
Spurred on by the prospect of President Trump's newly imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, lobbying from the steel production industry ticked up 31 percent in the first quarter of 2018 over the same period last year. The tariffs, implemented in March with the purpose of revitalizing the ...

The Center for Responsive Politics identified PACs that have spent at least $100,000 so far in the 2018 cycle, at least half of which went to "fundraising" as identified by CRP. (We assign expenditures to categories based on information disclosed in FEC filings, as described here). Spending on fundraising ...
The government awarded $25.4 billion in federal contracts to women-owned businesses in 2017. That marked a record high for those businesses. That money only made up 5 percent of the $508.4 billion in federal contracts awarded that year, a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of contract data ...
Facebook lobbyists have donated nearly $600,000 since 2013 to the lawmakers who questioned company CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week, a Center for Responsive Politics analysis shows. In 2017, Facebook hired 30 outside lobbyists who alone gave $148,000 last year to the Senate and ...
As the final weeks of the 2016 elections ticked down, voters in swing states like Nevada and North Carolina began seeing eerie promotional travel ads as they scrolled through their Facebook feeds or clicked through Google sites. In one, a woman with a French accent cheerfully welcomes visitors to ...
All Republicans representing Iowa and Nebraska on Capitol Hill have received support from the NRA, ranging from a few thousand to millions of dollars, based on data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Simple dollar figures can be misleading, however. The really eye-popping figures next to ...
The Center for Responsive Politics checked with the Federal Election Commission and found that spending in Florida Senate races has jumped significantly since the year 2000 – and it was bigger than ever in 2016. Those Senate races spent just over $19 million in the year 2000. In 2016, that number ...
However, the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political spending, tracked itemized contributions (donations of $200 or more by an individual) in the days before and after the shooting. According to their data, in the two weeks after the shooting, itemized contributions to the NRA ...
But the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political spending, tracked itemized contributions, which are donations of $200 or more by an individual, in the days before and after the shooting. According to their data, in the two weeks after the shooting, itemized contributions to the NRA ...
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted on Wednesday to move forward with new rules that would bump up disclosure requirements for certain political ads on platforms like Facebook and Google. The move comes as spending on the 2018 midterms is ramping up and as both lawmakers and digital ...
Despite an onslaught of outside spending against Conor Lamb, the Pennsylvania Democrat's small-donor base may well have propelled him to a momentous special election victory Tuesday in a race that remains too close to be called. With 100 percent of precincts reporting in Pennsylvania's 18th ...
... some of the enhanced Dodd-Frank requirements removed if S. 2155 becomes law. How much of the Senate's support of the bill is driven by lawmakers' ties to those banks is unclear. To illustrate the scope of influence that banks wield in Washington, the Center for Responsive Politics assembled the table ...

Of the schools duking it out this year for the coveted championship slot, 44 schools spent $10.1 million on lobbying in 2017, Center for Responsive Politics data shows. And in the world of Money March Madness, not one of the top seeded schools — University of Virginia, Xavier University, Villanova ...
A senior researcher at the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks lobbyists' efforts to influence congressional candidates and members, said submitting accurate lobbyist filings provides the public with its "only real source of information about how Washington is operating, and how ...
Florida Senator Bill Nelson has raised more than $10 million and spent more than $3 million on a 2018 midterm race that may soon go from smooth sailing to a hurricane of political spending. Nelson, a Democratic incumbent, is running virtually unopposed as he awaits the probable entrance of Florida's ...
31, Nolan had raised more than $705,000 and had $554,000 in cash for his re-election effort, according to campaign finance group The Center for Responsive Politics. Stauber had raised nearly $254,000 and had $136,650 in the bank; Phifer had $10,500 in cash out of $35,000 raised. The ramifications of ...
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Garrett was a major benefactor of campaign contributions from the securities and investment industry. In 2016, Garrett's campaign received over $360,000 from the industry and between 1997, when he was still in the General Assembly, and 2014, Garrett's ...
In 2017, PhRMA spent close to $26 million on lobbying at the federal level, hiring 169 federal lobbyists to work on its behalf, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Its donation to the Addiction Policy Forum was the centerpiece of what PhRMA described in December as a “major commitment” to ...
... uptick, Center for Responsive Politics data shows,” OpenSecrets Blog's Megan Janetsky reports. “Lobbyists who advocated on general immigration issues in 2017 reached 1,438 — the highest the number has been since 2013.” And 77 lobbyists specifically reported lobbying on the potential “border wall.
Rep. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) might be pharma's favorite Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, given that he's received more than $57,000 from the pharmaceutical/health products industry in this current election cycle alone. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, that's approximately four times more ...
In 2017, PhRMA spent close to $26 million on lobbying at the federal level, hiring 169 federal lobbyists to work on its behalf, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Its donation to the Addiction Policy Forum was the centerpiece of what PhRMA described in December as a “major commitment” to ...
A 2017 report by the Center for Responsive Politics indicated that “over the last decade … hordes of lobbyists (were) deliberately moving into the shadows to avoid the consequences of registration.” Since 2008, the number of registered lobbyists had slowly declined, though many of the people who ...
Critics of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) lambasted him over the weekend for a now-deleted tweet in which he cited a school secretary's $1.50 weekly take-home pay increase as a success story of the GOP tax overhaul. The tweet played right into the hands of Randy Bryce, Ryan's long-shot ...
Dominion's PAC gave $212,500 to federal candidates in the newest campaign cycle, according to Open Secrets, a website of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign donations. By agreeing to the Activate Virginia pledge, federal candidates are refusing such a donation. In District 7, which ...
Yoder ranks 188th out of 726 challengers and 383 incumbents this cycle for percentage of PAC money received by his campaign, the analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics shows. Some candidates refuse corporate PAC money. Among them is Brent Welder, one of Yoder's Democratic opponents.
314 Action is working with roughly 20 other federal campaigns and plans to endorse up to 10 more candidates before the election cycle is over. The group raised $207,157 and spent $223,159 in 2016, according to data collated by the Center for Responsive Politics. But the group said it raised $2 million in ...
... that have a history of engagement with the federal government and could potentially stand to benefit by having someone like Nicholson — whom they've had a working business relationship with — in a position of power," said Alex Baumgart, a researcher at the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, payday lenders have contributed more than $13 million to members of Congress since 2010, with the majority of that money going to Republicans who have made it a priority to roll back the financial regulations put in place by President Barack Obama after ...
A Center for Responsive Politics analysis found a correlation between congressional Democrats' support for single-payer proposals and contributions received from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries. One-third of Senate Democrats have cosponsored the Medicare for All Act, which ...
Center for Responsive Politics requested quarter four fundraising information from both campaigns ahead of Federal Election Commission's deadline. Information provided shows that O'Rourke outraised Cruz and did so largely through smaller, individual contributions. O'Rourke boasted $2.4 million in ...
It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise to learn that Donald Trump does not appear to be “draining the swamp” as he had promised during the presidential campaign. As it turns out, total spending on lobbying in 2017, Trump's first year in office, jumped to $3.34 billion, the highest level since 2010, ...
A secretive political group that is little more than a mailbox full of money in a Des Moines UPS Store raised more than $29.4 million in 2016, most of which was funneled into ads aimed at electing Republicans. Tax documents obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics show that American Future Fund ...
Executives from over 100 major U.S. corporations, including Apple, General Motors and Amazon, penned a letter to Congress this month, seeking “permanent bipartisan” legislation that would protect DACA recipients from deportation. “We have seen time and again that the overwhelming majority of the ...
Whitefish Energy and Foley & Lardner did not immediately respond to questions from the Center for Responsive Politics on Wednesday. Last year, Whitefish was thrust into controversy after it was awarded a $300 million contract by Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), an electric power ...
In addition, big pharma spent more than $246 million last year lobbying Congress, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Read More: Gov. Bill Haslam unveils $30 million plan to combat opioid crisis in Tennessee. Read More: Rep. Marsha Blackburn defends role in passing opioid law that critics ...
The industry spent $2.8 million on congressional races in the 2016 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Mulvaney, then a House member from South Carolina, received $31,700 of it. In the current election cycle, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, has received $36,900 from ...
Nationally, $3 billion in outside money has been spent since the Citizens United decision, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, with at least $800 million of it from entities that don't have to disclose their donors (hence the term "dark money"). In 2017, Walker was head of the Republican ...
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016, file photo, electronic screens post prices of Alphabet stock at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Google parent Alphabet Inc. outspent all other companies on lobbying Washington bureaucrats and politicians in 2017, a year in which it and other tech giants were hauled before ...
The two highest profile congressional champions of drilling for oil off of South Carolina collectively have taken in hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign money from the industry in the past few years. But the industry has also spread its contributions around, and some analysts say the money is spent ...
The cannabis industry is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into campaign finance accounts of lawmakers and political action committees. But, for the first time, more of that money is going to Republicans than to Democrats, according to survey by the Center for Responsive Politics commissioned by ...
Nationally incumbents won re-election 97 percent of the time in 2016 and 95 percent of the time in 2014, according to the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington. That often persuades candidates with congressional ambitions to wait for an open seat - a wait that can be incredibly long in Houston for ...
Just days after playing a key role in shutting down the government, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is heading to Houston this weekend to raise more campaign money to help some of the Senate's most vulnerable Democrats running for re-election. On Saturday morning, the New York Democrat is ...
During the 2016 election cycle, AFGE spent on $1.5 million on lobbying and $7.7 million on overall political contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The union represents 700,000 federal employees. “We take it very seriously,” said Simon, regarding the possibility of a shutdown.
AFSCME spends millions of dollars each election cycle supporting Democrats, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The union also lobbies lawmakers on issues it believes important to workers, like paid family leave. Analysis by experts. Unions would suffer financially from the decision, ...
Payday lenders gave $31,700 in 2015-16 federal campaign cycle contributions to Mulvaney, ranking him ninth among all congressional recipients from the sector, according to data analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics. Asked whether the contributions influenced his position on the rule and could ...


 

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