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December 23, 2007 | Maria L. La Ganga and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
The Democratic presidential race heated up Saturday, with Barack Obama charging that rival John Edwards committed campaign hypocrisy by deriding political organizations called 527s at the same time he allegedly will benefit from their spending. Stumping in central Iowa three days before Christmas, Obama described the former North Carolina senator as "a good man," and said both agreed that special interests and lobbyists "have too much influence in Washington."
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December 23, 2007 | Maria L. La Ganga and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
The Democratic presidential race heated up Saturday, with Barack Obama charging that rival John Edwards committed campaign hypocrisy by deriding political organizations called 527s at the same time he allegedly will benefit from their spending. Stumping in central Iowa three days before Christmas, Obama described the former North Carolina senator as "a good man," and said both agreed that special interests and lobbyists "have too much influence in Washington."
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August 10, 2004 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
Although Sen. John F. Kerry has essentially stopped advertising, the Democratic National Committee and like-minded organizations kept the presidential candidate's mess- age on television in battleground states and spent more than twice as much as the Bush campaign during the first week of August. President Bush surged back to the airwaves after the Democratic National Convention, spending nearly $4.
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September 3, 2004 | Lisa Getter, Times Staff Writer
The largest of the Republican independent groups raising money to help reelect President Bush set up shop this week at the Ritz Carlton Hotel -- where top Bush-Cheney campaign fundraisers were staying for the Republican National Convention. "We received a lot of enthusiasm for what Progress for America is doing," said Brian McCabe, president of the Progress for America Voter Fund.
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October 31, 2011
Mention "social welfare organization" and the last thing that comes to mind is a group that expends millions of dollars to influence a federal election. But Crossroads GPS, which spent more than $17 million in 2010 to elect Republicans to Congress, claims to be a social welfare organization — which gives it tax- exempt status and allows it to conceal the identities of its donors. Now two campaign-reform groups have written to the Internal Revenue Service challenging the right of Crossroads GPS and three other organizations to 501(c)
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November 1, 2004 | Lisa Getter, Times Staff Writer
Software entrepreneur Terry Ragon didn't want to wake up Wednesday morning in Cambridge, Mass., and wonder whether he'd done enough to help defeat President Bush. So he and his wife donated $3 million to America Coming Together. Texas investor T. Boone Pickens, a lifelong Republican, couldn't stand to see the millions pouring into the Democratic 527 groups. So he gave $5 million to two conservative groups, one of which was lashing Sen. John F. Kerry about his service in Vietnam.
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December 20, 2006 | Bradley A. Smith, BRADLEY A. SMITH, who served as chairman of the Federal Election Commission in 2004, is a professor of law at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, and chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics.
LAST WEEK, the Federal Election Commission fined MoveOn.org, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and two other groups a total of $629,500 for violating campaign finance laws during the 2004 election.
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July 29, 2004 | MAX BOOT
The Democratic delegates in Boston are trying hard to be as sober, moderate and unexciting as a case study at the Kennedy School of Government. They don't want any unseemly emotions about the incumbent president to mar media coverage of their convocation. But if they were being honest, in their heart of hearts, they would have to admit Oh, I know they have a funny way of showing it. But remember how back in grade school, when a boy had a crush on a girl he would pull her pigtails?
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October 12, 2005 | Ezra Klein, EZRA KLEIN is a writer for the American Prospect.
IN ABOUT A MONTH, Californians -- at least a couple of them -- will trudge forth to mark ballots for the much-ballyhooed special election. And, if most early polls are to be believed, the part they're most likely to pass is Proposition 75, the "paycheck protection" initiative. Which is a shame, because Proposition 75 makes no sense, would have no effect and is really just a partisan ploy. Yes, California needs to get the money out of politics, but this isn't the way.
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September 11, 2004 | Lisa Getter, Times Staff Writer
Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the conservative group that has attacked Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John F. Kerry's Vietnam record, has raised $6.7 million from more than 53,000 donors in recent weeks, the group said Friday. Among those contributing were the wealthy Texas brothers who helped finance controversial ads against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) when he ran against President Bush in the 2000 primary, a former member of Congress and a Los Angeles television producer.
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January 28, 2010 | By Stephen R. Weissman
Media coverage and commentary have vastly overstated the likely impact on federal election campaigns of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which ruled that corporations have the same right to free speech as individuals. It has also obscured the extent to which members of Congress from both parties had previously opened the door for corporate and union financing in federal campaigns. As associate director for policy of the Campaign Finance Institute from 2002-09, I wrote a number of studies showing the rise of corporate and union spending, via tax-exempt organizations, in federal elections.
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