CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 |
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg donated $350,000 to the Los Angeles school board campaign this week, records show. Bloomberg's contribution, which was filed Tuesday, will enlarge the already sizable war chest of the Coalition for School Reform, a political action committee led by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The goal of the coalition is to back candidates who will support the policies of L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy and pledge to keep him on the job. Before the March primary, Bloomberg contributed $1 million for the three board races - the largest contribution ever made in an L.A. school board campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2012 |
Los Angeles County prosecutors say they are probing possible campaign money laundering that may be connected to a local water board member who is part of a powerful political family in the City of Commerce. The inquiry into the financial dealings of Art Chacon, a board member at the Central Basin Municipal Water District, comes in response to a Times story that reported on his fundraising for a political action committee in 2008. The committee was advised by Chacon's brother, Hector, who is a school board member in Montebello and veteran campaign consultant in southeast L.A. County.
September 27, 2011 |
Seeking to increase its influence in Washington, Facebook Inc. is starting a political action committee to funnel employee contributions to federal candidates. The move to create what will be called FB PAC is another indication of the company's political evolution as its dramatic growth creates a need to protect itself from government policies, such as potentially tough online privacy regulations. Three top House Republicans were scheduled to appear Monday at Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto to take questions from employees and guests.
July 1, 2011 |
Satirical talk show host Stephen Colbert took his act to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, shining his lights — literally — on the normally obscure bureaucracy. Colbert had petitioned the three Republicans and three Democrats on the commission to give their blessing to a political fundraising organization the comedian decided to form last spring. Packing cameras and spotlights, the team from Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" showed up to hear the commission debate whether Colbert should be allowed to form a corporate-backed political action committee — Colbert Super PAC — and use the resources of parent company Viacom to produce and air election-related ads. Colbert's proposal, jocular though it may be, raised the potentially serious prospect that other television personalities might seek to create similar fundraising groups, with questions centering on how much they would be required to disclose about their employers' involvement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2011 |
Reporting from Washington -- Los Angeles City Councilwoman and Democratic congressional candidate Janice Hahn has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over a widely criticized hip-hop-themed video that links her to gang members. The ad, which uses stereotypical hip-hop video imagery and features Hahn's face superimposed onto a stripper, was produced by a new third-party political action committee called Turn Right USA. Hahn's complaint alleges that Turn Right is working with the campaign of Republican Craig Huey, her opponent in the race to succeed Jane Harman in California's 36th district.
April 23, 2011 |
Despite mounting calls for greater transparency, only a few of the country's 75 leading energy, healthcare and financial services corporations fully disclose political spending, according to a review of company records and state and federal campaign finance reports . While complying with legal requirements to report direct donations to candidates, the vast majority of these companies — many of which are seeking legislative favors from the...