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Ethics reforms proposed by the mayor's special commission recently would force Los Angeles politicians to give up unofficial fringe benefits that money often cannot buy, such as choice season tickets to Lakers basketball games.
January 22, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Just as this city is recovering from the scandal that drove Bob Filner from the mayor's office, along comes another political firestorm. But instead of sexual harassment, it involves allegations of illegal contributions flowing into mayoral campaigns. A retired San Diego police officer, the owner of a Washington, D.C.-based election services business and another man have been charged with conspiring to funnel more than $500,000 in illegal contributions from an unidentified Mexican businessman into recent political campaigns.
Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Panorama City) ranked third among House members in collecting campaign funds from the entertainment industry and savings and loans, while Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles) was second in receiving health-care industry contributions in 1989-90, a new national study says. The survey also found that both Waxman and Rep. Carlos J. Moorhead (R-Glendale) raised more than half of their funds from political action committees and Rep. Anthony C.
December 1, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Even before the FBI raided state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon's Capitol office as part of a corruption investigation, some of his strongest supporters were already distancing themselves from the Montebello Democrat. About six months before the June raid, some corporate benefactors had begun revamping a political committee they funded that was generous to him and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, a leader of the organization until late 2011. In addition to aiding Democratic candidates, the group, called Diversity PAC, had paid for travel, expensive dinners and other perks for both siblings.
Prospecting for campaign contributions in his run for Assembly, Redondo Beach Mayor Brad Parton has decided that this year he should forget about striking the mother lode. "People who in the past were able to give $250 or $500 now give $50 or $75," said Parton, a Republican. "They say, 'Brad, it's just really tight right now. This is the best we can do.' " South Bay Assembly and state Senate candidates report slow going on the fund-raising circuit.
Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) has asked the Federal Election Commission for permission to use funds from his political action committee to pay legal costs incurred by his son during an investigation of the so-called Keating Five scandal. In a letter to the FEC dated March 2, Bruce H. Turnbull, a lawyer representing Cranston, said the senator wants to reimburse lawyers for his son, Kim, with funds from the Committee for a Democratic Consensus, a PAC operated by the California Democrat.
March 20, 1985
Former Senate Majority Leader Howard H. Baker Jr. (R-Tenn.), complaining that presidential campaigns are too long and costly, called for elimination of contributions to candidates by political action committees. "All the flurry about PACs misses the fundamental point--that only people vote for President," said Baker, speaking in Washington. "And I think really that only people should contribute," he added. "That would mean the elimination of political action committees.
February 28, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
The City Council tonight will review a proposal to revise the city's ordinance governing political campaigns. The new plan is intended to close loopholes in existing regulations. The proposed ordinance, more than a year in the making, would raise limits on campaign contributions, prohibit multiple campaign committees and create new regulations in areas ranging from the transfer of campaign funds to campaign loans.
April 24, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
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.
April 14, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Kim Geiger and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
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.
June 18, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Noam N. Levey and Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
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...
February 22, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Can you launch a campaign without a candidate? A political action committee is stepping up efforts to lay the groundwork for a White House run by Jon Huntsman, a Republican who recently announced plans to resign as the U.S. ambassador to China. Horizon PAC launched a website Tuesday with a whimsical flair, featuring a prominent red H and the notion "Maybe Someday. " "Maybe someday we'll find a new generation of conservative leaders. Well-grounded leaders of vision. Who will bring back America.
February 1, 2011 | By Kim Geiger, Washington Bureau
While the presidential campaign hasn't officially started, Mitt Romney leads the pack in pre-campaign fundraising by a handful of potential Republican presidential contenders, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission. The former governor of Massachusetts and millionaire founder of Bain Capital raised more than $5.5 million in 2010 through Free and Strong America, his federal political action committee. The PAC closed out the year with nearly $800,000 in cash on hand.
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