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November 17, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Riccardi is a Times staff writer.
In June, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a fateful decision. They called on California Mormons to donate their time and money to the campaign for Proposition 8, which would overturn a state Supreme Court ruling that permitted gay marriage. That push helped the initiative win narrow passage on election day. And it has made the Mormon Church, which for years has striven to be seen as part of the American mainstream, a political target.
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OPINION
April 4, 2014
Re "Campaign donor limits grow looser," April 3 Whatever one's politics, we all should be concerned about the corrosive influence of big money on government. More than 100 years ago, Teddy Roosevelt had to struggle with political bosses to get elected and pass reforms. Today's bosses are billionaires who spend millions to influence our politics. The Supreme Court's most recent decision on campaign money (reasoning that political contributions are protected free speech) furthers the sale of our democracy to the highest bidder.
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February 20, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A wealthy Mexican businessman, accused of hoping to buy influence with political contributions, has been indicted on a federal charge of making illegal contributions during the 2012 mayoral election. Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, 48, a Mexican citizen, was arrested without incident at his home in Coronado in San Diego County. He was arraigned Thursday in federal court. Magistrate Mitchell Dembin set bail at $5 million. Federal law makes it illegal for foreign nationals to contribute to U.S. political campaigns.
OPINION
March 28, 2014
Re "'Dark' campaign money donors need a little light," Column, March 24 What George Skelton and others in Sacramento who oppose "dark" campaign money seem to overlook is that political contributions are, in effect, an extension of the secret ballot. Those who share Skelton's views would never dare suggest that voters must reveal their election picks. Yet it doesn't take a genius to figure out how political contributors plan to cast their ballots in California. Campaign committees must report all individual contributions of just $100 or more.
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December 7, 1994 | CONSTANCE SOMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ventura City Council has issued a resounding "No" to campaign contribution limits, defeating by 4 to 2 a proposal to cap political donations at $100. "A lot of council members have received special interest dollars and have voted against those special interest dollars time and again," said Councilman Gregory L. Carson, arguing that limits are unnecessary because contributions do not buy votes.
NEWS
June 11, 1990 | From a Times Staff Writer
Members of Congress may legally solicit four types of payments from special interest groups. They are: PAC Contributions: Political action committees are permitted to collect up to $5,000 a year from persons who wish to support their point of view. In turn, these committees may make contributions of up to $5,000 for each primary and $5,000 for each general election to the campaign coffers of a member of Congress or candidate for office.
BUSINESS
December 9, 1993 | From Associated Press
More than 40 municipal bond underwriting firms have endorsed a self-imposed ban on political contributions as a way of avoiding possible conflicts of interest and allegations of influence peddling. Nineteen of the firms met in New York on Wednesday with Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt Jr. to spell out how the initiative will be implemented.
OPINION
May 25, 1997 | Bruce McCall, Bruce McCall is a regular contributor to the New Yorker and Vanity Fair. His memoir, "Thin Ice: Coming of Age in Canada" will be published next month by Random House
U.S. Rep. Dan Burton (R.-Ind.), a fierce adversary of President Bill Clinton in the Whitewater matter, was recently forced to return a political donation from the ousted President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire after the African dictator had maxed out on such contributions to him. Burton has not only explained the matter; he has demanded the return of the money and both a Congressional Medal of Honor and free Indianapolis Pacer tickets for life. "It's the least a grateful U.S.
BUSINESS
September 30, 1990 | BRADLEY INMAN, BRADLEY INMAN is an Oakland writer specializing in California business issues
Last week's U.S. 9th Circuit Court decision to throw out provisions of the Proposition 73 campaign reform rules is not expected to open the flood gates for business contributions to the political process. Last Tuesday's court edict wipes out the $5,000 limit on contributions from political action committees to an individual candidate and permits PACS such as those operated by business firms to make unlimited donations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1992 | TONY PERRY
It's give-back time in the San Diego mayoral election. First, Peter Navarro gave back a $500 contribution from a bookstore owner who was busted on charges of pushing pornography. Now, Susan Golding has returned a $250 contribution from John W. (Jack) Campbell of Florida and San Diego. Campbell owns a string of controversial gay health clubs and was convicted in San Francisco in 1978 of running an upscale house of (gay) prostitution a block from Dianne Feinstein's home.
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February 20, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A wealthy Mexican businessman, accused of hoping to buy influence with political contributions, has been indicted on a federal charge of making illegal contributions during the 2012 mayoral election. Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, 48, a Mexican citizen, was arrested without incident at his home in Coronado in San Diego County. He was arraigned Thursday in federal court. Magistrate Mitchell Dembin set bail at $5 million. Federal law makes it illegal for foreign nationals to contribute to U.S. political campaigns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2014 | By Phil Willon
Money flowed into the election campaigns for California's slate of lower-rung statewide political offices in 2013, a batch of races expected to vary from piping hot to, well, snoozers. Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom currently face little if any opposition in the June primary. Harris raised just over $2.5 million in political contributions in 2013, state election records show. Her biggest supporters included the legal community, labor unions and Hollywood benefactors, including actress Halle Berry and movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, according to a campaign finance report filed Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Phil Willon
SACRAMENTO--Democratic state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris, who thus far faces no major opposition in her 2014 reelection campaign, raised just over $2.5 million in political contributions in 2013, state election records show. Her biggest supporters included the legal community, labor unions and Hollywood benefactors, including actress Halle Berry and movie mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, according to a campaign finance report filed Friday. As of Dec. 31, Harris' campaign had $3.1 million in her campaign account.
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January 4, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Forget the chicken dinner, the rubbery staple of the political fundraising circuit. Go alligator hunting with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on a Louisiana Bayou Weekend for a campaign donation of $5,000. Or spend a weekend in Hayward, Wis., for the Lumberjack World Championships, featuring hometown Republican congressman and former lumberjack champion Sean P. Duffy, for a donation of $1,000 per person or $2,000 per political action committee. Or join Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO - Ian Calderon's introduction to the family business began at the ripe age of 1. His dad, Charles Calderon, then a state senator, staged a carnival for his son's birthday at their Montebello home in 1986. The senator used $2,000 in political contributions to pay for the backyard bash, and the guest list included campaign supporters and political pals. "So what?" Charles Calderon testified in an unrelated court case four years later. "I've been doing this ever since I was in public office.
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May 19, 2013 | David Zahniser and Maloy Moore
Spending in the hotly contested two-year race for Los Angeles mayor exceeded $33 million on Saturday, breaking previous records as unlimited outside money continued to play a dominant role in Tuesday's contest. Candidate super PACs and so-called "independent expenditure" donors, which do not have to abide by the city's campaign contribution limits, provided 41% of the $25.6-million total raised just for candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti since the contest began in March 2011, according to campaign reports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2005 | William Nottingham, Times Staff Writer
By the time voters decide the eight initiatives on Tuesday's special election ballot, political contributions for and against are expected to surpass $225 million. Can all that money be chalked up to contributors seeking a quid pro quo, or is it merely the cost of democracy in a geographically vast state with 35 million people?
NEWS
February 26, 1987 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
City Council candidate Michael I. Mitoma has racked up more than $26,000 in contributions and loans, placing him far in front of the rest of the field in campaign finances, according to the latest reports. Eight candidates are running in Tuesday's special election for the seat vacated by Walter J. (Jake) Egan, who was removed from the five-member council in October after his sentencing on political corruption charges involving mail fraud and extortion.
OPINION
March 18, 2013 | Jim Newton
How significant was Tim Leiweke to the deal between Anschutz Entertainment Group and Los Angeles for a football stadium? This is how significant: There is an escape clause in the agreement that makes the deal's closing contingent on either Leiweke's still being in place as chief executive officer or "a qualified replacement" having been named as his successor. The city gets to make that call, though it promises to "act reasonably" in determining whether the replacement is qualified. That language was placed in the agreement specifically because the city's trust in the deal was based largely on its faith in Leiweke.
OPINION
February 22, 2013
The Supreme Court long ago established that Americans have a 1st Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts on behalf of a political candidate as long as the money is spent independently - and not given directly to or coordinated with the candidate's campaign. But even as the court has upheld limitless independent spending, it has also repeatedly acknowledged Congress' authority to set limits on direct contributions to political campaigns. Now, in an ominous sign that that distinction may soon fall by the wayside, the court has agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the long-standing federal limits on the total amount an individual may donate to candidates and political committees during an election cycle.
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