January 4, 2014 |
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)
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July 12, 2013 |
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 |
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.
March 18, 2013 |
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.
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.
February 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has agreed to go beyond its controversial Citizens United decision and consider striking down the limit on the total amount that wealthy persons may give to candidates and political parties. The justices voted to hear an appeal from an Alabama donor and the Republican National Committee, which contends the total contribution limit of $123,200 per election cycle is "unconstitutionally low. " The case, to be heard in the fall, will focus on a little-known part of the campaign finance laws that set a total limit on contributions by individuals.