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April 22, 2012 | By Shane Goldmacher and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — As the sun set behind Monterey Bay on a cool night last year, dozens of the state's top lawmakers and lobbyists ambled onto the 17th fairway at Pebble Beach for a round of glow-in-the-dark golf. With luminescent balls soaring into the sky, the annual fundraiser known as the Speaker's Cup was in full swing. Lawmakers, labor-union champions and lobbyists gather each year at the storied course to schmooze, show their skill on the links and rejuvenate at a 22,000-square-foot spa. The affair, which typically raises more than $1 million for California Democrats, has been sponsored for more than a decade by telecommunications giant AT&T.
Two Ventura County supervisors have agreed to forfeit $1,600 in illegal campaign contributions and pay $400 in civil penalties for exceeding the county's allowable limit on political donations, officials said Tuesday. Responding to an investigation by the county district attorney's office, Supervisors Maggie Kildee and Susan K.
November 8, 2010 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York ? Keith Olbermann will return to MSNBC on Tuesday, marking the end of a short suspension from the network for making unauthorized political donations. "After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night's program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy," MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement released late Sunday. "We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night.
March 12, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Actress Rhea Perlman and the founder of DHL delivery services, William A. Robinson, were among a handful of people facing fines for failing to disclose political donations during the 2003 recall campaign. The Fair Political Practices Commission said Friday it would fine Robinson $10,000 for not disclosing in a timely manner his $100,000 contribution to Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall Committee and for failing to file the paperwork required of major donors. Robinson made the donation Sept.
January 12, 2005 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Prosecutors investigating whether corporations illegally financed the Republican Party's rise to dominance in the Texas Capitol are negotiating agreements with several companies accused of making improper political donations, and analysts say the discussions could help elicit important leads in the probe.
September 24, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
Faced with united Republican opposition, the Senate again failed to advance a proposal Thursday that would have required corporations to more fully disclose political donations. The vote against invoking cloture was the second failed attempt by the Senate to take up the so-called Disclose Act, written in response to the Supreme Court ruling that allowed unions and corporations to spend unlimited funds on political activities. The House passed a similar bill in June. In the Senate, the final vote was 59 to 39, short of the 60 votes required.
February 1, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca told his deputies Thursday that he would no longer accept campaign contributions from department employees, according to an internal memo obtained by The Times. Baca also said other sheriff's managers who run for an elected office would be barred from making employment decisions affecting employees who have donated to their campaigns. Baca's announcement comes amid concerns that campaign contributions to sheriff's brass by department employees created potential conflicts of interest in promotions and other personnel decisions.
April 26, 1989 | From Associated Press
A former secretary to Noboru Takeshita killed himself today after the prime minister announced he would resign partly because of financial dealings handled by the aide, police said. Japan Broadcasting Corp. said that Ihei Aoki, 58, committed suicide at his home in Tokyo. There was no immediate comment from Takeshita, whom Aoki had served as aide for three decades. Aoki had handled political donations, stock purchases and loans from Recruit Co., which is at the hub of the influence-buying scandal that toppled Takeshita.
Michael J. Perik, a software pioneer from Canada who became a U.S. citizen just this summer, is so determined to influence America's politics that he has donated close to half a million dollars to put Vice President Al Gore in the White House. Trevor Pearlman, a trial lawyer originally from South Africa, hosted a half-million-dollar fund-raising dinner for Gore at his Dallas home and marvels that an immigrant can gain access to the country's top government officials.
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