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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.
August 14, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Seema Mehta
Paul Tanaka, the controversial former Los Angeles County undersheriff, is expected to announce Thursday that he's going to challenge his old boss in next year's election, according to a source close to Tanaka. He is scheduled to make an announcement “regarding the upcoming election for Los Angeles County sheriff” Thursday morning in Griffith Park. The source close to Tanaka, who asked to remain anonymous before the official announcement, said that the morning press conference will coincide with Tanaka's filing of his election paperwork.
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 13, 2001
Two Feb. 11 articles, "Bush's Ties to Enron Chief Attract Growing Scrutiny" and "Drug Kingpin's Release Adds to Clemency Uproar," are further evidence of our broken democracy. We need to get big money out of politics. Does anyone believe that Bill Clinton's clemency decision was not affected by political donations? President Bush received over $500,000 from Enron's chief plus flew on Enron jets. Bush turns a deaf ear to California's energy woes but lobbied Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas J. Ridge [in 1997]
February 28, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon
CARACAS, Venezuela - Leading Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez appeared before prosecutors in Caracas on Thursday to answer charges of influence peddling while he was a state oil company employee in 1998, an accusation he described as “political persecution. " Lopez, a strong critic of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez and cofounder of the center-right Justice First party, is accused of funneling $120,000 in donations to his party from the state-owned oil monopoly PDVSA while he was a top-level employee there in the late 1990s.
February 7, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
The Obama campaign is returning more than $200,000 in campaign donations from relatives of a fugitive and casino baron believed to be tied to political corruption in Mexico. The decision to return the money came after the contributions were flagged by the New York Times. The newspaper reported late Monday that the money was donated by family members of Juan Jose Rojas "Pepe" Cardona, who is believed to have fled to Mexico after facing drug and fraud charges in the United States. Cardona's brothers, Carlos Cardona and Alberto Rojas, both of Chicago, began donating money to and soliciting contributions for the Obama campaign last fall.
July 26, 2012
Re "Free speech and fried chicken," Editorial, July 24 I don't agree with Chick-fil-A's anti-gay political donations, but if you disagree with a company's stance, you can choose not to purchase its product or invest money in it. To think that Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino wants to deny Chick-fil-A a business license simply because it exercised its free-speech rights is offensive. That he would use his power to stifle that speech is the epitome of discrimination, especially because there has been no indication that Chick-fil-A has ever refused service because of sexual orientation.
December 6, 1998
Re "Supervisors Approve Newhall Ranch Project," Nov. 25. I am writing to praise your coverage of the Newhall Ranch project, especially this article in which the political donations from Newhall Land & Farming Co. contributed to each of the five Los Angeles County supervisors were listed: Mike Antonovich, $69,825; Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, $33,150; Don Knabe, $2,759; Gloria Molina, $12,300, and Zev Yaroslavsky, $18,000. This is crucial information for the public to know. As we are able to follow the money, we the voters will be able to understand the driving forces behind urban sprawl and vote accordingly.
April 11, 2014
Re "Big spenders," Letters, April 8 One letter writer asserts that exposing the Koch brothers' financial involvement in various conservative causes is mudslinging. He claims their political spending is no different than that of major Democratic donors such as George Soros and unions. What the writer fails to acknowledge is that the Kochs fund a web of foundations and organizations created by and for themselves to promote their own views. Their political groups are given populist-sounding names - such as Americans for Prosperity - that distract from their real purpose, which is to protect the Kochs' extraordinary personal fortune.
October 8, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
If President Obama comes back to Los Angeles after Nov. 6, he'll return without his ATM card to withdraw money from the city's deep-pocketed donors for his campaign. So Obama's remarks to 150 or so contributors at the Ritz-Carlton on Sunday night had an air of nostalgia, along with a firm commitment to honor their support by “closing the deal” in the final 30 days of the campaign. “To all of you here tonight, I want to say how grateful I am. But I also want to tell you we're not finished yet,” the president said at his third and final event in the city.
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