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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.
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.
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.
October 24, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- California political campaign committees that received money from a secretive network of conservative nonprofits last year, including $11 million from an obscure Arizona group, face hefty penalties from state regulators, officials announced Thursday. The penalties are equivalent to the amount of political donations that California officials say was not properly disclosed. The Small Business Action Committee, which fought Gov. Jerry Brown's tax-hike plan and supported a separate ballot measure aimed at reducing unions' political power, is being ordered to pay $11 million to the state.
November 26, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Way too late to avert scandal, the Internal Revenue Service has set forth new guidelines defining political activities by nonprofits. These are activities for which donations aren't eligible for tax exemptions or donor confidentiality.  What scandal, you ask? It's not the bogus scandal about the IRS targeting "tea party" and "patriot" groups for special scrutiny. It's the real scandal that these groups or any others were trying to get tax breaks and anonymity for political donations in the first place.  Unsurprisingly, conservative groups instantly put up a big squeal about the IRS rules; after all, they're the ones who have exploited the murky old rules most assiduously.
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]
November 5, 2012 | By Chris Megerian and Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - An Arizona group was scrambling late Sunday to keep secret the individuals behind its $11-million donation to a California campaign fund after California's Supreme Court, in a rare and dramatic weekend action, ordered it to turn over records that could identify the donors. The order followed days of frenzied legal battles between California regulators, who have tried to get documents related to the anonymous contribution before election day, and attorneys for the Arizona nonprofit who have resisted delivering them.
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.
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.
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