May 25, 2011 |
House Republicans voted Wednesday to try to block the Obama administration from forcing companies bidding on federal contracts to say how they spend money to influence elections. The measure was adopted roughly along party lines as an amendment to a massive defense bill. It was intended to preempt an executive order that would require companies seeking to do business with the government to disclose their political donations, including to groups that use anonymous contributions — such as the Chamber of Commerce.
April 23, 2011 |
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 19, 2011 |
Retail giant Target Corp., which last summer sparked a customer and shareholder backlash over corporate donations to a controversial conservative political group, has quietly issued a new policy to tighten oversight and restrict how the company's funds are used for political purposes. The move highlighted the risk of controversy that has accompanied the growing practice of using corporate funds to influence the political process, both in election campaigns and government policy issues.
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February 6, 2011 |
The big party in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday was meant to unveil the proposed Farmers Field football stadium, which its developer hopes will link Staples Center and a refurbished convention facility into an entertainment destination spectacular enough to draw tourists from everywhere. An airship idled overhead, expensive champagne flowed, politicians and titans posed with footballs -- their presence aiding developer AEG's efforts to frame the proposal as a foregone conclusion, a train easing out of the station.
November 10, 2010 |
The most troubling thing about the Keith Olbermann affair is just how quaint and beside the point the NBC network rule he broke now appears. The MSNBC cable news commentator returned to the air Tuesday night after a two-day suspension without pay for violating an NBC rule against contributing to political candidates without permission. The former sports broadcaster turned rancorous liberal shouter gave a total of $7,200 to three Democratic congressional candidates in the midterm elections.
November 8, 2010 |
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.
September 24, 2010 |
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.
September 4, 2009 |
The dominant healthcare story that emerged from August is one of frenzied confrontation -- seniors standing on chairs screaming at senators; sign-wielding protesters shouting across parking lots. Those conflicts were real and raw. But they are only part of the story. With much less notice, many key stakeholders in the medical establishment, including several that mobilized against previous efforts to overhaul the nation's healthcare system, have come together behind reform. "That's very different from what we've ever experienced before and why there is every reason to be optimistic that healthcare reform will happen," said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a liberal health advocacy group.
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April 14, 2009 |
California's political fundraising laws are so full of holes that candidates for state office have collected an average $344,503 a day -- more than $1 billion -- since contribution limits took effect eight years ago, state regulators say. A report released Monday by the Fair Political Practices Commission concludes that although voters approved donation limits by passing Proposition 34 in 2000, "the goal of reducing special interest money remains elusive."
March 11, 2009
State elected officials' pay stops when the new fiscal year begins July 1 without a spending plan. But they know their back paychecks will be delivered when -- perhaps we should say if -- they finally do their duty. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called, in January, for eliminating the back pay as well.