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February 27, 2000
Of the 182 Pioneers, volunteers who have raised at least $100,000 for Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush, 13 are Californians: Alex G. Spanos, Stockton, owner of the San Diego Chargers, owner and CEO of A G Spanos Cos., a real estate development firm. Bradford Freeman, Los Angeles, attorney, general partner with private equity firm, Freeman, Spogli & Co.
June 10, 2005 | Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writer
President Bush has nominated two wealthy California supporters and Republican fundraisers for two of the government's most coveted overseas postings. If the Senate gives its approval, Los Angeles venture capitalist Ronald Spogli will become U.S. ambassador to Italy, and Orange County automobile dealership executive Robert H. Tuttle will become ambassador to Britain.
April 30, 2005 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Backed by $94 million in donations and pledges, Stanford University is launching an innovative international studies effort intended to team up scholars from varying fields to research global issues such as bioterrorism and the spread of disease. The biggest part of the funding, $50 million, for the International Initiative is coming from Los Angeles investment bankers Bradford Freeman and Ronald Spogli, both Stanford graduates.
April 6, 2010
Judge rules for the AP A judge says lawyers for artist Shepard Fairey must disclose the identities of anyone who deleted or destroyed records related to a copyright dispute over the Barack Obama "HOPE" image. Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled Monday in favor of the Associated Press in most of its requests for evidence, including when Fairey's lawyers first knew the AP claimed to hold the copyright to a photograph the image was based on. Fairey sued the AP last year.
July 16, 2003 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John F. Kerry amassed $10.9 million after six months of fund-raising to lead the nine Democrats who are chasing dollars to pay for their 2004 presidential campaigns. One of his rivals, Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, stumbled with a fund-raising total that fell about $1 million short of his goal. President Bush, meanwhile, built up a cash hoard of $32.6 million, a towering show of financial muscle meant to intimidate the Democratic field.
June 20, 2006 | Jason Felch, Tracy Wilkinson and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
The J. Paul Getty Trust is prepared to return as many as 21 contested antiquities to Italy, its most significant concession to date, to settle a long-standing dispute with Italian authorities over allegedly looted art, according to sources familiar with the strategy. Getty negotiators could formally offer to return the objects, which include at least three masterpieces on display at the Getty Villa, as early as today in talks with Italian cultural officials, the sources said.
June 15, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson and Livia Borghese, Times Staff Writers
One by one, museums in dispute with the Italian government over looted antiquities are reaching agreement. New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art signed a deal in February, and talks with Princeton University are said to be well advanced. Alone stands the J. Paul Getty Museum, whose exceedingly complicated negotiations with Rome have been plagued by delays and shown little progress.
Jim Paul has had some uncomfortable conversations since Texas Gov. George W. Bush lost his stride as the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination. "What's your boy going to do now?" several big contributors have asked Paul in recent weeks. "It's like a horse race for these people," said Paul, manager of the minor league El Paso Buzzards hockey team and longtime Bush supporter. "They're saying, 'We put our money on this guy and what happened?'
February 27, 2007 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
A UCLA linebacker shells out $11,100 to help a Republican senator in Pennsylvania. A businessman from the small Northern California town of Eureka spends $515,000 to defeat a powerful Democrat in South Dakota. A Silicon Valley couple funnels cash to elect Democratic secretaries of state in swing states like Ohio who will oversee voting in the coming presidential election. Those tidbits from campaign finance reports demonstrate why California lately feels like Iowa or New Hampshire next winter.
December 23, 2005 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Italian prosecutors are investigating whether to charge a U.S. soldier with homicide in the shooting of a senior Italian intelligence agent who was escorting a kidnap victim to safety in Iraq, officials said Thursday. The criminal investigation has been in progress for several months but on Thursday narrowed its focus to the single soldier believed to have fired all of the shots on the Italians' car as it approached a Baghdad checkpoint, officials said.
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