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Corporate Lobbyists Holding $1,000-A-Head Atlanta Fundraiser For George P. Bush

Corporate Lobbyists Holding $1,000-A-Head Atlanta Fundraiser For George P. Bush
George Prescott Bush has not even decided which office in Texas he wants to run for — but it appears corporate lobbyists have already decided to flood his campaign warchest with thousands of dollars, ensuring that they have his ear.
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Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale

Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale
Organizing for Action, the Obama administration’s new “independent,” non-profit advocacy group, should be put out of business and its plan to schedule quarterly meetings with the President for its big contributors and fundraisers should be scrapped.
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IRS Sued for Non-Regulation of Dark Money in Political Campaigns

IRS Sued for Non-Regulation of Dark Money in Political Campaigns
A former Illinois congressional candidate and a government watchdog organization have teamed up to sue the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the agency should bar dark money groups from funding political ads.
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Big Corporations Put Up Seed Funding for Republican Dark Money Group

Big Corporations Put Up Seed Funding for Republican Dark Money Group
A records request by ProPublica to the IRS turned up a list of the original funders of the group: Exxon, Pfizer, Time Warner, and other corporations put up at least 85 percent of the $1.3 million the foundation raised in the first year and a half of its existence, starting in 2003.
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President Obama, It's Time to Do Something About Money in Politics

President Obama, It's Time to Do Something About Money in Politics
The scramble to raise campaign funds has become a full-time job for elected officials from the courthouse to the statehouse and to the Capitol and the White House. In last year’s campaign alone, you hosted 222 fundraising events.
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Second Obama Inauguration Celebration Scaled Down, Shortened

Second Obama Inauguration Celebration Scaled Down, Shortened
The official activities will span three days, starting with a National Day of Service on Jan. 19 and culminating on Jan. 21 with the swearing-in, the parade and the balls. Last time, it was four days of events. As for those inaugural balls, there won't be as many. There were 10 official balls four years ago, but this time around a source close to the inaugural planning says there will be fewer balls, though no final number has been decided yet.
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What Karl Rove’s Dark Money Nonprofit Told the IRS

The tax code allows groups like Crossroads to spend money on political campaigns — and to keep their donors private — as long as their primary purpose is enhancing social welfare.
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Outside Groups Dominated Las Vegas Airwaves in 2012 Campaign

As the final hours of the campaign ticked away, we challenged ProPublica readers to help us “free the files” in Las Vegas, which aired more political ads this election cycle than any other market in the country. The results indicate a leading conservative dark-money group and its affiliated super PAC spent more than $9 million on television advertising in Las Vegas during the election— one in every five ad dollars spent in the market.
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Bill Kristol: GOP Shouldn't Fall on Its Sword to Defend a Bunch of Millionaires

Possibly the first rational thing Bill Kristol's said in a long while, but it's good to see this arch conservative coming at least a LITTLE bit to his senses. Now, if he could just talk some sense into the dead-enders at the Club for Growth, the Chamber of Commerce, etc. Also, I'd point out that Kristol's not conceding much at this point, given that if Congress doesn't act, all the Bush tax cuts - and other tax cuts as well - will expire at the end of the year, meaning that President Obama and the Democrats basically hold all the "cards" at this point. Plus, Republicans just got walloped b...
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Check ‘Em Out: Donations to Dark Money Group Revealed

Last week, when a Montana district judge ordered the release of its bank records, Western Tradition Partnership became the first modern dark money group to have all of its donors made public.
The records showed that the contributors to the controversial group — which has resisted attempts by Montana regulators to get it to register as a political committee and report its donors — included wealthy individuals, corporations and other nonprofits.
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