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PACs Report Their Biggest Month for Giving

Several political action committees of major companies, unions, and issue groups reported their highest levels of monthly giving this cycle for contributions to candidates and political committees.  

With primaries underway, some general election candidates already identified, and Congress still in session, several PACs reported May was their largest month for giving this cycle. PACs filing monthly disclosure reports must file on or before June 20th.  

Realtors, Accountants Move Big Bucks to Congress

Early disclosure reports of political contributions during April show realtors and accountants were major donors to members of Congress and candidates.  

The National Association of Realtors PAC  reported contributing $448,5000 to federal candidates and committees during April. The PAC has $5.3 million cash on hand as of April 30th. Prior to April, the PAC had given out $2.3 million, with 52% going to Republicans. View 2013-2014financial profile . A separate independent expenditure Super PAC of the association reported  it spent $300,745 during April, including $119,097 supporting Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and $176,075 for an upcoming online video.  

Top Ranking of Organizations Lobbying the Government (Updated)

Twenty-five organizations have reported spending more than $1 million a month lobbying the federal government in 2014.  

Big Donors Add to War Chests of Super PACs

Individuals and organizations are continuing to add more funds to Super PACs for use on independent expenditures in the 2014 elections.  

New political finance reports covering February financial activity show wealthy individuals and organizations are strengthening the accounts of Super PACs with contributions of $100,000 or more.  

Top Dollars Go To Health Care Lobbying

Although federal lobbying expenditures increased in the fourth quarter of 2013, it was not enough to make the full year total as high as 2012. The full year 2013 lobbying expenditures were $3.25 billion, down from $3.34 billion in 2012.  

Lobbying in the Health Care sector remained the largest area of interest, while some industry sectors did show increases from the previous year. Companies and trade associations lobbying on the farm bill pushed the totals for the Agriculture sector higher, and those lobbying on Communication/Technology issues also increased.