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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he appears in 2014 campaign footage. A segment from “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” dubbed the practice of posting such video for use by outside political groups as “McConnelling” (Screenshot Mitch McConnell for Senate/YouTube).

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell electrified the nation in 2014 when he released 2 minutes and 22 seconds of high-definition footage of himself smiling and going about his day.

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.  

Top Corporate PACs Give Over $2 Million in Contributions

At the fifteen-month mark of this 2013-2014 election cycle, four corporate federal political action committees have already given out more than $2 million in contributions to federal candidates and committees.  

During the first fifteen months of this election cycle, the federal political action committee of Honeywell International, gave out $2,633,530.  This included $664,409 to Democratic candidates; $909,126 to Republican candidates; $180,000 to political parties; and $879,995 to leadership PACs.  

Labor Union Political Committees Contribute Heavily in March

The political committees of several national labor organizations moved large amounts of political contributions to federal candidates and committees during March, according to early reports.  

The American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education  reported  contributing $898,000 to federal candidates and committees. This included $250,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC, and $100,000 to the House Majority PAC, another super PAC. They also made a non-federal contribution of $300,000 to the Democratic Governors Association.