super pac

AFL-CIO Moves $3 Million to Super PAC

The AFL-CIO moved $3 million to a Super PAC for use during the 2014 elections, as well as for its Immigration Activism program.  

Court Rules Super PAC Not Quite Independent

A federal court has ruled that a super PAC making independent expenditures was not functionally distinct from its sister committee that was making contributions to candidates.  

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled  yesterday in Vermont Right to Life v. Sorrel.  Vermont Right to Life has two state accounts, one for a regular political committee that gives contributions, and one for a super PAC for making independent expenditures.  

FEC Seeks Answers From Pro-Cochran Super PAC

The federal agency regulating and monitoring money in federal elections is seeking answers from a pro-Cochran Super PAC regarding what appears to be campaign finance violations.  

The Federal Election Commission  (FEC) has sent a Request For Additional Information  (RFAI) to Mississippi Conservatives , a Super PAC supporting the re-election of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.  The committee has until August 1st to respond, or the failure to do so "could result in an audit or enforcement action."  

Millionaires Keep Shoveling Money Into Politics

The flow of money into politics continues with a steady stream of large contributions from millionaires and wealthy donors.  

Recent financial reports from Super PACs, showing May activity, disclose several large contributions. For example, American Crossroads , a Republican-oriented Super PAC reported receiving $1 million from Paul Singer , President and CEO of Elliott Management Group (NY); $200,000 from Ruben Martin , President and CEO of Martin Resource Management Corporation (TX); $100,000 from James MacDougald , chairman of Westshore Ventures (FL); and $100,000 from Geoff Palmer , owner, G.H. Palmer Associates (CA). The Super PAC had receipts o $1.66 million during May, and has $4.6 million cash on hand as of May 31st.  

Koch's Freedom Partners Action Fund Registers as Super PAC

A new Super PAC related to operatives of Koch Industries has registered  with the Federal Election Commission to make independent expenditures during the 2014 elections.  

Freedom Partners Action Fund  is based in Arlington, Virginia, with Thomas F. Maxwell as treasurer. The group registered as a Super PAC to raise funds in unlimited amounts, not to make contributions directly to federal candidates, but to make independent expenditures for or against candidates.  

Super PAC Spends Against New York Tea Party Candidate (Corrected)

Update 4:10pm A Republican Super PAC has spent over $500,000 opposing a New York tea party candidate in the June 24th Republican primary.  

The American Unity PAC , a Republican-oriented Super PAC, reported  it spent $559,516 opposing state assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., a tea party candidate in the 22nd Congressional District of New York. Tenney is running against Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., in the June 24th Republican primary. During the period April 1 through June 4th, the PAC raised $412,545 and sent $835,497, with $2,353,444 in cash on hand as of June 4th.  

Super PAC Donor Gives $585K More, Joins Top Tier (Updated)

An individual donor to Super PACs has given $585,000 in April and May, moving him into the top ten Super PAC donors this election cycle.  

John Jordan , the CEO of the Jordan Winery in Healdsburg, California, has contributed $585,000 to the New Republican.org super PAC during April and May. He gave $285,000 on April 24th, and $300,000 on May 5th , which was reported today.  

Super PAC for Campaign Finance Reform Swallowed by Fat Cats (Updated)

A Super PAC set up to work on curbing the influence of big money in politics has received more than a million dollars from a few donors, and hopes to get pledges from other large donors of $5 million more.  

The goal of the Mayday PAC  was to get enough Americans involved to dilute the dominance of big money from a few.  

Pro-McConnell Super PAC Quickly Attacks Grimes (updated)

On the day before a confidant primary election day, a Pro-McConnell Super PAC spends $561K for TV ads to run against general election candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Ky.  

The Kentuckians For Strong Leadership , a Super PAC supporting Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reported today it spent $560,962 for TV ads as independent expenditures against Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Ky.  The Super PAC paid $21,214 on May 21st to DMM Media for media production, and $539,748 on May 19th to Main Street Media Group for media placement.  

Chamber of Commerce Sends $100,000 to Pro-Cochran Super PAC

A Super PAC supporting Sen. Thad Cochran in the 2014 Mississippi Republican Primary has reported receiving $100,000 from the Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. The Mississippi Conservatives PAC  reported  receiving $164,150 and disbursing $61,213 from April 1st through May 14th, leaving $132,600 cash on hand as of May 30th, and $220,150 in debts owed.  

The major receipt was $100,000 from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce received on May 5th. During the period, the PAC paid the law firm of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP $2,500 for attorney compliance. The committee also repaid $10,000 to Trustmark on a $250,150 loan it received in January. The PAC has $220,150 outstanding. The PAC has never disclosed the owner of a $250,000 certificate of deposit used to secure the loan.