By Eliza Newlin CarneyThe new ads unveiled Tuesday by the super PAC headed by ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, Mark Kelly, are just the latest in a wave of gun-related advocacy and political spending.
By Cameron JosephA pro-immigration Republican super-PAC led by former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez could support primary challenges against GOP lawmakers who take a hard line on the issue.
By Lauren Fox“Michael Bloomberg has some pretty deep pockets,” Allison says. “Part of what Bloomberg’s group is doing is to get notoriety and keep the issue in the center. There has not been much movement, and part of it was to make a display that there is money out there that will hit you in the next election if you don’t do something.”
Lobbying and Ethics
By Amanda BeckerThe House Ethics Committee has released the revised forms that members and staffers will have to submit before and after taking trips financed by private entities.
By Eliza Newlin CarneyPublic Citizen and several progressive groups filed a complaint Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, calling on the agency to take action against Chevron Corp. for $2.5 million the energy company gave to the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC.
By Paul BlumenthalThis distinction is important because campaign finance laws distinguish between a subsidiary and its parent company holding contracts. In this case, Chevron U.S.A. clearly holds federal contracts. As its subsidiary, Chevron Products would be subject to the contractor contribution ban. But as its parent company, Chevron Corporation would not be covered.
By Mary Ellen KiasIn another sign that Florida Gov. Rick Scott is moving to the populist middle, the govenor’s aides told Florida House leaders Wednesday that he cannot support their plan to raise campaign contribution caps from $500 to $10,000 in exchange for more rigorous disclosure.