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- The Olympic Committee's Washington SwayFebruary 5, 2014 12:31 PM
As the curtain rises on the winter games in Sochi, we look at the U.S. Olympic Committee's investments in the nation's capital.
- Top Recipients of Lobbyists' Cash, 2013: An OpenSecrets AnalysisJuly 2, 2013 4:00 PM
Fancy dinners with members of Congress are all but verboten for lobbyists these days. But they can still make an impression with campaign contributions. An OpenSecrets.org analysis has crunched the available numbers from the 2014 election cycle.
- Oscar Nominees Award Dems Millions in Political MoneyFebruary 22, 2013 5:24 PM
Politicians watching the Oscars this weekend of course will be seeing stars, just like the rest of us. But many of them -- Democrats, at least -- may see something much more alluring: dollar signs. Of the 51 actors, directors and producers nominated for the six most-watched categories, 25 nominees or their spouses have contributed to a political candidate or cause since 1990, nearly all of them Democratic. Most supported Obama either in 2008 or 2012, or both. And "Lincoln" is the money-and-politics blockbuster of the year.
- Capital Eye Opener, Oct. 10: Citizens United Takes to Hulu, Ending Spending's New Ad Campaign, and More October 10, 2012 8:00 AM
Citizens United, whose name is now synonymous with the Supreme Court decision that helped open the spigots to unlimited independent spending, airs a new movie on Hulu.
- One-Fifth of Senate Gets Filing Extension for Personal Financial Disclosure ReportsJune 15, 2011 2:31 PM
One-fifth of the senate, or 20 members, according to a tally by the Center for Responsive Politics, have filed for extensions, meaning the financial disclosures won't be released until later this summer.
- John Edwards Indictment Ahead, Retirees Heart GOP Senators and More in Capital Eye Opener: May 27May 27, 2011 11:25 AM
Although a variety of factors likely went into each senator's decision to vote down the Ryan budget, interestingly, retirees -- who often lean Republican in their political contributions, as OpenSecrets Blog has previously noted -- are among the top donors to all four Republican senators who voted against the bill.
- Oil and Gas Contributions Still Rising in 2010, Republicans Receiving Bulk of Industry CashOctober 1, 2010 3:20 PM
This spring and summer, hundreds of millions of gallons of oil seeped into the Gulf of Mexico. Simultaneously, debate raged in Congress about ocean drilling, energy independence, cap and trade legislation and a shift away from fossil-fuel energy sources. Nevertheless, congressional candidates and federal political committees nationwide have raked in more than $17 million from the oil and gas industry so far during the 2010 election cycle -- a number on pace to easily exceed that of the most recent midterm election four years ago.
- Lobbyist in Action: How A Veteran Congressional Influencer Works Her Craft August 27, 2010 4:40 PM
Firm knowledge of congressional members. Understanding of their districts. Near-clairvoyance for their concerns. These are the elements needed to become a successful environmental lobbyist. And for half a day in July, OpenSecrets Blog had unfettered access to an environmental lobbying force in action.
- Follow the Money From Energy-Related Interests With New 'Fueling Washington' ToolsAugust 27, 2010 11:45 AM
Want to know which sitting member of Congress has received the most money from the oil and gas industry? Which lawmaker has received the most from environmentalists? The alternative energy industry? Now you can find that information in one centralized location on OpenSecrets.org -- presented with sort-able and down-loadable options for your convenience.
- Insurgent Candidates See Electoral Success in Hot Senate RacesMay 19, 2010 7:30 PM
Massive campaign war chests and establishment endorsements were not enough to be victorious in some of the country's most contested Senate primaries Tuesday night. One sitting Senator was defeated and another is heading to a run-off in three weeks, as candidates worked to distance themselves from Washington and position themselves as crusaders against special interests in charged anti-incumbent environments.
- Lawmakers Get One-Two Punch of Money From Health Industry Special InterestsOctober 1, 2009 11:11 AM
A new collaborative investigation between the Sunlight Foundation and Center for Responsive Politics shows that since January 2007, more than 500 individual lobbyists donated roughly $2.8 million to 61 members of Congress who took money from at least 10 lobbyists and also received money from their clients' PACs or employees. Among the recipients were 11 senators who sit on the Senate Finance Committee.
- Hidden ‘Bundles’ of Lobbyist Giving Show Full Court Press by Health Care DonorsOctober 1, 2009 9:00 AM
A month-long collaborative investigation by the Sunlight Foundation and the Center for Responsive Politics has uncovered never-before-seen webs of campaign contributions from outside lobbyists and their clients, who are all important players in the healthcare reform, to key members of Congress.
- Some Politicos Distance Themselves From Embattled Hassan Nemazee, But Not All. Yet.August 26, 2009 2:08 PM
Embattled political financier Hassan Nemazee, who faces decades in prison after federal authorities arrested him for allegedly attempting to secure a fradulent loan from Citigroup, has donated money to 75 federal political candidates, a Center for Responsive Politics analysis indicates.
- Lawmakers Controlling Government's Budget File for Extensions on Personal Financial DisclosuresJune 16, 2009 2:18 PM
Members of Congress that control government spending and oversee the beleaguered financial sector are having a hard time getting their own finances in order, CRP has found. Forty of the 63 lawmakers who still haven't filed their 2008 personal financial disclosure (PFD) reports, due May 15, sit on a congressional committee related to the federal budget, appropriations or financial sector oversight.
- Embattled Lobbying Firm PMA Targeted Members of Defense CommitteesFebruary 12, 2009 1:55 PM
The close ties between Rep. John Murtha and a Washington lobbying firm raided by the FBI have put the powerful Pennsylvania Democrat under greater scrutiny. The lobbyists at PMA Group have been Murtha's fifth most generous campaign donor over time, but he is just one of 284 members of the 111th Congress who have collected money from the firm, which specializes in securing federal earmarks for its clients. In total, PMA Group's employees and its political action committee have given current members of Congress $3.4 million since 1989.
- Races to Watch VIII: Top Self-FundersOctober 6, 2008 6:30 PM
On its own, fundraising is a serious challenge; add the obstacle of navigating complicated campaign finance laws and it's enough to deter many from the political arena. However, individuals with deep pockets can finance their own campaigns, and unlike contributions raised from other people, there is no limit to how much personal money candidates can give themselves. Capital Eye takes a look at the top self-funders seeking congressional office this election cycle.
- Races to Watch VI: Candidates Backed by PACsOctober 1, 2008 4:45 PM
More than a quarter of the money raised by congressional candidates on the November ballot has come from business and labor PACs, not from individual donors, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Capital Eye has profiled some races where labor union and business PAC money is playing the largest role.
- Races to Watch V: Lobbyists’ Favorite Candidates September 30, 2008 7:20 PM
Registered lobbyists aren't just getting the attention of lawmakers while on the job. Like any other member of the public, they, too, are able to contribute up to the maximum amount per election to candidates of their choice. The Center for Responsive Politics has identified the congressional races with candidates who are receiving the most money from registered lobbyists.
- Races to Watch II: Candidates Supported by Their PartySeptember 25, 2008 12:13 PM
Private interests and members of the public aren't the only ones betting their money on the congressional candidates they hope will win (or retain) congressional seats. Lawmakers in both parties have a vested interest in seeing their own candidates succeed this November, with Democrats wanting to strengthen their majority and Republicans hoping to minimize their losses. Here we look at some of the candidates getting the largest cash infusions from their own parties, indicating a close race.
- Money and Votes Aligned in Congress's Last Debate Over Bank RegulationSeptember 23, 2008 11:43 AM
The last time Congress seriously debated how to regulate the financial industry, the result was legislation that allowed the nation's largest banks to get even larger and take risks that had been prohibited since the Great Depression. A look back at that debate, which was over the 1999 Financial Services Modernization Act, reveals that campaign contributions may have influenced the votes of politicians who, a decade later, are now grappling with the implosion of the giant banks they helped to foster.
- Money Wins Colorado PrimaryAugust 13, 2008 11:02 AM
Two weeks before the Democratic Party convenes in Colorado to officially nominate their candidate for president, a House election in the state yesterday set the record as the most expensive primary in the country. And the candidate who spent the most money -- most of it his own -- was victorious.
- Power Struggle: Energy Industries Open Up the Pipeline to DemocratsJuly 17, 2008 2:30 PM
President Bush's decision this week to lift the federal moratorium on offshore drilling defied the Democratic Party's long-held opposition to oil exploration along the U.S. coastline. But recently more Democrats are indicating that they might change their minds, leaving environmentalists wondering whether the lawmakers will stick to their ideological guns or be swayed by high gas prices and campaign contributions from big industries.
- Superdelegate UpdateFebruary 28, 2008 12:30 PM
In an update to Capital Eye's Feb. 14 report, campaign contributions from Obama and Clinton now total nearly $950,000 and have predicted endorsements about 80 percent of the time.
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