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Former Fiesta Bowl chief sentenced in scheme

March 13, 2013
Associated Press

PHOENIX — A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive was sentenced to eight months in federal prison on Thursday after acknowledging that he participated in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.

John Junker was sentenced after pleading guilty two years ago to a conspiracy charge in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl.

Bowl employees were reimbursed at least $46,000 for such contributions.

Federal super PACs spend big on local elections

President’s Day: Turning Point in the March Primary

Today is President’s Day, long set aside to honor the men (all of them, alas) who have served as our nation’s chief executive. This year, though, it also marks a turning point in the primary election season. Today is the 29th day before the March election, and so there are some changes everyone should know about.

Campaign accounts fund luxuries for some lawmakers

December 19, 2013
Chicago Tribune

By Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune reporter

Rep. Luis Gutierrez's campaign committee spent more than $130,000 on hotels, airfare and other travel expenses to destinations like Las Vegas, New York, Puerto Rico and Mexico over the past five years.

One out of every 4 dollars raised by Rep. Bobby Rush's committee went to the congressman's wife, who collects a regular salary for managing the campaign.

Republican Look-Alike Sites Mocking Democrats May Violate RulesCould targeted Democrats get the last laugh when it comes to anti-candidate microsites?

December 12, 2013
National Journal

By Shane Goldmacher

The National Republican Congressional Committee proudly launched a faux campaign website for Democratic candidate Domenic Recchia this week, mocking him as a "career politician … asking for your vote." They even bought Google ads to direct New Yorkers to www.domenic-recchia.com, designed at first glance to look like it could be Recchia's own, down to the same yellow star replacing the dot in the 'i' of his last name.

Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous

November 6, 2013
NPR

by PETER OVERBY, VIVECA NOVAK and ROBERT MAGUIRE

Morning Edition

As tax-exempt organizations become a vehicle of choice for big political donors, one powerful appeal is the anonymity. Federal laws allow tax-exempt groups – unlike political committees – to withhold their donor lists from disclosure.

ups, A River Of Political Influence

November 5, 2013
NPR

by PETER OVERBY, VIVECA NOVAK and ROBERT MAGUIRE

Morning Edition

Part one of the two-part "Secret Persuasion" investigation, reported with the Center for Responsive Politics.

Bruce Pregler walks down the slope from his cabin, eases into the Au Sable River and casts his line; fishing takes his thoughts away from his downstate law practice.

Chronicle exclusive: Campaign finances dog Stockman

November 3, 2013
Houston Chronicle

Congressman says he fired two staffers after reports of improper contributions

By Will Tucker and Lise Olsen

Rep. Steve Stockman has fired two congressional staffers after disclosures that both made prohibited contributions to his campaign.

The incident is the latest in a string of controversial episodes that have dogged Stockman's political campaigns over the past two decades.

California fines groups $16 million for funneling money to campaigns

October 25, 2013
LA Times

The record penalties cap a yearlong investigation into secretive political groups that bankrolled two of the biggest conservative election causes last year.

By Chris Megerian and Anthony York

SACRAMENTO — California officials are imposing a record $16 million in penalties on secretive political groups that funneled money into initiative campaigns in 2012, ending a yearlong investigation that showed gaps in state disclosure laws.