campaign finance

New England News
8:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mass. Gov. Patrick Defends Lt. Gov. Murray

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he does not believe an investigation into possible campaign finance violations was what prompted Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray to skip the 2014 governor's race.

Patrick told reporters on Friday that Murray has answered "a lot of pointed questions" about the case and that he has full trust in the lieutenant governor.

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New England News
9:46 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Connecticut man pleads guilty in Donovan case

Christopher G. Donovan, former Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives, on the opening day of the 2009 Legislative Session.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Middlebury man who owned two roll-your-own tobacco shops in Waterbury has pleaded guilty for his role in an alleged campaign financing plot surrounding former House Speaker Chris Donovan's one-time congressional campaign.

Forty-year-old Paul Rogers pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of devising a scheme to bribe a public official, one count of conspiring to make false statements to the Federal Election Commission and impeding the agency's enforcement of federal campaign finance laws.

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US News
10:07 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Court won't hear campaign finance arguments

US Supreme Court
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from an anti-abortion group that wanted to be exempted from campaign finance disclosure regulations.

The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from The Real Truth About Abortion, Inc., which was formerly called The Real Truth About Obama, Inc. The group wanted to stop the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department from enforcing fundraising and advertising regulations against it.

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New York News
11:13 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Cuomo Discusses Campaign Finance, the Senate, Fracking, with Public Radio

Governor Cuomo says he will soon introduce legislation to regulate electioneering activities by some not for profits that have become increasingly influential players  in funding political campaigns.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Vermont Campaign Finance Reports Filed

Thursday was the deadline for candidates to file their post-election campaign finance reports with the Vermont Secretary of State's office. They indicate that incumbents spent far less than challengers and that Political Action Committees were not very successful in getting their candidates elected in the state.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Vermont Governor Spends $320k to Win Re-election

New campaign finance reports show that Vermont Republican gubernatorial challenger Randy Brock spent more than $806,000 in his unsuccessful attempt to unseat Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.

In campaign finance reports filed Thursday, Brock said he spent $806,647, which included a $300,000 loan he made to his campaign.

Shumlin's finance report says he spent $320,761 and he still has $932,975 on hand.

Thursday was a deadline for candidates to file their post-election campaign finance reports with the Secretary of State's office.

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Elections
4:43 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Groups Urge Candidates Be Questioned About Money in Politics During Debate

During tonight’s presidential debate, citizen groups are calling for the issue of campaign financing to be raised to candidates Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New England News
5:30 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

New Vermont PACs' Contributions May be Known Soon

Vermonters may soon know more about two new political action committees that are trying to influence election outcomes here.

The Republican-oriented group Vermonters First had pumped $70,000 into independent ads supporting auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi and treasurer candidate Wendy Wilton as of last week.

Meanwhile, the liberal PAC Vermont Priorities has been raising money and also is hoping to have an impact this election season.

Politics
6:15 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Michelle Obama Raises Campaign Funds At Western Mass. Events

Feroze Porter, age 12, talks with reporters outside the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield MA. He was hoping to see Michelle Obama who was inside at a fundraiser.
WAMC

First Lady Michelle  Obama was in western Massachusetts Friday to raise money for her husband’s re-election campaign.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

The First Lady was the featured speaker at a luncheon  with more than 100 people  held at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.   Tickets started at  $1,000, with a top donation  set at $2500. Local organizer, John Pucci, a Springfield attorney, said the sold out even  exceed ed  the goal which was to raise $250 thousand.

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New York News
12:25 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Jimmy Vielkind - The Albany Times Union

Government reform groups say there are a number of loopholes in New York’s campaign finance regulations, and that LLC’s, or Limited Liability Corporations, are part of the problem. Jimmy Vielkind of the Albany Times Union has been looking into these organizations and how they can be used to get around some of the campaign donation limits. WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke to Vielkind about his front page story in today’s paper.

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