campaign finance

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.

Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum – $ in Politics : 7/10/12

Yesterday, President Barack Obama's campaign and the democratic party said they raised $71 million dollars in the month of June, well below the $106 million hauled in by rival Mitt Romney and the republicans. Obama campaign officials have warned the fundraising deficit could harm the president's chances of winning re-election.  

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WAMC News
12:00 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Steve Cowan & Ivette Alfonso - 'PRICELE$$'

This year’s U.S. presidential and congressional contests are expected to be the most expensive elections in the nation’s history. Despite the still struggling economy, millions of dollars are being poured into campaign war-chests and the accounts of political action committees, leaving many wondering, “Where does the money come from?”

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New York News
7:11 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Parties Squabble over Campaign Finance Reform in NY

Democrats and Republicans in the NYS Senate engaged in partisan squabbling over reform of the state’s campaign finance system.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports…

Senate Democrats, who are the minority party in that house, held a news conference with government reform advocates to push for public financing of campaigns, a bill Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson says will lessen the influence of big money special interests in politics.

“Government is being hijacked right now by the Super PACs,” Sampson said.  “You have the haves versus the have-nots.”

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Capital District News
7:49 am
Wed April 25, 2012

NYS Assembly Advances Campaign Finance Reform

The State Assembly has introduced a bill to permit for the first time in New York State  voluntary public financing of some election campaigns.  Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports...

The Assembly bill would offer an optional public financing system for campaigns for state legislative and statewide offices, giving candidates six dollars for every one dollar in contributions. It is modeled after the New York City system and would be financed, in part, through a $5 check off option on state income taxes.  

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