Investments in Corruption

 

Over $475 million was spent on CA ballot measures in 2012 alone, almost all of it by committees with deceptive names.

Source: www.caclean.org

 

In the past decade, ALEC’s corporate leaders have invested more than $370 million in state elections.

Source: www.commoncause.org

 

Koch Industries has increased its lobbying from $857,000 in 2004 to $20 million in the last two years (2010 - 2012. Section 199 subsidy for energy firms cost the Treasury $14 billion over 10 years.

Source: www.publicintegrity.org

 

Over $248 million has been spent against pro-health care ballot measures in California since 2004, almost all of it by Big Insurance, Big Pharma, and Big Tobacco.

Source: www.caclean.org

 

Increased cigarette taxes to reduce tobacco use and provide children’s health care was proposed by Prop 86 in 2006. Early polling showed nearly two to one support before it lost after $66 million in ads by “Californians Against Unaccountable Taxes ”. Their largest funders: Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds Tobacco

Source: www.caclean.org

 

Increased cigarette taxes was again proposed by Prop 29 in 2012 to fund cancer research. Polling showed 68% support in March 2012. It lost by less than 25,000 votes after $47 million in ads by “Californians Against Out of Control Taxes and Spending”. Largest funders: Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds Tobacco

Source: www.caclean.org

 

An oil severance tax to pay for alternative energy was supported by nearly three-to-one in early polls for Prop 87 in 2006. It lost after $94 million in ads by unknown “Californians against Higher Taxes”. Most voters never knew its largest funders were Chevron, Aera Energy, and Occidental Oil and Gas.

Source: www.caclean.org

 

George Soros spent $1 million on Proposition 19 in 2010 , the initiative to legalize marijuana in California. All voters saw was fine print: “Paid for by the Drug Policy Action Committee to Tax and Regulate Marijuana...”

Source: www.caclean.org

 

Prescription drug discounts supported by consumer advocacy and senior groups led by 15% for Prop 79 in 2005. It lost after the airwaves were flooded with $123 million in ads from “Californians Against the Wrong Prescription”. Its largest funders actually were GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and Pfizer

Source: www.caclean.org

 

In 2010-2012, Health Insurance Agent Broker Associations spent $4.8 million in the 16 states that have passed the navigator laws to let them act as Obamacare Navigators.

Source: www.publicintegrity.org – Kusnetz

 

0.01 percent give more than $10,000 in an election cycle

Source: www.rootstrikers.org

 

Opponents of Obama’s proposed climate bill outspent environmentalists 8:1 on lobbying: $543 million.

Source: www.OpenSecrets.org

 

Oil and gas industry PACs donated $6.6 million to federal candidates from January 2009 to June 2010.

Source: www.ThinkProgress.org

 

Thirty major corporations paid more to lobby federal policymakers than they paid in federal income taxes for the three years between 2008 and 2010, despite being profitable.

Source: www.publiccampaign.org

 

Despite making combined profits totaling $164 billion in that three year period, 30 major companies combined received tax rebates totaling nearly $11 billion.

Source: www.publiccampaign.org

 

Altogether, 30 major companies spent nearly half a billion dollars ($476 million) over three years on federal lobbying — that’s about $400,000 each day, including weekends.

Source: www.publiccampaign.org

 

In the three year period beginning in 2009 through most of 2011, 30 large firms spent over $22 million altogether on federal campaigns.

Source: www.publiccampaign.org

 

Corn and soy interests gave $1.5 million to members of Congress while they debated a version of the Farm Bill in 2012 that added $1 billion in soy subsidies and made popcorn a crop eligible for benefits.

Source: www.MapLight.org

 

The financial sector spent $2.7 billion on lobbying from 1999 to 2008; individuals and related PACs donated more than $1 billion in campaign contributions.

Source: Republic, Lost by Lawrence Lessig

 

Over the past three election cycles, a full 51% of all contributions to senatorial campaigns were made by out-of-state sources.

Source: www.Maplight.org

 

Businesses and trade associations paid for 40 percent of California legislators’ campaigns over the last three years. Business groups provided more money than private citizens (17%) and labor unions (16%) combined.

Source: www.Maplight.org

 

In the U.S. House of Representatives from January 2005 through December 2007, 79% of campaign contributions came from outside of members’ districts.

Source: www.Maplight.org

 

Thirty major corporations have also spent lavishly on compensation for their top executives ($706 million altogether in 2010)

Source: www.publiccampaign.org

 

Mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods in Prop 37 led in polls by over two-to-one in 2012. It was defeated with 51.4% of the vote after $44 million in ads by "Coalition against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition". Its largest funders actually were Monsanto, Dupont, and Pepsico.

Source: www.caclean.org

 

A Washington state ballot initiative (I-522) to label GMO’s was defeated by a by 55% to 45% after Monsanto, Dupont, Pepsico and other commercial organizations in opposition spent $22 million vs. $8 million from proponents. Only 6% of the funding came from within the state.

Source: www.king5.com

 

Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash

Source: www.wired.com

 

Prescription drug, biotechnology, and medical device companies spent more than $700 million lobbying congress and the Whitehouse between 2009 and 2011. In 2012 Congress gave these industries more say in how prescription drugs and medical devices are approved.

Source: Union of Concerned Scientists study

 

In the 2012 presidential election, 3.7 million people each contributed $200 or less for a total of $313 million, while 32 people each gave an average of $9.9 million for a total of $317 million.

Source: Hightower Lowdown

 

159 individuals each put up more than $1 million for nearly 60% of all SuperPAC money.

Source: Hightower Lowdown

 

After remaining at a steady level of less than $500 million for the past 8 presidential elections, campaign spending has approximately doubled in each of the last 3 elections to $2.6 billion in 2012.

Source: Hightower Lowdown

 

34% of the $1.02 billion spent in 2012 by outside groups came from secret donors.

Source: Hightower Lowdown

 

58% of the $330 million that outside groups spent on TV adscame from undisclosed “Dark Money” sources.

Source: Hightower Lowdown

 

85% of negative attack ads in the 2012 Senate campaigns came from undisclosed “Dark Money” sources, as did 84% of those in House races.

Source: Hightower Lowdown

 

Local TV stations made $2.9 billion from running election ads in 2012, which is about 38% more than in 2008. This amount was 85% of all spending on political advertising in 2012.

Source: Hightower Lowdown

 

Of the $352 million of Dark Money contributions in 2012, $267 million came from Social Welfare (501c4) organizations, $48 million from concealed SuperPAC donations and $37 million from Trade Associations.

Source: Hightower Lowdown

Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from Maryland -- home of NSA headquarters -- led the committees in money received from top intelligence contractors. Representative C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, D-Md., is the largest recipient, having received $363,600 since January 1, 2005. Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., is the second largest recipient, having received $210,150.

Source: www.Maplight.org

Republican members of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have received $1.86 million from intelligence contractors since January 1, 2005, while Democrat members have received $1.82 million over the same time period.

Source: www.Maplight.org

Members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence have received $2.2 million since January 1, 2005 from top intelligence services contractors, while members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have received $1.5 million.

Source: www.Maplight.org

Lockheed Martin has given $798,910 to members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence since January 1, 2005, more than any of the other top 20 intelligence service contractors. Northrop Grumman has given $753,101, the second highest amount, and Honeywell has given $714,913, the third highest amount.

Source: www.Maplight.org

Over a period of three days (in December 2013) the president was on the West Coast and, over the course of seven fundraisers, raised at least $6.5 million for Democratic candidates in the 2014 elections. At most of the events, donors paid between $16,200 and $32,400 to attend.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Computer game mogul Mark Pincus sat next to President Obama at a meeting about the Obamacare website. Pincus has donated $1 million to Priorities USA Action, the super PAC that backed Obama in the election. He also gave an additional $104,000 to Democratic causes in 2012 -- including the maximum of $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee. Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, who raised $500,000 for Obama’s 2012 campaign also attended.

Source: www.opensecrets.org

 

Independence USA PAC spent more than $1 million on ads to support the Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate – and eventual winner – Terry McAuliffe. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was the hidden source of that money.

Source: www.thehill.com

 

Crossroads GPS raised $179.7 million from undisclosed sources 2012 alone — with affiliated super PAC American Crossroads raising another $117 million in 2011 and 2012.

Source: www.politico.com

In the California 2012 ballot measure 501(c)(4) money laundering scheme, $29 million from in-state donors who wanted to remain anonymous was steered to the Virginia-based Americans for Job Security, which passed $24.5 million to CPPR. Sean Noble then made two grants: $18 million to Americans for Responsible Leadership (ARL), which passed on $11 million to the Small Business Action Committee (SBAC) in California; and $7 million to American Future Fund, which gave $4 million to the California Future Fund.

Source: www.theatlantic.com


Americans for Responsible Leadership (ARL) spent more than $25.2 million last year. ARL received almost all its revenues -- 97.6 percent -- from a single organization linked to billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch, the Center to Protect Patient Rights.

Source: www.opensecrets.org

 

Of $274 million in dark money, one in four dollars is traceable to a Koch-linked group.

Source: www.brennancenter.org

 

The State Policy Network (SPN) has members in each of the 50 states and an annual war chest of $83million drawn from major corporate donors that include the energy tycoons the Koch brothers, the tobacco company Philip Morris, food giant Kraft and the multinational drugs company GlaxoSmithKline.

Source: www.commondreams.org

 

In its efforts to oppose Net Neutrality and weaken the FCC Open Internet Order in 2010, Verizon contributed $1.2 million to key House and Senate committee members, $214,000 to the Obama campaign and $217,000 to congressional leaders.

Source: www.commoncause.org

 

In 2012, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (Dem. Calif.) was reported to have attended 400 fundraisers in DC and around the country for her campaigning Democrats. Helping Democratic candidates with fundraising is a major way she asserts her control over them.

Source: www.commondreams.org

 

The 2013 budget deal that was crafted by Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan ended sequestration cuts that threatened to cripple Boeing Corp. which contributed $172,000 to the campaigns of Sen. Murray, including $108,400 since 2009.

Source: www.opensecrets.org

 

Broadcasters of political ads fail to meet FEC disclosure regulations 83% of the time

Source: www.sunlightfoundation.com

 

In 2013, while he was chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Ron Wyden collected $108,000 from energy companies.

Source: www.blogs.rollcall.com

 

Post-Citizens United, spending on political ads has exploded—$5.6 billion was spent in 2012, a 30 percent increase from 2008.

Source: www.motherjones.com

 

By the end of 2013, members of Congress reported receiving contributions of $403,952,012 during the year.

Source: www.publicintegrity.org

 

California vintner John Jordon poured $1,700,000 into a pro-GOP super PAC ahead of the special Massachusetts U.S. Senate race in June 2013.

Source: www.publicintegrity.org

 

About 75 percent of the money backing climate-denial efforts is untraceable, primarily via conservative foundations and shadowy tax-exempt groups that obscure their funding sources.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

 

Arizona’s largest carbon based electricity provider, is fighting for new regulations, with the help of Koch Bros. money, that would raise the cost of solar by $50-$100 a month, effectively killing the benefits of net metering.

Source: The National Memo

Disclosure of political ads offers our only glimpse into $300 MILLION of secret money that floods our elections. But major TV executives refuse to obey the law. Others give misleading information on a loophole-ridden form created by industry lobbyists!

Source: www.rootstrikers.org

More than $8 million in independent expenditures (IE’s) in the 2013 for the North Carolina senate election. IE’s are independent or official campaign spending.

Source: www.mercurynews.com

 

Nine states increased existing campaign contribution limits during 2013.

Source: www.mercurynews.com

Because of his low popularity ratings, President Bush’s campaigning during the 2006 mid-term elections was limited to fundraisers until the final weeks. He had attended 89 fundraisers and raised $194 million for the party. Obama’s fundraising numbers are expected to match or exceed Bush’s.

Source: www.rollcall.com

 

Companies and individuals in agriculture made about $93 million in campaign donations during the 2012 presidential campaign and have given $20 million so far in 2014 congressional races.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

 

U.S. senators who strongly advocated the building of the KXL pipeline received more than double the amount of campaign contributions compared to the average senator during the 5 year period between 2007 and 2012.

Source: maplight.org

 

California Hedge Fund manager Steven Steyer pledged to match $50 million in his effort to raise $100 million for Democratic campaigns.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

 

The United States is the only industrialized country to award diplomatic posts as political spoils, often to wealthy campaign contributors. Ambassador appointees to Rome, Paris, Stockholm or Canberraraised a total of $5 million in 2012, up from $3.3 million in 2008, $1.3 million in 2004 and $800,000 in 2000.

Source: politico.com

 

Just 3.5% of the $2.2 million that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell raised in the fourth quarter came in amounts of $200 or less and 80% came from out of state. The top contributing industry so far is Securities & Investment.
Source: CampaignMoney.org


Federal campaign donations from employees of computer and Internet companies and their political action committees have spiked from $38.4 million in 2000 to $64.8 million in 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Source: sfgate.com

 

Organized labor dished out $19 million worth of large, disclosed donations of $10,000 or more, according to a new analysis from the Sunlight Foundation. Corporations gave $7 million.

Source: Washington Post

 

Individual donors gave more in large donations to political committees last year than corporations and unions combined: $55 million.

Source: Washington Post

 

The National Republican Congressional Committee expects Congressman Stewart to contribute $190,000 by year’s end, a figure based on seniority and committee assignments.

Source: Salt Lake Tribune

 

As of February 2014, Americans for Prosperity, a conservative 501(c)(4) advocacy group backed by the billionaires Charles and David Koch, has pumped $27 million into ads attacking congressional Democrats for the 2014 campaign.

Source: Washington Post

 

Eastman Chemical, which gave us the Elk River chemical spill in West Virginia, gave congressional candidates $378,495 through its PAC in the 2012 cycle.

Source: opensecrets.org

 

Campaign contributions by PACs and individuals connected to the chemical industry increased five-fold from 2010 to 2012, from $9 million to $48 million.

Source: opensecrets.org

 

The super PAC (Fund for Louisiana’s Future) supporting the gubernatorial campaign of Senator David Vitter, who sits on the Environment and Public Works Committee, has pulled in $1,509,574 so far, much of it connected to oil and energy interests.

Source: opensecrets.org

 

The oil and gas industry has given Vitter $1.2 million over the course of his congressional career, putting it in a virtual tie with health professionals as his most generous industry donor. So far in the 2014 cycle, it has given him $46,000.

Source: opensecrets.org

 

Oil and gas interests have contributed more than $1 million to Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from oil-rich Louisiana and the new Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee.

Source: sunlightfoundation.com

 

Environmentalist mega-donor Tom Steyer’s fundraising $100m goal – half the money his own, the rest matched by fellow donors – pales in comparison to the war chest of the fossil fuel industry and its allies.

Source: guardian.com

 

In 2012 election, the Kochs spent $412,670,666 and the top 10-spending unions put in $153,473,251. This includes Super-PAC and "dark money" spending.

Source:  dailykos.com

 

Wendy Gramm left the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) for the Enron board. This while her husband, then Senator and later lobbyist and banker Phil Gramm, received nearly $100,000 in contributions from Enron while in office.

Source:  longislandpress

 

 

 

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