Casinos Chip in on Bill to Ban Online Gaming
The Restoration of America’s Wire Act, which would ban online gaming, has inspired a flood of spending from groups on either side. Meanwhile, loosened restrictions on political spending since McCutcheon have allowed party contributions to swell, particularly those from one influential casino billionaire.
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IMAGE: Billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who is fighting to ban online gaming, has already exceeded political spending limits that were in place before April’s Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC. (Flickr/העין השביעית the7eye.org.il)

Casinos Chip in on Bill to Ban Online Gaming

The Restoration of America’s Wire Act, which would ban online gaming, has inspired a flood of spending from groups on either side. Meanwhile, loosened restrictions on political spending since McCutcheon have allowed party contributions to swell, particularly those from one influential casino billionaire.

Read more. 

IMAGE: Billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who is fighting to ban online gaming, has already exceeded political spending limits that were in place before April’s Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC. (Flickr/העין השביעית the7eye.org.il)

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, Brought to You by Wall Street, Real Estate Developers, and Insurance Companies
Who says Congress can’t get anything done?
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, first passed in the aftermath of 9/11 to relieve insurers of deep losses in connection with terrorist acts, was reauthorized easily in the Senate last week. We think it may have something to do with the extremely deep pockets of industries that lobbied aggressively for the bill.
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IMAGE: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill to reauthorize the 2002 Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. (Flickr/maisa_nyc)

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, Brought to You by Wall Street, Real Estate Developers, and Insurance Companies

Who says Congress can’t get anything done?

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, first passed in the aftermath of 9/11 to relieve insurers of deep losses in connection with terrorist acts, was reauthorized easily in the Senate last week. We think it may have something to do with the extremely deep pockets of industries that lobbied aggressively for the bill.

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IMAGE: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill to reauthorize the 2002 Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. (Flickr/maisa_nyc)

We teamed up with TIME to take a look at the First Family of fundraising.

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Facebook’s Lobbying Outlays Befit a Corporate Behemoth
Facebook, as you may have noticed, is all grown up. It ignored Washington for its first five years, but in the last five has launched a world-class lobbying effort, and already this year is on track to outspend just about everyone in the industry.
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Facebook’s Lobbying Outlays Befit a Corporate Behemoth

Facebook, as you may have noticed, is all grown up. It ignored Washington for its first five years, but in the last five has launched a world-class lobbying effort, and already this year is on track to outspend just about everyone in the industry.

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OFA Fundraising Down, But Still Attracting New Donors

Organizing for Action, the political nonprofit dedicating to advancing President Obama’s legislative agenda, brought in fewer big donations and less money overall in the 2nd quarter of 2014 - but the group continues to attract new donors. Our latest collaboration with the Sunlight Foundation reveals the group’s continuing influence.

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Self-Funding, Big Donors Dominate Price Georgia Runoff
Self-funders and big-dollar donors dominate the very pricey Georgia Senate run-off. Good pre-voting booth read!
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Self-Funding, Big Donors Dominate Price Georgia Runoff

Self-funders and big-dollar donors dominate the very pricey Georgia Senate run-off. Good pre-voting booth read!

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Politiquizz: Cooperating for Cash
What do John Boehner, Barack Obama, and Ted Cruz have in common? Read on to find out, and then try your hand at this week’s Politiquizz question - it’s all about joint fundraising committees!  The first person to send the entire correct answer to politiquizz@crp.org wins a free OpenSecrets.org bumper sticker. It’ll make your bumper/laptop/stickable surface of choice look pretty sweet. 
Happy Politiquizzing!

Politiquizz: Cooperating for Cash

What do John Boehner, Barack Obama, and Ted Cruz have in common? Read on to find out, and then try your hand at this week’s Politiquizz question - it’s all about joint fundraising committees!

The first person to send the entire correct answer to politiquizz@crp.org wins a free OpenSecrets.org bumper sticker. It’ll make your bumper/laptop/stickable surface of choice look pretty sweet.

Happy Politiquizzing!

Catch CRP Research Director Sarah Bryner this Wednesday in DC! She’ll be discussing our research on gender and political giving at the OpenGov Hub’s brown bag lunch discussion, “Women and Civic Participation.”

Plus, check out some other events we think are worth attending.

This 2,143-Page IRS Document Could Be Yours for Just $428.60 (Plus Shipping)
"This versatile package serves as an enduring monument to the abysmal nature of IRS document procurement procedures that you can someday share with your grandchildren."  Ah, the price of transparency. Find out what it really takes to track dark money groups. 
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This 2,143-Page IRS Document Could Be Yours for Just $428.60 (Plus Shipping)

"This versatile package serves as an enduring monument to the abysmal nature of IRS document procurement procedures that you can someday share with your grandchildren."

Ah, the price of transparency. Find out what it really takes to track dark money groups.

Read more.