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January 21, 1988 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
In an attempt to give New Jersey Democrats more clout in the presidential selection process, state Democratic Chairman Raymond Durkin of Essex County has formed an exploratory committee to save the state party from becoming too unruly before the state primary on June 7. However, though New Jersey's primary is the last on the presidential calendar, some Democrats say that efforts to unify the party may already be too late. Only one scenario in presidential politics, Democrats said yesterday, could inspire solidarity among state New Jersey Democrats: U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley's becoming a candidate for the White House.
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March 4, 1987 | By Larry Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Senate Minority Leader Robert Dole, now challenging Vice President Bush for the position of front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, yesterday took a major step toward becoming a formal candidate. Dole, 63, authorized his political allies to form a presidential exploratory committee. Even as he did, though, questions were being raised both about infighting within his fledgling campaign and his ability to convey a vision of where he would try to take the country.
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November 11, 1988 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group of prominent Bergen County Republicans, including county GOP chairman John Inganamort, formed a committee yesterday to encourage Attorney General Cary Edwards to run for governor next year. This is the second exploratory committee to be formed for a prospective candidate for the 1989 gubernatorial race. Last month, state Sen. Richard D. Codey (D., Essex) assembled top North Jersey Democrats to determine whether he should enter the Democratic primary in June. It is expected that at least a dozen prospective gubernatorial candidates will form exploratory committees in the coming weeks.
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April 18, 2007 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah scrambles to raise money for his mayoral bid, he is also in the unusual position of having to give some back. In a first-of-its-kind settlement approved yesterday by the Philadelphia Board of Ethics, Fattah agreed to transfer $36,766 from his mayoral committee to his exploratory committee - and then refund that money to donors. The agreement also requires the exploratory committee to repay $20,000 to a contributor whose money should not have been accepted.
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September 21, 1988 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Camden County Board of Freeholders yesterday resurrected a plan to build a 500-unit senior citizens development on the county's Lakeland hospital complex. The freeholders agreed to appoint an "exploratory committee" of church and social leaders to study whether the county, or a private agency, should build housing for senior citizens on a 100-acre tract at the corner of Mount Pleasant Road and Barnsboro-Salima Road. Freeholder Michael J. DiPiero initiated the proposal two years ago, but it was shelved while the county pursued plans to build a food distribution center on the Lakeland property.
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November 20, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
DOUG OLIVER, former press secretary for Mayor Nutter and currently an executive at Philadelphia Gas Works, is considering a run for mayor. From a fourth-floor office at the Bellevue yesterday, he announced the launch of an exploratory committee that will work to gauge his chances of succeeding Nutter in 2015. The "DO2015" exploratory committee is what Oliver describes as a "grass-roots, crowd-initiated and crowd-funded effort to re-engage the Philadelphia voter. " Oliver took some heat when, in 2012, he changed his voter registration to Republican.
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April 14, 1999 | By Tom Turcol, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
From now on, politicians contemplating a run for public office in New Jersey must disclose their contributions from the time they start raising money and cannot keep it private until they become declared candidates. The loophole was closed yesterday when Gov. Whitman signed into law legislation prompted by criticism of Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Bass Levin's fund-raising for a possible gubernatorial campaign in 2001. The law was aimed at "exploratory" or "testing-the-waters" committees, which some would-be candidates establish to examine their prospects.
NEWS
February 18, 2010
THE RECENT LETTER from Larry Owens criticizing Rush Limbaugh's comments on Haiti were off the mark - Rush wanted his listeners to donate via entities that would ensure most of the money really gets there. Regarding Sarah Palin, she still has more CEO experience, and in my view significantly more backbone, than our criticism-adverse president, who formed an exploratory committee for the presidency after a mere 143 days in the Senate. At the National Prayer Breakfast, he pronounced "corpsman" as "corpseman" twice - the commander in chief!
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December 16, 2005 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's official: In exploring a run for mayor, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Phila.) said yesterday that he intends to raise unlimited campaign cash, sidestepping federal and city laws that limit campaign contributions. In doing so, the congressman is following the opinion of the Federal Election Commission that his potential bid would make him a mayoral candidate under Pennsylvania state law, under which there are no contribution caps. That opinion was shared by veteran election lawyer Gregory Harvey, who is acting as counsel to Fattah and the mayoral exploratory committee that Fattah expects to officially unveil today or Monday.
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March 22, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger and Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican who developed a reputation for trimming the growth of spending in his home state, announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Monday. Pawlenty made the announcement by way of Facebook, in an online video with the production values of a feel-good campaign ad. The nearly two-minute video touches on his biography, recalling the economic downturn that occurred in Minnesota's Twin Cities during his youth and tying it to the current distress.
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January 9, 2015 | By Chris Brennan
  DOUG OLIVER   'S role as the face of PGW in a television commercial has turned up the heat on his impending candidacy for mayor. PGW's board members held an impromptu discussion yesterday about Oliver's future with the utility after City Councilman Jim Kenney , who is still mulling a run for mayor, complained about the commercial giving Oliver an unfair political advantage by raising his name recognition in the city. Oliver, after launching a mayoral exploratory committee in November, this week said he will resign from PGW at the end of this month and formally declare his candidacy in February.
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November 20, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
DOUG OLIVER, former press secretary for Mayor Nutter and currently an executive at Philadelphia Gas Works, is considering a run for mayor. From a fourth-floor office at the Bellevue yesterday, he announced the launch of an exploratory committee that will work to gauge his chances of succeeding Nutter in 2015. The "DO2015" exploratory committee is what Oliver describes as a "grass-roots, crowd-initiated and crowd-funded effort to re-engage the Philadelphia voter. " Oliver took some heat when, in 2012, he changed his voter registration to Republican.
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August 29, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Elected Official A has some explaining to do. That was the consensus in Philadelphia political circles Wednesday as people absorbed the news that a longtime aide and confidante to U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) had pleaded guilty to concealing the misuse of $622,000 in campaign contributions and federal grants. Fattah has been able to brush aside past reports of federal investigations into his and his family's finances, but the detailed conspiracy outlined by Gregory Naylor will require a response, said Democratic strategist Ken Smukler.
NEWS
October 12, 2012
CLOUT KEEPS hearing about efforts to recruit an African-American candidate for next May's Democratic primary election for city controller. The race already has two white candidates: Incumbent Alan Butkovitz , who is seeking a third term, and Brett Mandel , a tax- policy advocate who finished third in the 2009 primary. Could somebody be sizing up a Philadelphia political race, thinking of ways to take advantage of a division of votes along racial lines? It wouldn't be the first time.
NEWS
August 19, 2011
Ind. hires firm to probe collapse INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has hired an outside firm to help with its investigation into a fatal stage collapse at the state fair after questions were raised about the state's ability to conduct an objective probe itself. Gov. Mitch Daniels' office announced Thursday that the state had hired Witt Associates, a public-safety and crisis-management firm based in Washington to conduct a "comprehensive, independent analysis of the state fair's preparedness and response" to the collapse Saturday that killed five people and injured four dozen as they waited for a concert by the country act Sugarland.
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May 4, 2011 | By Philip Elliott, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Republicans Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman took steps Tuesday toward formally joining a still-forming GOP presidential campaign field. Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, established a presidential exploratory committee and said he would participate in a Thursday debate in South Carolina. Huntsman, a former Utah governor who just stepped down as U.S. ambassador to China, filed paperwork that lets him start building a national profile as he weighs a campaign. Among other potential contenders, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is preparing to formally join the race in the coming weeks, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is planning an announcement tour, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has scheduled fund-raisers in the coming weeks.
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April 12, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney took the first step toward a full-blown presidential campaign, announcing Monday the formation of an exploratory committee that is most likely the precursor to his second White House run. His move came after an unannounced visit to the University of New Hampshire, where he said he spoke with students about the economy. "From my vantage point in business and in government, I have become convinced that America has been put on a dangerous course by Washington politicians, and it has become even worse during the last two years," he said in the announcement.
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March 22, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger and Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican who developed a reputation for trimming the growth of spending in his home state, announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Monday. Pawlenty made the announcement by way of Facebook, in an online video with the production values of a feel-good campaign ad. The nearly two-minute video touches on his biography, recalling the economic downturn that occurred in Minnesota's Twin Cities during his youth and tying it to the current distress.
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