April 15, 2011 |
City Council and Mayor Nutter moved quickly Thursday to close a loophole that has allowed the city electricians' union to circumvent Philadelphia's limit on campaign contributions. Council abandoned plans to study the issue for another two weeks and unanimously passed a bill that bars political action committees, known as PACs, from evading the limit by funneling money through other PACs before it gets to candidates. Nutter signed the bill at 3:41 p.m., saying it was important to move "as quickly as possible" because "when you're in the middle of a municipal election cycle we should not have any activity that allows folks to do indirectly what we all know you can't do directly.
June 3, 2002 |
Longtime players on the national stage, political action committees have gone local. PACs, as they are known, have been the mechanisms through which industries and interest groups raise money to support state and national candidates. Now, the hometown politician is playing. All it takes to form a PAC in New Jersey is two people with a mailing address and some money to spend. In the last several election seasons, PACs have emerged and flexed their muscle in local races from bucolic Eastampton to bustling Washington Township.
February 21, 2012
A pair of "super" political action committees supporting top Republican presidential candidates spent nearly $24 million in January, according reports filed Monday. A7
February 11, 2012
The Philadelphia Board of Ethics announced Friday the once-every-four-years adjustments in the campaign contribution limits for individual and political action committees. The city code calls for the finance director to certify the adjustments, which are based on the Consumer Price Index. The limits are the maximum contributions that can be made to or accepted by candidates for city elective office and their political action committees. The new limits on what a person or organization can give have been increased to $2,900 for an individual and $11,500 for political action committees and other entities, such as partnerships and businesses.
May 10, 1986 |
Heading into the stretch run of the Democratic primary in the First Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Foglietta had about $111,000 more cash available than challenger James J. Tayoun, although Tayoun, with a personal loan, had raised more money as of the end of April, the candidates' financial statements show. In Philadelphia's other hotly contested congressional race, the Republican contest in the Third District, Feasterville lawyer Robert Rovner had about $71,000 more cash available than former congressman Charles F. Dougherty, although that included $50,000 from his own pocket, according to financial statements.
June 9, 1986 |
In the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln referred to a "government of the people, by the people and for the people. " The United States Constitution provides for the rights of citizens to "petition the government for redress of grievances. " But the framers of that document of western man did not envision the growth of political action committees which, if not checked, could seriously pervert the democratic process. Instead of a government of the people, we may become a government of special interests.
July 27, 2016
By Hans von Spakovsky Americans are often told that there's too much money in politics - that we spend too much on campaigns. But that claim doesn't hold up when you consider that in our elections, we are choosing the people who lead the local, state, and federal governments of the most powerful country in the world. During the 2012 presidential election cycle, the Federal Election Commission reports that candidates, political parties, and political action committees raised and spent a little more than $7 billion.
October 25, 2003 |
If the federal government's City Hall probe is focused on Philadelphia's pay-to-play political system, the players don't seem to be worried. In the two weeks since electronic bugs were discovered in Mayor Street's office, the mayor's re-election campaign has collected more than $1.6 million in fresh donations. Most of the money came from the same broad circle of developers, law firms, labor unions and political-action committees that have contributed generously to Street in the past.
December 7, 2003 |
With a historic vote to change the city's pay-to-play culture, Philadelphia is poised to join the ranks of other top cities that limit campaign contributions. But some key problems loom. Some experts question whether City Council has the authority to enact campaign-finance limits because election law is governed by the state. Detractors, including Mayor Street, warn that the measure's strict limits on direct contributions will lead to a flood of so-called soft money and increase the influence of state political parties and political-action committees in city races.
February 3, 2009 |
If the Democratic primary for Philadelphia district attorney were decided on campaign contributions alone, Dan McCaffrey would be running away with the race. McCaffrey, a former assistant district attorney and brother of state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffrey, reported a campaign treasury of $243,000 at the end of the year - more than double the amount of his next-closest competitor in the May 19 primary. McCaffrey loaned the campaign $50,000. He raised $100,000 from political action committees, much of it from labor unions.