By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog
SPRINGFIELD — No one has to pay Pam Harris to take care of her disabled son, Josh.
Pam pushes Josh in a wheelchair, feeds him, bathes him and tries to manage Josh’s rare genetic condition Rubinstein-Taybi syndrome because she’s his mother, and loves him dearly.
The Harris’, like several hundred other families of profoundly [...]
By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — The outside counsel who will aid state lawyers in defending the state’s ban on same-sex marriage comes from a law firm whose political donations show Republican ties.
The Corbett administration announced this week it retained former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice William Lamb to help defend the constitutionality of the state’s Marriage [...]
By Carten Cordell │ Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA — Major League Baseball’s 2013 season may be under way, but the Chicago Cubs have already claimed one championship: biggest political spender.
Chicago’s North side baseball franchise dropped $13.9 million in political contributions during the 2012 election season, the bulk of which came from owner Joe Ricketts.
The Cubs’ political [...]
By Malia Zimmerman | Hawaii Reporter
HONOLULU — Former Hawaii Campaign Spending Director Robert Watada is accusing Honolulu mayoral candidate Kirk Caldwell of participating in a “pay to play” scheme after reviewing dozens of donations Caldwell’s campaign accepted from government rail contractors and employees of the city’s rail authority.
“This is a clear message: ‘Make a fat donation, and [...]
By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Watchdog
Chachi loves Mitt.
That’s according to campaign records showing which celebrities have made campaign donations to Democrat President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Scott Baio, who played Chachi Arcola on the “Happy Days” TV show in the ’70s and its spinoff, “Joanie Loves Chachi,” in the ’80s, is one of [...]