US Supreme Court to hear Illinois union strong-arm case

By   /  October 4, 2013  /  Featured, Illinois, News  /  2 Comments

SCOTUS: Continues to be divided on the issue of money in politics, with First Amendment arguments winning out.

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 [...]

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Former justice defending PA marriage law comes from GOP-backing firm

By   /  September 6, 2013  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

LAMB: The former Supreme Court justice is now tasked with defending the state's Marriage Law.

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 [...]

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Chicago Cubs were MLB’s biggest 2012 political giver

By   /  April 3, 2013  /  2012 General Election, Business, Elections, News, U.S. House of Represenatives, U.S. Senate, Virginia  /  No Comments

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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 [...]

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HI: ‘Truth squad’ reveals Caldwell’s ‘pay to play’ scheme

By   /  November 6, 2012  /  2012 General Election, Accountability, campaign fundraising, City Government, Elections, Finances, Hawaii, News, transportation, unions  /  Comments Off

WATADA:

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 [...]

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Chachi loves Mitt – Scott Baio a top celebrity donor to Romney campaign

By   /  October 18, 2012  /  Illinois WatchBlog, WatchBlog  /  5 Comments

Actor Scott Baio

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 [...]

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