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July 28, 2005

Items posted on PoliticalMoneyLine since our last email...


527 Activity Continues into 2005
7/28/2005 10:34 AM

America Coming Together - Nonfederal Account, a Section 527 entity, reported raising $4,433,907 and spending $6,623,303 in the first six months of 2005. Major donors included $1.75 million from the SEIU Political Education Action Fund (DC); $1 million from 1199 SEIU (NY); $100,000 from the Laborers Political League (DC); $150,000 from Elaine McKay (CA); $50,000 each from Alida Rockefeller Messinger (NY), Lewis B. Cullman (NY), Fred Eychaner (IL), the Sheet Metal Workers, and IUPAT (DC). The group also received transfers of $800,000 from the Media Fund; $110,000 from the Victory Campaign 2004; and $77,322 from Partnership for America's Families. Model and activist Christie Brinkley (NY) gave $500. More than 99% of all of their expenditures were transfers to their federal PAC account, America Coming Together Federal.

Christie Brinkley (NY)

------------------------------------------------------------- Moves Big $
7/28/2005 10:19 AM Political Action, the federal PAC, reported raising $4,590,613 and spending $5,576,029 in the first six months of 2005, leaving cash on hand of $1,098,364. The PAC raised $2,357,515 in small unitemized contributions. The PAC gave $250,000 to Americans United to Protect Social Security. They also sent $834,212 in earmarked contributions to Friends of Robert C. Byrd Committee; $160,780 to Bob Casey for Pennsylvania; $156,884 to Lampson for Congress; $151,342 to Bill Nelson For Senate (FL); and $12,251 to Sanders for Senate. The PAC spent $2,160,2523 on media production and advertising.


Leadership PACs
7/28/2005 9:22 AM

Rep. Tammy Baldwin's People's House PAC reported raising $66,207 during the first six months of 2005. Five California donors provided $5,000 each, including actor Brian Newkirk. The PAC gave $11,000 to ten House members.

Former Senator and Attorney General John Ashcroft's PAC, Spirit of America PAC reported it is still paying legal fees. They paid $5,500 to Trimble & Associates (MN), and have remaining cash of $26,184.

Great Plains Leadership Fund, the PAC of Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-ND, reported raising $135,523, including over $123,000 from PACs. The PAC also returned $5,000 to the Pechanga Band of Mission Indians and $1,800 to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Former Rep. Jack Quinn changed his campaign committee into a PAC, Jack PAC, and reported raising $10,749 and spending $106,531. The PAC gave $15,000 to the NRCC and $22,500 to candidates.

The Friends of Patrick J. Kennedy reported raising $305,703 in the second quarter, bringing the PAC cash-on-hand to $867,587. Sen. Stevens' Northern Lights PAC reported raising $303,581, including $187,500 from PACs.


Ambassador $5 million+
7/28/2005 10:06 AM

Dawn Arnall

Major 527 donor Dawn Arnall should be happy to have her husband, Roland, nominated as Ambassador to the Netherlands. Roland is Chairman of Ameriquest, and Dawn is co-Chairman. Dawn Arnall gave $5 million in August 2004 to Progress for America Voter Fund, a 527 organization.

Westar Executives Give to Shelby
We now have a second group of Westar executives giving contributions. This time it is four top executives of Westar Aerospace & Defense Group (MO) each giving $5,000 to Defend America, the PAC of Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL). Westar Aerospace & Defense Group specializes in technology and services to DOD and other federal offices. They have a plant in Alabama.

Defend America reported raising $688,309 in the first six months of 2005. They raised $447,209 from individuals and $241,000 from PACs.


Cutting the Cord In Labor
7/26/2005 10:47:58 AM

Although the Service Employees Int'l Union and the Int'l Brotherhood of Teamsters are splitting from the AFL-CIO structure, their PACs continue to operate as normal. The Service Employees Int'l Union Committee on Political Education is sitting on $8,145,034 as of 6/30/05, after raising $4,781,075 and spending $1,214,822 in 2005. The PAC has more than doubled its receipts in the last ten years. FECInfoPro's 20-year summary provides the growth trend. In 2003-2004 they gave Republicans 15% of their contributions to federal candidates. In 2001-2 they gave Republicans 10%.

DRIVE - Democrat Republican Independent Voter Education PAC for the Intl Brotherhood of Teamsters reported having 6/30 cash on hand of $992,299, after raising $2,520,356 and spending $2,440,843 in 2005. In 2001-2 they gave Republicans 15% of their contributions to federal candidates. In 2003-2004 they gave Republicans 12%.


Leadership PACs
7/26/2005 10:47:58 AM

Sen. John McCain

Talk of 2008 - Sen. John McCain's Straight Talk America registered again as a federal PAC on 7/15. Keith Davis is listed as Treasurer. The phone number on their form is also listed as the fax number on the website of the Reform Institute, a 501c3 organization supporting McCain's goals. The previous Straight Talk America PAC terminated in 2003.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has started a leadership PAC called MINT PAC. It picked up its first $5,000 PAC check from the American Society of Anesthesiologists PAC, and $5,000 from Vicki Hart of Hart Health Strategies.

Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) raised only $10,000 for her new PAC, Forward PAC. The two $5,000 donations came from her father and mother in March. The PAC gave out $1,000 donations to nine House members.


527 Activity
7/26/2005 10:47:58 AM

WISH List Non-Federal reported raising $129,615 and spending $158,600 in the first six months of 2005. Major donors included Elsie Hilliard Hillman of Pittsburgh, PA ($27,500); Rebecca Q. Morgan of Los Altos, CA ($20,000); Deborah Carstens of Paradise Valley, AZ ($11,310); and Jillan Manus-Salzman of Atherton, CA ($10,720).

Steve Rosenthal's Partnership for America's Families has closed shop. The 527 entity filed its final report and sent $77,322 to America Coming Together.

Conservation Strategies, a 527 entity in Seattle, WA, reported raising $350,000 and spending $160,683 in the first six months of 2005. The major donor was Paul Brainerd of Seattle, WA, who contributed $350,000. The group passed on funds to its branches in Alaska, Montana, Oregon and Washington.


Volunteer PAC
7/22/2005 2:55:09 PM

Sen. Bill Fristís PAC, Volunteer PAC, reported raising $1,919,981, and spending $1,128,438 during the first six months of 2005. His PAC has $1,128,438 cash on hand as of 6/30. He itemized $767,32 in individual contributions, of which only $224,425 came from Tennessee. Other itemized donors came from NY $94,625, IL $61,325, VA $52,875, CA $51,867, DC $39,900, FL $29,835, TX $28,650, CT$18,850, and MD $18,050. The committee raised $398,000 from PACs, including $5,000 from the following sampling of PACs: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Sallie Mae, and Major League Baseball. Direct Mail expense was over $700,000. They reimbursed the following companies for air travel: BellSouth $847, $941, and Viad Corp $520. The committee also collected $499,900 in additional funds as a conduit to pass through to other candidates, such as $88,250 each to Sen. Talent, Sen. Santorum, Sen. Burns and Sen. Kyl, as well as smaller amounts to Sen. Chafee and others.


Emilyís List 527 Account
7/22/2005 10:28:09 AM

Emilyís List Non-Federal reported raising $1,201,482 and spending $1,148,118 during the first six months of 2005. Major donors included $100,000 from Helen M. Hilseweck (TX) and Ellen Malcom (DC); $50,000 from Frank Brunckhorst (FL), Elinor A. Seevak (NY), and Gladys Cofrin (FL). The organization gave $55,000 to America Votes and paid its Emilyís List Federal Operating Account $948,280.
Kent Cooper
Tony Raymond

Political Money Line
P.O. Box 42040
Washington, D.C. 20015

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