-By Maggie Haberman
August 5, 2011- The anonymous donor behind the headline-making $1 million contribution to a pro-Mitt Romney super PAC is a former Bain Capital official with long ties to the candidate, who's asking the outside group to amend its filings, POLITICO has learned.
The check-writer is Ed Conard, who was a top official at Bain, the private-equity firm Romney helped create, and who has been a strong supporter of his over the years.
The donation, made to the super PAC "Restore Our Future" – which was founded by former Romney advisers and is able to take in unlimited contributions, but must report them to the FEC – showed up in the group's first round of filings. It was listed as coming from a W Spann LLC.
In a statement to POLITICO, Conard said, "I am the individual who formed and funded W Spann LLC. I authorized W Spann LLC’s contribution to Restore Our Future PAC.
-By T.W. Farnam
July 28, 2011- More than 60 House Democrats have signed a letter asking President Obama to issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose political contributions.
The proposal is one of a handful floated in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United decision last year, which loosened restrictions on corporate political advocacy.
The letter indicates the strong support among rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers for a measure that has been attacked by Republicans.
ProtectOurElection.org Continues Pursuit Against Anonymous Donations After IRS Denies 501(c)(4) Status To Three Groups Which Engage In Partisan Political Activities
New Action Helps Root Out Corruption in 2012 Elections
07.20.2011– Washington, DC – After several complaints lodged by ProtectOurElections.org, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) denied 501(c)(4) status to three unnamed organizations for engaging in partisan political activities, according to news reports this week.
According to The New York TImes, the ruling is causing concern among lawyers representing a new breed of groups that have illegally used 501(c)(4) status to hide millions in donations used to attack political candidates