A roundup of what we’re noticing in the Reporting Group as we dig into government data and disclosures:
Crossing Murray: American Crossroads launches mail attack costing $238,258 on Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. American College of Surgeons Professional Association spends $92,850 to run radio ads supporting her.
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Donors disclosed: New 527 filings from Building a Stronger Ohio (they got $1 million from Democratic Governors Association), Emily’s List, DraftPalin4President (they’ve raised all of $50, but spent $3,843, including legal fees to the Washington office of law and lobbying giant Akin Gump), Foundation for the Future, the NEA Advocacy Fund and They Work for Us Action Fund.
Renewable donor: The New York Times reports that Bruce Rastetter, CEO of ethanol firm Hawkeye Energy Holdings, was an early donor of Super PAC American Future Fund. Rastetter’s contributions from TransparencyData.com, which tracks state and federal campaign contributions, are here. Hawkeye Energy’s profile in Influence Explorer is here.
Today’s Politiwidget: Reuters reports that TCF Financial is challenging the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank bill, which limits fees banks can charge on debit cards. The biggest recipient of TCF Financial contributions is…