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Americans for Prosperity says it’s ready for 2016 Legislative Session

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The Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity organization has 36 state chapters across the nation, but none bigger than its operation in Florida, established in 2008. With 80 full- or part-time staff members, AFP has been aggressive in getting involved in legislative matters in recent years, sometimes to the consternation of Republicans who it ostensibly sides with ideologically. Although key tenets of AFP are advocating lower tax rates, opposing government “overspending” and attempting to rein in the size of government, it’s opposition to government…

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Twitter #PAC to blaze transparency trail in 2016, offer full disclosure on donations

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Federal law permits a significant lag time for political action committees in reporting specific candidate donations, often with waits as long as weeks or even months to say exactly who they gave cash. According to reporting by the Center for Public Integrity, Twitter’s emerging PAC, which is just beginning to make federal contributions, wants to cut disclosure time down to about 48 hours. That speed mirrors the immediacy of Twitter’s core product. “Timely disclosure is something we could do. We…

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Uber political caucus grows, as does popularity on Capitol Hill

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As Uber grows in popularity, so does scrutiny of the ridesharing phenomenon, especially among those in Washington, D.C. But that scrutiny has not stopped many on Capitol Hill from taking advantage of the emerging on-demand service. Despite concerns raised by some lawmakers over Uber’s handling of private customer data, the Center for Public Integrity found that 275 federal politicians and political committees spent more than $278,000 combined on a minimum of 7,625 Uber rides during 2013-2014. According to reporter Dave…

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