Fundraising Capital For 2012: Lawmakers Line Up D.C. Events | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Fundraising Capital For 2012: Lawmakers Line Up D.C. Events

Play associated audio

As demonized as Washington was in this election cycle, that didn't stop challengers and incumbents alike from lining up at area lobbying shops to rake in D.C. dollars.

If you scroll through this year's most expensive races on the Federal Election Commissions Web site, you'll find the D.C. Metro area was one of the top regions for donations nationwide.

"You know Washington is always a place where you can raise money. There's always lobbyists here," says Bill Allison, fundraising analyst for the Sunlight Foundation.

The Sunlight Foundation reports seven lawmakers already have fundraisers lined up in D.C. during the lame duck session that starts Nov. 15.

Allison says the record spending on this election will look like peanuts compared to the next presidential election year.

"2010 is just a dress rehearsal for 2012. Now we know that all these groups can...raise money from undisclosed sources and spend it," Allison says.

Allison also says the 2012 campaigns began as soon as the returns were in on Tuesday.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 1

Art inspires art in these two musicals based on a movie and a painting, respectively.

NPR

These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work

Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil are still picked by hand in some parts of the world. Sometimes that manual labor shows up in the price of the food; sometimes it doesn't.
WAMU 88.5

Jurors To Begin Considering McDonnell Case Tuesday

The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen enters its sixth week this week — but with final arguments in the bag, it is now up to the jury to decide a verdict on 14 counts.

NPR

X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality

Many Star Trek gadgets have made the journey from science fiction to real life. Arun Rath talks to Grant Campany about the X Prize Foundation's competition to bring the medical tricorder to life.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.