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The 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush

In the week after President Obama’s Ground Zero event, George W. Bush made time for three separate speeches to hedge fund executives, a Swiss bank sanctioned for keeping secret bank accounts,and a pro golf event underwritten by the accounting firm involved in the Tyco International financial scandal. Read more»

Mitt Romney hopes to best rival Republican presidential candidates in fundraising with a  dialing-for-dollars event in Las Vegas on Monday.

Romney fundraisers said his committee is trying to raise between $15 million and $30 million this quarter and a minimum of $50 million for the primary season Read more»

Donald Trump

Trump's heavy use of courts against critics or those he’s trying to gain a financial edge against could create image and political headaches for him if he chooses to run for the GOP nomination. Read more»

Gingrich

Newt Gingrich is straddling a fine line: Even as he courts evangelicals wary of his two divorces, a Gingrich political committee has taken millions from a casino titan whose industry is often anathema to the Christian right. Read more»

By encouraging consumers to 'round up' the price of high-caliber magazine clips, MidwayUSA – a firearms accessories company – has raised $5.7 million for the National Rifle Association’s lobbying operations since 1992.

A review uncovers symbiotic ties between sellers of high-capacity gun magazines and the NRA, including fund-raising tactics to underwrite lobbying. Read more» 2

The killing spree by an Arizona man accused of wielding a semiautomatic pistol with a high-capacity magazine raises the prospect of a fresh debate on whether the country needs tougher gun controls. Read more»

A small network of hedge fund executives pumped at least $10 million into GOP campaigns in last year’s elections, helping bankroll victories that changed the balance of power in Washington, according to a review of campaign records. Read more»

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquartersacross the street from Lafayette Park and the White House in Washington, D.C.

Even as it plowed tens of millions of dollars into ads this year to help mostly Republicans notch Congressional victories, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was initiating a new effort to raise millions more from energy, health insurance, financial services, and other firms to fund a new anti-regulatory campaign. Read more»