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Companies including Duke Energy Corp, Bank of America Corp and AT&T Inc spent millions of dollars to help stage last month’s Democratic convention, technically complying with the party’s restrictions on corporate funding, financial disclosures revealed on Wednesday. The convention, where President Barack Obama officially accepted his nomination on September 6, marked the first time the Democratic Party, seeking to set an example, had set limits on sources of funding. It banned donations from corporations and lobbyists and capped individual donations at $ 100,000. But several large corporations contributed free-of-charge goods and services to the account funding the Democratic National Convention. […]

Companies including Duke Energy, AT&T and Bank of America spent millions of dollars to help stage both the Republican and Democratic conventions, despite restrictions by the Democrats on corporate funding for their event, financial disclosures showed on Wednesday. The Democratic convention last month marked the first time the party, seeking to set an example, had set limits on sources of funding. It banned donations from corporations and lobbyists and capped individual donations at $ 100,000. Technically complying with the corporate money ban, several large corporations contributed free-of-charge goods and services to the account funding the Democratic National Convention. Scores more […]

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, 76, was appointed to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. He is a conservative justice but has provided crucial swing votes in many cases, writing the majority opinion, for example, in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down that state’s sodomy law. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79, is the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, she is a strong voice in the court’s liberal minority. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, 58, is the court’s first Hispanic and third female justice. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in […]

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