AP: Alabama GOP seeks more corporate political money

May 12, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republicans are considering changes to campaign finance laws. Senate Republicans want to tinker with the overhaul the GOP pushed in 2010 and 2011. House Republicans want to go one step further to lift the existing ban on corporate contributions. But neither chamber proposes changes that would block the kind of fundraiser House Republicans held Tuesday night. State law already bars lawmakers from raising money during a legislative session. The House GOP was able to host a fundraiser, however, because the money is going to its not-for-profit foundation. The organization can't give directly to candidates or explicitly try to influence elections. But it can pay for lunches, dinner or other events for lawmakers as long as they are deemed educational. Donors paid from $1,000 to $5,000 to attend.