At a museum near the U.S. Capitol three weeks ago, 700 guests sampled bratwurst and vodka and watched the Olympics on a mammoth screen. From the second floor, Comcast Corp.’s David Cohen addressed the crowd, which included the Russian ambassador and a White House official.
Attorney James Bopp Jr. has spent 30 years fighting limits on campaign spending, and next year’s political landscape could be transformed by his labor: An election season in which at least $6 billion is likely to be spent, more than $700 million higher than 2008.
Goldman Sachs Group, Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. gave a total of $1.3 million to the host committees funding the Democratic and Republican conventions four years ago. This time, they aren’t on either party’s donor lists.