Patrick Murphy won his U.S. House seat last November by fewer than 2,000 votes. As he prepares to seek a second term, the Florida Democrat has boosted his fundraising to try to win re-election by a wider margin.
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.
A flurry of large, cross-border international law firm mergers in the fourth quarter of 2012 brought the number of law firm mergers and acquisitions to 60 last year, the same as the previous year, according to Altman Weil, a legal consulting firm.