The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations is considering a major change to the way trade associations are allowed to raise money into their political action committees (PACs).  Currently, if a trade association wants to solicit money from its member companies’ employees, it must first get advance approval from the company, and each company can authorize

California voters will face 11 statewide ballot initiatives when they visit the polls in less than three weeks.  One, Proposition 32, has garnered significant media attention because it would bar unions from using payroll deduction to collect PAC contributions.  Its effects on corporate PACs — which could be just as far-reaching — have been