Will the New Election Help the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. Clean Up its Mess?
But according to IRS tax forms, the two sides have managed to find some common ground -- at least $100,000 worth. The Motion Picture Association of America , the trade group that represents the studios and other major players in the film industry, is a savvy Washington organization. Its chairman and CEO is retired Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), but by no means does it support only liberals. The association spent $1.9 million lobbying in 2012, a slight decline from previous years, but good enough to make it the 277th largest spender on lobbying, out of more than 4,300 groups tracked by the Center for Responsive Politics. The MPAA, or individuals affiliated with it, gave more than $871,955 in the 2012 cycle; individuals tended to give more to Democrats, but the organization's PAC leaned Republican. Because the association is a 501(c)(6) -- a nonprofit trade group that is allowed to engage in some political activity -- it's required to list other nonprofits to which it gave grants on its annual 990 tax form. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/hollywood-teams-up-with-grover-norq.html
Press Club. Kingma is younger than Sar and less affiliated with the widely-disliked past presidents; he is known for what one member called "a lively, bon vivant personality" and has by most reports been more actively campaigning for the job and most vocal about wanting to change the image of the HFPA. TheWrap asked an HFPA representative if the organization would comment on the complaints on Monday morning, but did not immediately receive any comment. Kingma originally agreed to speak for this story, but cancelled when he did not receive permission from HFPA leadership to do so. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://movies.yahoo.com/news/election-help-hollywood-foreign-press-assn-clean-mess-125416032.html