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Reynolds American
30 ноября, 19:53

Philip Morris может прекратить производство сигарет

Генеральный директор крупнейшего в мире производителя сигарет Philip Morris International Андре Калантзопулос сообщил о том, что табачная компания может прекратить производство обычных сигарет. Господин Калантзопулос заявил в интервью BBC Radio 4, что компания может перейти на продажу менее вредных табачных изделий и это может произойти довольно скоро. В числе брендов, производимых Philip Morris,— Marlboro, Bond, L&M. Сейчас компания производит более 870 млрд сигарет в год.Табачные компании все активнее выходят на рынок электронных сигарет различных типов. Интервью у господина Калантзопулоса взяли в связи с началом продаж выпускаемой Philip Morris электронной сигареты IQOS в Великобритании. IQOS — это бездымная электронная сигарета, в которой табак не сжигается, а нагревается. IQOS уже продается в нескольких странах, в том числе в России, ожидается, что к концу нынешнего года она будет продаваться в двух десятках стран. Подобные сигареты разрабатывают и конкуренты Philip Morris: Reynolds American уже продает…

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30 ноября, 12:50

Табачный гигант Philip Morris может прекратить продажи сигарет

Главный исполнительный директор Philip Morris Андре Каланцопулос допускает, что швейцарский табачный гигант Philip Morris может прекратить продажу сигарет. Об этом он сказал в интервью ВВС. "Я верю, что наступит момент, когда я смогу сказать: у нас есть альтернативные продукты", - сказал он. Каланцопулос надеется совместно с правительствами начать поэтапный отказ от сигарет...

16 ноября, 20:05

Hoekstra, potential CIA pick, has long foreign, domestic lobbying resume

Former Rep. Peter Hoekstra, a potential Donald Trump pick to run the Central Intelligence Agency, previously lobbied on behalf of the Kurdish regional government, a Belarusian potash company and a Libyan organization, as well as many major U.S.-based companies.Vice President-elect Mike Pence took control of the Trump transition effort from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last Friday amid reports that he is purging the team of lobbyists to square with the campaign’s theme of “draining the swamp” in Washington.During the campaign, Trump said he would issue a “lifetime ban against senior executive branch officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.” Still, he backtracked on his opposition to lobbyists in a “60 Minutes” interviews earlier this week.Hoekstra, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee from 2004 to 2007, has been floated repeatedly over the past week as a potential CIA chief. But his lobbying record is extensive; he worked as a lobbyist for Greenberg Traurig and Dickstein Shapiro after leaving Congress in 2011, and then struck out on his own this year.The Michigan Republican, who served 18 years in the House and unsuccessfully pursued both the Michigan governorship and a Senate seat, currently heads Hoekstra Global Strategies, whose clients include Oregon-based manufacturer Columbia Helicopters and Michigan-based oil production outfit Core Energy, according to lobbying disclosure reports. In 2016, his company reported $68,500 in income from the two companies. In his work before that, at Greenberg Traurig and Dickstein Shapiro, Hoekstra lobbied on behalf of mutliple domestic corporations, including coal giant Peabody Energy and tobacco company Lorillard Inc., as the latter went through a $27.4 billion merger with Reynolds American. And like Rudy Giuliani, whose bid to become Trump’s Secretary of State has prompted scrutiny of his foreign lobbying work, Hoekstra has done plenty of work for foreign clients. Hoekstra declined to comment on media speculation about a potential nomination - or how his lobbying history might affect his chances of getting a job in the Trump administration. “Any characterization of what’s going on and who they’re bringing on, that’s for the transition team to talk about and not for me,” Hoekstra, who is in Washington today, told POLITICO in a brief phone interview.“I’ve talked to the folks at the campaign,” he said. “They’re going through a very complicated process. I’ve been impressed with what they’re doing.”Hoekstra served as Trump’s Michigan co-chair and advisor on national security issues during the 2016 campaign. He also said that he participated in several briefings with Trump on Middle East issues and the threat from ISIS before the election. “He learns very quickly and he behaves exactly the way I would see a CEO behave,” Hoekstra said of Trump.After leaving Congress in early 2013 he joined Dickstein Shapiro, and then moved in August 2014 to Greenberg Traurig, which also employed Giuliani. It’s there that Hoekstra’s foreign lobbying took off. Hoekstra worked on raising the Kurdish Regional Government’s profile on the Hill, meeting often with his former colleagues and their staffs. The Kurdish Regional Government is the semi-autonomous governing body of the predominately Kurdish northern part of Iraq. Their armed forces, known as the Peshmerga, have been instrumental in the retaking of Mosul and the larger fight against ISIS. He argued in the pages of the National Review that the United States must provide the Kurdish security forces - known as the Peshmerga - with weapons to defeat ISIS. “The United States needs to immediately provide it with more than light arms and artillery to tip the scales in their favor and overcome the firepower of the Islamists,” he wrote.From April 2014 to October 2015, the firm received just over $260,000 in payments from the Kurdish Regional Government, according to Justice Department records. (Hoekstra left Greenberg Traurig in August 2015.)The Libya Institute for Advanced Studies, an organization that’s partnered with the State Department to do educational workshops in the war-torn country, also enlisted Hoekstra’s services at Greenberg Traurig’s services in 2015. His goal was to “strengthen a dialogue with Members of Congress, Administration Officials and other key leaders in the United States to communicate the foundation and its leadership's interests and policies for LIAS and issues related to the security and development of Libya,” according to Justice Department records. Just after he left Greenberg, Hoekstra published a book titled “Architects of Disaster: The Destruction of Libya about the Obama administration actions in Libya.”The work was roundly dismissed by White House officials. But the Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano, who is working on the Trump foreign policy transition, called it “A graphic autopsy of what went wrong in Libya and why.” Former GOP Nominee Mitt Romney said the book “cuts to the core in identifying how a radical Islamist agenda left to its own devices cannot reconcile with Western ideals of tolerance and acceptance.” Hoekstra also helped lobby on behalf of a Belarusian fertilizer company worried about the prospect of U.S. sanctions during his time with Greenberg Traurig. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Trump supporter as well, told POLITICO earlier this year that he thought Hoekstra helped organize a meeting with half a dozen company officials when the California representative traveled to the country on a government-sponsored trip. “We developed a very close and trusting relationship when he was in Congress and I always respected him,” Rohrabacher said. “So when he recommended the meeting I, of course, took him up on the offer.”

16 ноября, 18:15

Company News for November 16, 2016

Companies in the News are: AAP,DKS,JD,RAI,BTI

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15 ноября, 17:14

British American Tobacco может повысить сумму предложения о приобретении Reynolds American

По сведениям из осведомленного источника, крупнейший в Европе производитель сигарет British American Tobacco (BAT) готов повысить сумму своего предложения о приобретении компании Reynolds American. Заметим, что Reynolds отклонила первоначальное предложение BAT о покупке оставшихся 58% ее бумаг, которыми последний пока не владеет. Напомним, что BAT предложила $56,50 наличными и акциями за каждую бумагу американской табачной компании, что эквивалентно $47 млрд.

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15 ноября, 15:33

Reynolds wants more for BAT takeover - source

U.S. cigarette-maker Reynolds American Inc is reportedly seeking a higher price from British American Tobacco Plc after rejecting its $47 billion takeover offer. David Pollard reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

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15 ноября, 11:22

British American Tobacco может повысить сумму предложения о приобретении Reynolds American

По сведениям из осведомленного источника, крупнейший в Европе производитель сигарет British American Tobacco (BAT) готов повысить сумму своего предложения о приобретении компании Reynolds American. Заметим, что Reynolds отклонила первоначальное предложение BAT о покупке оставшихся 58% ее бумаг, которыми последний пока не владеет. Напомним, что BAT предложила $56,50 наличными и акциями за каждую бумагу американской табачной компании, что эквивалентно $47 млрд.

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15 ноября, 00:06

Reynolds American rejects BAT's $47 billion takeover offer: source

(Reuters) - U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc is seeking a higher price from British American Tobacco Plc after rejecting its $47 billion takeover offer, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.

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12 ноября, 00:58

Reynolds American (RAI) Expands Distribution of VUSE VIBE

Reynolds American Inc.'s (RAI) subsidiary R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company is reinforcing its position in the e-cigarette category with the expanded distribution of its flagship e-cigarette brand VUSE.

05 ноября, 14:00

Senate Races Flooded With Never-Before-Seen Sums Of Super PAC Cash

WASHINGTON ― Unprecedented spending by super PACs, dark money nonprofits and other outside groups is swamping Senate races as the battle to control the chamber that votes on Supreme Court nominees enters its final days. Outside group spending has surged past $490 million with four days still to go, surpassing the $400 million dropped on Senate races in 2014. The huge sums have overwhelmed candidates’ efforts, leaving them practically bit players in their own campaigns. In the seven races expected to decide control of the Senate, outside groups have already poured in more money than the candidates, according to a report by the campaign finance reform group Democracy 21. The key contests are being run in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. This is the new normal for campaigns in the post-Citizens United world. In 2010, the Supreme Court opened the door to unlimited electoral spending by corporations and unions so long as they remain ostensibly independent from the candidates they support. A subsequent lower-court ruling extended this decision to individuals, and afterward super PACs were created to serve as vehicles for these unlimited contributions. A system of barely independent unlimited-money groups soon emerged to process giant contributions from billionaires, corporations and unions aiming to influence elections. In this electoral cycle, the biggest actors in the Senate races are two super PACs directly connected to party leaders. Outside Group Spending On Senate Races (2010-2016) Senate Majority PAC is a Democratic entity that was formed by close aides to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2010. It is slowly being taken over by former aides to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to replace the retiring Reid as the next Democratic leader. The super PAC is the fourth most active outside group, having spent more than $74 million on the 2016 races. The Senate Leadership Fund, recently founded by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is even busier. It’s run by Steven Law, who also heads the Karl Rove-founded super PAC American Crossroads and the affiliated nonprofit Crossroads GPS. The Senate Leadership Fund is the third highest spending super PAC in 2016, with $85 million already pumped into the effort to save the Republican majority. (Its nonprofit arm, One Nation, dropped additional tens of millions of dollars on issue ads attacking Democratic Senate candidates from 2015 into the spring of 2016. That spending is not included in the totals mentioned here.) The two opposing Senate super PACs rely on massive donations from a small pool of mega-donors. So far, donors giving more than $500,000 to super PACs in the 2016 election have combined to contribute over $1 billion. That’s a record that will only increase when final donation totals are revealed after the election. The biggest donor paying to elect Senate Republicans is casino oligarch Sheldon Adelson. The billionaire and his wife Miriam have donated at least $20 million to the Senate Leadership Fund; $1.5 million to Granite State Solutions, a super PAC that only supports Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.); and $1.2 million to Arizona Grassroots Action, a super PAC that only supports Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Adelson backs Israel’s current right-wing government, opposes the Iran nuclear deal and has casually mused about using nuclear weapons as a means of applying pressure on Iran. He is also a major proponent of banning online gambling, which would presumably help his business’s bottom line. Republicans in both the House and Senate have introduced exactly the legislation against online gambling that he would like. There are other major donors who have their own issues before Congress. Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer has given $4 million to the Senate Leadership Fund. He has also pumped money into the parade of super PACs supporting individual candidates. These donations include $750,000 to the Fighting for Ohio Fund, which backs Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio); $400,000 to Independent Voice for Illinois, which supports Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.); and $350,000 to Arizona Grassroots Action for McCain. In May, Singer and a handful of his fellow billionaires launched a new lobbying group called CIRCA to further entrench their power in the nation’s capital. The group is designed to fight on behalf of wealthy activist investors like Singer, Carl Icahn, Dan Loeb and Bill Ackman. McConnell’s super PAC has also received large contributions from fossil fuel energy corporations fighting to roll back environmental regulations and forestall any new effort to tackle the threat of climate change. Chevron, the oil and gas giant that ranks 14th on the Fortune 500, donated $2 million. Coal company Devon Energy gave $750,000, electric utility company NextEra Energy gave $750,000 and fracking giant Continental Resources gave $250,000. All have lobbyists working to influence Congress as well. Zuffa LLC, the parent company of Ultimate Fighting Championship, is another donor with lobbying interests. Zuffa donated $500,000 to the Senate Leadership Fund, while owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta gave $250,000 each. Another $500,000 came from the Fertitta brothers’ company Station Casinos. Zuffa is currently lobbying against extending to individual mixed martial arts competitors certain protections that Congress gave to boxers in 2000. The largest donation to the Senate Leadership Fund was $11 million from its sister nonprofit, One Nation. That’s the single biggest contribution ever from a dark money group to a super PAC. The ultimate source of the money, the entity that gave it to One Nation, remains undisclosed. On the smaller end of contributions, the tobacco company Altria donated $75,000 to the Senate Leadership Fund ― even as it has worked with lawmakers to pass legislation exempting e-cigarettes from Food and Drug Administration oversight. Senate Republicans have also been boosted by Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Charles Koch is the top donor to Freedom Partners Action Fund at $6 million. The biggest donor to the Democrats’ Senate Majority PAC is NewsWeb Corporation chairman Fred Eychaner, who has given $11 million so far. He’s a big supporter of the LGBTQ community. Other mega-donors to the Democratic group include some familiar names. James Simons, a New York-based hedge fund billionaire, gave $5 million. Billionaire and GOP bête noire George Soros pitched in $1.5 million, while his son Alexander Soros gave $2.25 million. Thomas Murphy, the father of Florida Senate candidate Patrick Murphy (D), gave $2 million. Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple CEO Steve Jobs and a major proponent of charter schools, donated $1.5 million. And perhaps the largest collective contribution from a group with a Washington agenda is the $17.9 million given by labor unions to Senate Majority PAC. Like its Republican counterpart, the Democratic group has also received contributions from corporations with interests in Washington. There was $175,000 from U.S. Sugar Corporation and $100,000 from Florida Crystals Company, both of which lobby to maintain their government subsidies and fight back against negative stories about the health effects of sugar. There was also $150,000 from the food and beverage company Delaware North, which lobbies on tax issues. The Entertainment Software Association, the lobbying arm of the video game industry, donated $100,000 to endorse a hang-out space at the Democratic National Convention. For the most part, Democratic Senate candidates have centralized their super PAC funding through Senate Majority PAC. But Republican candidates also boast their own personal super PACs, often run by their former aides. The pro-Ayotte Granite State Solutions is the only one of these groups to receive most of its money ― $19.6 million ― from the Senate Leadership Fund. The others rely on their own sets of donors. The second best-financed personal super PAC among Senate Republicans is the pro-Portman Fighting for Ohio Fund. But its largest donor is shrouded in mystery. One dark money group, FreedomVote Inc., has given the Portman super PAC nearly $2 million. Other dark money donations include $135,000 from Citizens for a Working America, $90,000 from The Government Integrity Fund, $75,000 from the American Policy Coalition, and $80,000 from Americans United for Values, a super PAC funded entirely by the American Policy Coalition. All of these dark money groups are connected to the same Ohio-based consultant: David Langdon. The secretive Langdon was described in Politico as a rock-ribbed social conservative. His groups have also given $175,000 to the pro-McCain Arizona Grassroots Action. Another major supporter of the Portman super PAC is controversial venture capitalist Peter Thiel. The Donald Trump supporter gave $1 million. In Wisconsin, Sen. Ron Johnson (R) is backed by two super PACs, Reform America Fund and Let America Work. The top donor to Reform America Fund is Diane Hendricks, the richest person in the state, who gave $5.4 million. She is also a staunch supporter of Gov. Scott Walker (R), who advocates the traditional conservative agenda of lower taxation, less regulation and no more collective bargaining rights for unions. Reform America Fund received another $100,000 from tobacco giant Reynolds American. Like Altria, Reynolds has lobbied Congress to pass legislation ensuring that e-cigarettes avoid regulation. The North Carolina-based company has also contributed $100,000 to Grow NC Strong, a super PAC supporting Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). Prosperity for Pennsylvania is the super PAC supporting Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) in his challenging bid for re-election. The coal companies Murray Energy and Consol Energy, both with hired lobbyists in Washington, have given $110,000 and $100,000, respectively, to the group. There is currently only one super PAC backing a single Democratic Senate candidate. Floridians for a Strong Middle Class supports Patrick Murphy. Its top donors are his father with $450,000 and his father’s company, Coastal Construction, with $300,000. HUFFPOST READERS: What’s happening in your state or district? 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05 ноября, 14:00

Senate Races Flooded With Never-Before-Seen Sums Of Super PAC Cash

WASHINGTON ― Unprecedented spending by super PACs, dark money nonprofits and other outside groups is swamping Senate races as the battle to control the chamber that votes on Supreme Court nominees enters its final days. Outside group spending has surged past $490 million with four days still to go, surpassing the $400 million dropped on Senate races in 2014. The huge sums have overwhelmed candidates’ efforts, leaving them practically bit players in their own campaigns. In the seven races expected to decide control of the Senate, outside groups have already poured in more money than the candidates, according to a report by the campaign finance reform group Democracy 21. The key contests are being run in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. This is the new normal for campaigns in the post-Citizens United world. In 2010, the Supreme Court opened the door to unlimited electoral spending by corporations and unions so long as they remain ostensibly independent from the candidates they support. A subsequent lower-court ruling extended this decision to individuals, and afterward super PACs were created to serve as vehicles for these unlimited contributions. A system of barely independent unlimited-money groups soon emerged to process giant contributions from billionaires, corporations and unions aiming to influence elections. In this electoral cycle, the biggest actors in the Senate races are two super PACs directly connected to party leaders. Outside Group Spending On Senate Races (2010-2016) Senate Majority PAC is a Democratic entity that was formed by close aides to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2010. It is slowly being taken over by former aides to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is expected to replace the retiring Reid as the next Democratic leader. The super PAC is the fourth most active outside group, having spent more than $74 million on the 2016 races. The Senate Leadership Fund, recently founded by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is even busier. It’s run by Steven Law, who also heads the Karl Rove-founded super PAC American Crossroads and the affiliated nonprofit Crossroads GPS. The Senate Leadership Fund is the third highest spending super PAC in 2016, with $85 million already pumped into the effort to save the Republican majority. (Its nonprofit arm, One Nation, dropped additional tens of millions of dollars on issue ads attacking Democratic Senate candidates from 2015 into the spring of 2016. That spending is not included in the totals mentioned here.) The two opposing Senate super PACs rely on massive donations from a small pool of mega-donors. So far, donors giving more than $500,000 to super PACs in the 2016 election have combined to contribute over $1 billion. That’s a record that will only increase when final donation totals are revealed after the election. The biggest donor paying to elect Senate Republicans is casino oligarch Sheldon Adelson. The billionaire and his wife Miriam have donated at least $20 million to the Senate Leadership Fund; $1.5 million to Granite State Solutions, a super PAC that only supports Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.); and $1.2 million to Arizona Grassroots Action, a super PAC that only supports Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Adelson backs Israel’s current right-wing government, opposes the Iran nuclear deal and has casually mused about using nuclear weapons as a means of applying pressure on Iran. He is also a major proponent of banning online gambling, which would presumably help his business’s bottom line. Republicans in both the House and Senate have introduced exactly the legislation against online gambling that he would like. There are other major donors who have their own issues before Congress. Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer has given $4 million to the Senate Leadership Fund. He has also pumped money into the parade of super PACs supporting individual candidates. These donations include $750,000 to the Fighting for Ohio Fund, which backs Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio); $400,000 to Independent Voice for Illinois, which supports Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.); and $350,000 to Arizona Grassroots Action for McCain. In May, Singer and a handful of his fellow billionaires launched a new lobbying group called CIRCA to further entrench their power in the nation’s capital. The group is designed to fight on behalf of wealthy activist investors like Singer, Carl Icahn, Dan Loeb and Bill Ackman. McConnell’s super PAC has also received large contributions from fossil fuel energy corporations fighting to roll back environmental regulations and forestall any new effort to tackle the threat of climate change. Chevron, the oil and gas giant that ranks 14th on the Fortune 500, donated $2 million. Coal company Devon Energy gave $750,000, electric utility company NextEra Energy gave $750,000 and fracking giant Continental Resources gave $250,000. All have lobbyists working to influence Congress as well. Zuffa LLC, the parent company of Ultimate Fighting Championship, is another donor with lobbying interests. Zuffa donated $500,000 to the Senate Leadership Fund, while owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta gave $250,000 each. Another $500,000 came from the Fertitta brothers’ company Station Casinos. Zuffa is currently lobbying against extending to individual mixed martial arts competitors certain protections that Congress gave to boxers in 2000. The largest donation to the Senate Leadership Fund was $11 million from its sister nonprofit, One Nation. That’s the single biggest contribution ever from a dark money group to a super PAC. The ultimate source of the money, the entity that gave it to One Nation, remains undisclosed. On the smaller end of contributions, the tobacco company Altria donated $75,000 to the Senate Leadership Fund ― even as it has worked with lawmakers to pass legislation exempting e-cigarettes from Food and Drug Administration oversight. Senate Republicans have also been boosted by Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Charles Koch is the top donor to Freedom Partners Action Fund at $6 million. The biggest donor to the Democrats’ Senate Majority PAC is NewsWeb Corporation chairman Fred Eychaner, who has given $11 million so far. He’s a big supporter of the LGBTQ community. Other mega-donors to the Democratic group include some familiar names. James Simons, a New York-based hedge fund billionaire, gave $5 million. Billionaire and GOP bête noire George Soros pitched in $1.5 million, while his son Alexander Soros gave $2.25 million. Thomas Murphy, the father of Florida Senate candidate Patrick Murphy (D), gave $2 million. Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple CEO Steve Jobs and a major proponent of charter schools, donated $1.5 million. And perhaps the largest collective contribution from a group with a Washington agenda is the $17.9 million given by labor unions to Senate Majority PAC. Like its Republican counterpart, the Democratic group has also received contributions from corporations with interests in Washington. There was $175,000 from U.S. Sugar Corporation and $100,000 from Florida Crystals Company, both of which lobby to maintain their government subsidies and fight back against negative stories about the health effects of sugar. There was also $150,000 from the food and beverage company Delaware North, which lobbies on tax issues. The Entertainment Software Association, the lobbying arm of the video game industry, donated $100,000 to endorse a hang-out space at the Democratic National Convention. For the most part, Democratic Senate candidates have centralized their super PAC funding through Senate Majority PAC. But Republican candidates also boast their own personal super PACs, often run by their former aides. The pro-Ayotte Granite State Solutions is the only one of these groups to receive most of its money ― $19.6 million ― from the Senate Leadership Fund. The others rely on their own sets of donors. The second best-financed personal super PAC among Senate Republicans is the pro-Portman Fighting for Ohio Fund. But its largest donor is shrouded in mystery. One dark money group, FreedomVote Inc., has given the Portman super PAC nearly $2 million. Other dark money donations include $135,000 from Citizens for a Working America, $90,000 from The Government Integrity Fund, $75,000 from the American Policy Coalition, and $80,000 from Americans United for Values, a super PAC funded entirely by the American Policy Coalition. All of these dark money groups are connected to the same Ohio-based consultant: David Langdon. The secretive Langdon was described in Politico as a rock-ribbed social conservative. His groups have also given $175,000 to the pro-McCain Arizona Grassroots Action. Another major supporter of the Portman super PAC is controversial venture capitalist Peter Thiel. The Donald Trump supporter gave $1 million. In Wisconsin, Sen. Ron Johnson (R) is backed by two super PACs, Reform America Fund and Let America Work. The top donor to Reform America Fund is Diane Hendricks, the richest person in the state, who gave $5.4 million. She is also a staunch supporter of Gov. Scott Walker (R), who advocates the traditional conservative agenda of lower taxation, less regulation and no more collective bargaining rights for unions. Reform America Fund received another $100,000 from tobacco giant Reynolds American. Like Altria, Reynolds has lobbied Congress to pass legislation ensuring that e-cigarettes avoid regulation. The North Carolina-based company has also contributed $100,000 to Grow NC Strong, a super PAC supporting Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). Prosperity for Pennsylvania is the super PAC supporting Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) in his challenging bid for re-election. The coal companies Murray Energy and Consol Energy, both with hired lobbyists in Washington, have given $110,000 and $100,000, respectively, to the group. There is currently only one super PAC backing a single Democratic Senate candidate. Floridians for a Strong Middle Class supports Patrick Murphy. Its top donors are his father with $450,000 and his father’s company, Coastal Construction, with $300,000. HUFFPOST READERS: What’s happening in your state or district? 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01 ноября, 19:51

Мировой рынок M&A в октябре превысил $500 млрд

Октябрь 2016 г. стал рекордным месяцем по сделкам слияния и поглощения (M&A) между компаниями на глобальном уровне, объем всех сделок достиг почти $500 млрд, передает агентство Bloomberg.

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01 ноября, 16:35

Goldman extends M&A lead after Reynolds appointment

Nov 1 (IFR) - Reynolds American's appointment of Goldman Sachs as sole adviser to a panel of independent directors in relation to a takeover approach by British American Tobacco should extend the US bank's commanding lead in the announced M&A league tables.

01 ноября, 11:23

Мировой рынок M&A в октябре превысил $500 млрд

Октябрь 2016 г. стал рекордным месяцем по сделкам слияния и поглощения (M&A) между компаниями на глобальном уровне, объем всех сделок достиг почти $500 млрд, передает агентство Bloomberg.

01 ноября, 11:23

Мировой рынок M&A в октябре превысил $500 млрд

Октябрь 2016 года стал рекордным месяцем по сделкам слияния и поглощения (M&A) между компаниями на глобальном уровне, объем всех сделок достиг почти $500 млрд, передает агентство Bloomberg.

27 октября, 22:39

Altria (MO) Beats Q3 Earnings, Revenues; Maintains FY View

Altria Inc.'s (MO) third-quarter 2016 adjusted earnings of 82 cents per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 81 cents by a penny.

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27 октября, 17:48

Big tobacco’s new ambitions

Innovator at work BIG Tobacco is about to get even bigger. On October 21st British American Tobacco (BAT) announced that it had bid $47bn for the 58% of Reynolds American that it does not already own. Though Brexit has weighed on some British companies, BAT is unencumbered, with most of its revenue earned overseas. Many investors expect the deal to go ahead, although BAT might need to puff up its offer. BAT would then become the world’s largest tobacco company by sales and profits. As in other volume businesses, like beer, some of the merger logic is simply to cut costs. With consolidation, BAT reckons its deal would generate $400m of annual savings. However, it also underscores two big, long-term changes for cigarette-makers. The first is that America has become an attractive market for tobacco firms and buying Reynolds, whose brands include Camel and Newport, is the easiest way for BAT to grow there. This is a reversal from the recent past. Not long ago America seemed stale and overrun by lawsuits, particularly compared with fast-growing economies. Cigarette firms quarantined their American businesses. In...

26 октября, 12:00

Король в дыму: British American Tobacco может стать крупнейшей табачной компанией

Сейчас готовится ее сделка на $47 млрд с Reynolds