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Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE


Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Corruption a Constitutional Right?

Last week, the GOP filed a federal lawsuit aimed at overturning the pay-to-play law that bars governors from raising campaign money from Wall Street executives who manage their states’ pension funds.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. State Department

Hillary Clinton Already Has a Super PAC Just in Case

Although the outgoing secretary of state declined a “60 Minutes” invitation to declare her intention to run in 2016, a pair of former Clinton fundraisers are already “ReadyForHillary,” as their aptly named super PAC would indicate.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE


Obama, Romney Raised More Than $2 Billion in 2012 Race

The two major candidates took in the equivalent of the GDP of Sierra Leone in their quest for the White House—and that doesn’t count super PAC fundraising.

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE



Mitt’s Health Care Trickery, Larry Flynt’s Romney Offer, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including August fundraising totals for both presidential candidates and Jon Stewart’s latest epic takedown of Fox News.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Clashes With New BFF, Coulter on Gay Marriage, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including July fundraising totals for the presidential candidates and the Republican National Convention speaker lineup.

Posted on Aug 6, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Rakes in Wall Street Cash, ‘Muppets’ Done With Chick-fil-A, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why strip clubs (yes, strip clubs!) in Tampa, Fla., are preparing for the RNC next month, plus Stephen Colbert’s campaign advice to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



Perry Compares Medicaid to Titanic, Trump to Be Honored, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt’s impressive June fundraising haul and Florida GOP Rep. Allen West’s latest controversial comment.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE



Ron and Rand Crusade, Darker View for Pa. Voters, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney’s record-breaking month of fundraising and Stephen Colbert on what it means to be an American.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney One-Ups Obama in Fundraising, the Potency of Citizens United and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of May presidential campaign fundraising figures, how Citizens United affected the Wisconsin recall and the controversy surrounding recent comments made by Bill Clinton.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Elections Are for Suckers

Bribes from billionaires? Let’s just dip our fingers in purple ink and pose for photos.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE


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White House / Lawrence Jackson

Cabinet Officials Raise ‘Gray Area’ Cash for Obama

Skirting good ethics and the law of the land, White House Cabinet officials are touring the nation on behalf of President Obama’s campaign fundraising machine, which has already taken in more cash than all the Republican presidential candidates combined and nearly three times as much as the president’s richest competitor, Mitt Romney. (more)

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

Wall Street Is Still Trying to Buy Obama’s Love

President Obama and the Democratic National Committee have raised more from the financial industry than all the Republican candidates combined. However, without the DNC, Mitt Romney has raised almost twice as much as the president from that sector, according to analysis by The Washington Post. (more)

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Perry Remains ‘Competitive’ With $17M in Campaign Funds

Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought in more than $17 million in campaign contributions during the first seven weeks of his candidacy for president, his campaign announced Wednesday, probably putting him far ahead of his Republican rivals for the same period.

Posted on Oct 5, 2011 READ MORE


The Cash Cow of Anonymity

How sweet and innocent they seem, these mysterious organizations with names like Americans for Job Security. Who could argue with that? Who wants job insecurity?

Posted on Oct 4, 2010 READ MORE



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Wall Street Donors Withhold Money, Affection From Democrats

Maybe the Democrats are doing something right after all. According to the number crunchers at The Washington Post, donations from the New York area to the party’s congressional campaign committees are down 65 percent, with the drop largely attributed to Wall Street’s dissatisfaction with financial reform. (continued)

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Campaign Donors Prefer Democrats

It costs about $1.36 million to win a seat in the House of Representatives and about twice that in the Senate. Democrats are finding that when it comes to raising that kind of cash, it’s good to be in the majority.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Bill Clinton Picks a Horse in Cali Governor Race

The former president has thrown his considerable political and fundraising heft behind San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the race to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger. Newsom is up against California institution and former Gov. Jerry Brown.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Pinching Political Party Purses

Both the Democratic and Republican parties are experiencing a unique form of financial comeuppance, as the economic recession they were in charge of preventing—that has now caused a 8.4 percent national unemployment rate—is causing a dramatic drop in the level of political party donations.

Posted on Mar 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Burris Did More for Blagojevich Than He Let On

Surprise! Roland Burris has no credibility. The man who condemned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat—until he was appointed to it—has revealed that, contrary to what he told the United States Congress in sworn testimony, he tried to raise money, as requested, for the governor-turned-auctioneer.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009 READ MORE



Gaza Ad Stirs Controversy Across the Pond

Two of Britain’s biggest networks, Sky and the BBC, have refused to air a two-minute fundraising appeal on behalf of Gaza. The decision not to broadcast the spot, produced by a committee made up of Britain’s biggest aid agencies, has triggered public outcry, condemnation from politicians and a formal investigation by the BBC Trust.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 READ MORE



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Senate Confirms Clinton

Hillary Clinton made it safely through the confirmation process, despite a last-minute hissy fit from Senate Republicans. John McCain prevailed upon his colleagues to shape up and, in the end, only two voted against Clinton’s confirmation as secretary of state. She was then hastily sworn in.

Posted on Jan 21, 2009 READ MORE


The Shame Beneath Inaugural Hoopla

Sorry to rain on the inaugural parade, but we need to find a better way to pay for these things. The financing of President-elect Barack Obama’s big day is just as much of an embarrassment to the country as the financing of inaugurations past.

Posted on Jan 14, 2009 READ MORE



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The High Cost of Hope

Was it his charisma? His rhetorical gifts? His policy ideas? There’s a more cynical and perhaps realistic explanation for Barack Obama’s historic electoral victory over John McCain: When all was said and done, the Democrat had about $400 million more to spend than his rival.

Posted on Dec 4, 2008 READ MORE


Should Obama’s Army Lay Down Its Arms?

While the nation’s capital obsesses over who will be the next pick for Barack Obama’s Cabinet, the president-elect’s lieutenants are engaged with what may be a more important long-term issue: What will become of Obama’s vast grass-roots network?

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE


Ad-ing It All Up

Scores of independent groups went into hyperdrive for this election, reaching millions of people with some of the most vicious attack ads of the year. But figuring out what impact the groups actually had on the campaigns is a tricky proposition.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008 READ MORE



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Dean Is Done at DNC

When his term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee is up, Howard Dean will step aside to make room for a guy or gal of President-elect Barack Obama’s choosing. Dean has received both praise and scorn for his performance as chairman.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Doesn’t Need Your Money

After the eye-popping fundraising revelations of the past couple of days, the need that’s far more pronounced is the imperative of acting quickly after November’s election to restore some common sense to the presidential campaign finance system—before we don’t have any system at all.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE


Change Big Donors Can Believe In

The candidates’ coffers are swelling with larger and larger bundles of cash, but don’t hold your breath waiting for the extended television discussions of this, because it’s the broadcasters who profit the most.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / Joe Crimmings Photography

Obama Raises $150 Million in September

The Obama campaign announced early Sunday morning that it had raised $150 million in September, more than doubling the previous single-month record of $66 million, set by Obama in August.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 READ MORE


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GOP Affiliate Accused of Duping Voters to Register as Republicans

The Los Angeles Times randomly contacted dozens of voters who were recently re-registered as Republicans and found that over 80 percent of them didn’t know they had joined the party’s ranks. How did this happen? Looks like a GOP contractor called Young Political Majors, or YPM, had something to do with it. Update: The cops are on it.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008 READ MORE


Obama In the Money
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Obama to Pay for Party Unity

Barack Obama is reaching out to Hillary Clinton’s pocketbook, asking his finance team to help pay off at least $10 million of the debt Clinton accrued during her primary bid. The move comes after an announcement that Camp Obama had raised $287 million by the end of May and declined public funding of his campaign.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE


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$1 Billion and Counting

We’re barely into the general election campaign and already more than $1 billion has been raised by the various candidates. That tally includes now-defunct campaigns and personal loans. Still, that’s more money than has ever been raised for an election, and we’ve got about five months to go.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE


Fixing Public Financing

Barack Obama’s decision to forgo public funds will bring joy to opponents of campaign finance reform. But to say that Obama has killed public financing is to miss the point.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama Rejects Public Financing

Arguing in a video message to supporters that “the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken,” Barack Obama announced Thursday that he will not accept public funds. John McCain would like to cast that decision as a major flip-flop, but as the Los Angeles Times notes, he’s got issues of his own.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


From Slavery to Obama

There will be plenty of time to chart Barack Obama’s attempt to navigate a course between the exigencies of the old politics and the promise of the new, between yesterday and tomorrow, youth and experience, black and white. For now, take a moment to consider the mind-bending improbability of what just happened.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


Al Gore
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Al Gore to the Rescue

The former vice president’s “we” campaign has made a point of building bridges across the political spectrum, but it looks as though Al Gore is prepared to return to his partisan roots in order to get a Democrat back in the White House. Gore will preside over a major fundraiser that will unite Clinton and Obama donors in an effort to bring the DNC up to speed with the GOP.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


11 Million Reasons to Stay in the Race

Hillary Clinton is under immense pressure to exit the campaign, but thanks in part to one of her rivals, she would be saying goodbye to more than the presidency. Because of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, Clinton has until the convention in August to recoup her loans. After that, she could be out more than $11 million.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
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The Pa. Payoff

Hillary Clinton ended her Pennsylvania victory speech with a plea for donations in order to compete with Barack Obama’s campaign war chest. Her supporters have responded to the tune of as much as $10 million (in one day), according to the Clinton campaign.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE



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Democrats Split the Hollywood Money

If you’re looking for an indicator of just how close the Democratic primary race is (delegate math notwithstanding), you need look no further than those all-important Hollywood donations. With nearly $6 million in entertainment industry contributions between them, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are separated by a mere $291.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama May Backtrack on Public Financing

Barack Obama’s fundraising machine has exceeded expectations and broken records, so it’s no wonder that he has hinted at retreating from public financing, a move his rivals are already trying to exploit. But Taegan Goddard argues that this “flip-flop story” could work to Obama’s advantage.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

The real John McCain is re-emerging: a politician who rakes in big bucks by being a hired gun for the corporations.

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


March Fundraising Madness Leaves Obama Smiling

Barack Obama raised more than $40 million in March to Hillary Clinton’s $20 million. Between them, the Democrats took in about three times in March what John McCain raised in January and February combined. That’s good news for Democrats, but only, as Donna Brazile points out, if the money isn’t “used to tear the party apart.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


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Feb. Not the Shortest Month for Obama

Though March dealt him some disappointments, February was very good to Barack Obama. His campaign blew away records by raising $55 million—that’s $20 million more than the amount taken in by Hillary Clinton, who had her best month yet. But the best news of all for Obama is that, according to The Hotline, $54 million of that money can be used in the primaries.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


A Tale of Two Campaigns

So how did the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination come down to a choice between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton? We have become so accustomed to their pounding each other relentlessly that we’ve forgotten that this is a remarkable endgame.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
AP photo / Chris Carlson

Democrats Rake It In

It’s no wonder John McCain wants to get the Democrats to commit to public financing. In a reversal of tradition, the Democrats are far out-raising Republicans during this election cycle. The Clinton campaign just announced a $35-million month—Clinton’s biggest yet. Though the Obama campaign hasn’t announced its numbers yet, estimates are in the $50-million range.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


A Fair Question

Humor me while we conduct a little thought experiment. Imagine that Barack Obama lost 10 states in a row.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton

Clinton’s Soft Money Boost

Hillary Clinton has had difficulty keeping pace with Barack Obama’s fundraising, which could explain the launch of a new pro-Clinton 527 group called “American Leadership Project” that already has a commercial it plans to run in Ohio. The group is not subject to the same rules as the campaign and can theoretically raise unlimited amounts of money.

Posted on Feb 20, 2008 READ MORE


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