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Donors Behind Wealthy New York Super PAC Spending Millions on Elections in Low-Income Cities

The 16 white donors behind New Yorkers for Independent Action have poured money into influencing elections in the Bronx and Brooklyn, even though none of them lives there.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 READ MORE


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How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Hulk Hogan Threaten Freedom of the Press

The power elites that rule America are threatening the First Amendment again—and the assault is not coming just from government agencies.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE

Who’s Funding Super PACs This Election Season? Good Question

New reporting looks at how shady LLCs are contributing to a “corrupt campaign finance system.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE

Win or Lose, Will the Sanders Movement Last Beyond Election Day?

With millions of young people supporting the candidate, American politics could change for the long term. Some observers are even predicting that the campaign will become an incubator for the Democratic Party’s future politicians.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE

Who’s Pumping Money Into the 2016 Election? Hedge Fund Heads

New analysis by Reuters shows that Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz are the biggest recipients of hedge fund managers’ donations.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 READ MORE

Jeb Bush’s Last Stand

“It’s all been decided, apparently,” the GOP candidate said this week. “The pundits have made it all, we don’t have to go vote, I guess. I should stop campaigning maybe, huh?”

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE

N.Y. Times Misleads About Bernie Sanders’ Funding and Later Endorses Hillary Clinton

The newspaper hangs an article about Sanders’ campaign finances on a legal technicality, and the next day it backs his main rival’s presidential bid.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE

Happy Holidays, Super PACs: The FEC Removes Yet Another Block Against Dark Money

A little-noticed new rule allows candidates to solicit money for their super PACs—as long as the potential donors are meeting in a small group.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 READ MORE

Hear a Network CEO Revel in the Amazing Profits of Candidates ‘Throwing Crap at Each Other’ (Audio)

An inside look at why the corporate media egg on Trump’s divisive—and lucrative—braggadocio, in the words of Les Moonves, chief executive of CBS Corp.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE

Major Clinton Super PAC Donor Is a Profiteer of the Foreclosure Crisis

When Donald Mullen Jr. saw the beginning of the market decline that led to the crash of 2008, he told his colleagues at Goldman Sachs, “Sounds like we will make some serious money.”

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE

Donald Trump as GOP Nominee? Not a Chance, Says Head of Jeb Bush’s Super PAC

Jeb Bush, the man who wants to be our nation’s third President Bush, has already taken some hits his team didn’t see coming this campaign season—but one very important member of his camp claims Jeb’s only getting revved up.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE

The People vs. Citizens United: 7 Steps to Reversing Runaway Political Spending

The struggle against the corporate stranglehold on our democracy won’t be conducted in courtrooms or legislatures. It will arise from below, in organized, mass demands for change.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE

Bush Spawn Returns

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 ENLARGE

Koch Brothers and Allies Plan to Unleash $889 Million in Funding for 2016 Campaign

It seems that in the coming presidential election season—occurring during an age of Citizens United and super PACs—super-wealthy political instigators such as the Koch brothers will have more sway over American politics than ever before.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

Aaron Swartz Day: A Vital Legacy Lives On

A champion of the Internet and governmental reform is celebrated around the world Saturday. His suicide—committed under a threat of prosecution—did not end the fight for his causes.

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE

Elizabeth Warren Demands Answers, Republican Hypocrisy Called Out, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert celebrates the IRS scandal and a Florida mayoral candidate touts an endorsement from Jesus.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE

Ex-Senator Reveals Secret Love Child, Gingrich Slams Rove, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major reversal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Obamacare and the NRA is already working to influence the 2014 election.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE


5 Dark Money Groups Misled the IRS About Political Activities

Five conservative dark money groups active in 2012 elections previously told tax regulators that they would not engage in politics, filings obtained from the IRS show.  The best known and most controversial of the groups is Americans for Responsible Leadership, an Arizona-based organization.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Ron Edmonds

What Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Told the IRS

In a confidential 2010 filing, Crossroads GPS—the dark money group that spent more than $70 million from anonymous donors on the 2012 election—told the Internal Revenue Service that its efforts would focus on public education, research and shaping legislation and policy.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE

Karl on Earth

Posted on Nov 7, 2012 ENLARGE    

Trevor Potter Talks Campaign Finance, Super PACs With Bill Moyers

The former Federal Election Commission chairman sits down with the “Moyers & Company” host to discuss the November ballot, the need to reform the campaign finance system and his well-known appearances on “The Colbert Report.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

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

Ryan Meets Adelson, White House Race Gets Nastier, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Romney budget specifics and why the 2012 Congress could be one of the worst ever.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE

Stuart Conner (CC-BY)

Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined

Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE

Sununu Channels Limbaugh, Stewart Mocks Romney on Taxes, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including what Ron Paul is asking of Mitt Romney and a list of the top super PAC donors.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 READ MORE

Murdoch vs. Romney, Christie Insults Reporter, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another Romney flip-flop and pro-life Republicans getting dealt a blow in Mississippi.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 READ MORE

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Court Rejects Montana Challenge to Citizens United

The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed its controversial 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money in politics when it struck down a law in Montana banning such spending.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE

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Limbaugh’s Latest Inflammatory Comment and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the resignation of an Obama administration official, Mitt Romney addressing immigration and Rush Limbaugh’s latest eyebrow-raising comment about Nancy Pelosi.

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 READ MORE

Bill Moyers: How to Start Your Own Super PAC

Bill Moyers shames super PAC donors and beneficiaries, including some lesser-known personalities.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

Gage Skidmore

The Donald Toys With a Super PAC

Stephen Colbert has one. So does Sarah Palin. And now, billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump says he wants his own super PAC too.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE

Stuart Conner (CC-BY)

Campaign Spending Shows Political Ties, Self-Dealing

For an example of the fluidity of campaign finance rules, as well as the tangled web of connections between candidates and super PACs, look no further than the digital consulting firm Targeted Victory.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Jacquelyn Martin

The Quiet Revolution in America’s Statehouses

What’s a pittance for a super PAC can buy a state senator, beginning with financing a campaign and continuing support into the statehouse. These campaigns to take over state governments will grow as business sees the possibilities.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE

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Hollywood Democrats Wary of Super PACs

With less than eight months until Election Day, President Obama is getting trounced in the super PAC department—partly by design, as Obama only recently capitulated to this democratically challenged trend, but also because certain members of a particular class of Democratic donor aren’t too keen on giving money this way if it contributes to a larger problem.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Gerald Herbert

Pro-Romney Super PAC Burns Through $14M in January

It’s campaign season 2012, and how much is your favorite super PAC spending? The telltale signs of democracy in action these days include headlines like the one above, accounting for the giant sum racked up by the pro-Mitt Romney super PAC “Restore Our Future,” one of the monstrosities created by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.

Posted on Feb 20, 2012 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Santorum’s Super PAC Backer Makes a Sexist Gaffe, Walks It Back

Entirely missing from Foster Friess’ old-timey zinger about how the ladies did the contraception back when he was a lad, other than class, was any sense of male accountability in the procreation process.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE

Steve Rhodes (CC-BY)

The Right’s Boon in Knox v. SEIU

On the surface, the case of Knox v. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) lacks blockbuster appeal. But in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, it has the potential to further rig the playing field in favor of big business and the right wing.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 READ MORE

boris.rasin (CC-BY)

With Spotlight on Super PACs, Nonprofits Escape Scrutiny

Recent nonprofit fundraising announcements hint at how secret money could factor into the upcoming election more directly than initially forecast after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to super PACs two years ago.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Charles Dharapak

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Campaign 2012

Pity the poor mainstream news media, confronted with many debates, demands for instantaneous coverage, competition for website traffic and the specter of ever-multiplying super PACs.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Matt Rourke

Winning Our Future, Gambling With Democracy

With financial and political interests ranging from Las Vegas to Israel to China, Sheldon Adelson, who is bankrolling the super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, is a powerful illustration of the dangers of unlimited campaign contributions.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE

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In the Gusher of Super PACs, Even One Named ‘The Internet’

Sure, there’s the GOP symbol, but the real elephant in the room has been the super PAC, the turbocharged political action committee able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on political ads — as long as that spending isn’t coordinated with a particular campaign.

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Charlie Neibergall

Super PACs Super-Size Campaign Corruption

Given time and enough money, the super PACs and other secretive political campaign funds are capable of causing corruptive influence that could reach from the presidency down to the lowest ranked members of the House.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE

AP / Paul Sancya

Newt’s Venom Is Mitt’s Medicine

Newt Gingrich has made it clear that if he can’t be president, he’s going to try to take Mitt Romney down with him. But the former House speaker’s endless stream of attack ads could, perversely, end up strengthening the “Massachusetts Moderate,” who seems likely to survive the onslaught.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 READ MORE

‘Colbert Report’: Stephen Colbert for President

Given this presidential election season’s lineup of clowns, it would only make sense that another might join their ranks from the venerable political training ground that is Comedy Central. Yes, folks, Stephen Colbert is once again running for our nation’s highest office. God bless Citizens United!

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN


Posted on Jan 5, 2012 ENLARGE

AP photos by Chis Carlson and Charlie Riedel

Two Jerks

Of the two top finishers in the Iowa Republican caucuses, it’s hard to tell who is worse: Mitt Romney, the eight-vote winner, or Rick Santorum.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE

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