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Entries by Dan Froomkin from 03/2012

Mitt Romney Super PAC's Big Donors Could Reap Many Dividends

Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One thing's for certain about most of the biggest donors bankrolling the main pro-Mitt Romney super PAC: They are canny investors. Pr...

Obama Fights Gas Prices By 'Reconstituting' Oil Speculation Task Force

Posted 03.06.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to "reconstitute" a task force examining oil and...

If Prison Is the Disease, Not the Cure, How Do You Treat It?

| Posted 03.08.2012 | Crime

As the economic and social costs of mass incarceration mount, many criminal justice professionals and officials are now calling on the U.S. to abandon these policies and replace them with more constructive approaches.

IRS May Make Political Groups Pay Dearly for Keeping Donors Secret -- And Out Them

Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For years, the IRS has done little or nothing to check the rise of overtly political groups that claim a special tax-exempt status in or...

Secret Campaign Spending Under Attack By Reform Groups

Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- CEOs may think twice before making what they intend to be secret campaign donations from their corporate treasuries, now that a progress...

Post-Citizens United Money May Swamp Congressional Candidates

Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Political spending by deep-pocketed donors and cash-rich corporations threatens to sow chaos in this year's congressional races, politic...

Corporate Tax Dodgers Pay To Keep Loopholes Open

Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

It's one of the age-old Washington mind-benders: How is it possible that more than two dozen major U.S. companies post enormous profits and pay no tax...

Disclose Act's Latest Incarnation Would Force Vote On Secret Political Slush Funds

Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are setting up a showdown with Republicans on the issue of unlimited secret campaign donations, proposing new rules tha...

Koch Brothers' Attempted Takeover Of Cato Could Be Part Of Bold Plan (UPDATE)

Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Anyone wondering why the ultra-conservative billionaire industrialist Koch brothers are trying to seize control of the libertarian Cato ...

Don't Blame The Supreme Court For Citizens United -- Blame Congress, The FEC And The IRS

Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The two most controversial campaign financing practices of the post-Citizens United era aren’t actually the Supreme Court’s fault. ...

Barack Obama's Broken Nuclear Promises Undermine Successes

Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is in South Korea marking the significant amount of progress made in the past three years on his initiative to se...