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FEC Dark Money Fine Shows Limits of Disclosure (Again)

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

This week, the Federal Election Commission did the unthinkable. The agency most frequently characterized by its constant, crippling deadlock levied a substantial fine against three large politically active nonprofit groups.

Stopping Trump (Again?)

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

You aim for intimacy and connection, not clinical detachment. "I don't want the Republican nominee to be someone that people have to make excuses why...

Trump and Cruz: Will Somebody Sue Already?

Sue Wilson | Posted 03.03.2016 | Media
Sue Wilson

Republican Presidential contenders Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are at war over what they charge to be false political ads against each other. It's one battle in this bizarre and contentious campaign year which could actually benefit us all.

Mystery Dark Money Group Attacks John Kasich In New Hampshire

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The conservative dark money group American Future Fund just bought a sizable amount of advertising in New Hampshire that will run during...

Koch-Linked Group Targets Farmers Who Endorsed A Democrat

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Leaders of Koch brothers-linked groups were so incensed that a farmer's association endorsed the Senate campaign of Iowa Democratic Rep....

Paul Blumenthal

Dark Money Groups That Spent Millions In 2012 Vanish In 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Iowa-based conservative nonprofit group American Future Fund released new advertisements nearly every week from the spring of 2012 t...

Ad Backing Kelly Ayotte Presents Former Party Chair As A 'Mom'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

The American Future Fund, a pro-Republican nonprofit, is running an ad defending Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), whose approval ratings dropped precipitou...

Groups Attacks Obama Over Autobailout

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

The American Future Fund, a "dark money" conservative nonprofit group, reported spending $2.8 million for the final days of the presidential campaign ...

Paul Blumenthal

'Dark Money' Floods 2012 Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four conservative nonprofits and the business industry's lead trade association have spent nearly $300 million on political efforts over...

Elise Foley

Mitt Romney Cancels Campaign Events, Campaigns Anyway

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's unseemly to campaign in the midst of an unfolding natural disaster, but the Romney-Ryan camp was ready this week with a solution: D...

Paul Blumenthal

Big Money Comes Into Fight For Majority

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported an investment of $4 million to help 10 Republican congressional candidates in California and Illin...

Dan Froomkin

Vast Majority Of Secret Money In Presidential Race Spreads Misinformation: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates of unlimited secret political spending say it leads to a more informed electorate, but according to a new study, in reality it...

Dan Froomkin

Disclosure For Kochs, Rove Comes Closer

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most consequential campaign finance loopholes affecting the 2012 race -- the one allowing big-money donors to secretly funnel...

Paul Blumenthal

Anti-Obama Group Wants To Hide Donors

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The recent district court ruling in the case Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission that requires groups spending money on certain el...

Republican Groups Fund Ads Attacking Obama With Misinformation

The Huffington Post | Lucia Graves | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

Top Republican groups released web videos attacking President Barack Obama last week with an emphasis on the president's record on green-energy invest...

Amanda Terkel

Election Day Shenanigans In Ohio Issue 2 Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Union officials in Ohio are questioning whether proponents of an anti-labor ballot initiative are trying to trick opponents of the measu...

Political Ads Targeted Women And Senior Citizens

TylerKingkade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
TylerKingkade

Within the file cabinets of hundreds of television stations around the country are public files concerning political campaigns which often go completely unreported.

Exclusive Interview With Populist Caucus Chairman Bruce Braley

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Bruce Braley's campaign was an interesting one, because rather than try to distance himself from his own party or from what Democrats have accomplished in the past few years, Braley instead embraced his own record.

Known Unknowns: The Power of Secret Money in the 2010 Elections

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Our fears and expectations in the aftermath of the Court's Citizens United decision, unfortunately, turned out to be well founded. This year's midterm elections were the most expensive in history.

Who Had The Most Effective Election Spending? (Hint: Not Karl Rove)

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After all the talk about the impact of independent groups on this year's midterm elections, the debate over at least one important question can now be...

All They Ask for Is an Unfair Advantage

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

I attended a screening this week of Alex Gibney's new documentary, Client 9. It's the story of the rise and fall of New York State Governor Eliot Spit...

Civic-Minded Plutocrats

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The economic meltdown that short-sighted "free market" policies brought upon us has now given the rich and powerful the opening to push their advantage more aggressively than ever.

Republicans Don't Trust Americans

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republican operatives want to shield voters from knowing who is actually paying for GOP attack ads. They fear the consequences if Americans know the truth.

Amanda Terkel

Tea Party Porkers: Secretive Anti-Bailout Group Quietly Lobbies For Government Handouts

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the most troubling aspects of the thriving industry of shadowy independent expenditure groups popping up in this election is the fact that the ...

Citizens United -- Game Changer

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We can't really predict what will happen on November 2. All we know is that the historical trends are pushing against the Democrats, and that Citizens United has definitively tipped the scales in favor of the oligarchy.