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Paul Blumenthal

Lone Billionaire Hits Much, Much Higher Limit For Campaign Contributions

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ken Griffin, the hedge fund billionaire who once complained about the wealthiest Americans having “insufficient influence” in politi...

Koch Monster

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Paul Blumenthal

Plunge In Wall Street Money Bolsters Populist Shift Among Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With their first act in full control of the new Congress, Republicans tried to push through a bill to delay the Volcker Rule, which limi...

Hillary Clinton Challenger's PAC Paid Big Bucks... To His Family

Business Insider | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics

Jim Webb's family has made quite a bit of money from his political career. Webb, a former Democratic senator from Virginia, launched a 2016 preside...

Paul Blumenthal

Here's Where Campaign Finance Reform May Move Ahead As Congress Dithers

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly five years after the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United altered the landscape for money in politics, Congress has done not...

The High Cost to Democracy of the Budget Bill

Lawrence Noble | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Noble

Those supporting this Faustian bargain are feeding us myths about the changes in the law in an effort to sell us on being sold-out. Here are just a few of myths we are hearing and the reality.

Mr. Walton Goes to Washington

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

When retail workers want something, they ask their employers, get denied, get bullied and sometimes fired. Sometimes, they take to the streets, as they have for the last three years on Black Friday. By contrast, when retailers want something, they scurry to the halls of Congress, where they purchase influence with their exorbitant profits.

Tell Congress to Reject Deal Allowing Rich to Buy More Elections

Erik Ose | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Erik Ose

Not content with the loosened campaign finance rules made possible by Citizens United, the GOP is attempting to pass a stealth provision that would open the big money floodgates even further.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Seek To Strip Big Hug For Rich Donors From Omnibus

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers expressed outrage at a provision slipped into the omnibus government funding bill that would expand the amount weal...

Paul Blumenthal

Omnibus Bill Allows Wealthy Donors To Give Even More to Political Parties

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional budget negotiators from both parties have included a provision in the bill to continue funding the government into next ye...

5 Reasons Liberals Tired of War Should Vote for Rand Paul Over Hillary Clinton.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Red, blue, liberal, and conservatives should mean nothing when 3,000 American soldiers were just sent back to a war that we lost.

Pay-to-Play Restrictions on Government Contracting Under Assault

Craig Holman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Craig Holman

Pay-to-play restrictions constitute desperately-needed government contracting reform -- designed to preserve the integrity of the government contracting process and save taxpayer dollars -- not campaign finance reform. Even the Roberts Court may well see this.

Paul Blumenthal

Sandra Fluke's Election Bid Opposed By One Big-Spending Businessman

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Bill Bloomfield, the Republican-turned-independent real estate titan, nearly toppled Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) in 2012 after putting ...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PACs Keep Candidates Afloat With A Little Help From Their Friends

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In August, stories began to percolate that Terri Lynn Land, the Republican Senate candidate in Michigan, didn't have what it takes to wi...

Why Citizens United Kept Me From Contributing to Candidates in Campaign 2014

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The Supreme Court didn't directly tell me I'm not allowed to contribute to political candidates. Instead, they've just made it fairly meaningless for me to bother.

GOP Uses The 'War On Women' Meme To Hit Charlie Crist Over Strip Club Cash

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

Republicans are using a Democratic motif to accuse former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist of perpetuating a "war on women" by accepting campaign donations ...

Paul Blumenthal

Mary Landrieu's Fossil Fuel Stance Both A Blessing And A Curse

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For Louisiana, the fossil fuel industry is both a blessing and a curse. More than 300,000 people in the state are employed in the oi...

Massachusetts Does Not Need More Money in Politics: Why State Legislators Should Not Increase Campaign Contribution Limits

John Bonifaz | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
John Bonifaz

If Massachusetts legislators want to double the contribution limits in state politics, they should, in the light of day, create a stand-alone bill to do that and try to pass it. But, they should not bury it in a disclosure bill and call it reform.

Paul Blumenthal

Billionaire's Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a $2.5 million contribution to Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Chicago-based hedge fund executive Ken Gri...

Paul Blumenthal

Senators Trade Barbs Over Billionaires, Banned Books In Campaign Finance Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans' opposing views on money in politics came into sharp focus Tuesday during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing...

Paul Blumenthal

Supreme Court Bound? The Next Big Campaign Finance Case Set To Pick Up GOP Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just one month after the Supreme Court struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits, Republican Party officials are set to join wh...

Please Tax Us: Airbnb Offers City $21 Million

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.25.2014 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

Discouraging new forms of entrepreneurism that threaten established businesses, is a classic form of government interference that affects many different industries in the urban marketplace.

Paul Blumenthal

After Record $5 Billion Pollution Settlement, Oil Company Still Has Friends On Capitol Hill

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A joint fundraising committee controlled by Republican Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) received contrib...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PACs Raise Money From Family And Friends Of The Candidates They Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As super PACs supporting a single politician proliferate across the country ahead of the 2014 elections, some are reaching out for contr...

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Majority PAC Raises Large Sum To Fight Back Against Kochs

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority PAC, the super PAC trying to hold the Senate Democratic majority in the 2014 elections, posted a huge fundraising quarte...