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Donor Behind $1 Million Dark Money Super PAC Contribution Revealed

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.16.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Two of the biggest dark money contributions made to super PACs in past year have been either revealed or returned, according to filings...

Buying Influence from Hillary Clinton: The Perils of Oversimplification

Mark Olmsted | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

I think we are rather missing a major point about money in politics, at least in the United States.

Announcing the Formation of the Bank Whistleblowers United

William K. Black | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
William K. Black

We cannot in good conscience fail to act now given the urgency of the problems caused by the collapse of personal accountability for Wall Street elites. Our economy and our democracy are both imperiled by that collapse and require urgent redress.

Hillary Sputters, Sanders Rocks

David Edmund Moody | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
David Edmund Moody

Hillary Clinton went full throttle in her debate with Bernie Sanders last night. She tried her very best to emulate the passion and authenticity of her opponent. But therein lies the rub. Hillary tried to be authentic.

How This Missouri Mega-Donor Is Making His Pet Projects Part Of The 2016 Elections

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid troubles back home over how to close a $765 million deficit, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback traveled across the border earlier this year...

Getting the Export-Import Bank to Pay Dividends

Dean Baker | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

Those of us who don't think it's the best use of government money to give subsidized loans to some of the largest companies in the world have to recognize political reality. With enough campaign contributions on the table, Congress will eventually vote to approve the money.

The Trump Surprise Is Not Surprising

Terry Newell | Posted 08.25.2015 | Entertainment
Terry Newell

The Trump phenomenon seems of most concern to establishment Republicans who desperately want to regain the White House. But Democrats who eye his rise with disdain, amusement and confidence in their own 2016 prospects miss something important.

Paul Blumenthal

It Only Took 5 Months For Billionaire Donors To Set New Records | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It only took five months before the top donor to candidates, political party committees and political action committees in 2015 surpasse...

Paul Blumenthal

EMILY's List Already Raising Big Bucks For Hillary Clinton | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton is already seeing a windfall in contributions from EMILY's List, a group dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic wom...

Paul Blumenthal

Kathleen Matthews Made An Awkward Donation For A Future Democratic Candidate | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former D.C. news anchor Kathleen Matthews is expected to enter the race for Maryland’s open 8th District seat soon. As a Democratic co...

Paul Blumenthal

How Government Works To Help The Rich And Not You | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

The issue of big money in politics is receiving increased attention as the country barrels toward a presidential election cycle where all spending rec...

Members of Congress Criticizing Clinton Cash Should Look in the Mirror

David Paul | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Sitting with Sean Hannity last week, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul expressed his outrage at money received by Bill and Hillary Clinton over the years and actions that they may have taken as public officials to benefit those who contributed funds.

Dollars in Democracy -- Part I: Super PACs

Daniel Kim | Posted 06.16.2015 | College
Daniel Kim

Immense amounts of money from super PACs are flooding in to support politicians. The implications of lobbying are up for debate. However, it seems that lobbying provides a significant amount of political clout going to those with the greatest wealth.

An Executive Order the Left and Right Can Agree On

Charlotte Hill | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Turn on the TV, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a news story about Americans uniting across ideologies. One idea, however, has risen above the fray to achieve practically unheard-of heights of public support. An incredible 97 percent of Americans agree: the time has come to end government corruption in America.

Taking Back Democracy

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

While we support a constitutional amendment to restore the authority of Congress, state and local governments to regulate campaign spending, it's a long-term fight. But there is another way dilute big money's influence.

Paul Blumenthal

Lone Billionaire Hits Much, Much Higher Limit For Campaign Contributions | 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


Paul Blumenthal

Plunge In Wall Street Money Bolsters Populist Shift Among Democrats | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...