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Party Crashing for Political Access: Schwarzenegger and My Pantsuit

Charlotte Laws | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Laws

Party crashing--or gate-crashing, as it is sometimes called--is an art form that I stumbled upon as a teen. I taught myself how to finagle into any event, anywhere, anytime.

Bernie Sanders Won't Accept Money From Billionaires. Donald Trump Donated $100,000 to Hillary Clinton.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Bernie Sanders doesn't need the money of billionaires, since most likely they'd be 'wasting' money on donating to his campaign. After all, Sanders is quoted in the Washington Post as saying things that no other politician in America would dare utter during an election cycle.

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.

Sam Stein

Clinton Campaign Will Accept Donations From Lobbyists And PACs | Sam Stein | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will accept donations from lobbyists and political action committees, a difference in policy fro...

Upset By Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Banks Debate Halting Some Campaign Donations

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

By Emily Flitter NEW YORK, March 27 (Reuters) - Big Wall Street banks are so upset with U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's cal...

Bribery Is a Bargain for Big Oil

Stephen Kretzmann | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Stephen Kretzmann

If you are wondering why a pipeline that would create fewer jobs than a new McDonalds is the number one priority of what used to be known as "the world's greatest deliberative body," you are not alone. The answer, unsurprisingly, has everything to do with money.

No Transparency Where It Is Needed Most

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The campaign finance deregulation policy rider to the spending legislation signed by the president is a final recognition by politicians of both parties that nothing will be done to prevent or even slow down the seemingly unstoppable march toward even more money in American politics.

Why We Launched Crowdpac

Steve Hilton | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Steve Hilton

The goal of Crowdpac is to give every American access to the same political tools that the insiders have monopolized.

For All Those Complaining About the ALS #icebucketchallenge: 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't

Mark Malinowski | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Mark Malinowski

ALS is referred to as an "orphan disease," meaning people don't know what it is (unlike cancer and heart disease). That equates to a disease that's underfunded and under-researched.

Senators Took Donations From Lobbyists Representing Pro-Keystone Alberta Government

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A high-powered Washington lobbying firm representing the government of Alberta, Canada, made $17,000 in donations to senators it was cou...

Jack Abramoff: Supreme Court Justices 'Just Don't Get' How Money Influences Politics

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.18.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff disagrees with the Supreme Court's April 2 ruling on campaign finance limits, which knocked down the overall limits on w...

NRCC Says It Will Issue Refund After Donor Complains Of Being Misled By Campaign Website

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

The National Republican Congressional Committee is doubling down on its use of websites that appear to be in support of Democratic House candidates bu...

GTCR's Former Nursing Home Point Man a Top Rauner Donor

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Rauner still refuses to explain with any specificity his role and that of his former firm in the nursing home industry.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Group Demands A Refund From Democratic Congressman | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. William Enyart, the environmentalists are calling, and they want their money back. The League of Conservation Voters on Thursday...

How Much Money Did the Candidates Raise in the Fourth Quarter?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.18.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We knew Bruce Rauner would be a financial force in the Republican gubernatorial primary, but...

Unions Coming Up Big for Quinn

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Pat Quinn has waged open warfare with public unions lately, but you'd never know it based on labor's generosity to Quinn in the latest campaign finance reports.

Real-Time Disclosure -- One Simple Fix for a More Informed Public

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Citizens are affected every day -- not just in the weeks before an election -- by the decisions of their elected representatives, and have the right to know when those decisions are being driven by large campaign contributions.

Rauner Is First Beneficiary of His Own Campaign Generosity

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A week ago, Rauner filed notice with the Illinois Board of Elections of his $500,000 donation, which followed a $249,000 donation when he announced his candidacy in March.

"Dark Money"

Jay Mandle | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Jay Mandle

History never repeats itself; but lessons can be learned. And one that is as clear as it can be is that if the political system is rigged in favor of a wealthy minority, the rest of the society will be given short-shrift.

Dead Donors Gave Campaigns Roughly $600,000

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

Some citizens are donating sizably to political campaigns despite being dead, a Monday report by USA Today found. According to USA Today's analysis...

Katy Hall

LOOK: Depressing Finding About 2012 Election | Katy Hall | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Despite President Obama's highly trumpeted support from small donors, the 2012 elections hit a new low in political contribution inequality. Twent...

Paul Blumenthal

Watchdogs Demand Probe Of Donors Who Gave Too Much | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two campaign finance watchdogs have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission asking for an investigation into potential vi...

Emily Swanson

Americans Don't Agree With This Campaign Finance Case Either | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court announced this week that it would hear McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a case challenging the cap on the total amount tha...

Hey Citizen, Can You Spare $1,000? How About $10 Million?

Blair Bowie | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Blair Bowie

Candidates for the U.S. Senate this election got nearly 64 percent of the money they raised from individuals in contributions of at least $1,000 -- from just four one-hundredths of one percent of the population.

Adelson's GOP Black Hole Keeps Expanding

ProPublica | Theodoric Meyer | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics

How Much Did Sheldon Adelson Really Spend on Campaign 2012? by Theodoric Meyer ProPublica, Dec. 20, 2012, 11:48 a.m. Sheldon Adelson, the billion...