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Jeb's Magnificent Super PAC: An Autopsy

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

At the end of the January, Right to Rise had spent $80.2 million in independent expenditures, with little to show for it. Since the group had raised $121 million, it had another $41 million with which it could try to boost the candidate.

Jeb Bush Spent $2,800 Per Vote In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was not in Iowa on caucus night, but his cash certainly was. The former Florida governor spent more money i...

White House Race Nearing $1 Billion

Center for Public Integrity | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

This story is from the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative media organization in Washington, D.C. Read more of its inv...

Marco Rubio Scales Back Iowa Advertising

Politico | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

Marco Rubio had long planned an ambitious Iowa advertising assault in the weeks leading up to the caucuses, but his campaign has quietly scaled back i...

3 Presidential Candidates Say 'No' To Fossil Fuel Funding

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three of the candidates in the 2016 presidential race have pledged to shun campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry. Dem...

The $2.5 Billion Candidate X 2

Richard Walden | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Richard Walden

Former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said about pornography: "I can't define it but I know it when I see it." Surely this kind of political spending has become an obscenity.

Why Does Hillary Need $2.5 Billion for Her Campaign?

James Heffernan | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

I see no one who can begin to match Hillary Clinton's qualifications for the presidency. So why not let the elephants outspend her while she demonstrates, once again, that money alone cannot fill the gap between a weak candidate and a strong one?

Three of Illinois' Biggest Political Blunders of the Last 40 Years

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.04.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Any Illinoisan can tell you there have been a lot of political missteps in the state's history. But which ones were the biggest, and what effect did they have on the state's political landscape as a whole? But for a few twists of fate and different decisions, Illinois' political landscape today might have looked a whole lot different.

Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

As a key first step to shining a light on dark money -- election-related funds whose source remains secret -- the president should issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their election-related spending.

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.

It Costs $36 to Win One Vote in Illinois but Only $18 to Lose One

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In spending $65.4 million to win 1.82 million votes, Bruce Rauner spent $35.88 per vote. Pat Quinn spent $30.2 million in 2014 and received 1.68 million votes, spending slightly less than $18 per vote.

Step-by-step Guide for Searching the Illinois State Board of Elections Website

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.22.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The step-by-step guide below is intended to help any user with access to a spreadsheet learn to navigate the site for basic campaign contribution information and then sort the data in a spreadsheet.

The Broken Promises of Citizens United

Duncan Hosie | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Conservatives on the Court vowed that Citizens United would strengthen American democracy. They were wrong. Five years later, their promises stand in stark contrast to the world we live in today.

These States Were The Big Spenders And Penny Pinchers In 2014

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

The 2014 midterm elections panned out to be the most expensive midterms ever, with total spending surpassing $3.67 billion. The country even saw its f...

How Much Did the Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Pay for Your Vote?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 2014 Illinois governor's race broke all previous records for campaign spending in a statewide race. Both candidates poured millions of dollars into convincing Illinoisans to vote for them.

Most Americans Support Giving Congress More Power To Limit Campaign Spending

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

Most Americans say they think the billions of dollars spent on campaigns affected the outcomes of the 2014 elections, and they support changing the Co...

Shaw: Illinois Needs Responsible Voters

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.30.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The 2014 Illinois statewide election is only days away, and the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to think very carefully about their candidate choices before they vote. He says the state needs informed, responsible voters to make Illinois great.

Money, Politics and the American Public

Paul Herrnson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

The influence of money in politics in general and campaigns in particular is a staple of op-ed writers, late-night comedians and armchair pundits. As another Federal Election Commission reporting deadline looms, how bad does the public really think the problem is -- and what are they willing to do about it?

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Group Endorses Michelle Nunn, Despite Her Support For Keystone | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund endorsed Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn on Tuesday, calling her an advo...

Senate Candidate Asks GOP Opponents To Sign Pledge Limiting Outside Spending

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

Georgia Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn is joining the club of candidates who have proposed pledges to limit outside spending in their competi...

Put Simply, We've Had Enough: No More "Private Opinion" Ads On Radio and TV

Richard Greener | Posted 06.25.2014 | Media
Richard Greener

It's happened before. It can happen again.

New Koch Brothers-Backed Group To Begin Airing Ads In Key Senate Races

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

A political nonprofit associated with conservative funders Charles and David Koch will begin airing TV ads in Colorado and Iowa, according to televisi...

Dark Money Groups' Failure To Report Activity Raises Questions

Center for Public Integrity | Julie Patel | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

By Julie Patel, Center for Public Integrity Two of the tightest races for U.S. Senate in 2012 were in Nevada and Arizona. Republican candidates eke...

Less Money Actually Good for Candidates?

Amir Khaghani | Posted 02.05.2014 | Teen
Amir Khaghani

Pacts like the "People's Pledge" are becoming more common because outside spending doesn't always help the candidate's win elections and voters get fed up with the bombardment of attack ads by the end of the election cycle.

WATCH: Congressman Introduces Constitutional Amendments To Repeal Citizens United

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.30.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern last Tuesday proposed two Constitutional amendments on the House floor that would overturn the Supreme Cour...