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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.

State Senator Quits Amid Bachmann Controversy

AP | RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa state senator resigned Wednesday after a special investigator found it likely he violated ethics r...

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...

Funds For Peña Nieto's Campaign Aroused Suspicions

AP | Posted 01.25.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute has confirmed that President Enrique Pena Nieto's party spent about $5.2 million through electroni...

The Efficient Use of Money

Theodore R. Daniels | Posted 02.18.2013 | Money
Theodore R. Daniels

While most people would not enjoy the process of analyzing and budgeting expenditures it is something that must be done. The inefficient and useless expenditure of money can be major impediments to accomplishing your financial goals.

Great Myth of 2012: $6 Billion Election 'Didn't Change Much'

Josh Silver | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Josh Silver

For those of us who care less about partisanship and more about what our elected officials actually do -- or fail to do -- once in office, the 2012 election portends a bleak future.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Election

Domenick Scudera | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Domenick Scudera

The whole election has left a bad taste in my mouth. Big American elections bring out the worst in people's natures. The euphoria from the results may erase the ugliness temporarily, but the enmity and spite is still present, just under the surface.

Two Contradictory Thoughts About Elections

Vitaliy N. Katsenelson | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

The election is over. I am left with two very contradictory feelings. First is the one of appreciation -- every four years we peacefully replace our...

Time to Repeal Campaign Contribution Limits

Bruce Ledewitz | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Bruce Ledewitz

The regime of campaign finance limits has been a failure. The only part of the effort that remains -- contribution limits -- is now responsible for increasing, rather than limiting, the power of money in elections.

Election Day Dawned Clear and Bright

Frank A. Weil | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

When will the public wake up to the pointlessness and waste in campaign finance? If the president can now strong-arm the Congress to pass a version of the original Simpson-Bowles plan, the election will have been a success

Jason Linkins

The 2012 Presidential Campaigns Basically Now Have More Money Than They Can Possibly Spend Sensibly | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics

It's a common complaint to say that there is too much money in politics, but as both presidential campaigns come into the final few days of the electi...

Citizens United Rule Rocks Key 2012 Races

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Dan Lungren knows what it's like to have a big bull's eye plastered on his back. The Democratic Party and labor and environmental ...

Elimination of Contribution Limits Would Not Stop Secret Spending

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 12.26.2012 | New York
Ian Vandewalker

This election has shown that there is a class of big-money political donors who greatly value secrecy. Their behavior under the current rules provides evidence that big spenders prefer anonymity even when other options are available.

Lynne Peeples

'Toxic Spending': Chemical Industry Uses Wallet To Block Tighter Regulations | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.25.2012 | Green

In an effort to block a ballot measure in California that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods, shape a Senate race in Ohio with p...

Debates Offer a Rare Moment of Transparency in Campaign Spending

Edward Wasserman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

The problem isn't with the debates, it's with most everything else in the campaigns. The debates are grievously marginalized by the unstoppable mudslide of paid propaganda.

Restore Our Future, Pro-Romney Super PAC, Launches $17.7 Million Ad Buy

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics

Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, released two new TV spots as part of a $17.7 million ad camp...

'Feeble' Enforcement Renders Feared Group Toothless

Politico | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

The deep-pocketed conservative group Americans for Prosperity has spent $72 million on ads bashing Democrats so far this year. ...

Overfed Local TV Watchdogs Fed So Well With Campaign Ads They Can't Bark

Edward Wasserman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Some of the same media that should referee political discourse and oversee the process by which a sovereign electorate selects its leaders are in thrall to the backroom players whose mission it is to manipulate and game that discourse.

GOP Groups Open Floodgates With Shift In Mission

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A late spending splurge by outside political groups helped Republicans take over the House two years ago. The floodgates are openin...

Free The Files Teams Up With HuffPost To Unlock Political Ads In Swing States

ProPublica | Amanda Zamora | Posted 10.10.2012 | Denver

By Amanda Zamora, ProPublica In our ever-expanding quest to Free the Files, ProPublica is teaming up with Huffington Post in Denver, Detroit, M...

Citizens United Shake-Up Falls Flat

Daily Beast | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

At the start of the 2012 presidential campaign, many feared that new campaign-finance rules would unleash a torrent of outside money on the swing stat...

Top Romney Campaign Staff Received Bonuses

Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign gave bonuses to four top staffers, according to new disclosure records released Thursday. The campaign handed o...

Poll Reveals Strong Support For Campaign Spending Limits

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 11.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Americans don't like all the cash that's going to super political action committees and other outside groups that are pouring milli...