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Show Us The Money

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

While their logos are nowhere to be seen, the influence that corporations have in election cycle spending continues to receive increased attention. It has also engendered increased scrutiny on the part of both faith-consistent and socially responsible investors.

Does Campaign Finance In The United States Need To Be Fixed?

Posted 09.06.2012 | College

Editor's Note: HuffPost College teamed with the International Debate Education Association to produce the following debate. Since the 1976 Buckley ...

It's the Need for Campaign Contributions That's the Problem

Todd Phillips | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

Money is merely a symptom of the root problems of disconnect -- nearly all of the problems with our government can be traced back to the disconnect between citizens and the government.

McMahon Leads Murphy In Connecticut Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Cole Stangler | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

For the first time, Republican candidate Linda McMahon has opened up a lead over her opponent Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in the Connecticut Senate ra...

The Federal Election Act Is Still the Law of the Land

C. Leonard Gordon | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
C. Leonard Gordon

The Citizens United case doesn't say what everyone says it does. We are behaving as if the case opened floodgates to unlimited spending on elections not previously allowed, and it does nothing of the sort.

GOP Hopeful Losing A Lot In Longshot Bid

Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics

Republican candidate Linda McMahon is making history in her almost three-year effort to capture a seat to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate. ...

The Small Donor Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Jonathan Backer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

The real small donor revolution in New York City can spread to federal elections as well if Congress enacts a small donor matching fund program. But its impact will not be felt in the form of more television advertisements funded by money from small donors.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Poll Attacking Romney Came From Pro-Romney Super PAC Pollster | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

Since Mitt Romney’s campaign announced the presumptive Republican nominee’s opposition to extending a tax credit for wind energy producers, there...

Pro-Obama Super PAC Reserves $30 Million In TV Ad Time In Swing States

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Priorities USA Action, a super PAC backing President Barack Obama, has reserved $30 million worth of television ad buy in six battleground states. ...

Michelle Bachmann Still Owes $3,814 In Golf Cart Rental Fees

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 07.30.2012 | Small Business

Michelle Bachmann spent $3,814 at Turf Cars last August for golf carts to schlepp her supporters around Iowa. Newt Gingrich reportedly racked up a hef...

Pro-Romney Group Hits Obama's 'False, Desperate Attacks'

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.27.2012 | Politics

Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney, released a new radio ad Friday knocking President Barack Obama for his handling of the economy ...

GOP Super PAC American Crossroads Places $40 Million TV Ad Buy For Fall

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics

Pro-GOP super PAC American Crossroads has begun placing a $40 million advertising campaign in at least 10 states for the fall, according to a Monday N...

Romney Campaign Met At Arizona 'Ultra Lounge'

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.21.2012 | Politics

The Romney campaign picked a peculiar spot to hold a meeting while in Arizona last month. The campaign's latest filing to the Federal Elections Com...

Candidate Fundraising: Is This All Messed Up, or Am I Wrong?

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Greta Van Susteren

With all that is going on in the world, would it not be great if the candidates stopped the 'speed dating' fundraising and really talked to America and listened to America -- not with and to just the ones with their wallets open?

Ryan Grim

Profits Of Politics: How Much Longer Will TV Dominate Campaigning? | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The political consulting industry knows how to do one thing very, very well. Give a consultant a few million dollars and he or she will ...

Big Money Wins in Wisconsin: Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The real winner in Wisconsin on Tuesday was not Gov. Scott Walker, but Big Money. And the real loser was not Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, but democracy.

Corporate Personhood: How Far Does the Rabbit Hole Go?

Richard C. Leone | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

Will corporations get all the rights that personhood implies? It's hard to say; only one thing is certain, they won't have any trouble raising the money for campaigns to approve the corporate equality agenda, whatever it turns out to be.

2012: Seeing the Long Arc of American Democracy Reversed

John Marttila | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
John Marttila

It can be fairly argued that Citizens United has already changed the outcome of a presidential primary, by giving Mitt Romney the GOP nomination. And it is a decision that is sure to inflict even more damage to our political system by contributing to a growing belief among average Americans that the system is rigged for the wealthy and the well connected. But forget about Mitt's nomination, the growing alienation of Americans from their political system, or the huge public disapproval of Citizens United that has been revealed in polls taken on the subject. Consider this vastly more important reality: Citizens United has reversed the long arc of American democracy and our steady progress to expand the voting franchise so that all of our citizens have an equal voice in our political system.

2012 Race Will Break Record By A Long Shot

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

The battle between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney will be the most expensive presidential contest ever – by a long shot. The...

The French Presidency Is a Bargain

Sophie Meunier | Posted 06.19.2012 | World
Sophie Meunier

Money is a good thing to have in a French electoral campaign, to be sure, but there is not that much money can buy.

Paul Blumenthal

Presidential Campaigns' January Fundraising And Spending Numbers Visualized | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

Reports about January's fundraising numbers, released on February 20, have focused on two narratives: Mitt Romney's limited fundraising and high burn ...

Auction 2012: 30 Million Jobs and the Election

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

This week, I'm pleased to bring you an important discussion about what we should be talking about this election season. It's time to look into corruption in banking, energy, health care, trade, and education; to trace the money and find out what it's costing you, personally.

Forcing Media Transparency in Campaign Spending

Edward Wasserman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

The biggest single reason for the worst thing about our electoral system is that to reach the voters, candidates need to pay the media a fortune. Hence, it's no surprise that the news media rarely denounce runaway campaign spending.

Will Election 2012 Cost the Most in Dollars... and Jobs?

Charles Kolb | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Charles Kolb

By every account, the 2012 election will be the most expensive in history. What many Americans don't know is that it won't just be the candidates shopping for dollars, but independent political groups that can accept unlimited, secret donations from corporations or unions.

Wisconsin Recall Election Spending Shatters Records

AP | By SCOTT BAUER | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. -- Nearly $44 million was spent on recall elections targeting nine Wisconsin state lawmakers after a...