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Clinton And Wall Street: What's The Deal, Really?

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

If Clinton was bought by investment bankers, hedge fund managers and the like, we'd expect to see them donating in large numbers to her campaign committee; even though individual contributions to that account are limited to $2,700 for the primary and another $2,700 for the general election, they are a good measure of which parts of the economy are really drawn to a candidate.

Individual-Candidate Super PACs Threaten to Wipe Out Candidate Contribution Limits

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The real purpose of an individual-candidate Super PAC is to circumvent candidate contribution limits. Wealthy donors, corporations and other contributors use these Super PACs as vehicles to make unlimited contributions to directly support the candidate backed by the Super PAC.

IRS Can End 'Dark Money' in Federal Elections

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

New regulations must establish a clearly defined, restrictive limit on how much campaign activity a group can engage in and still be eligible for 501(c)(4) tax status.

No Justice Roberts, the Internet Can't Do Government's Job

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

We agree with the justices that the Internet can be a powerful tool for transparency. But four years after Citizens United, it's clear that the Internet isn't enough to create transparency. Congress has to enact laws requiring candidates to use it.

Washington's Millionaire Boyz Club

Michael Winship | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

An analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics reveals that "for the first time in history" a majority of senators and representatives are millionaires.

IRS Scandal a Carbuncle -- on a Cancer-Wracked Body

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Permitting Tea Party, left-wing, libertarian, middle-of-the-road -- whatever -- groups to define themselves as untaxed social welfare organizations that may accept unlimited, untaxed, secret corporate gifts and sponsor political ads is a sarcoma on democracy.

Gun groups, defense contractors buck downward trend in lobbying

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal April 23, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investiga...

NRA spends record money on lobbying this year

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal April 20, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investiga...

Jason Linkins

Decline In Lobbying Activity Fueled By Lobbyists Who Decline To Step Out Of The Shadows | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

If you're the sort of person who spends their evenings poring over research and financial filings pertaining to lobbying activities, you may have noti...

46 Members Of Congress Are Carrying Student Loan Debt: Report

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

The new class of Congress is carrying more student debt than ever before, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Financial...

Corporate Party Favors at the Inaugural Shindig

Michael Winship | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Despite reports of corporate and other highrollers offended at alleged aloofness and a lack of perks from the White House during the first term, this time, they'll be welcomed with open arms. The president said it himself -- he likes a good party.

Members Of Congress Are Richer Than Ever

The Huffington Post | Emma Roller | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

The median estimated net worth of incoming freshmen members of Congress is almost $1 million more than that of the typical American household, accordi...

Our Work Begins on November 7th

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics
Ivanley Noisette

Although it does mark the end of long and grueling campaigns, the day after Election Day should not be perceived as the end, but rather, the beginning.

Can Congress Come Out and Play?

Michael Winship | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Michael Winship

Members hustled back to the capital all right, not to get much accomplished for the good of the nation but to party down at events designed to scrape every last nickel of campaign contributions from the jam pots of cash held by K Street lobbyists and special interests.

Dan Froomkin

How 'Too Clever' Secretive Political Fundraising Groups May Fail | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Measures that secretive political groups keep coming up with to avoid disclosing donors may eventually backfire, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (...

Women Must Vote with their Purses in 2012 Elections

Sam Bennett | Posted 06.23.2012 | Women
Sam Bennett

Women can't ignore the fact that money, along with voting and volunteering, is critical to leveling the playing field between men and women in politics.

A Bigger Threat to Our Democracy Than Citizens United

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The majority of election cycles between 1964 and 2010 resulted in House incumbent reelection rates of at least 90 percent. Those are Kim Jung Il and Robert Mugabe numbers that legitimately call into question the fundamental tenet of American democracy.

"Liberal Media?" Conservative Super PACs Got Over $350,000 From Media Execs, Companies in 2011

Corbin Hiar | Posted 04.04.2012 | Media
Corbin Hiar

Conservative complaints about a liberal bias in the media do not hold up, at least not when it comes to the free-spending groups known as "super PACs."

Guess Which Political Party Benefits Most From NFL Contributions

Reuters | Eric Johnson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

(Reuters) - National Football League teams have donated at least $1.4 million to politicians, parties, and committees since 2009, with about two-third...

Dan Froomkin

Candidate-Specific Super PACs Offer End Run For Maxed-Out Donors: Study | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Further indicating that candidate-specific super PACs are being used to end-run traditional campaign contribution limits, a new analysis...

Alex Becker

The Super Congress's Super Donors | Alex Becker | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

All eyes in Washington are on the 12 members of the new congressional supercommittee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions over a d...

From Slaves to Pornographers, Campaign Contribution Records Rife With Characters

Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

By Zachary Newkirk Employer: "wife." Occupation: "slave." That, at least, is how Robert Hannay of Paradise Valley, Ariz., des...

Why Voting Matters for the Climate Movement

Liz Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Liz Butler

People in the climate movement -- or anyone who believes in what we're doing to avert a climate crisis and bring about an energy revolution -- can push back on Big Oil and Dirty Coal by exercising their right to vote.

New Leader In Political Giving

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Amid this year's heated debate over corporate campaign cash, the top donor to House and Senate campaigns is a company that was an also-ran in politica...

'Army' Of Former Regulators Join Lobbying Ranks After Financial Reform Bill | ERIC LICHTBLAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Nearly 150 lobbyists registered since last year used to work in the executive branch at financial agencies, from lawyers for the Securities and Exchan...