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Center for Responsive Politics

More College Employees Give To Democratic Candidates

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Although non-profit institutions are not allowed to contribute funds directly to political candidates, their staff and faculty are -- and according to...

The F Word: Campaign Cash From Rate Hikes

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

"Corporate interests are buying the elections? Oh no", Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, told the New York T...

Hedge Funds Getting 'Pretty Sweet Deal' In Financial Reform Bills: Politico

politico.com | Chris Frates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Private Equity Council and the Managed Funds Association paid lobbyists more than $7.3 million last year and almost $2 million in the first three ...

A Different Kind Of Tournament, This Time For Federal Lobbying

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

March Madness isn't only for basketball. The Center For Responsive Politics seeds schools based on their federal lobbying efforts in what they call "T...

MAPLight.org Shows Links Between Politicians' Votes, Campaign Contributions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It's no mystery that money has become a key factor in American politics. But until now it's been difficult to show voters just how closely politicians...

Arthur Delaney

Campaign Contributions Up Five Percent In Fourth Quarter As Big Donors Beg For The Begging To Stop

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Campaign contributions to members of the House of Representatives increased 5.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to a preliminary anal...

The Corporatists - Running the Nut House from Bizarro World

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 02.17.2010 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

With virtually infinite resources, corporate America has had a grip on the executive and legislative branches of government for some time.

The Greed Olympics: Banks and Insurers Battle for the Gold

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peter Dreier

As the Greed Olympics heats up, it is time for Americans to stop being spectators. The President and Congress shouldn't be the only ones judging the competition and handing out the medals.

Federal Lobbyists Made 2009 A 'Year Of Riches'

Center For Responsive Politics | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The economy stunk. Corporations slashed jobs. And some firms, once juggernauts of American industry, simply ceased to exist. But for federal lobbyist...

Campaign Finance Outrage: Democracy for the Highest Bidder

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Corporations can now directly intervene in campaigns with candidate-specific ads. The only requirement remaining is that they not be coordinated with a campaign. But that's a requirement more of form than substance.

Happy Holidays from America's Banks

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Winship

Never mind Barack Obama's Audacity of Hope. It's the audacity of the banks that takes your breath away.

A New Social Movement

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Progressives have typically avoided addressing the way the electoral system is financed. They have concentrated on the outcome of politics, but not on the political process.

The 15 Biggest Congressional Recipients Of Wall Street Campaign Cash

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Reforming Wall Street is a hot topic on Capitol Hill these days. Congress is currently weighing two financial reform bills that would, to varying degr...

Think Again: Money for Nothing?

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

While most in the media prefer to focus on personalities of these influential "consensus builders," "moderates," and "conservatives," they would be wiser to obey that old Watergate adage and "follow the money."

Michael Bennet's Wall Street Ties Bring Him Money, Criticism

The Denver Post | Mike Riley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

WASHINGTON -- With a push in Congress to reform regulation over Wall Street, financial firms have been spending big, and among the major beneficiaries...

Michael Bennet Fundraiser Hosted By Rahm Emanuel Takes In $628,000

The Denver Post | Michael Riley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Anyone looking for evidence of the priority the White House is making the election of Sen. Michael Bennet doesn't have to look much farther than a gli...

Citizens Confront WellPoint: Poster Child for Health Insurance Reform

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Citizens will pay a visit today to WellPoint's Indianapolis headquarters to protest the giant insurance company's abusive practices and its opposition to real health care reform.

Arthur Delaney

Sen. Johnny Isakson's Shady Dinner With Lobbyists: Crashing The Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Just for fun, the Huffington Post decided Tuesday night to crash a dinner party for Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). It was one of many fundraisers happen...

GM Defends Decision To Retain In-House Lobbyists

The Huffington Post | Cara Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

General Motors is defending its decision to retain an in-house team of lobbyists despite being majority-owned by the U.S. government. Earlier toda...

Chief Technology Officer to be Transformational?

David Kralik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Kralik

Technology and the Internet were crucial to helping elect Barack Obama president and it will be crucial to the success of his administration.

Sam Stein

RNC Small Donor Database Panned As A Publicity Stunt

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Republican National Committee launched on Tuesday a database for individuals to search through all the small donors ($200 or less) that have given...

Sam Stein

More Than $1 Billion Donated So Far To Presidential Candidates

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A milestone in the intersection of money and politics was reached last month: more than $1 billion has been donated to candidates running for the Whit...

Wall Street Gives Twice As Much To Dems As GOP

Wall Street Journal | Christopher Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Hard times may have settled over Wall Street, but campaign cash from banks and securities firms has flooded Washington as Congress and the White House...

Sam Stein

Obama Has Spent More On Polling Than Clinton

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At a recent campaign stop in Denver, Sen. Barack Obama portrayed his primary opponent Sen. Hillary Clinton as a hyper-cautious poll-driven candidate -...