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Charles Koch Complains About Lack Of Influence While His Super PAC Raises $11 Million

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The main super PAC run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch raised more than $11 million in the second half of 2015, acco...

Let's Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Americans of every stripe know money corrodes our politics. In a poll last year, the New York Times and CBS found that 85 percent of us think the system for funding political campaigns should be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt.

To Charles Koch, Professors are Lobbyists

Connor Gibson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Connor Gibson

From 2005-2014, Koch spent $109.7 million on 361 distinct campuses, according to Greenpeace's updated analysis of IRS filings from Koch's nonprofit foundations.

To Charles Koch, Universities Are Propaganda Machines

Connor Gibson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Books
Connor Gibson

This article is the first of two posts examining Charles Koch's campus investments, as reported in Jane Mayer's Dark Money. The first post examines the history, long-term strategy, and true intent of the university "philanthropy" coordinated by Charles Koch.

New Book Reveals Koch Brothers Paid Firm Run by Former NYPD Chief to Smear Journalist

Steve Horn | Posted 01.19.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

The just-published book "Dark Money," penned by New Yorker staff reporter Jane Mayer, reveals that the Koch Brothers hired the former commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD) -- and his daughter, a former FBI agent -- to smear her as a "plagiarist" in the months after the release of her August 2010 bombshell article on the Kochs.

The Big Thing Obama Probably Won't Do In His Last SOTU Speech

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every year since 2012, campaign finance reform advocates have cautiously anticipated whether President Barack Obama would use his State...

Mitch McConnell Loses Campaign Finance Budget Fight

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A controversial proposal to allow unlimited financial coordination between candidates and political parties that was pushed by Senate M...

Congress Is About To Make Citizens United Even Worse

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress is about to defund any efforts from a key federal agency to require American corporations to publicly disclose their political...

Democrats Oppose New Effort To Loosen Campaign Finance Rules

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are organizing opposition to reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will insert a controversial ca...

New Tax Documents Show How Secret Money Infects Campaigns on Both Sides

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

New tax documents released last week confirm what we've known for years: sophisticated political operatives on the right and the left continue to use phony social welfare organizations to pump tens of millions of anonymous dollars into our elections.

Former Koch Dark Money Group Targets Ted Cruz In Iowa

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The proxy battle between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in the Republican presidential primary heated up ...

Marco Rubio's Dark Money

Richard North Patterson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Richard North Patterson

Dark money not only dominates our campaigns; it also transfers political power to unknown actors. No doubt as intended, the increased flow of dark money is even harder to follow. For all we know, some of it comes from Manchuria.

Karl Rove's Group Funneled Dark Money To Help Elect GOP Senate

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Crossroads GPS, the politically active nonprofit co-founded by Republican political strategist Karl Rove, raised $69 million and made l...

The Kochs' Dark Money Reaches All The Way To The NRA

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The main arm of the political network operated by billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch raised $126 million in 2014 and distr...

How Super PACs And Campaigns Are Coordinating In 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The role of single-candidate super PACs has expanded exponentially in the 2016 presidential campaign. Candidates have become increasing...

Harry Reid Joins Call For Obama To Take Action On Dark Money

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers, joined for the first time by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), have a message for President Barack Obam...

Anthony Kennedy's Citizens United Disclosure Salve 'Not Working'

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy penned the 2010 Citizens United decision allowing corporations and unions to spend unlimited...

Donald Trump Takes Aim At Rival's Super PAC Support

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.26.2015 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON -- Billionaire eccentric and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday called on all presidential candidates to disavow sup...

2016 Presidential Candidates Raised Big Money Over The Summer

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton led their respective parties in fund...

Charles Koch Denies Dark Money Donations

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics

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This Ranking System Is Increasing Corporate Political Disclosure

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Corporations are increasingly adopting policies that govern their participation in the political process, acting to voluntarily di...

Bobby Jindal's Biggest Donors Benefited From His Administration

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign has been propped up by the $4.6 million he helped two supposedly independent ...

Corporate, Koch Money Dominates Early 2016 Senate Race Spending

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race for control of the Senate is already underway -- and it is being fueled by outside groups that do not disclose their donors.&n...

We're Still In The Dark About Some Super PAC Donors

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Super PACs, the political action committees fueling the early presidential advertising wars, are supposed to transparently disclose whe...

These Dark Money Groups Shed Some Light On Secretive Megadonors

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Pennsylvania-based nonprofits that have funded everything from a super PAC supporting Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to education privatiza...