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Dark Money

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...

Think Tankers "Often Asked to Manipulate Data," Claims Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

In this interview, Don Abelson shares his views about think tanks, research integrity, advocacy and lobbying.

Paul Blumenthal

How 2016 Candidates Are Pushing Past Campaign Finance Boundaries | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential campaign is in full swing, and as the second national campaign since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United de...

Jason Linkins

The 'Firewall' Between Campaigns And Super PACs Is Not A Thing | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

It's early days yet in the post-Citizens United era, and most of the nation is still in a very naive place. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who once warne...

Paul Blumenthal

Marco Rubio's Dark Money Group Enters 2016 Race With Ad Slamming Iran Deal | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The “dark money” nonprofit group supporting Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) presidential campaign on Thursday launched an issue advert...

Paul Blumenthal

Federal Election Commissioners Welcome Each Other's Hate | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nobody thought the monthly meeting held Thursday by the Federal Election Commission would turn one commissioner to ponder the existentia...

'Green News Report' - June 11, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.11.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Oil spill clean up continues in Santa Barbara; Major media steps up, ch...

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans Very Troubled By Clinton Donors See No Conflict With Their Own Dark Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For four months, the Republican Party and its many presidential hopefuls have laid into likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over d...

Clinton Foundation Must Stop Hiding Behind Dark Money Groups

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

The Clinton Foundation claims that it's committed to transparency - but clearly, it's not.

Hillary's "Fix"

Jay Mandle | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Jay Mandle

What significance should be attached to Hillary Clinton's recent statement that we should "fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if it takes a constitutional amendment?"