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FEC Deadlocks, Won't Investigate Dark Money Group That Spent All Its Funds On An Election

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

BY: ROBERT MAGUIRE The Federal Election Commission announced today that it has deadlocked along party lines on whether to further investigate whethe...

One Nation rising: Rove-linked group goes from no revenue to more than $10 million in 2015

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

BY: ROBERT MAGUIRE One of the most active groups in the 2016 cycle wasn't a super PAC -- though those were plenty busy -- but a 501(c)(4) social welf...

The NRA Placed Big Bets On The 2016 Election, And Won Almost All of Them

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

The National Rifle Association took a historic gamble in 2016, and it paid off in a huge way.

$1.4 billion and counting in spending by super PACs, dark money groups

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Trump's dark money fortunes turned around in October, when 45Committee, linked to Cubs owner Todd Rickets, right, dropped more than $20 million on ads...

Where the money came from, not how much, mattered in the presidential race

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

President-elect Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton despite having raised and spent significantly less money. (AP Photo/John Locher) BY: ASHLEY BAL...

This Dark Money Group Is Spending Big On Judicial Races, And No One Knows Why

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Just two weeks ago, the newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi, reported that the state Supreme Court contest between incumbent Justice Jim ...

Now, More And Better Data For Tracking Secret Money

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 10.31.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Here's the thing about dark money groups: Whatever their activity in real time, they always have an eye on how they'll be describing it to the feds a year hence.

Dark Money Ads Plunged When Reporting Requirement Kicked In

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

One Nation, a group run by a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, spent more than $23 million running ads in competitive Senate contests through Aug. 18 of this election cycle -- more than any other candidate, super PAC or other entity active in Senate races around the nation.

Illegal Dark Money In Wisconsin

Jay Mandle | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Jay Mandle

On September 14th, The Guardian newspaper published 1,500 leaked documents collected by the Wisconsin prosecutors who were investigating suspected cam...

Scott Walker Leaks Reveal Internal Workings Of A Broken Campaign Finance System

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican allies in the state legislature faced challenging recall elections in 2011 and 2012 afte...

'Green News Report' - September 15, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 09.15.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: New analysis finds Dakota Access pipeline fails Obama's climate test; U.S...

New Hampshire Dempcrats Are Supported By The Same Dark Money They Rail Against

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

If hypocrisy is the coin of the realm in politics, then spending by a Democratic dark money group in New Hampshire's Senate race could be Exhibit A.

Super PAC Spending Hits $500 Million, While 501(c)s Hit The Brakes

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Total outside spending for the 2016 election has already reached a record $660 million, more than twice the $289 million spent by outside groups by this point in the 2012 election.

Yes, Citizens United And Other Rulings Led To A Rise In Dark Money

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― In case there was still any argument left on the matter, a new report from the Wesleyan Media Project and the Center for Responsive Pol...

Outside Groups Dominating Senate Contests This Cycle, Report Finds

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Outside groups have aired almost half of all political ads for Senate races this election cycle, an all-time high at 49 percent. Entities not associated with campaigns -- such as PACs, super PACs and political nonprofits -- are especially dominating the competitive contests.

STUDY: Outside Groups, Secret Money Far More Prominent Than Ever Before

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Outside groups that can raise and spend unlimited money -- sometimes without disclosing the sources of their funds -- make up a larger portion of election spending than at any point in the last 16 years, by far.

A Whole Lot Of Dark Money Is Being Spent On The Race For Harry Reid's Seat

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.19.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

The race for the seat of retiring Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is attracting dark money from both sides.

ALEC's Dark Money Game

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

I walked into my sixth American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference over a week ago as one of two familiar Wisconsin myths was being told by the queen of ALEC, state Senator Leah Vukmir.

End American Political Madness? Change Philanthropy Law

Brian Ross | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Brian Ross

You don't have to get congress to end Citizens United to take billions of dollars that are destroying democracy out of the American political system. You just need an Internal Revenue Service Rule change.

On Campaign Finance, Republicans and Democrats Could Not Be Further Apart

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics

CLEVELAND ― Donald Trump may have fought his way to the Republican presidential nomination attacking his own party’s donor class, but the 2016 Rep...

Donor Behind $1 Million Dark Money Super PAC Contribution Revealed

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Two of the biggest dark money contributions made to super PACs in past year have been either revealed or returned, according to filings...

FEC Dark Money Fine Shows Limits of Disclosure (Again)

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

This week, the Federal Election Commission did the unthinkable. The agency most frequently characterized by its constant, crippling deadlock levied a substantial fine against three large politically active nonprofit groups.

Three Koch-Linked Groups Fined For Breaking Disclosure Laws

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Three nonprofit groups connected to the billionaire Koch brothers were fined by the Federal Election Commission for failing to disclose...

Super PAC And Dark Money Spending Already Tops $100 Million In Fight For Senate Control

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Super PACs and nonprofit groups aligned with Republicans may be shying away from supporting Donald Trump, their controversial presumpti...

Pennsylvania Senate Race Draws Highest Outside Money From The Left

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Outside spending groups have poured more than $20.4 million so far into Pennsylvania's Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty, putting it close behind Ohio's Senate race, at $21.8 million, for the most outside spending in a congressional contest.