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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 07.16.2016 | 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.

IRS Releasing Electronically-Filed Nonprofit Tax Data

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

There is still work to be done. The newly released information is not available through a simple searchable database like the one the IRS maintains for 527 organizations, and a sizable minority of groups either aren't required to e-file or don't choose to do so.

Our America

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

In this season of presidential electoral politics, there is much going on, but one of the most disturbing things is the massive amounts of money being spent by the presidential hopefuls. This, while even the people most clamoring for relief and change are voicing their anger over having been forgotten and ignored, is an irony not to be ignored.

Two Of America’s Richest Men Tried To Sway Montana’s Judicial Elections

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ed Sheehy was driving home one day in the middle of his 2012 run for a Montana Supreme Court seat when he received a call from a local n...

Koch Brothers Back New Effort To Make It Harder To Track Dark Money

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics

UPDATE: April 28 -- The legislation passed out of the Ways and Means Committee on a party line vote with all Republicans in support and Democrats in o...

The Politics of the Absurd

Lisa Longo | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Are you sick of jokes about tiny hands and hysteria over who gets to use which bathroom? Because doesn't the news feel a bit surreal these days? Remin...

Suckers on April Fools' Day

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The hostile takeover of our democracy by giant corporations and the super-rich is no Aprils Fools' prank. If we don't want to be the suckers on the wrong end of a rigged political and economic system, we have to build a powerful social movement.

European Political Party Think Tanks: Channels for Illegal Campaign Finance?

Till Bruckner | Posted 03.22.2016 | World
Till Bruckner

A study released last week by the Observatorio de Think Tanks reports that think tanks tied to political parties in Spain lack financial transparency,...

Republican Billionaires Went All In For Marco Rubio In February

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump rolled up early primary and caucus wins, the nation’s Republican billionaires poured money into a super PAC backing th...

No One Knows Who's Behind This Senator's Re-Election Campaign

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Independent groups that don't disclose their donors have put nearly $1 million behind campaign ads for Senate banking committee chairman...

One Percenters Get Their Own Special Social Welfare Deal

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The IRS took five years to review the Crossroads GPS application for nonprofit social welfare status. This seems very odd since most Americans would need only five minutes to determine that such a group is about politics, not social welfare.

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, accor...

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 02.16.2016 | 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 Ma...

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 cam...