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Election Spending

The National Distraction

Andrew_Yang | Posted 10.30.2016 | Politics

What could you do with $3 billion? You could give every child living in poverty in the U.S. almost $200. You could endow an organization or school that spends $120 million a year in perpetuity. Or you could finance the U.S. presidential election.

3 Things We Could Do With the Money Spent on the 2014 Midterm Elections

Claire Standley | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Claire Standley

So, imagine for a minute that all those corporate donations, Super PACs, individual contributions and public money wasn't spent on persuading us why one politician is better than another -- what could $4 billion buy?

When $4 Billion Isn't Enough, It's Time to Rethink Our Elections

Luke Squire | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Luke Squire

The dust from the 2014 election is still settling, but at over $4 billion spent on the midterm elections, this campaign season was record breaking. And with the average American household earning $53,046a year, regular citizens cannot participate in elections.

Kate Sheppard

Big Greens Spending Big Green In 2014 Midterms | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- First there was a pickup truck. Then there was an ark. The vehicle of choice for drawing attention to the NextGen Climate Action Comm...

Kate Sheppard

Green Groups Announce Ad Buy Against Iowa Republican Joni Ernst | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the political arm of the Sierra Club are targeting Iowa Republican candidate Joni Ernst with...

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

Dropping the Second Shoe on Election Spending

Frank Askin | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Frank Askin

On Wednesday the five-man U.S. Supreme Court majority dropped the second shoe hard on the notion of political democracy. The first shoe was dropped four years ago in the Citizens United case.

Paul Blumenthal

Koch Brothers Accuse Democrats Of Being Backed By Evil Koch-Like Brothers | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In another example of the network funded by David and Charles Koch jumping to defend the billionaire brothers, a conservative nonprofit ...

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Election

Domenick Scudera | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Domenick Scudera

The whole election has left a bad taste in my mouth. Big American elections bring out the worst in people's natures. The euphoria from the results may erase the ugliness temporarily, but the enmity and spite is still present, just under the surface.

Two Contradictory Thoughts About Elections

Vitaliy N. Katsenelson | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

The election is over. I am left with two very contradictory feelings. First is the one of appreciation -- every four years we peacefully replace our...

A Nonprofit Barely Survives the $6 Billion Election

Richard Walden | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact
Richard Walden

To think that there was no effect on many nonprofits from so much money being used in campaigns, is fooling yourself. Just 10 percent of that figure is a huge amount of money if spent for charitable purposes.

Sam Stein

Presidential Campaigns Waste Money On TV Ads As Saturated Voters Tune Out | Sam Stein | Posted 10.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sensing that voters in his state are fed up with political ads, Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci adopted a novel approach for the final days of his...

How Nonprofits Spend Millions On Elections And Call It Public Welfare

ProPublica | Kim Barker | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics

Matt Brooks describes the mission of the Republican Jewish Coalition as educating the Jewish community about critical domestic and foreign policy issu...

Big GOP Donors Slow To Jump Into 2012 Race

The New York Times | JIM RUTENBERG and JEFF ZELENY | Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics

The vaunted Republican network of high-dollar donors and fund-raisers, for so long a fear factor for Democrats, has been slow to commit itself to the ...

Secret Spending Could Drive Wedge Between Democrats For 2012

Mother Jones | Andy Kroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the midterms wreckage still smoldering, 150 or so Democratic donors will meet at Washington's Mandarin Oriental Hotel this week to ruminate on wh...

Who Had The Most Effective Election Spending? (Hint: Not Karl Rove)

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After all the talk about the impact of independent groups on this year's midterm elections, the debate over at least one important question can now be...

Interest-Group Spending For Midterm Up Fivefold From 2006

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Interest groups are spending five times as much on the 2010 congressional elections as they did on the last midterms, and they are more secretive than...