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Our Perry Story Misfired. Here's Why.

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Yesterday morning, we published a story saying that Jeffrey Miller, campaign manager of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 2016 presidential campaign and the director of his leadership PAC, received nearly half the money spent by those organizations. Yesterday afternoon, we pulled the story.

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.

After Tricking James Bond And Being Arrested For Fraud, Cary Peterson Is Back With A New PAC

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Cary Peterson spent all of May behind bars in New Jersey, arrested for securities fraud and sending handwritten complaints to the district court about the difficulty of using prison phones. He spent June getting out on bail and creating a new super PAC.

Guess How Many Members Of Congress Have More Cash On Hand Than Donald Trump?

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- According to the most recent campaign finance filings available, 121 members of Congress -- 78 representatives and 43 senators -- have m...

FEC Analysis: Trump Campaign Dwarfed By Clinton's Well-Oiled Juggernaut

Politico | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics

At the outset of the general election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign looks like a well-oiled juggernaut next to Donald Trump’s vastly smaller, self-f...

Megadonors Missing from Pro-Trump Super PAC in April

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has repeatedly trashed super PACs and claimed he would run as a candidate who couldn't be bought. Through the end of April, it looked like no one really wanted to try that anyway.

Congressman Asked To Explain Why His Campaign Spent $1.3K On Video Games

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics

The Federal Election Commission is questioning a California congressman after discovering that his campaign spent $1,302 on video games. The FEC publi...

No, Commissioner Weintraub, the FEC Can't Circumvent Citizens United

Allen Dickerson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Allen Dickerson

There are reasons to question the propriety of a federal officer attempting to "blunt" a First Amendment ruling against her agency, and I am unaware of another federal entity whose commissioners take to the pages of major newspapers to decry binding Supreme Court precedent.

Sanders Facing Attack by unPAC USA

Jeff Norman | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Jeff Norman

The notion of limiting what can be spent on influence is preposterous and infeasible in so many ways that the average person, who hasn't given the issue a lot of thought, is unlikely to grasp.

Here's How We Get Big Money Out Of American Politics

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

This kind of unregulated campaign finance system has resulted in massive corruption scandals in the past. It will do so again in the future. Citizens United has brought an onslaught of big money from the Super Rich who are treating federal campaigns as their political playground.

Citizens United Has Left Our Political System in Shambles

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

January 21 will mark the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in the court's history.

Harry Reid Makes Disturbing Request

Cameron Fegers | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Cameron Fegers

In the post-Citizens United era, where campaign fundraising involves pandering to corporate lobbyists and wealthy, special interests, requests like Reid's -- someone who is viewed as a leader in the Democratic party -- only further the appearance of corruption in our democracy.

A Super PAC Was Actually Fined For Breaking The Rules

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission last month fined a super PAC for illegally re-airing a commercial in 2012 that had been produced by Mitt...

Aaron Schock Drops Additional $900,000 On Legal Fees

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ready for some Schock and awe? Disgraced ex-Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) spent nearly $1 million on legal fees between July and September...

Why Donald Trump's Instagram Ads Don't Have That Disclaimer

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.01.2015 | Entertainment

This is no "act of love" as Jeb Bush said... A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:16am PDT WASHINGTON -- In his ...

Latest James O'Keefe Sting Video Targeting Clinton Campaign Flops

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At the end of a press conference Tuesday in which conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe unveiled a new sting video about Hillary Clinton,...

NOM Head Brian Brown Lied in His Maine Testimony, Depositions and Affidavit. Will There Be Consequences?

Fred Karger | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Fred Karger

I thought I smelled a rat. Turns out six years later I was correct. NOM repeatedly broke Maine's election law, and its president Brian Brown lied about it all the way up to the United States Supreme Court.

'Deez Nuts' And 'Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks' Are Running For President, Because Why Not

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It’s getting hard to keep up with who’s running for president. No, we’re not talking about the ballooning GOP field, which contai...

Donald Trump's Team Says His 'Massive' Net Worth Is More Than 'TEN BILLION DOLLARS'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump usually can't go more than a minute without reminding everyone about his huge crowds, his huge poll numbers and his hugely ...

Federal Election Commission Shows How To Disclose Data In A Digital Democracy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.09.2015 | Technology

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security showed how to deploy government technology poorly. Now, the Federal Election Commission is showing how...

Corporations Are People, FEC Commissioners Are Not

The Huffington Post | Christine Conetta | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, appearing on HuffPost Live Monday, expressed frustration that the FEC considers corporations people, bu...

I'm With Stupid: Presenting the Stupid Party Candidate for President

Todd Hartley | Posted 06.19.2016 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

With your help, I may not be able to win the Oval Office, but I can tell fart jokes during the debates and possibly move the conversation in a more fun direction.

Roiled in Partisan Deadlock, FEC Is Failing

Craig Holman | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Craig Holman

America is plunging head-long into what will be the most expensive federal election in history, with essentially no cop on the beat to ensure that the election is administered fairly and transparently. This is going to be one messy election.

The Fight Against Super PACs and Cashola-Fueled Corruption

Ben Cohen  | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

While political bigwigs from both parties have publicly opposed big money in politics, they still plan on using heaps and heaps of it in the 2016 race. Unfortunately, their convictions on campaign reform are squeaking out from inside our currently screwed up political structure.

More Money, More Problems: Open Mic at the Federal Election Commission

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Too much money in our elections undermines representative democracy. But the FEC can begin to right its wrongs. It should recommit to enforcing the law and safeguarding democracy. And perhaps sometimes soon, the FEC should invite the public back to the podium for some good old-fashioned free speech -- the kind that doesn't cost a dime.