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Independent Expenditures

Jeb's Magnificent Super PAC: An Autopsy

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.30.2016 | Home
OpenSecrets Blog

At the end of the January, Right to Rise had spent $80.2 million in independent expenditures, with little to show for it. Since the group had raised $121 million, it had another $41 million with which it could try to boost the candidate.

The Campaign Finance Game

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 01.01.2015 | Home
Barbi Appelquist

Both Sandra and Ben, two young, progressive candidates, have made it clear that they want to remove money out of politics and overturn Citizens United. But until campaign finance reforms at both the national and state level are enacted, what should be the criteria for judging the financial purity of each candidate?

Kate Sheppard

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

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

Merriam-Webster Makes 'Super PAC' Official

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 03.18.2014 | Home

By Dave Levinthal Center for Public Integrity "Super PAC" is officially legit. Making good on a promise, language authority Merriam-Webster rec...

Warren Teams Up With Nonprofit Who Backed Her Campaign

Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 06.12.2013 | Home

By Michael Beckel Center for Public Integrity During Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s race last year against incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown, the League...

Corporate Personhood Undermines Democracy

Stephen Levin | Posted 03.11.2012 | New York
Stephen Levin

In the wake of Citizens United, Americans have a choice: sit back and watch our democracy erode, or work to undo the decision and restore individual rights in the face of the false notion of "corporate personhood."

Dan Froomkin

IRS Denies Non-Profit Status To Three Political Groups | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.18.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The IRS has denied non-profit status to three unnamed political organizations, setting off speculation about their identities -- and abo...

Dan Froomkin

Slush-Fund Surtax? IRS Could Penalize Secret Campaign Spending | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Top Republican political strategist Karl Rove's method of secretly funneling unlimited contributions from big donors was so hugely succe...

Dan Froomkin

'Super PACs' Are Using Corporate Money to Support Conservative Politicians [Infographics] | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.11.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The 2010 midterm elections were the first of a new era, one in which campaign finance rules no longer limit the amount of money special ...

Amanda Terkel

BIG MONEY, BIG MONEY: Unprecedented Outside Spending Boosted Candidates To Victory | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's election will be remembered not only for the historic losses by the Democratic Party in the House, but also the unprecedented ...

Amanda Terkel

WATCH: Ad Compares Repealing Health Care Reform To D-Day | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The nonprofit 60 Plus Association, which touts itself as "the conservative alternative to the liberal AARP," released a new ad this week...

Amanda Terkel

Revere America: George Pataki's Group To 'Repeal And Replace ObamaCare' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Revere America is one of the biggest outside spenders this election season, dropping $2.5 million so far in an effort to "repeal, reform...

Amanda Terkel

Anti-Health Care Nonprofit Called On To Reveal Its Anonymous Donors | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- One of the biggest campaign themes of 2010 has been the major spending by independent expenditure organizations and the fact that very o...

Amanda Terkel

The One-Person Funded Super PAC: How Wealthy Donors Can Skirt Campaign Finance Rules | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

With many outside political groups able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizen United decision, a ne...

Hydra of independent groups fuels Republican side

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paul Blumenthal

Outside groups aligned with Republicans are dominating spending on independent expenditures in the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections. As of October...

Amanda Terkel

Tea Party Porkers: Secretive Anti-Bailout Group Quietly Lobbies For Government Handouts | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

One of the most troubling aspects of the thriving industry of shadowy independent expenditure groups popping up in this election is the fact that the ...

Howard Fineman

Secret Donations Could Haunt 2012 | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Republicans, buoyed this fall by freelance groups spending secret donations on TV ads, should fear what comes next: an especially vicious GOP presidential race in 2012 fueled, ironically, by that same kind of cash. In other words, the Swift Boaters of '04 could be back in '12 -- this time torpedoing potential Republican nominees -- while President Obama can stay safely ashore.

The Chamber Doth Protest Too Much

Deborah Senn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Deborah Senn

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce denies that it uses foreign money for its campaign needs, but that needs examination in light of their history of violating campaign finance laws to accomplish its goals. Here's the proof.

Amanda Terkel

Colorado Senate Race Becomes Election Proxy War | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Colorado's U.S. Senate race has become a proxy war this election, with independent groups pouring in large sums of money to air attack ads against bot...

Curse of the Control Freaks

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mike Lux

The folks running the Obama political operation have always believed they could control the message and the resources of the party better than anyone else. Now embattled House and Senate candidates are paying the price.