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Super PACs lifted by megadonors, unions in third quarter

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 10.18.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Wrestling magnate and former Senate candidate Linda McMahon has given $6 million to a pro-Trump super PAC. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File) By: Jack Nol...

Paul Blumenthal

Karl Rove Sends Out The Billionaire Bat-Signal -- And They Respond | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Billionaires are rushing to the aid of Republicans in the homestretch of the 2014 elections with a massive super PAC infusion after a pl...

The October Surprise Will Be Last-Minute Billionaire Dollars

Darrell West | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Darrell West

Ultra-wealthy individuals are investing in American elections because it is a way to shape public opinion and control public policy. They are doing so through direct electoral advocacy, super-PACS that run ads on their behalf, and non-profit organizations that mobilize voters and push distinctive points of view.

Michael Calderone

How The Obama Campaign Pushed A Bombshell Scoop To The NY Times | Michael Calderone | Posted 11.01.2013 | Media

NEW YORK -- The New York Times reported on May 17, 2012 that conservative billionaire Joe Ricketts and several Republican strategists were working on ...

Wake up Boehner, John. Morning Bells Are Ringing: The Dems Won

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The vast majority of Americans are willing to do their part to support their country. And they expect no special exemption from that responsibility for the nation's richest. They sent that message Tuesday through their ballot choices. John Boehner must have snoozed through that missive.

Paul Blumenthal

The Biggest Donor In Recent History | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, among those whose contributions are disclosed, is far and away the largest donor to independent politica...

The Roots of Dinesh D'Souza's Rage

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

D'Souza's primary argument is that Obama is carrying out a deliberate "anti-colonial" agenda. Never mind that this is a real stretch, but what is much more disturbing is D'Souza's own agenda -- of promoting colonialism.

Paul Blumenthal

Controversial Super PAC Donor Shifts Strategy | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- J. Joe Ricketts, the billionaire behind an ultimately shelved plan to run $10 million in ads featuring inflammatory footage of President...

Republican Messaging Mastermind Insists He's Not Racist

The Los Angeles Times | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

Fred Davis always loved putting on a show. As a boy, he recruited his siblings and neighbor kids to perform in the plays he wrote and staged in the fa...

Paul Blumenthal

Romney Super PAC Breaks Record | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney will be getting a lot of support from the super PAC run by his former aides in the future. Restore Our Future raised $20.7 m...

Andrea Stone

Will Rev. Wright's Latest Racial Remarks Hurt President Obama? | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jeremiah Wright, the controversial pastor who haunted President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, gave Republicans new comments to work with...

GOP Ad Man Rejects Charges Of Racism

Los Angeles Times | Mark Z. Barabak | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics

LAS VEGAS -- He's not a witch. Nor, Fred Davis wants the world to know, is he a racist....

Paul Blumenthal

Joe Ricketts, Controversial Billionaire, Adds To Super PAC Clout With $510,000 Contribution | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The super PAC founded by the controversial billionaire and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts spent more than $500,000 in May, according...

The Scapegoating of Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts

David Protess | Posted 07.31.2012 | Chicago
David Protess

Under the circumstances, the $150 million to renovate Wrigley is a great deal. If you think otherwise, that's fine. Reasonable minds can differ. But don't scapegoat -- or Billy Goat -- Tom Ricketts.

Big GOP Donors Whine About Scrutiny

Politico | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

All they wanted was to get involved....

Jason Linkins

Is There Even A Point To Spending 2 Billion Dollars On A Presidential Election? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics

Because we need a daily reminder of the obscene amounts of money that are sloshing into our politics, like so much Union Carbide goop into all the kno...

Controversial Billionaire Finds New Way To Attack Obama

New York Times | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics

When news broke last week that the billionaire investor Joe Ricketts had considered financing a $10 million advertising effort linking President Obama...

Dumb Rich People

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Honestly, when you look at the facts, America's robber barons spending huge wads of cash to get rid of the Democrats are like lemmings. They're all jumping off the money cliff, and they're taking everyone else with them.

Rahm: Ricketts' Politics Won't Impact Ongoing Wrigley Talks

Posted 05.25.2012 | Chicago

After Mayor Rahm Emanuel left a news conference on Wednesday when asked about Cubs patriarch Joe Ricketts and his super PAC's proposed Rev. Jeremiah W...

Why Is the Republican Party Still Trying to Define President Obama?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Because he has been president for almost four years, Obama is now well known by almost all Americans. Accordingly, it will be extremely difficult to redefine him during this election, particularly if the effort to redefine him is based on what is, by now, old news.

Jesse Jackson: Attacks On Jeremiah Wright 'A Source Of Pain'

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 05.21.2012 | Black Voices

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said that recent attacks on Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor of President Obama's Chicago church, have been a personal ...

Jason Linkins

The 2012 Speculatron Weekly Roundup For May 18, 2012 | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

What began in Indiana continued in Nebraska this week, as long-shot state Sen. Deb Fischer scored an underdog victory in Nebraska's GOP primary for th...

Can $250,000 buy a senator?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael BeckeliWatch NewsIn the aftermath of Tuesday's Republican U.S. Senate primary in Nebraska, campaign finance watchdogs are concerned about t...

Hannity Rips Romney: 'Made A Mistake'

Posted 07.18.2012 | Media

Sean Hannity criticized Mitt Romney on Thursday, saying that he was wrong to disavow a proposal to attack President Obama's past association with Jere...

Paul Blumenthal

Meet The Billionaire Behind The Jeremiah Wright Attack Plan | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Perhaps it wasn't how he hoped to make a splash, but TD Ameritrade founder J. Joe Ricketts hit the political big time this week when The...