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Money in Politics

Leftover Campaign Cash Can Signal Future Plans

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

by Ashley Balcerzak The money candidates raise and spend during the heat of a campaign are pretty good predictors of the outcome. In 2016, for insta...

For Freshman Lawmakers, Debt Is The Cost Of Doing Business

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

by Niv Sultan President Donald Trump has said, often and with great pride, that he is “the king of debt.”That’s not a distinction any congres...

How Betsy DeVos Bought A Governor's Race For Senator Roy Blunt's Son

Randy Turner | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Randy Turner

A Huffington Post report Thursday revealed how much money Betsy DeVos and her family have contributed to the senators who are scheduled to vote next w...

A Dark Money Loophole Of Biblical Proportions

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Ian Vandewalker

On Thursday, President Trump vowed to “destroy the Johnson Amendment,” a law that requires nonprofits to refrain from endorsing political candidat...

Corporations Have Seized the State - We Need Global Tools to Fight Them

B. Dolan | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
B. Dolan

Donald Trump's presidency is the inevitable outcome of giving corporate money unbridled access to government, and represents nothing less than a Corpo...

We Need A Boycott

David R. K. Adler | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
David R. K. Adler

Yesterday morning, I sat with a friend at a café as he scrolled through his Facebook newsfeed, strewn with calls to #DeleteUber and explicit instruct...

Betsy DeVos' Nomination: A Chilling American Civics Lesson

Nick Nyhart | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

DeVos’ road to power has been paved by her family fortune, invested as both carrot and stick as she has driven relentlessly to shape education policy to her personal views.

Inaugural Balls Bring Together Politicians And The Corporations That Can Pay For Them

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Billionaire Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday with hundreds of thousands in attendance...

Booker And The Other Big-Pharma Democrats Have No Excuse. Here's The Vote That Proves It.

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's disappointing when Democrats offer implausible excuses for their votes, as Sen. Cory Booker and twelve other senators did this week.

Democratic Lobbyist's Latest Special Interest: Jared Kushner

David Halperin | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics
David Halperin

Gorelick, a partner at the law firm Wilmer Hale, would seem an odd choice to directly serve the family of Donald Trump. After all, Trump is the man who told Hillary Clinton during a debate last fall that if he were elected, "you'd be in jail."

What The House Ethics Imbroglio Tells Us About Our Leaders

Michael Winship | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics
Michael Winship

Mark Twain noted that man is the only animal that blushes -- or needs to.

Big Money Still Matters In Both The White House And The Senate

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics
Ian Vandewalker

The disproportionate influence of big money reaches beyond Election Day to give wealthy special interests outsized control over our government.

Foreign Influencing Goes Far, Far Beyond Russian Hack Attacks

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 12.22.2016 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The Russian hacking story has all the intrigue of a Christmas blockbuster spy plot. A former K.G.B. agent-turned-autocrat is out for revenge against a...

Swamp-Draining 101: Don't Appoint Swamp Rats

Robert Greenwald | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Attention Trump voters. Please, pay attention Trump voters. You have spoken once, and your anger has come through loud and clear. But it doesn't end there.

Challengers Who Bested Incumbents Reaped $70,000 In Post-election Funds

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Running a federal campaign is an expensive business, to say the least. Candidates can end the political season hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars in debt.

Carson's cash: Highly conservative interests have fueled his campaign and kept food on the table

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 12.06.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Republican Ben Carson has been tapped to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP) BY: ASHLEY BA...

How the Kochs Brought Us President Trump

Pete Tucker | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
Pete Tucker

Pundits have plenty of reasons for Republicans’ 2016 electoral success, but none may be as explanatory as a book published in January, before a sing...

Giving by Americans abroad tilts distinctly leftward

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton received far more than President-elect Donald Trump from Americans living abroad. (Gage Skidmore/Flick...

Trump's White House Counsel Is Like Kryptonite To Campaign Finance Reform

Marty Kaplan | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

I wonder how many Trump voters who were attracted by his drain-the-swamp rhetoric noticed whom he hired last week for White House counsel.

Did Clinton's state-by-state fundraising mirror the election results?

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton raised at least 18.9 percent more than Obama did from donors giving more than $200, but won 1.6 perc...

Out-of-state cash in hot races does little to help Dems

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Pennsylvania's Senate race between incumbent Pat Toomey (R) and Democrat Katie McGinty set a new record for spending and drew a gusher of out-of-state...

Welcome To Trump Swamp. Please Don't Feed The Gators.

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.15.2016 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's already a Washington truism that Donald Trump, who promised to "drain the swamp" of lobbyists and others who exploit government for personal gain, has turned to it instead for his key appointments.

No Mr. Trump, You Don't Have To Fill Your White House With Lobbyists

David Halperin | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
David Halperin

Reducing the influence of special interest lobbyists on Washington policy was the one Trump pledge I could get behind. He didn't need to break it in his first week.

12 Notes From A Political Autopsy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Somebody once said that healing is the process of reclaiming our own biographies. Millions of people are trying to heal right now, but their stories remain unwritten.

Mine, All Mine: Single Candidate Super PACs, Creeping Down-ballot

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.11.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

It used to be a must-have accessory for any presidential campaign. Now, the deep-pocketed super PAC that is dedicated to supporting you, and only you, is more an integral part of a candidate's campaign machinery.