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Team Blue routing Team Red in presidential fundraising, unlike 2012

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 09.22.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Hillary Clinton and the groups that back her are dominating the fundraising game. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) By: Bob Biersack Many polls suggest the pr...

Outside Groups Dominating Senate Contests This Cycle, Report Finds

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Outside groups have aired almost half of all political ads for Senate races this election cycle, an all-time high at 49 percent. Entities not associated with campaigns -- such as PACs, super PACs and political nonprofits -- are especially dominating the competitive contests.

STUDY: Outside Groups, Secret Money Far More Prominent Than Ever Before

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Outside groups that can raise and spend unlimited money -- sometimes without disclosing the sources of their funds -- make up a larger portion of election spending than at any point in the last 16 years, by far.

Activist Comics: Free Airtime for Candidates

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

It would be in the public interest to re-examine the hundreds of millions spent on buying TV time, considering that those TV airwaves are already the public's.

Absentee Senator Pat Roberts Survives Bruising Kansas Primary

Erik Ose | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

Roberts appeared vulnerable earlier this year after questions were raised about his residency in Kansas, similar to what helped defeat veteran Sen. Richard Lugar two years ago.

Tom Cole To Outside Groups: 'You Are Welcome To Come, But You Ought To Look At Your Track Record'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), an ally of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and frequent voice for moderation in the Republication caucus, said in an inte...

Paul Blumenthal

Candidates Sign 'People's Pledge' To Restrict Big Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The two Democratic candidates running to fill Secretary of State John Kerry's Senate seat have agreed to a "People's Pledge" to keep mon...

More Than 1 Million Ads Aired In 2012 Campaign: Report

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

If you feel like you're seeing a lot of political ads this time around, you're right. Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and the groups that support them have ...

Politicians, Outside Groups Have Questionable Interactions

Politico | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

On a steamy mid-July day on Capitol Hill, top lieutenants to Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy had a special guest at their weekly vote-counting meeting: K...

Citizens United Revisited? Buckle Up, Chief Justice Roberts

Josh Silver | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

If our current campaign finance system isn't corrupt, what is? A handful of billionaires can decide who the next president will be. If our Supreme Court doesn't find that corrupt, then they are using a very different dictionary than the rest of America.

Amanda Terkel

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

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

Sam Stein

$200 Million GOP Campaign Avalanche Planned, Democrats Stunned | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the past few weeks, top Democratic Party strategists have been passed a chart by a concerned, well-respected operative underscoring the daunting ...

Look to the Future, Not the Past - One Lesson for 2010

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Schechter


Sam Stein

Obama Signal To Dem 'Cavalry' May Be Too Late | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama campaign is changing its approach on the role Democratic outside groups play in the presidential campaign, softening its quiet but firm oppo...

Sam Stein

Freedom's Watch Opponents Get Organized | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is set to launch a website Thursday that will serve as a preemptive attack outlet against the right-wi...

Outside Groups Spend $250,000 This Week Hillary In Potomac Primaries

Washington Post's The Trail | Mattew Mosk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Outside players, especially labor unions looking to help Sen. Hillary Clinton, poured more money into the presidential contest this past week. The in...