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Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. A warning...

Shedding New Light on Dark Money

Timothy Karr | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Timothy Karr

While its not likely to stifle the flood of money being spent on political ads, the FCC's online file will help shed light on the groups that are spending so much -- giving voters more clarity on who's trying to influence their choices at the ballot box.

House Democrats' Campaign Arm Reserves Its Largest-Ever Ad Buy

AP | By PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are ready to empty their deep pockets for television ads in their uphill climb to overtake Republicans as the majo...

The REAL House of Cards: Political Campaigns and TV Ads

Nicco Mele | Posted 07.22.2014 | Media
Nicco Mele

We've lived through an era of raising money for two years in order to hire a media consultant to cut half a dozen 30 second spots in the last six weeks before the election: Where we're headed won't look anything like that.

Are Political Lies Constitutional?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Popular political speech needs no protection from the First Amendment -- it never has. It is unpopular political speech -- even downright lies -- which need defending by the courts. As ignoble and as impure as that may sound.

GOP Senate Candidate Gets A Call From Obama In New Ad

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican running in Georgia's seven-way Senate primary released Friday an ad featuring a fake phone call from President Barack...

Anti-Obamacare Ads Account For Almost Half Of All Ads This Election Cycle

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

Of the 66,000 television ads for House and Senate races that aired through March 9, more than 30,000 conveyed an anti-Affordable Care Act message, Blo...

Like Bob Marley? Pandora Thinks You're A Democrat

Posted 02.18.2014 | Entertainment

Listen to Bob Marley on Pandora recently? Then Pandora assumes you're a Democrat. Using an algorithm influenced by election results and the musica...

You Could Be A Target Of This New 'Powerful Tool'

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The days when political campaigns would try to make inroads with demographic groups such as soccer moms or white working-class vot...

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

The Perils of Religious Politicking

Peter Montgomery | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Sen. Mark Pryor's ad is a cautionary tale about the fact that, as he himself has said, the intersection of faith and politics can be difficult to navigate. It can come across as saying, "vote for me because I'm a Christian," a message that fails to respect America's constitutional ideals and growing religious pluralism.

Cruz To Push Obama Nominee On Political Ad Policy

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who has blocked President Barack Obama's nominee for chai...

The Real IRS Problem: Citizens United

Michael Keegan | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Americans of all political stripes should be outraged at the recent revelation that the Tea Party was unfairly targeted by the IRS before last year's election. But the lesson that the right is drawing from the IRS's misdeeds is wrong.

Bringing Dark Money to Account

Timothy Karr | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The shadowy super PACs and front groups that polluted the airwaves with political ads last year are already raising millions from corporations and billionaires to batter television viewers with a new wave of ads.

DU Citizen Panel Wades Into Campaign-Finance Swamplands

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 11.30.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. DENVER– The University of Denver’s “strategic issues panel of accomplished citizens” tasked w...

Don't Believe the Spin. Dark Money Won.

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The Obama victory didn't signal the demise of big-money politics. It didn't spell the end of the super PAC, far from it. And the election wasn't a train wreck for political advertising -- even after groups paid billions for spots that supported losing candidate.

So, Political Ads Have Gotten Kind Of Extreme

Posted 11.06.2012 | Comedy

It's time for young voters to grab this election by the balls... or something. We're not sure, frankly. But whatever this ad wants the youth to do, ...

WATCH: The Most Egregious Michigan Campaign Ads

Posted 11.06.2012 | Detroit

As election season draws to a close, Michigan voters are looking forward to more than finding out the results. Nov. 7 will also bring much-needed reli...

Jason Linkins

Will Ferrell Cuts Video For Obama Campaign | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics

Getting down to the last few days of this here election, folks. Let's see, what do we have left before the big night? Oh, hey, here's a funny video...

Did That Campaign Ad Work?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Youth Radio By: Luis Flores and Jenny Bolario Young people at Youth Radio watched a handful of campaign ads from the 2012 election se...

Ohioans Won't Be Fooled By 'Car Guy's' Desperate Car Lies

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

Mitt Romney must realize that he has lost the industrial Midwest because he's completely lost a grip on reality. He's decided to throw a Hail Mary pass that will cause his already-struggling campaign to implode in Ohio.

Elimination of Contribution Limits Would Not Stop Secret Spending

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 12.26.2012 | New York
Ian Vandewalker

This election has shown that there is a class of big-money political donors who greatly value secrecy. Their behavior under the current rules provides evidence that big spenders prefer anonymity even when other options are available.

Political Storytelling With Brand Obama and Brand Romney

Pete Cenedella | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Pete Cenedella

As the parties have grown closer together on the key political questions of the day, narrowing the spectrum of acceptable policy and agreeing on much of consequence (as we saw in the final debate), it is storytelling that has been elevated to the level of competition in the marketplace.

How TV Stations Are Handling All Those Political Ads

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Media

Television stations have simply never experienced anything like the flood of political ads hitting them in the 2012 election season. There are so many...

Let's End Airwave Pollution and Regulate Televised Political Spot Advertising

Curtis Gans | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Curtis Gans

Washington watchdogs are appalled by the sea of money washing over the 2012 election. The rest of the nation is appalled by how that money is used -- mostly on tit-for-tat attack ads that pollute the airwaves and undermine any respect for the democratic process.