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Congress: AWOL And Out Of Control

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.13.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Hey, America! No more withdrawal cynicism. Shaping up or shipping out your members of Congress can be our great national civic hobby!

Ted Cruz Campaign Fundraising Surges Ahead Of Ben Carson

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.20.2016 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) campaign fundraising is poised to overtake the long-running Republican leader in hard money, Dr. Ben Carson, with figures th...

House To Average Two Workdays A Week In D.C. For 2016

The Huffington Post | Mariam Baksh | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

Members of the House of Representatives are scheduled to average about two days per week in legislative session next year, with an especially long sum...

Janie Velencia

Early Poll Numbers Make For Lousy Crystal Balls -- But Great Fundraising Emails | Janie Velencia | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

It may be too early in the 2016 election cycle to expect polls to predict the next U.S. president with any accuracy, but it's not too early to use the...

Here's What Fundraising Activity Reveals About Prospective Presidential Candidates

Graphiq | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics

For months, the media frenzy has persisted as 2016 presidential candidate speculation runs rampant. While the Democrats have relative clarity regarding their ticket, their Republican counterparts face a much more convoluted path.

Money in Politics: Rising in Intensity as a 2014 Election Issue

Mike Lux | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

There is more and more evidence that Democrats and progressives are discovering the power of taking on big money in politics as a central issue in their campaign strategies.

Republicans and Democrats Both Use Impeachment Food Fight for Fun and Profit

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If I get one more email asking me for money to stop the Republicans from impeaching Obama, I may have to change my email address. And if I were a Republican, I'd probably feel the same way about an endless stream of emails asking for money to stop Obama from exercising dictatorial powers, to sue him, or possibly impeach him.

E-Mauled: Politicians Are Pummeling My Inbox

Neil McCarthy | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

I am tired of emails. Not because I get too many of them (I do). It's because most of them are pretty dumb. I am what they call in the trade a "base voter." Also consequently, I am on everyone's email list.

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy? We Could Do Worse

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Aside from the lack of language skills, Kennedy is a much better choice than most campaign bundlers who get plush ambassadorial posts for no other reason than having fundraised for the winning presidential candidate.

Paul Blumenthal

Dems Aim For One Unified Bill On Campaign Finance | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to show a unified front, five members of a campaign finance reform task force organized by House Democrats reintroduced thr...

The Simple Fix That Will Save the American Republic

Matt Zeller | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Matt Zeller

Fantastic fundraising and/or personal wealth does not correlate to good governance. Hence, our congressional representatives are poor governing officials, but fantastic fundraisers. How do we fix this all at once?

Amanda Terkel

With 2012 Election Barely Over, Politicians Begin Fundraising For 2014 | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been just one week since Americans were bombarded with political ads, robocalls and knocks on the door by canvassers handing out li...

Two Contradictory Thoughts About Elections

Vitaliy N. Katsenelson | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

The election is over. I am left with two very contradictory feelings. First is the one of appreciation -- every four years we peacefully replace our...

No Debate: Offline Is the Rocket Fuel of Online Political Giving

Tom Serres | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Tom Serres

As pundits prepare to dissect every word that comes forth from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in tonight's debate, their analysis is likely to once again lack examination of the most immediate and critical effect these major events have on campaigns: online fundraising.

The Search for Political Money: Is it Time Well Spent?

Dan Glickman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Dan Glickman

2012-08-28-scblog2.png The skyrocketing amount of money in politics is destroying the ability of public servants to do their jobs. I would be shocked if members of congress are able to devote even half of their daily schedule to the actual job for which they were elected.

The Groupon Election

Patrick Ruffini | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Patrick Ruffini

Before 2012, there were tried and tested rules of political email. Today, campaign emails look a lot more like Groupon daily deals, and this is no coincidence.

Peter H. Stone

Mega Donors Bankrolling Massive Religious Conservative Anti-Obama Campaign | Peter H. Stone | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

A conservative group led by longtime political activist Ralph Reed has budgeted $10 million for a major 2012 election push to turn out the religious r...

Obama's Accomplishments

David Boaz | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
David Boaz

As he runs for re-election, President Obama wants to point to his accomplishments in office. Trouble is, he's having trouble identifying them. I've combed through the research, and unearthed some achievements the president can claim.

Another Reason to Hate Citizens United

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

It may be easy to assume that politicians love being showered in money. But here's a secret: the truth is, most of us hate it. Hate it.

Election Regulators Approve Political Donations Via Text Message

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics

* Donations capped at $10 per text, $50 per month * Campaigns of Obama, Romney both support text donations By Alina Sely...

Good News For Bob Kerrey In Nebraska Senate Campaign

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey's (D-Neb.) campaign announced Friday that he raised more than $900,000 since entering the race on Feb. 29. to fill the seat of ...

WATCH: GOP Freshmen Caught At Fundraiser

Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

CBS News conducted an undercover camera investigation at a recent GOP fundraiser for freshmen congressmen at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., o...

Christina Wilkie

Santorum's Piggy Banks: Charity And PAC | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The hottest phrase in Washington during the first cold, gray week of 2001 was "compassionate conservatism." George W. Bush had just been...

Christina Wilkie

EXCLUSIVE: GOP Candidate Tries To Hide Top Secret Donor Party (PHOTOS) | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich learned his lesson last week, after holding a fundraiser in a glass atrium downtown and drawing scores of protesters from ...

Occupy Needs Lobbyist

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Even if Occupy could agree on one purpose, Occupy wouldn't work because Congress no longer responds to the needs of the people. It only responds to the needs of the lobbyists. The people have lost control of their government.