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Paul Blumenthal

Chicago Progressives Emboldened After Rahm Emanuel's Super PAC Fails To Beat Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chicago voters re-elected Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a runoff race on April 7, the culmination of an expensive election campaign. ...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC Fires Fundraiser Involved In Menendez Corruption Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The super PAC caught in the middle of the corruption scandal involving Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has severed ties to an unnamed fundrai...

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans Heap Money On Rahm Emanuel's Re-election Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel received a big cash infusion to a super PAC supporting his re-election bid in the last weeks before the April...

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GOP Consultant Pleads Guilty In First Super PAC Coordination Conviction

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican Party political operative pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally coordinating with a super PAC while he ran a congressional c...

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2016 Presidential Candidates Use Pre-Announcement Phase To Push Fundraising Limits

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential campaign is already in its beta launch stage, as candidates are beginning to roll themselves out so audiences of p...

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5 Years After Citizens United, Money Controls Politics More Than Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five years ago this Wednesday, the Supreme Court overturned two decades of precedent in a bitterly divided 5-4 decision to open the door...

Paul Blumenthal

Jeb Bush's Decision To 'Actively Explore' 2016 Run Allows Him To Avoid Super PAC Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) waded into the 2016 presidential race in December, he did so with some awkward wording. He stated ...

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These Super PACs Spent Big As Elections Neared, But Kept Donors Secret Until Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) in his Los Angeles County district saw very little spending from outside group...

A Call to Arms

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Never has the foundational constitutional principle of one person, one vote been so undermined by a Supreme Court majority that apparently believes money is king.

Paul Blumenthal

Mayday PAC Lost Nearly All Its Races This Year, But Refuses To Concede Defeat

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly every effort by Mayday PAC to elect a candidate who favored campaign finance reform in a contested race fell flat on Tuesday. ...

Win or Lose, Big Money Still Matters in Politics

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

While big donors like Tom Steyer and the Democratic Party insiders running Democratic-leaning outside spending groups might not be celebrating over it now, big money -- even losing big money -- matters in Washington.

Paul Blumenthal

The World After Citizens United: Here Is Your First $100 Million Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) on the election trail Oct. 25 to rally Democrats ahead of Tuesd...

Paul Blumenthal

Here Are The Top Super PAC Mega-Donors In 2014 Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In Iowa, a television station recently created a new program so it could sell more advertising to political campaigns, party committees ...

What's The Cost Of Letting Billionaires Fund Campaigns?

Derek Cressman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Derek Cressman

Are we in fact paying for all the campaign ads through higher taxes, higher prices, a weaker economy, and a lower quality of life? After all, there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Paul Blumenthal

Super PACs Keep Candidates Afloat With A Little Help From Their Friends

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In August, stories began to percolate that Terri Lynn Land, the Republican Senate candidate in Michigan, didn't have what it takes to wi...

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Karl Rove Sends Out The Billionaire Bat-Signal -- And They Respond

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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Koch Brothers Reveal A Small Slice Of Their Political Donations

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Charles and David Koch have finally disclosed at least a small portion of the large contributions given to their political empire. Accor...

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Fishy Money Fuels Super PACs In Alaska Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Outside super PACs have played a major role supporting Sen. Mark Begich (D) as he faces a tough re-election race against former Alaska N...

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Major Investment In Unlikely 2014 Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The "super PAC to end all super PACs" is making its second-biggest foray into 2014 elections with a $1 million expenditure supporting De...

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Where Billionaires Are Placing Bets In This Year's Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Democratic Party works to hold control of the U.S. Senate for the final two years of Barack Obama's presidency, a key strategy fo...

We Can Put An End to Pay to Play

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

What is Pay to Play? Commonly held, pay to play is a form of getting a special deal because you paid someone off.

Samantha Lachman

Anti-Super PAC Democrat Gets A Super PAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

A Democratic House candidate who has consistently voiced opposition to super PAC spending that supports his opponent now has a super PAC of his own. ...

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Corporations Have Found Yet Another (Secret) Way To Help Get Politicians Elected

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On June 14, 2012, someone created a corporation in Ohio called American Dream Fund LLC. Six months later, this corporation made a $250,0...

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Democrats Top List of Super PAC Mega-Donors

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic super PACs continue to attract more money than their Republican counterparts, due in part to a huge amount of support from de...

Climate Super PAC Struggling To Bring In Money

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A super PAC aiming to make climate change a key issue in this year's midterm elections is falling far short of its goal to raise $...