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College Student Spends $500K To Support Kentucky Candidate

Posted 06.05.2012 | College

For most college students, political engagement consists of helping register voters or making phone calls on behalf of a candidate. Not John Ramsey...

Howard Fineman

Profits Of Politics 2012: Consultants Rake In $466 Million And Counting | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voters in Wisconsin go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to oust controversial Republican Gov. Scott Walker. One result is already ...

John McCain and 22 Attorneys General Ask Supreme Court to Walk Back Citizens United -- Where's Barack Obama?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

It's nice that President Obama has in the past had critical words to say about Citizens United. But the time has come for him to put his money where his mouth is.

Sam Stein

Facing Super PAC Onslaught, Democrats Take Solace In 1970s Campaign Law | Sam Stein | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As he assesses the electoral landscape, in which Democratic candidates will be pummeled with hundreds of millions of dollars in attack a...

Pity the Poor Billionaires

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

So-called "mega donors" are upset that their campaign contributions are being exposed to public view, ignoring our right to know who is giving money to candidates -- and the opportunity to try to figure out why. The sound you hear is the world's smallest violin, say, a teeny-tiny Stradivarius insured for millions.

Super PACed With Baloney: Reason Column Obscures Impact of SC Campaign Finance Rulings

Rep. David Price | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Rep. David Price

Jacob Sullum sees no cause for concern in the tidal wave of political spending by wealthy donors unleashed by the Supreme Court. You might view this statement as incredible given recent history and odd given that the source is "Reason" magazine, where one would expect facts as well as assertions. What are the facts?

How Citizens United Can Be Used to Curtail Super PAC Spending

Peter Scheer | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Peter Scheer

While Citizens United gave a green light to individual political expenditures, it also contains the rationale for enforceable limits on spending by super PACs.

Corporate Personhood: How Far Does the Rabbit Hole Go?

Richard C. Leone | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

Will corporations get all the rights that personhood implies? It's hard to say; only one thing is certain, they won't have any trouble raising the money for campaigns to approve the corporate equality agenda, whatever it turns out to be.

2012: Seeing the Long Arc of American Democracy Reversed

John Marttila | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
John Marttila

It can be fairly argued that Citizens United has already changed the outcome of a presidential primary, by giving Mitt Romney the GOP nomination. And it is a decision that is sure to inflict even more damage to our political system by contributing to a growing belief among average Americans that the system is rigged for the wealthy and the well connected. But forget about Mitt's nomination, the growing alienation of Americans from their political system, or the huge public disapproval of Citizens United that has been revealed in polls taken on the subject. Consider this vastly more important reality: Citizens United has reversed the long arc of American democracy and our steady progress to expand the voting franchise so that all of our citizens have an equal voice in our political system.

Big GOP Donors Whine About Scrutiny

Politico | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

All they wanted was to get involved....

Key Rule Could Delay Crucial Disclosure

ProPublica | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics

by Justin Elliott ProPublica, May 29, 2012, 10:32 a.m.After years of consideration, the Federal Communications Commission finally voted last month t...

Paul Blumenthal

Citizens United Decision Leaves Industries Free To Battle In California Primary | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race for a newly drawn congressional district in California's Inland Empire is shaping up as a clash of titans. It's not the candida...

Dem Backers Step Up As Urgency Builds

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

* House Majority PAC airms to win back House for Democrats * Democrats will need net gain of 25 seats to take it back * ...

It Turns Out, We Can Indeed Haz Super PAC: Part I

Remy M. Maisel | Posted 07.24.2012 | College
Remy M. Maisel

My legal advisor and I spread out FEC Form 1 on the dining room table. "You mean this is really, really it?" I was asking in disbelief. "This one form, which asks nothing more difficult of me than to spell my name and address properly, is all I need?"

Donald Trump Ponders His Own Super PAC

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

Reality television star, real estate mogul and Republican celebrity du jour Donald Trump told the conservative news site NewsMax that he was consideri...

Congressional Battles Rage Away From Presidential Race

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

* High stakes in elections in "orphan" congressional districts * Rep. Walsh vs. Democratic Iraq War veteran among key races ...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC Contributions Slump As GOP Primary Fight Ends | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Contributions to super PACs fell in April from the month before as the Republican presidential primary race ended. The unlimited money p...

Jason Linkins

Has Karl Rove Gone 'Subtle'? | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics

Karl Rove has millions of dollars to indulge his political id. So while we may be in a weird period of focus-group recommended restraint these days, don't expect the restraint to continue. There are reasons for this. It's an article of faith among a large portion of the GOP base that Sen. John McCain lost in 2008 because he wasn't willing to throw heat at Barack Obama and turn the month of October into an all-Jeremiah-Wright-all-the-time sick-a-doo fiesta. Last week's revelation of a proposed ad campaign to do just that served as a reminder that there are plenty of people with money to burn who've a yen to fight the 2012 battle from the gutter. And if Republicans are reminded too much of McCain's perceived failures as they watch Romney prosecute the Obama administration in a too-gentle fashion, they could end up discouraged.

Sam Stein

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee To Donors: 'Wake Up!' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Democrat in charge of protecting his party's majority in the Senate thinks it can be done. But he's deeply concerned his organiz...

An Investor Perspective: WellPoint's Political Disclosure Controversy

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 07.21.2012 | Business
Jack Ucciferri

By the nature of WellPoint's core business, it is connected to some of the most intimate moments in its clients' lives. WellPoint is in a risky business and by not being fully transparent about how they participate in politics, they amplify their risks even more.

Priorities USA Action, Pro-Obama Super PAC, Continues Lackluster Fundraising

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

The super PAC supporting the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama had another lackluster month of fundraising in April, pulling in only $1.58...

Paul Blumenthal

What's Missing From Mitt Romney's Fundraising? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced on May 17 that it had raised $40.1 million in April, when i...

Paul Blumenthal

Restore Our Future, Pro-Romney Super PAC, Raises $3.8 Million In April | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

The super PAC backing Mitt Romney's presidential run retained its place as the number one super PAC, in terms of financing, as it pulled in an additio...

Paul Blumenthal

Congressman's Experiment Aims To Reverse Role Of Big Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the age of super PACs and K Street fundraisers, the hunt for grassroots donors, those giving small sums, has become less and less imp...

Mike Sacks

Citizens United II: Sens. McCain And Whitehouse Slam Supreme Court Decision, Super PACs | Mike Sacks | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an all-out broadside against the current state of campaign finance, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) submi...