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Paul Blumenthal

How Jeb Bush Is Thumbing His Nose At Voters With His Super PAC Scheme

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is not running for president yet. Or, at least, that's what he would have everyone believe as he skips ...

Jason Linkins

Hot Trend For 2016: Even More Extravagant Super PAC Lies And Corruption!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

According to the Associated Press, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is poised to "give [the] traditional campaign a makeover." Which sounds exciting! ...

Groups Supporting Jeb Bush, Chris Christie Aim To Be 'Forgettable'

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics

By Emily Flitter NEW YORK, April 21 (Reuters) - It's hard to remember whether Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush's super PAC is ...

How A Handful Of Funders Has Outsized Influence In Politics

ProPublica | Robert Faturechi & Jonathan Stray, | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

This story was co-published with the Daily Beast.The wealthiest Americans can fly on their own jets, live in gated compounds and watch movies in their...

A Super MAC for Our Vets

Keith Mitchell | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Keith Mitchell

Simply put, we have the knowledge, the medical talent and technology to really help our veterans. I am proposing that we create our own version of a PAC and call it a MAC (Mindfulness Action Committee) that puts money to good use and leads to health and prosperity for our veterans.

Dollars in Democracy -- Part I: Super PACs

Daniel Kim | Posted 04.16.2015 | College
Daniel Kim

Immense amounts of money from super PACs are flooding in to support politicians. The implications of lobbying are up for debate. However, it seems that lobbying provides a significant amount of political clout going to those with the greatest wealth.

Paul Blumenthal

Ted Cruz Raises $4 Million In His First Week Running For President

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) raised more than $4 million in the first week of his presidential campaign, according to a report filed with the...

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

Bob Menendez Corruption Case Reads Like An Indictment Of Citizens United Ruling, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on public corruption charges is the first bribery case involving the use of corporate polit...

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...

The Role of Super PACs in Menendez Corruption Charges

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Menendez indictment shows that by opening the door for Super PACs, the Roberts Court destroyed candidate contribution limits as a practical matter and has left us with the inherently corrupt system an earlier and far wiser Supreme Court warned the nation about.

Adam Smith Says...

Jay Mandle | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics, got a lot of things right. Here is something he said in 1776 that, with only slight adjustment, describes what is happening to the political system in this country.

Taking Back Democracy

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

While we support a constitutional amendment to restore the authority of Congress, state and local governments to regulate campaign spending, it's a long-term fight. But there is another way dilute big money's influence.

Paul Blumenthal

White House Wannabes Drawing 2016 Battle Lines In Furious Money Chase

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential election’s “invisible primary” is in full swing as Republican candidates tour the country looking to secure ...

Jason Linkins

'Rise Of Super PACs' Set To Ruin The RNC's Plan To Avoid A Brutal Primary Season

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

As I've had the opportunity to write about before, the Republican National Committee emerged from the 2012 election bent on making a series of dramati...

Learn An Entire Semester Of Campaign Finance Law In 4 Minutes

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.24.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

As American elections become even more outrageously expensive, the advocacy group Public Citizen argues voters deserve to know who is making a financi...

Paul Blumenthal

Anti-Citizens United Activists Get Ready For 2016 Presidential Candidates In Iowa, New Hampshire

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the candidates seeking the 2016 presidential nomination flock to Iowa and New Hampshire, they should be ready to answer questions abo...

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...

Super PAC Men: How Political Consultants Took A Texas Oilman On A Wild Ride

ProPublica | Robert Faturechi | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

Throughout the booms and busts of his Fort Worth oil empire and during his brother's notorious murder trial, Kenneth W. Davis Jr. largely kept to hims...

Paul Blumenthal

2016 Candidates Thumb Their Noses At Campaign Finance Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid a busy schedule of fundraisers and meet-and-greets with party leaders around the country, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) stopped o...

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans And Iran Deal Opponents Are Funded By The Same Mega-Donors

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress last week, making his case against the deal the U.S. and partner nations...

Help Us Blow Up the Sun

Ross Hyzer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Comedy
Ross Hyzer

Frankly, the sun has had it too good for too long -- thanks in large part to corrupt scientists and beachgoers and plants, all pushing their radical pro-sun agenda. But that doesn't change the facts at hand.

Paul Blumenthal

Nonprofit Tied To John Boehner Attacks His Foes In Homeland Security Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The politically active nonprofit closely tied to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is intervening to help the Republican Party leader as he ...

Paul Blumenthal

The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Lead...

Paul Blumenthal

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...