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Paul Blumenthal

GOP Senator's PAC May Have Broken FEC Rules By Donating To A Super PAC Run By His Former Aides

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A leadership PAC controlled by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) may have violated Federal Election Commission rules by contributing to a super ...

Jason Linkins

The 'Firewall' Between Campaigns And Super PACs Is Not A Thing

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

It's early days yet in the post-Citizens United era, and most of the nation is still in a very naive place. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who once warne...

Paul Blumenthal

Marco Rubio's Dark Money Group Enters 2016 Race With Ad Slamming Iran Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The “dark money” nonprofit group supporting Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) presidential campaign on Thursday launched an issue advert...

New Carly Fiorina Super PAC Name Looks Awfully Familiar

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

With the 2016 presidential race underway, super PACs are hard at work raising unlimited amounts of funds in support of their preferred candidate so lo...

Paul Blumenthal

Jeb Bush's Declaration Leaves A Few GOP Candidates In Fundraising Gray Area

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday, after nearly seven months of denyin...

Maine Leading the Way on Government of, for and by the People

Benjamin T. Brickner | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Benjamin T. Brickner

Public campaign financing has encouraged more diverse candidates to run, kept campaign costs under control, and enabled candidates to spend more time with voters, instead of the wealthy donors, corporations and PACs who fund traditional campaigns.

Paul Blumenthal

Russ Feingold Proposes Anti-Super PAC Pledge

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold has asked incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to join him in pledging to keep o...

Paul Blumenthal

Sean Fieler Is Out And Proud About His Anti-Gay Marriage Donations

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an era when opponents of gay marriage have less and less political power, Sean Fieler has staked out a position as the leading funder...

FCC Chief Tom Wheeler Is Five Sixths of a Superhero

Marty Kaplan | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Ex-lobbyist Tom Wheeler's courage in battling deep-pocketed corporations on competition, open Internet, privacy, the digital divide, and robocalls transformed him in my mind from oligarch apologist to American Avenger. That's why I'm so bummed he won't use his superpowers to fight the super PACs.

Paul Blumenthal

Campaign Finance Watchdogs Call On Justice Department To Investigate Jeb Bush's Super PAC Scheme

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Proponents of campaign finance reform are asking the Department of Justice to appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate p...

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans Very Troubled By Clinton Donors See No Conflict With Their Own Dark Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For four months, the Republican Party and its many presidential hopefuls have laid into likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over d...

Paul Blumenthal

3 Libertarians Fuel $7 Million Super PAC In Philadelphia's Mayoral Democratic Primary

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voters will cast ballots in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia's mayoral race on May 19, but three libertarian donors from the subu...

Paul Blumenthal

Jeb Bush Messes Up Charade Of Not Running For President

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush finally said what everybody knows -- that he’s running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Then he tried to take...

A "Pillar" of the Clinton Campaign Won't Get the Job Done

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

To have a realistic chance that enacting campaign finance reform will be a top priority in a Clinton Administration, her commitment to achieving this result must be seriously tested during the presidential campaign.

Maddow: Election Spending Has Become A Free-For-All

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 05.08.2015 | Media

On her show Thursday night, Rachel Maddow lamented the avalanche of money that has poured into the 2016 presidential campaign. And now, the candidates...

Paul Blumenthal

Mike Huckabee Jokingly Breaks Campaign Finance Law In 2016 Announcement

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the 2016 campaign for the White House has developed into a largely unpoliced affair of candidates masquerading as noncandidates and s...

Dana Liebelson

The Obama Administration Could Limit Secretive Political Ads Before 2016. Will It?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats are pressuring President Barack Obama's Federal Communications Commission to require super PACs and other secre...

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 06.21.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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. ...