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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 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...