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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...

Paul Blumenthal

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...

WorldNetDaily-Backed Super PAC Gave No Money to Candidates

Terry Krepel | Posted 01.30.2015 | Media
Terry Krepel

Despite WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah's claim that the Takeover Super PAC was designed to "topple the establishment," not only did it do nothing of the sort, but it didn't even attempt to do so.

Sam Stein

Dem Donors Plot Campaign Battle Against $889 Million Koch Behemoth

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reactions from Democrats to news that the billionaire Koch brothers are planning an $889 million blitz for the 2016 election has run the...

Bribery Is a Bargain for Big Oil

Stephen Kretzmann | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green
Stephen Kretzmann

If you are wondering why a pipeline that would create fewer jobs than a new McDonalds is the number one priority of what used to be known as "the world's greatest deliberative body," you are not alone. The answer, unsurprisingly, has everything to do with money.

Paul Blumenthal

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...

Super PACs: Just Helping Out a Friend

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Taylor Lincoln

It doesn't really matter if a super PAC violated the technical definition of coordination. Contributions to super PACs set up by the candidates' allies are effectively the same as contributions to candidates, which is why they are just as likely to be corrupting.

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 ...

'I Can't Breathe' Super PAC Formed To Honor Eric Garner

Center for Public Integrity | Liz Essley Whyte | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

Eric Garner’s dying words are now the name of a federal super PAC. The “I Can’t Breathe PAC” received the Federal Election Commission’s...

No Transparency Where It Is Needed Most

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The campaign finance deregulation policy rider to the spending legislation signed by the president is a final recognition by politicians of both parties that nothing will be done to prevent or even slow down the seemingly unstoppable march toward even more money in American politics.

10 Reasons It Sucks to Lose 'Stephen Colbert'

Sophia A. McClennen | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Sophia A. McClennen

As we prepare for the end of The Colbert Report, it is time to reflect on exactly what we are losing as Stephen Colbert retires his character and moves on to host The Late Show.

Ironically, the Group Citizens United Opposes New Campaign Spending Increases

John A. Tures | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

If conservatives really want citizens in control or prefer to reduce the power and influence of a few individuals and groups, they could team up with liberals who have pushed this for years.

Paul Blumenthal

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...

Paul Blumenthal

Top Senate Democratic PAC Spent A Lot Of Money Trying To Elect Greg Orman

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Independent candidate Greg Orman tried as hard as he could to deflect any suggestion that he was a Democratic Party stalking horse in hi...

Paul Blumenthal

Hedge Fund Execs Spent Big In New York Elections, Now Likely To Reap Their Reward

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of hedge fund executives aiming to direct more taxpayer money to charter schools pooled their own vast resources to help elect...

Ted Cruz Doesn't Think He's That Conservative, But Some Republicans Donors Do

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harvard | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics

The man who helped trigger a 16-day government shutdown over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act told a group of prospective donors on Monda...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Used Twitter, Too, To Coordinate With Outside Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican Party committees and outside groups shared polling data over Twitter during the 2014 elections, according to a CNN report on ...

Why Kay Hagan Lost In North Carolina

Erik Ose | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Erik Ose

During a presidential year with substantially higher turnout, Hagan more than likely would have been re-elected. When she won her first Senate term in 2008, Hagan outperformed Barack Obama in North Carolina by over 100,000 ballots, leading the statewide ticket with 2.25 million votes.

How the Lame Ducks Can Strike Back

Al Lewis | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Al Lewis

The lame duck session gives ousted legislators a chance to do something they dare not have done before the election: propose legislation that actually benefits constituents even if it means upsetting contributors.

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. ...

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 ...

Paul Blumenthal

Mitch McConnell Paid For Koch Group Meeting Shortly Before Blitz Of Pro-GOP Senate Ads

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In June, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took a break from the campaign trail to address a conference held in Dana Point,...