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Candidates And Their Super PACs Are Sharing Vendors More Than Ever

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 12.21.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

For some 2016 candidates, there was a lot of sharing during the campaign season -- more than ever before. It wasn't due to an epidemic of altruism, though; in fact, it might have been quite the reverse.

2016 Presidential Advertising Focused On Character Attacks

The Conversation US | Posted 11.20.2016 | Business
The Conversation US

Shawn Parry-Giles, University of Maryland; Lauren Hunter, University of Maryland; Morgan Hess, University of Maryland, and Prashanth Bhat, University ...

Mine, All Mine: Single Candidate Super PACs, Creeping Down-ballot

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.11.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

It used to be a must-have accessory for any presidential campaign. Now, the deep-pocketed super PAC that is dedicated to supporting you, and only you, is more an integral part of a candidate's campaign machinery.

PACs Pop Up Just In Time To Avoid Reporting Donors

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

For those trying to secretly influence the election as the clock winds down, Oct. 20 was an important milestone. If a super PAC waited until then to register, it doesn't need to file any information about its donors with the FEC until 30 days after the election. Pretty smooth, eh?

Proposition 59: The People of California vs. The Roberts Court On Citizens United

Marc Boyd | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Marc Boyd

We must eliminate the corrosive and corrupting influence of big money in politics, and restore the Democratic principles of our Founding Fathers.

Local Voices: A Chance To Learn And Connect With Battleground and Red State Voters

Rachel Grady | Posted 09.15.2016 | Impact
Rachel Grady

In my job as a documentary maker, I am lucky to meet and get to know people from many different backgrounds who are kind enough to let me come into their world with my camera. They show me, and an audience of strangers, the things that are special to them in their bubble of lifestyle, politics, or worldview.

Super PAC Spending Hits $500 Million, While 501(c)s Hit The Brakes

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Total outside spending for the 2016 election has already reached a record $660 million, more than twice the $289 million spent by outside groups by this point in the 2012 election.

Former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer: Clinton Foundation Controversy Is Just A Distraction From Bigger Issue

The Conversation US | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Hillary Clinton's critics claim that federal ethics laws were broken when her subordinates at the State Department arranged meetings and other favors for donors to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation.

Produce your paperwork, Trumps

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Jeff Jarvis

I just got word that the Democratic Coalition Against Trump -- an arm of the Keep America Great PAC -- is filing a Freedom of Information Act request ...

Clinton And Wall Street: What's The Deal, Really?

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

If Clinton was bought by investment bankers, hedge fund managers and the like, we'd expect to see them donating in large numbers to her campaign committee; even though individual contributions to that account are limited to $2,700 for the primary and another $2,700 for the general election, they are a good measure of which parts of the economy are really drawn to a candidate.

Donald Trump's Anti-Establishment Scam

Nomi Prins | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Nomi Prins

Early on in his presidential bid, Donald Trump began touting his anti-establishment credentials. When it worked, he ran with it. It was a posture that proved pure gold in the Republican primaries. His actual relationship to the establishment is, however, complex in an opportunistic way.

Commercializing Elections To Destroy Our Democracy

Ralph Nader | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

When elections are for sale, you know who is most likely to win the auctions. You know how much less your votes and your views count. You know how cleverly sleazy the flattery will be that politicians send your way so as to obscure who really owns them.

Group That Backed Tom Cotton In '14 Got A Big Boost From Club For Growth

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Club for Growth had been one of the earliest backers of Cotton's campaign, and its own super PAC was spending heavily against Cotton's opponent, Mark Pryor.

Thank You, Bernie

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Thank you for reawakening a wave of excitement within the Democratic Party. Thank you for championing a list of issues that I could heartily agree with, and for refusing to be distracted from your agenda by the usual mudslinging and other negative campaigning tactics so common in politics today.

A Hedge Fund House Divided: Renaissance Technologies

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

If Simons and Mercer are in accord on any policy matters, they're probably few -- and are likely to be ones that affect Renaissance. The firm itself, after all, has spent millions of dollars lobbying Congress to change how the tax code treats hedge funds and their managers.

Top GOP Strategist Who Bashed Trump Will Now Try To Get Him Elected

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The New York Times reported Sunday that a newly formed super PAC supporting Donald Trump has hired veteran Republican strategist Alex Ca...

Trump and Super Pacs or Rise of Orwellian Dictatorship

Dr. Behzad Mohit | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Dr. Behzad Mohit

We keep reading Trump chastising politicians who are answerable only to their super pac donors. Although that is a terrible distortion of our democratic election, we should recall that it was imposed upon us by the 5/4 Supreme Court decision (dominated by Republicans) who decided corporations are people and can contribute unlimited funds to campaigns thru their disguised proxies, super pacs.

Eight Lessons We've Learned About Money in Politics This Election

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

We are halfway through the 2016 national elections and the onslaught of political money from billionaires and multimillionaires will continue and increase. This is not the way our democracy is meant to work or the way our country is meant to be governed.

Megadonors Missing from Pro-Trump Super PAC in April

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has repeatedly trashed super PACs and claimed he would run as a candidate who couldn't be bought. Through the end of April, it looked like no one really wanted to try that anyway.

Bernie, the Little Bird, and What May Be Our Last Best Chance to Get It Right

Tom Weis | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Tom Weis

Hillary represents timid incrementalism at a time when the people are restless for bold transformational change, and at a time when such dramatic change is needed to ensure our survival as a species. Fortunately, we have another choice.

Meet Two Little-Known (But Very Dangerous) Super PACs

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.02.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

If you have major issues pending in Congress and lots of money at your disposal, these two super PACs are the place to make your huge, unlimited contributions and to seek influence over congressional decisions and actions.

A Cure for a Political Disaster: Fixing the Presidential Public Financing System

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.21.2017 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

A repaired presidential public financing system would dramatically increase the amount of clean resources available to participating candidates and thereby greatly dilute the importance and impact of outside spending groups and their mega-donors.

Anthropology and the Banality of Presidential Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 04.18.2017 | Politics
Paul Stoller

If a person's words and attitudes are consistent with her or his behavior, we find that person trustworthy. If there is incongruity between a person's words and behavior, we don't trust what that person's says. We can easily apply this principal to presidential politics.

Bernie Sanders Received More Individual Campaign Contributions Than Obama's Entire 2008 Campaign

Brian Hanley | Posted 04.13.2017 | Politics
Brian Hanley

Bernie Sanders' fundraising success will no doubt go down as the secret sauce that helped Sanders defeat the well-oiled Clinton machine in the last seven delegate contests.

First, We Need Political Climate Change - Stand With the Man Who Has Taken a Stand

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 04.05.2017 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

In the light of the tight race in Wisconsin, this might just nudge some folks off the fence who had been playing it safe up until now and going with Hillary.