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Corporate, Koch Money Dominates Early 2016 Senate Race Spending

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race for control of the Senate is already underway -- and it is being fueled by outside groups that do not disclose their donors.&n...

How Super Are Super PACs?

MoneyTips | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
MoneyTips

Whether you love or hate Super PACs, they are clearly going to be a driving force in the 2016 presidential election as well as elections in the foreseeable future. What are these Super PACs and why have they taken such a prominent role in campaign financing?

We're Still In The Dark About Some Super PAC Donors

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Super PACs, the political action committees fueling the early presidential advertising wars, are supposed to transparently disclose whe...

Jeb Bush’s Cavalry Arrives Amid Worry He's Ceding Too Much Ground

The Huffington Post | Scott Conroy | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

Since January, the super PAC supporting Jeb Bush has done one thing, and done it well: amass a nine-figure fortune, in hopes of making the former Flo...

These Dark Money Groups Shed Some Light On Secretive Megadonors

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Pennsylvania-based nonprofits that have funded everything from a super PAC supporting Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to education privatiza...

The Clinton Campaign Didn't Learn from History: Underestimating Barack, Underestimating Bernie

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Bernie seems to be an alternative to the politics of Clinton. That makes him a threat to the "billionaire" class he is wont to criticize, to Super PACs fueled by Citizens United, and to establishment politicians like Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton ignores Bernie Sanders at her own peril.

Jeb Bush Super PAC Donors Also Spend Big To Influence Washington

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A number of donors giving eye-popping sums to a super PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential campaign are also majo...

The GOP Debate: It's What Oligarchy Looks Like

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 08.07.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Recently five Republican presidential candidates paraded themselves before a group of mega-donors convened by the billionaire Koch brothers in Dana Point, California. The interests of the big-money donors were reflected in Thursday's debate - in what we did and didn't hear.

Oligarchy Of Super PAC Megadonors Have Conquered American Politics

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new oligarchic era of American politics came into full view on Friday, as super PACs disclosed fundraising details showing billionair...

Are Ted Cruz's Super PACs Keeping Their Promise To Support Him?

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The four super PACs supporting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s bid for the Republican Party presidential nomination raked in $37.8 million ...

Donors Who Can't Give To Christie Campaign Give To His Super PAC

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A super PAC formed to support New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign has raised $11 million with a big boost from...

Big Checks Power Jeb Bush Super PAC's Unreal Money Haul

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s decision to pretend not to be a candidate for nearl...

The Perversion of the American Presidency

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Children long have been taught by their parents that anyone in America can grow up to be president. Today that message needs to be revised: anyone can grow up to be president if they are willing to circumvent and break the nation's anti-corruption campaign finance laws, and are willing to genuflect before the nation's wealthiest individuals.

One Email That Proves Campaign Finance Laws Are A Joke

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Carly for America, the super PAC backing former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign, invited supporters to j...

Paul Blumenthal

Jeb Bush Super PAC Reports Eye-Popping Fundraising Haul

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The key number in the Bush campaign's Thursday announcement that it raised a combined $114 million in the first half of this year was ju...

Paul Blumenthal

How 2016 Candidates Are Pushing Past Campaign Finance Boundaries

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential campaign is in full swing, and as the second national campaign since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United de...

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.