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Focusing on the Wrong IRS 501(c)(4) Scandal

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

There are two simple solutions that Congress could enact tomorrow that would deal with the real problem, which is lack of disclosure of major political donors to (c)(4) groups.

Pro-Rand Paul Group May Violate Major Law

The Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

Supporters of Republican Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have launched “Rand PAC 2016.” But because the super PAC uses the potential presidential candidate...

Tea Partiers Could Reap Benefits Of Unusual Pro-Paul Group

The Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

Count at least two reasons why the newly formed "Stand With Rand PAC" is notable. First, it's a hybrid PAC — a relatively rare, but increasingly ...

Sam Stein

IRS Scandal Puts Dems Who Called For Investigation Of Conservative Group In A Bind | Sam Stein | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the fall months of 2010, congressional Democrats grew increasingly alarmed that conservative non-profit groups, backed by big-mon...

It's Time for the IRS to Crack Down on Phony Non-Profits

Jessica Levinson | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

There is little doubt that the IRS' approach to determining whether to grant tax-exempt status should be politically even-handed, without regard to partisan affiliation. But this kerfuffle is merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Billionaires Unchained

Andy Kroll | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Andy Kroll

Simply tallying Adelson's wins and losses -- or the Koch brothers', or George Soros's, or any other mega-donors' -- misses the bigger point.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch backed by D.C.-based groups

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal May 7, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan...

It Takes a Democracy Movement

Calvin Sloan | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Calvin Sloan

"It's not that the system is broken," says the conservative populist Governor Buddy Roemer, "it's that it's bought." The question that logically follows is what we, the American people, can do about it. How can we remove the corroding influence of money in politics?

Sanford Falls Behind Opponent In Key Area

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) is losing the money race in his special election comeback bid to fill the state's 1st Distri...

Super PAC Targeting Mark Sanford Discloses Its Donors

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

House Majority PAC, which is dedicated to electing Democrats to Congress' lower chamber, became the first major super PAC to file a disclosure report ...

Super PAC Ad Hits Mark Sanford With Unwelcome Reminder

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, has entered the South Carolina congressional special election with $600,000-plus advertising buy, targetin...

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Dems Jump To Early Lead In Funds | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic senators and candidates running in the 2014 elections posted strong fundraising numbers and cash-on-hand totals in their firs...

WATCH: Carville: 'I'm Not A Member' Of The Hillary Super PAC

Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics

Democratic strategist and political pundit James Carville joined HuffPost Live Monday to discuss his role in Hillary Clinton's potential 2016 presiden...

Paul Blumenthal

Citizens United Bills Call For Questionable 'Reform' | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before the next election cycle heats up, state lawmakers are trying to rein in the independent groups that -- thanks to the Supreme Cour...

Peter H. Stone

Karl Rove-Backed Super PAC Dealt Major Blow | Peter H. Stone | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

The powerful fundraising team that American Crossroads deployed in 2012 to pull in more than $300 million has lost ace fundraiser Haley Barbour, accor...

Paul Blumenthal

Failure To Prosecute 'Dark Money' Hit In Senate Hearing | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a congressional hearing on Tuesday convened by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), officials from the Justice Department and the Intern...

Jason Linkins

The Week That Hillary Clinton 2016 Speculation Moved From Trickle To Stream | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

There comes a time in life when spring is in the air, the blossoms are blooming anew, the birds are returning to their aeries, and a political reporte...

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - Remember Your Charitable Donations Still Count in this Year's Tax Return

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

As many of us scurry to gather our receipts and recollect the donations we made in 2012, there is a chorus of folks who say that the predicted elimination of the deductibility of charitable donations will result in fewer people giving or people giving less. My response is that it will not.

Sarah Palin's Big Embarrassment

The Daily Beast | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Sarah Palin attempted to relaunch her political career and her political action committee, SarahPAC, on Thursday with a Web video called “Loaded for...

Ryan Budget Deployed By GOP Super PAC In Campaign Ads

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican super PAC on Friday launched two ads targeting vulnerable freshman Democratic congressmen far ahead of the 2014 elections. ...

Romney Campaign Manager To Lead New GOP Effort

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

Following a recommendation made in the Republican National Committee's recently released autopsy of the 2012 election, three top Republican strategist...

Paul Blumenthal

RNC Sends Public Message To Super PACs | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Spend less on negative advertising and spend more on ground game. Target young voters, especially young women. Build a national database...

Starbucks To Ban Political Contributions?

Reuters | Posted 05.15.2013 | Business

* Shareholder proposal would ban contributions, company PAC * Starbucks made no contributions, but reserves right to do so ...

Tea Party Activists Try To Turn Rove's Donors Against Him

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

Tea party activists are set to make their next move against GOP strategist Karl Rove, telling big American Crossroads super PAC donors they wasted the...

Paul Blumenthal

Complaint Over Super PAC's Oil Money Demands Closer Look | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A collection of good government and environmental groups filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Tuesday against...