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Democratic super PACs start year with cash advantage

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael Beckel and Dave LevinthalThe Center for Public IntegrityUpdate (Feb. 1, 4:30 p.m.): This story has been updated to include comment from B...

Paul Blumenthal

Dem Super PAC Starts 2014 Early | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The leading Democratic super PAC is getting an early start on the 2014 election cycle. House Majority PAC announced on Thursday that...

Bloomberg's Super PAC Goes After Pro-Gun Democrat

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

A super PAC funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has weighed in on Illinois' Democratic primary to replace retired Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. with a...

Paul Blumenthal

These Democrats Just Love This Super PAC | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In another sign of the close ties between super PACs and elected officials, seven newly minted Democratic House members appear in a prom...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC Already Targets Mitch McConnell In 2014 Race | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's just January 2013, but in the race to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after nearly three decades in the Senate,...

Paul Blumenthal

GOP Mega-Donor Wants 'Very, Very Much' To Give In 2014 | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican mega-donor Foster Friess declared Friday that he was going to contribute money to outside groups to help elect Republican can...

Paul Blumenthal

Obama's New Campaign Gets Very Mixed Reaction | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The relaunch of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign as an issues-based nonprofit called Organizing for Action (OFA) has been me...

Hey Citizen, Can You Spare $1,000? How About $10 Million?

Blair Bowie | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Blair Bowie

Candidates for the U.S. Senate this election got nearly 64 percent of the money they raised from individuals in contributions of at least $1,000 -- from just four one-hundredths of one percent of the population.

Kathleen Miles

Hipster Mayor Set To Take Over Second-Largest City In U.S. | Kathleen Miles | Posted 01.18.2013 | Los Angeles

The second-largest city in America looks poised to elect the ultimate hipster candidate as its next mayor. Eric Garcetti drives a Prius, lives in h...

Life in the Political Center

The State Press | Posted 03.13.2013 | College
The State Press

I promised myself that I would never reveal who I vote for in elections, and I still abide by that promise. Suffice to say, I got a bigger education after the election than I did in the months leading up to it.

The SEC Takes a Step Toward Transparency in Corporate Political Spending

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Ian Vandewalker

Corporations spend big money on politics. But shareholders who want to track this kind of political spending have to pore over federal elections filings or hope that a journalist will do that work for them.

Paul Blumenthal

How Serious Are Big Group's Threats? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the nation briefly tumbled over the "fiscal cliff" and the White House worked to cut a deal with Senate Republicans, political groups...

NY Comptroller Sues Qualcomm Over Political Spending

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 03.05.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's comptroller has sued Qualcomm Inc. in an attempt to compel the wireless technology company to disclose its political s...

Luke Johnson

Murkowski Proposes Measure To Correct 'Uncomfortable' Citizens United Decision | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) proposed campaign finance reform on Thursday that will seek to walk back the funding possib...

Adelson gave $40 million to super PACs in final weeks of election

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael Beckel and Andrea FullerThe Center for Public IntegrityBillionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and family poured nearly $40 million in...

Paul Blumenthal

Gun Control Groups Resurrect Long Dormant Political Efforts | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When five-term Democratic Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) lost to Democratic state Sen. Negrete McLeod in a surprise upset in November, no one ...

The Billionaires' Long Game

Robert Reich | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

I keep hearing that the billionaires and big corporations that poured all that money into the 2012 election learned their lesson. They lost their shirts and won't do it again. Don't believe that for an instant.

WATCH: It's All A Scam!

Posted 12.12.2012 | Media

Rachel Maddow tore into members of the conservative media on her Monday MSNBC show for what she called "scamming" gullible members of their own party ...

Paul Blumenthal

How DeMint Could Change Heritage Foundation | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) resignation from the Senate and appointment to lead the Heritage Foundation jolted Washington on Thursday. It...

Paul Blumenthal

Barack Obama Makes Fundraising History | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's official. For any future White House aspirant to become the greatest fundraiser of all-time, they're going to have to pass the curr...

GOP Super Donor Fights To Keep Donations Secret

AP | JACK GILLUM and STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A lawyer in Tennessee who is mysteriously linked to millions of dollars in campaign contributions steered to congressional candidat...

Paul Blumenthal

Romney's Billionaire Best Friend Doubled Down In Last Weeks | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the waning weeks of the 2012 election, Restore Our Future raised $22 million while spending $45 million in its ultimately failed effo...

Why Money in Politics Is Still a Really Big Deal

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Money in politics remains the greatest danger to government of, by, and for the people, and the 2012 elections only made a bad situation worse.

DeMint Explains Shock Resignation

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday that he plans to remain an effective mouthpiece for conservative politicians -- may...

Observations on Jerry Brown's Prop 30 Win: From the Notebook

William Bradley | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The dust is still settling from Governor Jerry Brown's big win with his Proposition 30 revenue initiative. While it may be premature to say that the Prop 13 era has given way completely to the Prop 30 era, this is clearly a very big deal, with ramifications that will play out over a period of years.