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Paul Blumenthal is a reporter at The Huffington Post covering campaign finance and money-in-politics. His work has appeared on PBS' Frontline, MSNBC, CNN and The New York Times and been included in Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 5th Edition and in Transparency International's Global Corruption Report: Climate Change. He previously worked as the senior writer for The Sunlight Foundation.

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Why The 2016 Election May Not Break Spending Records

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 6:37 PM


WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential election had been predicted to be the most expensive ever, fueled by a massive field of candidates and the proliferation of super PACs.


But so far, the 2016 election isn’t as record-shattering as one might expect.


By the end of March,...

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Koch Brothers Back New Effort To Make It Harder To Track Dark Money

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 5:28 PM


UPDATE: April 28 -- The legislation passed out of the Ways and Means Committee on a party line vote with all Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition. Prior to the vote, committee members were sent another letter in support of the bill. This letter came...

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Corporations Opposed To North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law Helped Elect Its Supporters

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 1:25 PM


WASHINGTON -- More than 100 corporations have voiced extreme displeasure with North Carolina’s government since the state legislature passed a bill blocking municipalities from enacting their own rules to prevent anti-LGBT discrimination. Dozens of these corporations also had a hand in electing the very Republican majority that...

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This Guy Spent A Record $12.7 Million Running For Congress -- And Lost

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 12:09 PM


WASHINGTON -- Thanks to the record spending of one candidate, the Democratic primary in Maryland’s 8th congressional district will go down in history. David Trone, the multi-millionaire owner of the retailer Total Wine & More, spent $12.7 million of his own money on the campaign, making...

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Lawmakers Respond To Democracy Spring Protests With Call For Democracy Hearings

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 3:58 PM

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Bernie Sanders Is Raising Money Hand Over Fist -- And Spending It The Same Way

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 10:54 PM


WASHINGTON -- The small-donor machine built by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has raised by far the most money of any candidate in the presidential race this year. The only problem: He's spending the most by far, too.


Sanders raised $46 million from more...

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Protesters Invade Capitol To Protest Corrupt Money In Politics

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 11:21 AM

Thirteen activists zip-tied themselves to the scaffolding in the Capitol rotunda Friday as part of a weeklong civil disobedience action protesting the corrupting role of money in politics and attacks on the right to vote.

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Why A GOP Lobbyist Is Giving Money To A Democratic Senate Candidate

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 8:51 AM


WASHINGTON -- A white Republican lobbyist has been giving money to Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), who is African-American, because, the lobbyist says, the Senate's not diverse enough.


Sam Geduldig first gave $200 to the Edwards campaign last year, an...

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Bernie Sanders Reaches Down Ballot To Expand His Political Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 3:07 PM


WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has raised an unprecedented amount of money from small donors for his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Now, he is using that massive list to help raise money for down-ballot Democrats that would be allies in Congress.


On Wednesday, the...

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Bernie Sanders Has A Very Lonely But Very Committed Following On Wall Street

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 12:03 PM


For months now, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has ridden a message of concern and anger over the indulgences of the U.S. banking industry to greats heights in the Democratic primary. Now, as that primary hits its closing stretch, and as Sanders is in need of an...

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This Group Raised $11 Million To Defeat Citizens United. So Why Do People Hate Them?

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 10:09 AM


WASHINGTON -- In March 2015, a new group showed up on the political scene, seemingly out of thin air. It called itself End Citizens United PAC and said its goal was to overturn the controversial Supreme Court decision by electing more Democrats.


Scott...

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Civil Disobedience Against Corrupt Campaign Finance Shows Protest Movement Is Growing

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 10:40 AM

WASHINGTON -- After a 140-mile march from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., police arrested more than 400 protesters on the steps of the Capitol building. Monday's demonstration was part of a civil disobedience action in support of reducing the...

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Top Washington Lawyer Cleared Unaoil In Anti-Corruption Report

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 6:19 PM

A prominent Washington lawyer who wrote a report finding no significant concerns of corrupt practices at Unaoil, the company now at the center of a massive bribery scandal, later provided legal services to Unaoil itself, according to internal emails obtained by The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media.

Kevin Abikoff,...

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Unaoil's Huge New Corporate Bribery Scandal, Explained

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 9:21 AM

On Wednesday, The Huffington Post and our Australian partner Fairfax Media published the results of a months-long investigation into Unaoil, a mysterious Monaco-based firm registered in the British Virgin Islands.

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Inside The Battle Against Global Corruption

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 6:41 PM


Brazil's current and previous presidents face immense street protests over corruption allegations. Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta last year resigned amid anti-corruption protests. A Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in 2010 to protest corruption and rampant unemployment, igniting a revolution across the Arab world fueled...

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U.S. Oil Industry Giant Paid Millions To A Company At The Center Of Huge Corruption Scandal

(4) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 6:04 PM


The American engineering and construction firm KBR hired Unaoil -- an obscure Monaco-based company now involved in a massive international bribery scandal -- to help it win oil and gas contracts in Kazakhstan. KBR, which until 2007 was part of the oilfield services giant Halliburton, paid Unaoil millions of...

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There's A Huge New Corporate Corruption Scandal. Here's Why Everyone Should Care.

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 3:13 AM


Most people remember that the Arab Spring started with a guy who lit himself on fire. What they don’t remember is that he did it as a protest against corruption: Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian fruit vendor, decided he'd been shaken down by police officers one...

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Donald Trump Has Spent Less Than Any Other Primary Front-Runner

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 12:29 PM


WASHINGTON -- Never before has a presidential candidate spent so little to win so much. According to Federal Election Commission records, billionaire eccentric Donald Trump has spent less than any other presidential primary front-runner in the past 16 years.


Through the end of February, Trump spent $33...

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Hillary Clinton Is Actually Doing Better With Small Donors

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 12:13 PM


WASHINGTON -- Amid the first primary and caucus contests for the Democratic presidential nomination last month, Hillary Clinton added a new line to her regular stump speech, thanking the many small donors fueling her campaign.


The line was almost a direct copy from...

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Republican Billionaires Went All In For Marco Rubio In February

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2016 | 3:26 PM


WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump rolled up early primary and caucus wins, the nation’s Republican billionaires poured money into a super PAC backing the presidential campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).


The $25 million provided by the party’s establishment donors to...

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