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Restore Our Future, Pro-Romney Super PAC, Launches $17.7 Million Ad Buy

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics

Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, released two new TV spots as part of a $17.7 million ad camp...

'Feeble' Enforcement Renders Feared Group Toothless

Politico | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

The deep-pocketed conservative group Americans for Prosperity has spent $72 million on ads bashing Democrats so far this year. ...

Overfed Local TV Watchdogs Fed So Well With Campaign Ads They Can't Bark

Edward Wasserman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Some of the same media that should referee political discourse and oversee the process by which a sovereign electorate selects its leaders are in thrall to the backroom players whose mission it is to manipulate and game that discourse.

GOP Groups Open Floodgates With Shift In Mission

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A late spending splurge by outside political groups helped Republicans take over the House two years ago. The floodgates are openin...

Free The Files Teams Up With HuffPost To Unlock Political Ads In Swing States

ProPublica | Amanda Zamora | Posted 10.10.2012 | Denver

By Amanda Zamora, ProPublica In our ever-expanding quest to Free the Files, ProPublica is teaming up with Huffington Post in Denver, Detroit, M...

Citizens United Shake-Up Falls Flat

Daily Beast | Posted 10.04.2012 | Politics

At the start of the 2012 presidential campaign, many feared that new campaign-finance rules would unleash a torrent of outside money on the swing stat...

Top Romney Campaign Staff Received Bonuses

Posted 09.20.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign gave bonuses to four top staffers, according to new disclosure records released Thursday. The campaign handed o...

Poll Reveals Strong Support For Campaign Spending Limits

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 11.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Americans don't like all the cash that's going to super political action committees and other outside groups that are pouring milli...

Show Us The Money

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

While their logos are nowhere to be seen, the influence that corporations have in election cycle spending continues to receive increased attention. It has also engendered increased scrutiny on the part of both faith-consistent and socially responsible investors.

Does Campaign Finance In The United States Need To Be Fixed?

Posted 09.06.2012 | College

Editor's Note: HuffPost College teamed with the International Debate Education Association to produce the following debate. Since the 1976 Buckley ...

It's the Need for Campaign Contributions That's the Problem

Todd Phillips | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

Money is merely a symptom of the root problems of disconnect -- nearly all of the problems with our government can be traced back to the disconnect between citizens and the government.

McMahon Leads Murphy In Connecticut Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Cole Stangler | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

For the first time, Republican candidate Linda McMahon has opened up a lead over her opponent Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in the Connecticut Senate ra...

The Federal Election Act Is Still the Law of the Land

C. Leonard Gordon | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
C. Leonard Gordon

The Citizens United case doesn't say what everyone says it does. We are behaving as if the case opened floodgates to unlimited spending on elections not previously allowed, and it does nothing of the sort.

GOP Hopeful Losing A Lot In Longshot Bid

Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics

Republican candidate Linda McMahon is making history in her almost three-year effort to capture a seat to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate. ...

The Small Donor Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Jonathan Backer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

The real small donor revolution in New York City can spread to federal elections as well if Congress enacts a small donor matching fund program. But its impact will not be felt in the form of more television advertisements funded by money from small donors.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Poll Attacking Romney Came From Pro-Romney Super PAC Pollster | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

Since Mitt Romney’s campaign announced the presumptive Republican nominee’s opposition to extending a tax credit for wind energy producers, there...

Pro-Obama Super PAC Reserves $30 Million In TV Ad Time In Swing States

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Priorities USA Action, a super PAC backing President Barack Obama, has reserved $30 million worth of television ad buy in six battleground states. ...

Michelle Bachmann Still Owes $3,814 In Golf Cart Rental Fees

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 07.30.2012 | Small Business

Michelle Bachmann spent $3,814 at Turf Cars last August for golf carts to schlepp her supporters around Iowa. Newt Gingrich reportedly racked up a hef...

Pro-Romney Group Hits Obama's 'False, Desperate Attacks'

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.27.2012 | Politics

Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney, released a new radio ad Friday knocking President Barack Obama for his handling of the economy ...

GOP Super PAC American Crossroads Places $40 Million TV Ad Buy For Fall

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics

Pro-GOP super PAC American Crossroads has begun placing a $40 million advertising campaign in at least 10 states for the fall, according to a Monday N...

Romney Campaign Met At Arizona 'Ultra Lounge'

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.21.2012 | Politics

The Romney campaign picked a peculiar spot to hold a meeting while in Arizona last month. The campaign's latest filing to the Federal Elections Com...

Candidate Fundraising: Is This All Messed Up, or Am I Wrong?

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Greta Van Susteren

With all that is going on in the world, would it not be great if the candidates stopped the 'speed dating' fundraising and really talked to America and listened to America -- not with and to just the ones with their wallets open?

Ryan Grim

Profits Of Politics: How Much Longer Will TV Dominate Campaigning? | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The political consulting industry knows how to do one thing very, very well. Give a consultant a few million dollars and he or she will ...

Big Money Wins in Wisconsin: Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The real winner in Wisconsin on Tuesday was not Gov. Scott Walker, but Big Money. And the real loser was not Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, but democracy.

Corporate Personhood: How Far Does the Rabbit Hole Go?

Richard C. Leone | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

Will corporations get all the rights that personhood implies? It's hard to say; only one thing is certain, they won't have any trouble raising the money for campaigns to approve the corporate equality agenda, whatever it turns out to be.