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Campaign Spending

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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

2012: Seeing the Long Arc of American Democracy Reversed

John Marttila | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
John Marttila

It can be fairly argued that Citizens United has already changed the outcome of a presidential primary, by giving Mitt Romney the GOP nomination. And it is a decision that is sure to inflict even more damage to our political system by contributing to a growing belief among average Americans that the system is rigged for the wealthy and the well connected. But forget about Mitt's nomination, the growing alienation of Americans from their political system, or the huge public disapproval of Citizens United that has been revealed in polls taken on the subject. Consider this vastly more important reality: Citizens United has reversed the long arc of American democracy and our steady progress to expand the voting franchise so that all of our citizens have an equal voice in our political system.

2012 Race Will Break Record By A Long Shot

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

The battle between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney will be the most expensive presidential contest ever – by a long shot. The...

The French Presidency Is a Bargain

Sophie Meunier | Posted 06.19.2012 | World
Sophie Meunier

Money is a good thing to have in a French electoral campaign, to be sure, but there is not that much money can buy.

Paul Blumenthal

Presidential Campaigns' January Fundraising And Spending Numbers Visualized

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

Reports about January's fundraising numbers, released on February 20, have focused on two narratives: Mitt Romney's limited fundraising and high burn ...

Auction 2012: 30 Million Jobs and the Election

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

This week, I'm pleased to bring you an important discussion about what we should be talking about this election season. It's time to look into corruption in banking, energy, health care, trade, and education; to trace the money and find out what it's costing you, personally.

Forcing Media Transparency in Campaign Spending

Edward Wasserman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

The biggest single reason for the worst thing about our electoral system is that to reach the voters, candidates need to pay the media a fortune. Hence, it's no surprise that the news media rarely denounce runaway campaign spending.

Will Election 2012 Cost the Most in Dollars... and Jobs?

Charles Kolb | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Charles Kolb

By every account, the 2012 election will be the most expensive in history. What many Americans don't know is that it won't just be the candidates shopping for dollars, but independent political groups that can accept unlimited, secret donations from corporations or unions.

Wisconsin Recall Election Spending Shatters Records

AP | By SCOTT BAUER | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. -- Nearly $44 million was spent on recall elections targeting nine Wisconsin state lawmakers after a...

Jimmy Carter Blasts Supreme Court For 'One Of The Stupidest Rulings Ever'

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

At the 30th annual Carter Town Hall on Wednesday, former President Jimmy Carter told his audience he thought the Supreme Court decision to roll back r...

Wisconsin Recalls Leave Both Republicans And Democrats Claiming Victory

AP | By SCOTT BAUER | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- Recall elections prompted by anger over lawmaker handling of a proposal to curb union rights let Wisconsin Democrats narrow the Repub...

Democratic Group Raises Millions To Counter Republican Attack Ads

AP | JACK GILLUM | Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — An outside group founded this spring by two former Obama White House advisers has raked in millions in donations since April, relyi...

Jason Linkins

Forecasters Predict Spending On Campaign Ads Will Reach Nightmarish Levels In 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.22.2011 | Media

Here's some good news for people who work in broadcast television: the 2012 campaign season is ramping up, and it seems that your sector of the economy is about to be stimulated. By billions of terrible political ads!

The People's Business

Adam Skaggs | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Adam Skaggs

Secret spending in elections is toxic. The Obama administration's draft executive order to increase transparency in political spending is a big step in the right direction. It is time for the president to sign it.

Dan Froomkin

CHART: Oil Subsidies Repeal Blocked By Industry-Bankrolled Senators

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An attempt to repeal some of the billion-dollar tax breaks enjoyed by the five biggest oil companies failed in the Senate Tuesday evenin...

Taking Back Our Government

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Limiting spending in campaigns would give the senator time to listen. Lobbyists and special interests would be limited. There would be time to debate rather than fundraise. And the people would recoup their government.

Dan Froomkin

'Super PACs' Are Using Corporate Money to Support Conservative Politicians [Infographics]

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2010 midterm elections were the first of a new era, one in which campaign finance rules no longer limit the amount of money special ...

In Wake Of Citizens United, New Rules Yet To Be Devised

The Washington Post | T.W. Farnam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A year after the Supreme Court's landmark decision easing campaign spending restrictions for corporations and interest groups, the Federal Election Co...

Donor Ties Put GOP Freshman At Center Of Battle Over Role Of Corporate Cash In Politics

The Washington Post | Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Mike Pompeo needed funding for a Wichita aerospace company, one of the places he and his partners went for help was Koch Industries, a hometown f...

Christine O'Donnell Campaign Spending Broke Delaware Records

AP | BEN EVANS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell set a state record by spending more than $6.1 million in her losing Senate campaign against...

Anti-Incumbent Or No, Campaign Cash Was Handled By Old Pros

Los Angeles Times | Kim Geiger and Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Anti-incumbent anger and "tea party" conservatives may have set the tone for this year's midterm elections, but it was mostly experienced political op...

Nate Silver: Sometimes, Money Can't Buy You Votes

nytimes.com | NATE SILVER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

One group of candidates who have struggled of late are those who are largely self-financed:...