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Campaign Spending

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 | 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 | 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] | 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 | NATE SILVER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

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

Campaign Finance Reformers Survey The Wreckage

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Pity the campaign finance reform activist. For years he's fought to wring big money out of politics and shine a spotlight on who's funding campaigns. ...

72 Super PACs Spent $83.7 Million On Midterm Elections

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

The newly created independent political groups known as super PACs, which raised and spent millions of dollars on last month's elections, drew much of...

The New American Oligarchy: Creating a Country of the Rich, by the Rich, and for the Rich

Andy Kroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Kroll

You can't understand how the rich seized control of American politics, and arguably American society, without understanding how a small group of Americans got so much money in the first place.

Shadow Republican Groups Funded By Unknown Donors Are Spending Millions On Election Ads

TIME | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

From Washington to Florida this election season, candidates risk being drowned out by a flood of advertising from a robust new network of little-known...

Secret Spending Could Drive Wedge Between Democrats For 2012

Mother Jones | Andy Kroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the midterms wreckage still smoldering, 150 or so Democratic donors will meet at Washington's Mandarin Oriental Hotel this week to ruminate on wh...

Riding the Rails, Looking for Work

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Now that an entire week or so has passed, it becomes clear that this election was all about jobs and the triumph of shortsighted thinking over facing up to the long-range problems that threaten our future.

Midterm Stimulus Program: Campaigns Shower Billions On Companies

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The 2010 election season was good for Design Cuisine of Arlington, which took in more than $500,000 in catering fees. The Bighorn Golf Club in Palm De...

Who Had The Most Effective Election Spending? (Hint: Not Karl Rove)

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After all the talk about the impact of independent groups on this year's midterm elections, the debate over at least one important question can now be...