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Campaign Spending

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:...

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...

God Bless You, Big Campaign Spenders!

Billy Kimball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Billy Kimball

I know that stimulating the economy wasn't your primary goal and that you spent this money to further your own self-interest. But that doesn't mean that the collateral benefits should be ignored.

Running for Office, But Where Do They Stand?

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

After being inundated by countless and misleading television commercials and far too many and unwanted fliers sating our mail boxes, the electorate is...

David Gregory Doesn't Tolerate "Softball Answers"

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

Last week, Meet the Press anchor David Gregory hosted a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on the subject of "college completion and the American f...

Midterm Elections 2010: An Inside Look At The Outside Group Spending Surge Boosting The GOP

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A year ago, two top Republican strategists sat down for lunch at the venerable Mayflower Hotel, five blocks from the White House, c...

Sam Stein

House Candidates To Spend Over $1 Billion On Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The combined cost of the 2010 elections for the House of Representatives will total well more than $1 billion, according to a new analysis by a nonpar...

If you don't vote, they win and you lose

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

Secret wealthy individuals and corporations, both foreign and domestic, are financing attack ads against Democrats from one end of the country to the ...

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Plutocracy

Beth Broderick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beth Broderick

America has apparently not gotten the memo that our democracy is for sale. It seems the saps plan to have their vote counted, and last I looked it is votes that we count here... not coins.

Major GOP Donors Heading To Palm Springs In January To Plan For Next Election

New York Times | KATE ZERNIKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A secretive network of Republican donors is heading to Palm Springs for a long weekend in January, but it will not be to relax after a hard-fought ele...

Howard Fineman

AVALANCHE: Nevada Voters Inundated With Unprecedented Campaign Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The most expensive, nasty and weird election season in recent years -- a campaign of witches, grizzlies and an Aqua Buddha -- is reaching its advertis...

The Apocryphal Midterm Election

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

If a for-profit wants to spend secretively, they can send their dollars through a non-profit who will do the spending for them. More than any election since Watergate, this midterm is looking like a win for obfuscation and loss for transparency.

Consultants Recast Super-Wealthy Candidates From Rich To Regular

AP | SUSAN HAIGH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Wearing a smart business suit and a friendly smile, political newcomer Linda McMahon easily sells herself as an entrepreneur ...

Interest-Group Spending For Midterm Up Fivefold From 2006

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Interest groups are spending five times as much on the 2010 congressional elections as they did on the last midterms, and they are more secretive than...

Midterm Election Spending Aims To Sway Races As Donors' Names Kept Secret

The New York Times | Michael Luo and Stephanie Strom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A revamped regulatory landscape this year has elevated the attractiveness to political operatives of groups like Crossroads and others, organized unde...

GOP Groups Outpacing Democrats In Election Spending

Time | Michael Crowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In recent days, Ohio voters have probably seen a TV spot ripping Democratic "stimulus and debt" policies, courtesy of a group calling itself Crossroad...

Hey Meg, California Is Not For Sale

Nancy Snow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Snow

Ten years ago while teaching political science at New England College in New Hampshire, I directed Common Cause, the nonpartisan good government lobby...

2010 Political Ad Spending CRUSHING 2006 Levels

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It's not even Labor Day and negative political ads are muscling in on your TV time. Across the country, ad spending is up and attac...