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Campaign Spending

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 | 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 | 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...

Colorado Senate Race a Chance to Start Reversing Corporate Stranglehold on Congress

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

The current Colorado U.S. senate race offers a rare opportunity for the electorate to exercise leverage against the corporate-controlled state.

Arthur Delaney

Campaign Finance: Dems Unveil Bill To Make Corporate CEOs Say 'I Approve This Message' In Campaign Ads | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats unveiled legislation on Thursday that will force corporate CEOs to say "I approve this message" in campaign ads bankrolled by their companie...

Corporate Special Interests for Controls on Campaign Spending?

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the US Supreme Court has presented the United States with an astonishing future of unlimited spending on campaigns by corporations. We are facing the possibility of a true failed state.

Kagan Nomination Another Example of Obama Anti-Corporate Bigotry

Murray Hill Inc. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Murray Hill Inc.

In a transparent attempt to thwart our historic candidacy, the president has stepped up his attack by appointing the very architect of the now thoroughly discredited argument against corporate civil rights.

Illinois Senate Hopefuls Spent Big Money During Final Months Of Primary

Chicago Current | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Now that campaign staffers are enjoying Presidents Day, it's a good time to reflect on how U.S. Senate candidates fared during the primary election. ...

Change: The Supreme Court and Massachusetts

Alison Teal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Teal

Massachusetts elected a white male who supports water-boarding and troop increases and opposes the health care bill and the proposed tax on banks. Change? It doesn't sound like a new product to me.

Monopoly Corporatocracy Replaces Democracy

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 to make George W. Bush President allow large corporations to spend as much as needed to place their candidates in offi...

Bloomberg Sets Record For Personal Spending In Pursuit Of Public Office | MICHAEL BARBARO and DAVID W. CHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Michael R. Bloomberg, the Wall Street mogul whose fortune catapulted him into New York's City Hall, has set another staggering financial record: He ha...

What Better Things Should Mayor Bloomberg Have Spent $100 Million On? (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

When all is said and done, Michael Bloomberg is expected to have spent over $100 million to get elected mayor of New York City for a third time. His ...