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How Rand Paul Abandoned One Of His Key Promises

www.motherjones.com | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

As a candidate, he touted a proposal to curb the influence of lobbyists and donors. As a senator, he shelved that plan—and accepted contributions fr...

Michael McAuliff

Dems: GOP Outrage At IRS Is Really About Rove

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican efforts to punish the Internal Revenue Service for its alleged partisan targeting of political social welfare groups may have...

Paul Blumenthal

Nothing Really Compares To The Koch Political Empire

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch become a focus of Democratic Party attacks for their big spending in the 2014 electi...

Paul Blumenthal

Figured Out Dark Money Groups, Super PACs? Thanks To The Supreme Court, You'll Have To Learn About This, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has opened the door for wealthy donors to spend even more on pol...

'Our Energy Moment': The Blue Engine Behind Fracked Gas Exports PR Blitz

Steve Horn | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Behind nearly every major corporate policy push there's an accompanying well-coordinated public relations and propag...

Jason Linkins

Mystery Super PAC Theatre 2014: The Further Adventures Of Campaign B-Roll Video

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

As Paul Blumenthal reported last week, the hot new thing in the shady interplay between political campaigns and the super PACs that support them is th...

Paul Blumenthal

Koch-Funded Network Jumps To Defend Billionaire Brothers Against Democratic Attacks

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A nonprofit group funded by Charles and David Koch to promote the reduction of national debt and government spending has been pressed in...

Michael McAuliff

Issa Hearing Reveals Allure Of Dark Money For IRS-Targeted Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa's latest oversight hearing into the Internal Revenue Service's botched enforcement against tea party and other "social...

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Candidates Find A Way To Give Those Friendly Super PACs A Helping Hand

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest trend in Senate campaigns is the posting of b-roll footage on the Internet, available to download. The goal isn't to draw the...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Senate Candidate Used To Hate 'Unseemly' Dark Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 1997, when freshman Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) was a bright junior at Harvard, he made a strong argument against the kind of dark money...

Paul Blumenthal

Dark Money Group's #McConnelling Violates Campaign Laws: Watchdogs

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Campaign finance watchdogs are calling foul on a "dark money" nonprofit's use of b-roll footage posted by the campaign of Sen. Mitch McC...

Watch: Who's Buying our Midterm Elections?

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Already, three times as much money has been raised for this year's elections as four years ago, when the Citizens United decision was announced.

Kathleen Miles

This Chart Shows How Little We Really Know About Where Political Money Comes From

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

More and more money is going into U.S. elections without any disclosure of where it's coming from. Spending by “dark money” groups -- organizat...

Paul Blumenthal

What Lies Behind Top GOP Senator's Local Support? Karl Rove's Network

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Steven Law, the head of the Crossroads groups founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove, has declared that reelecting Sen. Mitch McConn...

Paul Blumenthal

Stephen Colbert To IRS: Let Me Make Fun Of 'Dark Money' And Super PACs Some More

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Comedian Stephen Colbert, whose gags have pointed out the absurdity of U.S. campaign finance laws since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizen...

The War on Democracy: Art Pope and the Rich Bullies

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Spending millions of dollars, America's 21st century bullies have reshaped the Republican Party and are threatening representative democracy. The Koch brothers and their allies have four objectives.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Push IRS To Limit Dark Money's Political Power

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 13 Democratic senators sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday urging the agency to adopt stringent new lim...

Dark Money Groups' Failure To Report Activity Raises Questions

Center for Public Integrity | Julie Patel | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

By Julie Patel, Center for Public Integrity Two of the tightest races for U.S. Senate in 2012 were in Nevada and Arizona. Republican candidates eke...

How Far Can the IRS Go in Regulating Political Ads by Nonprofits?

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

The IRS's proposed rule has run into the bugaboo that has plagued the Supreme Court and election administrators for years: how to define "political" advertisements.

Watch: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to "endanger our liberties or democratic process" but have you heard of the "Deep State?"

Anatomy of the Deep State

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol.

Why This Conservative Group Thinks Its Civil Rights Were Violated

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics

MILWAUKEE, Wisc., Feb 10 (Reuters) - A conservative organization in Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit against state investigators on Monday, saying ...

Paul Blumenthal

These People Really Want Mitch McConnell To Lose

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- We Are Kentucky, a super PAC formed to support the Senate candidacy of Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), raised $...

Paul Blumenthal

7 Charts To Understand Citizens United On Its 4th Anniversary

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four years ago the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case that corporations could spend unl...

How Major U.S. Companies Are Quietly Funneling Dark Money

Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

By Michael Beckel, Center for Public Integrity The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010 did not, as...