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Individual-Candidate Super PACs Threaten to Wipe Out Candidate Contribution Limits

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The real purpose of an individual-candidate Super PAC is to circumvent candidate contribution limits. Wealthy donors, corporations and other contributors use these Super PACs as vehicles to make unlimited contributions to directly support the candidate backed by the Super PAC.

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...

Supreme Court Could Create System of Legalized Bribery in Washington Depending on Its Decision in McCutcheon Case

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

There are enormous stakes for the country in the campaign finance case the Supreme Court agreed to review this week.

Supreme Court to Decide Next Week Whether to Hear Two Cases Challenging the Constitutionality of Key Contribution Limits

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

At its conference on Friday, February 15, 2013, the Court is expected to act on a petition for certiorari in a case that involves a challenge to the constitutionality of the ban on corporate contributions to federal candidates.

A Challenge to President Obama's New 501(c)(4) Group

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

What happened to the president who warned us about the dangers of corporate money in the American political system? What happened to the president who warned us about the damage being done to our country by business as usual in Washington?

President Obama Opts for "The Ends Justify the Means," Where "Means" Creates Potential for Government Corruption

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

History is quite clear that unlimited funds provided to benefit an officeholder or candidate create the opportunity for corruption or the appearance of corruption. And that is the opportunity being created with the establishment of Organizing for Action by the president and his political allies.

BuyPartisan Consensus: ExxonMobil Donates $260,000 to Obama Inauguration

Steve Horn | Posted 03.23.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Critics say it's more of the same out of an Obama Administration that in the first term had a cozy relationship with corporate patrons.

Watchdogs Urge Action On Rove Group

ProPublica | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

By Justin Elliott ProPublica, Jan. 2, 2013, 5:43 p.m.Two watchdog groups are calling on the IRS to reject Crossroads GPS' request to be recognized a...

Groups Call For Probe On Massive Mysterious Tea Party Donation

AP | JACK GILLUM | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Two election watchdog organizations on Thursday urged the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission to investigate more th...

RNC Lawsuit Challenging Contribution Limit Would Open Door to Corrupting Million Dollar Party Contributions

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

There is little doubt that million dollar contributions would be solicited and given if the aggregate contribution limit is removed. History makes clear that when it comes to raising and spending political money, what can be done will be done.

Senator McConnell "Pounds the Table" in Opposing Campaign Finance Disclosure Long Upheld by Supreme Court

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Senator McConnell doesn't have a constitutional leg on which to stand when he argues against the right of citizens to know the identity of secret donors funding campaign expenditures to influence their votes.

Constitution Check: Would the Supreme Court Uphold a Ban on Super PACs Closely Linked to Candidates?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

The theory, of course, will be that, if political spending is a form of speech, there should be no limit on spending that "speaks" directly to a candidate who shares one's policy views.

Paul Blumenthal

What Obama Can Do To Fix 'National Campaign Finance Scandal'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has been criticized before for failing to live up to promises made in his 2008 campaign on such issues as pharmac...

Dan Froomkin

Candidate-Specific Super PACs Offer End Run For Maxed-Out Donors: Study

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Further indicating that candidate-specific super PACs are being used to end-run traditional campaign contribution limits, a new analysis...

Dan Froomkin

Right Under Their Noses: Political Groups Are Flouting IRS Rules To Keep Donors Secret, Reformers Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

Good-government advocates on Wednesday asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate four groups they say are blatantly flouting the law by claimi...

Dan Froomkin

Maryland To Require Companies To Post Election Spending Online

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.25.2011 | Politics

A bill awaiting the Maryland governor’s signature could serve as a template for national campaign finance reform laws, in light of last year's Supre...

Dan Froomkin

FEC Sued By Democratic Rep. Over Huge Disclosure Loophole

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Democratic congressman on Thursday sued the Federal Election Commission in an effort to close a massive disclosure loophole before ind...

Why We Should Pay Attention: The Facts About the Mideast Nuclear Scare

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

Much of the media, which does not understand the military issues involved, and exaggerates the dangers in the Israel-Iran confrontation, bear much of the blame. So here is some clarification.