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Erin Mershon

Fred Upton, GOP Committee Chairman, Pushes Obama To Disclose, But Defended Bush | Erin Mershon | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House Republican chairman who once defended the Bush administration's non-disclosure is now blasting the White House for withholding i...

Mike Sacks

Citizens United Part II: Montana Attorney General Takes A Stand | Mike Sacks | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock says that he has been so personally involved in the Citizens United sequel soon to be considered ...

Paul Blumenthal

One Step Closer To Disclosure For Kochs, Rove, Chamber | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A court ruling requiring non-disclosing political groups -- including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Koch brothers' Americans for ...

Will the Death of Traditional Journalism Permanently Change Philanthropy?

Kevin K. Murphy | Posted 06.06.2012 | Media
Kevin K. Murphy

Setting aside the silly notion that no newsroom decision was ever made while considering advertiser reaction, most of the old media types have no alternative ideas.

Paul Blumenthal

Court Ruling: Rules Blocking Disclosure By Kochs, Rove, Chamber Invalid | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Friday evening, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling that could begin the process of revealing the id...

Dan Froomkin

Return Of Disclose Act Would Force Vote On Secret Slush Funds | Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are setting up a showdown with Republicans on the issue of unlimited secret campaign donations, proposing new rules tha...

Super PAC Disclosure Reports Reveal Out-of-Control and Corrupt System

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Super PAC disclosure reports being filed this week reveal an out-of-control and corrupt system that is doing enormous damage to our political system and to our democracy.

'The Public Is Fed Up With Wealthy Donors Who Manipulate Elections'

Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.01.2012 | San Francisco

A bill that would have given California voters more insight into the funding of political advertisements in the post-Citizens United era of unlimited ...

Working to Eviscerate the Laws They Are Supposed to Support

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The three Republican Commissioners on the six-member FEC have once again shown their disdain for the nation's campaign finance laws they are supposed ...

New Gift Regulations for California, Finally

Jessica Levinson | Posted 01.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

Just in time for the holidays Californians may receive a present from the state's political watchdog agency -- new rules for public officials concerning the acceptance and disclosure gifts.

Is Business Ready for Hypertransparency?

Naomi Mandelstein | Posted 01.08.2012 | San Francisco
Naomi Mandelstein

The era of controlled and packaged disclosures is giving way to transparency that is being co-created by stakeholders and citizen journalists. And businesses, ready or not, will have to adapt.

A Challenge to Americans Elect to Comply With Tax Laws and Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Americans Elect is an organization whose stated goal is "to nominate a presidential ticket that answers directly to voters -- not the political syste...

Paul Blumenthal

Political Advertisements May Face Disclosure Requirement | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Everyone is used to seeing a flood of political advertising, whether they are vicious attack ads or saccharine puff pieces, in the month...

Paul Blumenthal

Corporations Try To Listen To Political Spending Outrage | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON -- Four miles north of the occupied Zuccotti Park, where protesters have urged an end to corporate influence in politics, business...

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.

Paul Blumenthal

Early GOP Primary Could Mean Super Secret Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the Republican primary campaign moving up into January, voters in the early voting states could be left in the dark about who is fu...

Paul Blumenthal

Political Disclosure Doesn't Harm Corporate Bottom Lines: Report | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Corporations should not fear disclosing their political spending, says a report co-authored by a Harvard Law School professor and the wa...

Paul Blumenthal

Anti-Gay Marriage Group Also Opposes Transparency | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is one of the best known and well funded anti-gay marriage advocacy groups in the country. ...

Paul Blumenthal

Former Lobbyists Could Staff 'Super Congress' | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With congressional leaders having finalized their selection of the 12-member, bicameral panel designed to pinpoint $1.5 trillion in defi...

Paul Blumenthal

Reform Groups: Investigate Mystery Pro-Romney Donation | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reform groups filed an official complaint and request for investigation on Friday against the company that gave a $1 million donation to...

Paul Blumenthal

GOP Senator: Disclose All Contributions to Super Congress Members In Real Time | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immediately after voting against the debt limit deal, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced a bill to require the real time disclosure of...

Paul Blumenthal

House Democrats Call On White House To Sign Campaign Transparency Order | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 60 House Democrats led by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) is urging the White House to sign a draft executive order that would req...

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Wonderland

Robert Weissman | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

It's a good rule of thumb: If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- the trade association for large corporations -- is whipped up about something, there's p...

Stapleton Moonlighting Shows Need for More Disclosure

Luis Toro | Posted 07.06.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

While State Treasurer Stapleton argued in favor of transparency in Washington, DC, he has been resisting it here in Colorado, refusing to disclose how much time he is spending on his second job.

Dan Froomkin

Maryland To Require Companies To Post Election Spending Online | 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...