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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...

Dan Froomkin

FEC Sued By Democratic Rep. Over Huge Disclosure Loophole | 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...

Credit CARD Act One Year Later: Was it a Success?

Scott Gamm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Scott Gamm

One year ago on February 22, 2010, the epic Credit CARD Act took effect, which aimed to reform the entire credit card industry. Has it been a success? The simple answer: yes and no.

Lobbyists Contribution Reports Should Be Filed in Real Time

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Up and down K Street today, lobbyists are filing contribution reports detailing campaign contributions they made to Members of Congress. It's a good idea with a major flaw.

Protecting the Privacy of the High Profile Purchaser

Ron Gitter | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ron Gitter

Spend a few minutes online with any of the news, entertainment or media venues, and one thing becomes abundantly clear -- there is a bottomless pit of enthusiasm for celebrity real estate.

In The Public Interest: Sunshine for Subsidies: Does 2010 Finally Mark the Rise of Public Scrutiny?

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

Although much has gone wrong during this year's wrangling over state and federal budget deficits, 2010 may go down as the year that America finally shined a light into the dark budget corners where billions are spent on government subsidies.

Corruption on Their Hands

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

We have just come through an election where huge amounts of secret contributions were spent in the congressional races. We cannot go through another n...

Whose Side Is Your Senator on?

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Whose side is our Senate on? Hedge fund billionaires, oil executives and health insurance honchos looking to secretly buy our elections; or the American people who have a right to know who's behind the spending?

Known Unknowns: The Power of Secret Money in the 2010 Elections

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Our fears and expectations in the aftermath of the Court's Citizens United decision, unfortunately, turned out to be well founded. This year's midterm elections were the most expensive in history.

End of an Era for Colorado Ballot Initiatives (We Hope)

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

Amendments 60 and 61 and Propositions 101 and 102 all failed, and questions raised by supporters' failures to disclose may have contributed to those defeats.