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Money in Politics: Rising in Intensity as a 2014 Election Issue

Mike Lux | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

There is more and more evidence that Democrats and progressives are discovering the power of taking on big money in politics as a central issue in their campaign strategies.

Republicans and Democrats Both Use Impeachment Food Fight for Fun and Profit

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If I get one more email asking me for money to stop the Republicans from impeaching Obama, I may have to change my email address. And if I were a Republican, I'd probably feel the same way about an endless stream of emails asking for money to stop Obama from exercising dictatorial powers, to sue him, or possibly impeach him.

E-Mauled: Politicians Are Pummeling My Inbox

Neil McCarthy | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Neil McCarthy

I am tired of emails. Not because I get too many of them (I do). It's because most of them are pretty dumb. I am what they call in the trade a "base voter." Also consequently, I am on everyone's email list.

Political Spending Reaches Record Highs

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

BOSTON -- Operating with few rules and limited oversight, outside groups spent a record $1 billion to influence last year's election. Politicians of ...

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy? We Could Do Worse

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Aside from the lack of language skills, Kennedy is a much better choice than most campaign bundlers who get plush ambassadorial posts for no other reason than having fundraised for the winning presidential candidate.

Paul Blumenthal

Dems Aim For One Unified Bill On Campaign Finance

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to show a unified front, five members of a campaign finance reform task force organized by House Democrats reintroduced thr...

The Simple Fix That Will Save the American Republic

Matt Zeller | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Matt Zeller

Fantastic fundraising and/or personal wealth does not correlate to good governance. Hence, our congressional representatives are poor governing officials, but fantastic fundraisers. How do we fix this all at once?

Amanda Terkel

With 2012 Election Barely Over, Politicians Begin Fundraising For 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's been just one week since Americans were bombarded with political ads, robocalls and knocks on the door by canvassers handing out li...

Two Contradictory Thoughts About Elections

Vitaliy N. Katsenelson | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

The election is over. I am left with two very contradictory feelings. First is the one of appreciation -- every four years we peacefully replace our...

No Debate: Offline Is the Rocket Fuel of Online Political Giving

Tom Serres | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Tom Serres

As pundits prepare to dissect every word that comes forth from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in tonight's debate, their analysis is likely to once again lack examination of the most immediate and critical effect these major events have on campaigns: online fundraising.

The Search for Political Money: Is it Time Well Spent?

Dan Glickman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Dan Glickman

2012-08-28-scblog2.png The skyrocketing amount of money in politics is destroying the ability of public servants to do their jobs. I would be shocked if members of congress are able to devote even half of their daily schedule to the actual job for which they were elected.

The Groupon Election

Patrick Ruffini | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Patrick Ruffini

Before 2012, there were tried and tested rules of political email. Today, campaign emails look a lot more like Groupon daily deals, and this is no coincidence.

Peter H. Stone

Mega Donors Bankrolling Massive Religious Conservative Anti-Obama Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Peter H. Stone | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

A conservative group led by longtime political activist Ralph Reed has budgeted $10 million for a major 2012 election push to turn out the religious r...

Obama's Accomplishments

David Boaz | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
David Boaz

As he runs for re-election, President Obama wants to point to his accomplishments in office. Trouble is, he's having trouble identifying them. I've combed through the research, and unearthed some achievements the president can claim.

Another Reason to Hate Citizens United

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

It may be easy to assume that politicians love being showered in money. But here's a secret: the truth is, most of us hate it. Hate it.

Election Regulators Approve Political Donations Via Text Message

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics

* Donations capped at $10 per text, $50 per month * Campaigns of Obama, Romney both support text donations By Alina Sely...

Good News For Bob Kerrey In Nebraska Senate Campaign

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey's (D-Neb.) campaign announced Friday that he raised more than $900,000 since entering the race on Feb. 29. to fill the seat of ...

WATCH: GOP Freshmen Caught At Fundraiser

Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics

CBS News conducted an undercover camera investigation at a recent GOP fundraiser for freshmen congressmen at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., o...

Christina Wilkie

Santorum's Piggy Banks: Charity And PAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The hottest phrase in Washington during the first cold, gray week of 2001 was "compassionate conservatism." George W. Bush had just been...

Christina Wilkie

EXCLUSIVE: GOP Candidate Tries To Hide Top Secret Donor Party (PHOTOS)

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich learned his lesson last week, after holding a fundraiser in a glass atrium downtown and drawing scores of protesters from ...

Occupy Needs Lobbyist

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Even if Occupy could agree on one purpose, Occupy wouldn't work because Congress no longer responds to the needs of the people. It only responds to the needs of the lobbyists. The people have lost control of their government.

Obama Raising Far More Financial-Sector Cash Than GOP Hopefuls

The Washington Post | Dan Eggen and T.W. Farnam | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

Despite frosty relations with the titans of Wall Street, President Obama has still managed to raise far more money this year from the financial and ba...

Boomshakalakah! 100k in One Week as the Wave Surges

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

One hundred thousand of us have decided to get money out of politics once and for all. This is a monumental task that we can only achieve with a single shared long-term goal: To force debate and passage of a Constitutional amendment to ban all private money in politics.

Campaign Donors Called Upon For Expert Testimony

The Washington Post | T.W. Farnam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The contributors' presence at the hearing -- first reported by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call -- does not violate congressional rules, but watch...

Secret Spending Could Drive Wedge Between Democrats For 2012

Mother Jones | Andy Kroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With the midterms wreckage still smoldering, 150 or so Democratic donors will meet at Washington's Mandarin Oriental Hotel this week to ruminate on wh...