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

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.10.2014 | 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.

Campaign Finance Reform: Making Gains on the State Level

Robert A. DeLeo | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Robert A. DeLeo

When voters go to the polls, they deserve as much information as possible in making decisions about our government. Unfortunately, self-determination, one of the rights we hold most dear is under assault by cloaked spending.

Ryan Grim

Koch Brothers' Real Fear Revealed In Secret Audio: Liberal Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics

Charles and David Koch may be annoyed at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has made it his mission to elevate the billionaire industrial...

Super PAC Changes Anti-Shaheen Ads Over Inaccuracies

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative super PAC was forced Wednesday to edit a negative ad against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen after the New Hampshire Democrat's...

Jason Linkins

The Future Of Attack Ads Is An Endless Loop Of Loony Billionaires Yelling At Each Other

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

Terrible political attack ads used to be so simple. Time was you could forget to press forward on your TiVo and accidentally catch some dire-sounding ...

Samantha Lachman

Anti-Super PAC Democrat Gets A Super PAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

A Democratic House candidate who has consistently voiced opposition to super PAC spending that supports his opponent now has a super PAC of his own. ...

Absentee Senator Pat Roberts Survives Bruising Kansas Primary

Erik Ose | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

Roberts appeared vulnerable earlier this year after questions were raised about his residency in Kansas, similar to what helped defeat veteran Sen. Richard Lugar two years ago.

Paul Blumenthal

Corporations Have Found Yet Another (Secret) Way To Help Get Politicians Elected

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On June 14, 2012, someone created a corporation in Ohio called American Dream Fund LLC. Six months later, this corporation made a $250,0...

Republicans Unload On Democratic Senate Nominee In Georgia

AP | BILL BARROW and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Republicans are on the offensive in the opening days of Georgia's Senate campaign, hammering Democrat Michelle Nunn as a rubber s...

Obama Embracing Secretive Elements Of Questionable System

AP | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguin...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Top List of Super PAC Mega-Donors

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic super PACs continue to attract more money than their Republican counterparts, due in part to a huge amount of support from de...

Kate Sheppard

Group Tries To Make Climate Change A Winning Wedge Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Many nonprofits and issue groups from across the political spectrum score elected officials on their voting records, evaluating whether ...

Paul Blumenthal

A Personal Super PAC Is The Latest Weapon For This Year's Senate Candidate

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This year, for the first time since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling unleashed the unlimited-money super PAC, the majorit...

#FireKline: Congressman John Kline Advances to 'Flippable Four' in Bill Maher's #FlipADistrict Campaign

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Kyle McCarthy

Maher has been calling on viewers to nominate and vote for the worst members of Congress for his #FlipADistrict Campaign. Once a "winner" is chosen on September 12, Maher plans to throw that member of Congress into the national spotlight and help oust them from office.

Paul Blumenthal

How GOP Donors Funded Sen. Thad Cochran's Winning Appeal To African-Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) appeal to African-American voters in his winning primary election runoff last month was funded entirely by...

Democracy: No Longer for Sale?

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

How does "getting together" actually unify and strengthen, rather than scatter, a given movement for social change?

Jason Linkins

Rumors Of A 'Firewall' Between Campaigns And Super PACs Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

As America has become used to the new landscape of money in politics -- now featuring rampaging, steroidal super PACs running amok in every corner of ...

"Conservatives Don't Like Taxes" and Other Lessons on Running for Office (from a 27-year-old Oklahoman Who Couldn't)

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Brian Holton Henderson

Politicians like Mike Turner willfully sling about phrases like "the big hand of government" and "despotic solar subsidies" while ignoring the fact that increasing numbers of conservatives are adamantly pro-solar.

Rove-Backed Group Puts Millions Toward Six Senate Races

AP | By PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — High-dollar donors' favorite political machine on Tuesday began booking another $20 million in television air time for an autumn a...

Four Years Later, Super PACs Still Misunderstood

Center for Public Integrity | Marcelo Rochabrun | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

By Marcelo Rochabrun Center for Public Integrity This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, non...

Paul Blumenthal

Citizens United Reduces Lawmakers To 'Bit Players In Their Own Campaigns'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new report from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law sheds light on how the millions in independent spending unleashed by t...

Paul Blumenthal

Tech Titans From Both Parties Get Behind Super PAC To End All Super PACs

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Big-name technology titans from different ideological backgrounds are backing a super PAC formed by Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig to...

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans File Suit To End McCain-Feingold Reform Law, Raise Unlimited Funds

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee and the Louisiana Republican Party filed suit in federal court Friday to overturn the decadeslong ban ...

RNC Wants To Raise Unlimited Cash Just Like Super PACs

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee on Friday sued the Federal Election Commission for the ability to raise unlimited cash from indi...

Ryan Grim

Scott Brown's Work Against Energy Bill Sparks TV Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

Scott Brown is getting hit in New Hampshire with a quarter-million-dollar ad buy for working behind the scenes against a bipartisan energy conservatio...