Money In Politics

Matea Gold reports in today's Washington Post that more than $11 million in McCutcheon Money has already flowed into this year's mid-term congressional elections. That's money that can be directly attributed to the Supreme Court's most recent disastrous campaign finance ruling, McCutcheon v. FEC....
09/02/2014
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Yesterday, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Charles E. Schumer, Michael Bennet, Richard Blumenthal and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts re-introduced the DISCLOSE Act, a comprehensive disclosure legislation that came within one vote of overcoming a party line filibuster and adopting comprehensive...
06/24/2014
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The recent Scott Walker allegations have brought the question of money in politics post Citizen’s United to the forefront. At the Monkey Cage blog, Brandon Rottinghaus points to his research that, “as opposed to other kinds of scandals (sexual, etc.), political scandals like Walker’s are...
06/23/2014
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Patrick Flavin is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Baylor University. He is also doing pioneering work in the area of policy representation at the state level. You can find a discussion of his work here. I talked with him about his studies and what they tell us about...
06/18/2014
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Update: By a 5-4 vote, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution passed the resolution today. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution is debating and voting on Senate Joint Resolution 19, which calls for a constitutional amendment that grants Congress...
06/18/2014
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It has been less than two months since the Supreme Court issued its plurality decision in McCutcheon v. FEC and already two district courts have voiced strong concerns with the decision. In New York Progress & Prot. PAC v. Walsh, Judge Paul Crotty, a George W. Bush appointee to the U.S....
06/16/2014
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost big yesterday to Tea Party candidate Dave Brat in his Virginia Republican primary. Cantor severely outspent his opponent (about 25-to-1), so some will point to this as an example of how campaign money doesn't matter. Thankfully, it's true that big spenders don...
06/11/2014
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The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) recently filed a federal complaint challenging the constitutionality of several Connecticut statutes that regulate campaign expenditures made without the consent, coordination, or consultation of candidates for state office (“independent expenditures”)....
05/13/2014
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Today, Senate Republicans filibustered a proposal to gradually raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. That filibuster may seem like a big surprise considering opinion polls—72 percent of the public are in favor of the proposal—but it makes a lot of sense when you consider who our...
04/30/2014
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In theory, Congress should pass laws and legislation (which hit a record low in 2013)—and in a representative democracy, its members should listen to constituents and reflect their concerns and priorities. Yet we’ve shown how Congress prioritizes and advances the priorities of the...
03/12/2014
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