Money In Politics

Other outside dark money groups get the press, but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gets results. That's because the Chamber, the biggest lobbying organization in the country, doesn't disclose its donors, among whom are the most powerful companies in the country. Those corporations use the Chamber's to...
10/19/2012
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When being the mayor of New York City isn’t enough, it’s time to start playing with the big boys. In 2012, that means starting a Super PAC. Michael Bloomberg is taking his fabled centrism on the road. In all, Mr. Bloomberg intends to invest in as many as a dozen House and Senate races, though...
10/18/2012
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Being a whistblower and exposing wrongdoing at large, well-established corporations is not all Erin Brokovich makes it out to be. The cases have traditionally been an uphill battle whose benefits, if any, come late. Americans may love a good David and Goliath battle, but the power of large...
10/07/2012
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The Government Integrity Fund is a 501(c)4, a dark money group with a wildly misleading name. The Fund has been making a big splash in Ohio, spending a million dollars in advertisements against Senator Sherrod Brown.  Justin Elliott's recent report in ProPublica reveals the extent of the...
10/05/2012
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On the first day of the Supreme Court’s term, while attention was focused on upcoming blockbuster constitutional cases on affirmative action in higher ed, a core provision of the Voting Rights Act, and marriage equality for same-sex couples, the Court quietly rejected a...
10/02/2012
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Since 2005, the gambling industry has spent at least $9.5 million on lobbying and $1.5 million in campaign contributions per election cycle in New York. Compare this to the banking and financial service sector, which spent $16 million on lobbying each election cycle, and the energy sector,...
09/21/2012
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Congressman John Sarbanes was frustrated with the state of political fundraising in the wake of Citizens United, and looking for another way.  He'd heard about systems that increase the value of small contributions by matching them with public dollars—turning a $25 contribution into...
09/20/2012
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News came out last week that fossil fuel interests have spent over $153 million in television ads attacking the President’s clean energy agenda, including criticizing new air pollution rules and the delay of the Keystone XL pipeline. This figure is likely to grow, as there is still two months...
09/17/2012
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  News came out last week that fossil fuel interests have spent over $153 million in television ads attacking the President’s clean energy agenda, including criticizing new air pollution rules and the delay of the Keystone XL pipeline. This figure is likely to grow, as there is still two...
09/17/2012
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Should Dodd-Frank be overturned, the financial industry stands to make (with government backing, of course) a ton of money. It’s unsurprising that its repeal has become a centerpiece of the 2012 campaign, with Wall Street donating far more to candidates who want to overturn or weaken the law. What...
09/06/2012
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