Money In Politics

Why isn't anyone talking about the role of wealthy campaign donors in gridlocking Washington and precipitating a likely government shutdown? In the standard telling, it's extreme base voters, whipped up by Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, who have turned the GOP into what Paul Krugman called the "Crazy...
09/23/2013
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Have you heard of the Freedom Partners? According to a Politico investigation, the group raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape political and policy debates. According to IRS filings, the group has 200 donors, each of whom paid at least $100,000 in annual dues. And while its head, Marc...
09/13/2013
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Last week, we highlighted how the outside money group, Jobs for New York, was dominating the New York City Council races. So, how did they do? Not too shabby—of the 20 candidates they supported, 16 won, two are still too close to call, and two candidates were unsuccessful. Let’s look at the two...
09/12/2013
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Here’s another example of how money corrupts the electoral system: a pro-business special interest group has spent almost $7 million on New York City Council races. Jobs for New York is organized by the Real Estate Board of New York, backed by real estate developers, property owners, and other pro-...
09/06/2013
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If there’s one thing you can say about Art Pope, North Carolina’s mega-donor, it’s that he is a man on a mission. Unfortunately, his mission is to use his wealth to make voting more difficult and restrictive and continue the outsized role money plays in politics. A new investigation from the...
08/30/2013
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The New York Times recently published a great piece on fundraising by freshmen congressmen/women on the highly-coveted House Financial Services Committee. It included this surprisingly frank statement from an industry lobbyist: “It is almost like investing in a first-round draft pick for the N.B....
08/20/2013
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The United States supposedly can no longer afford the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and every agency in the government is downsizing thanks to sequestration. It can, however, afford Egypt’s $2 billion yearly aid package, $1.3 billion of which goes to the military.  The Obama...
07/31/2013
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Jeffrey Toobin is up with a piece today, “Another Citizens United – But Worse,” about the Supreme Court’s next money in politics case.  In McCutcheon v. FEC, slated for oral argument in October, appellants challenge contribution limits on the total amount of money one individual can transfer...
07/31/2013
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Are we ready for the next Citizens United? Can our democracy, and Americans’ faith in government, take another body blow from the Supreme Court? An unprecedented group of organizations with nearly 10 million members and supporters—representing small businesses, working families, young people,...
07/25/2013
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Former Governor Eliot Spitzer announced his run for NYC Comptroller yesterday and this morning on the Brian Lehrer show, he attacked his opponent, Scott Stringer, for opting into public financing. Spitzer said, “He (Stringer)’ll be spending your money, I’ll be spending my own.” This characteristic...
07/08/2013
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