Super PACs

Summertime in an election year in Colorado always has a certain excitement. Candidates marching in parades, petitioners gathering signatures at festivals ... some years we even get regular visits from the presidential candidates. Coloradans experience democracy in action well before Election Day....
08/14/2012
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READ the full report: Million-Dollar Megaphones: Super PACs and Unlimited Outside Spending in the 2012 Elections
08/08/2012
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Representative John Dingell (D-MI), the longest-sitting member of Congress, introduced a bill Thursday designed to force the Supreme Court to reconsider its Citizens United decision. Along with at least ten co-sponsors, Dingell's Restoring Confidence in Our Democracy Act, would ban...
08/03/2012
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The 2012 elections are on track to be the nastiest in recent memory. By the tail end of primary season, in May, 70 percent of all presidential campaign ads were negative, up from a mere 9 percent at the same point in 2008. The culprits for this spike in attack ads were super-PACs and shadowy...
08/03/2012
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Americans are, for the most part, completely unaware of just who -- or what -- is funding the 2012 presidential campaign. Just 25 percent of likely voters say they have heard "a lot" about outside spending this election cycle, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, while a huge...
08/03/2012
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Prominent Jewish Republicans flew to Israel last weekend to join presidential candidate Mitt Romney on his overseas trip. Among them were casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam. The Adelsons were in the audience Sunday when Romney gave a policy speech in Jerusaleum. And at a...
08/02/2012
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Adam Lioz was on NPR's "All Things Considered" with Peter Overby to discuss the growing role of "dark money" in elections. He said that "of all the money spent on presidential ads so far, more than half of it has been from these dark money groups." The full report: Million-Dollar Megaphones:...
08/02/2012
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A top concern raised by critics of the Supreme Court's 2010Citizens United decision was that it would unleash a torrent of poorly disclosed, if disclosed at all, spending by the superwealthy. Evidence continues to mount that's precisely what's happening. A few people with a lot of money are...
08/02/2012
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Although each major party presidential candidate will likely break previous fundraising records, the big story of the 2012 election has been the role of Super PACs, nonprofits and outside spending generally. Demos and U.S. PIRG Education Fund analysis of Federal Election Commission (FEC) data and...
08/02/2012
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57 percent of all Super PAC donations in this election has come from a small circle of just 47 donors, says a new report by Demos. Those are the donors who have given over $1 million each; those who have given over $10,000 account for 94 percent of all Super PAC fundraising. "[O]ur research shows...
08/02/2012
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