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Fighting Bob Fest, Political Party

A Political Party Worth Joining

The best political party in America is not the Dems nor the Repubs. By far, the best political party is a real party named “Fighting Bob Fest.” It’s a daylong political festival run by a coalition of Wisconsin progressives who believe in “putting the party back in politics.”

January 4, 2017
Trump, PAC, Political Committee, FEC

The Continuing Financial Muddle At A Pro-Trump Political Committee

America Comes First, a political action committee that backed Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency, is continuing to flout campaign finance laws. The treasurer of the PAC, David Schamens, said the group’s FEC filings were inaccurate, and that they would be amended. Last week they were — but the amended filing includes new irregularities.

December 24, 2016
Pro-trump group, campaign finance

Pro-Trump Group Blew By Basic Campaign Finance Laws

A group that gave more money to one of President-elect Trump’s fundraising efforts than any other political action committee failed to disclose its donors before Election Day and exceeded caps on contribution amounts.

December 11, 2016

Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill On Campaign Finance Laws

Republican Gov. Scott Walker privately signed a measure Wednesday loosening the state’s campaign finance laws and eliminating the state elections and ethics agency that investigated his campaign for teaming up with conservative groups.

December 22, 2015

Democratic Senators: Amend Constitution To Limit Money In Elections

By Stephanie Haven, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Senate began debate Tuesday on a Democrat-proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the government to regulate campaign money again, a response to recent Supreme Court rulings that removed limits on certain election contributions. Democrats argue that the Supreme Court’s decisions in two cases allowed billionaires — […]

June 3, 2014

On Our Highest Court, A Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is alarming, but not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom — and anyway, not a matter of grave concern. […]

April 4, 2014

Supreme Court Says Political Donors Can Spread Wealth Much More Widely

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday further opened up the taps for political campaign contributions, with a bombshell ruling that removes long-standing limits on how much total money an individual can contribute to federal candidates. In what amounted to a 5-4 decision, the court’s conservatives declared that the […]

April 2, 2014

Rick Scott’s Campaign May Have Violated Campaign Finance Law

On Monday, Florida Democratic Party chairwoman Allison Tant filed a complaint with the Florida Elections Committee, accusing Governor Rick Scott’s (R) campaign  of committing campaign finance violations. According to Tant’s complaint, Scott’s current campaign illegally transferred nearly $27.4 million from the governor’s former 2010 electioneering communication organization, “Let’s Get to Work,” to a new political […]

March 18, 2014

What Next For Campaign Finance?

The Supreme Court voted 5-4 yesterday to overturn an Arizona state law that provided matching funds to publicly-financed candidates who are outspent by privately financed opponents.. The intent of the law was clear: to level the playing field, so that rich candidates and their wealthy backers couldn’t simply buy elections. And, for Chief Justice Roberts, […]

June 28, 2011