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‘Congressmen’s Warehouse’: ‘You’ll Like The Way They Vote, We Guarantee It’

At “Congressman’s Wearhouse,” millionaires — not billionaires — can afford their own candidate.

March 21, 2016

Another Way To Mask Super Rich Donors

Most political donations from businesses are coming from little-known LLCs whose founders and officers often don’t have to be disclosed anywhere.

August 22, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Million-Dollar Donations Fuel Super PACs’ New Dominance

Super PACs and other outside groups raised more than $250 million during the first half of 2015.

August 1, 2015

Winning Against The Oligarchs

Americans can and must fight back against voter suppression, campaign finance loopholes, and other tricks from the 1 percent.

March 28, 2015
Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meet in the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2015. (Official Photo by Caleb Smith; Speaker Boehner/Flickr)

Net Neutrality Moves To Congress

Opponents of net neutrality have spent big money on lobbying.

March 26, 2015

Study: Political Ads Dwarfed News Stories About Actual Political Issues In 2014

These stats will make you even more depressed about the 2014 elections.

March 19, 2015
Photo: President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio Look on. (NASA/Bill Ingalls via Flickr)

Taxpayer Dollars And Disclosure In Politics

President Obama could act today to curtail the destructive influence of dark money. Why won’t he?

March 18, 2015
Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock speaks on the panel at the George W. Bush Institute forum at the Art Institute in Chicago in September 2012. Schock resigned Tuesday amid controversy over his spending habits. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Rep. Aaron Schock’s Problems Could Follow Him After He Quits Congress

Aaron Schock’s problems may be just beginning.

March 18, 2015
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (Michael Vadon via Flickr)

Christie Political Team Is Raising The Stakes

Meet some of the men who are going to pay to try to revive Chris Christie’s presidential hopes.

March 13, 2015
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Why Did Christie Settle With Exxon?

The answer could be money, relationships, or budget machinations — but it’s definitely not good for New Jersey.

March 13, 2015
U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Likely 2016 Presidential Candidates Put Money To Work Through Their PACs

The 2016 campaign hasn’t officially started, but the huge spending is well underway.

March 11, 2015

Private Plane Rides Have Bumpy Congressional History

Aaron Schock is hardly the first congressman to get in trouble with a private plane.

February 27, 2015

Welcome To What The Supreme Court Wrought

Billionaire donors like the Koch brothers now have the equivalent of their own, private political party.

February 25, 2015
Americans for Prosperity, Duke Energy, GM, Koch brothers, Pat McCrory, Toyota

How The Kochs Wasted A Fortune On Campaigns

What if the fuss over big money in elections is mostly over nothing?

February 20, 2015

Adelson Presidential Endorsement ‘A Year Away,’ Aide Says

The Adelson primary is already well under way.

February 19, 2015

Slow Down The Revolving Door From Congress To Lobbying Firms

Unlike on ‘House of Cards,’ corruption in real Washington usually just takes a job offer.

February 18, 2015

Who Says Money In Politics Doesn’t Buy Influence?

Of course money changes how politicians will act.

February 18, 2015

Scott Walker Is King Of Kochworld

When Scott Walker runs for president, he’ll have some powerful friends in his corner.

February 18, 2015

IRS Wars Heat Up Rules Of The Game

Democrats and Republicans are going to battle over the IRS.

February 11, 2015

Some Cry Foul In Israel As U.S. Donors Give To Political Causes

How American money could swing Israel’s elections.

February 9, 2015

Friends Like These

The GOP’s presidential contenders should be more careful about the company they keep.

February 5, 2015

A Campaign Finance-Minded Don Quixote Of Congress

Rep. Ted Deutch is fighting a lonely battle against money in politics.

February 5, 2015

The New Normal: Kochs Plan Nearly $1 Billion Spending Spree In 2016

Find out how the Kochs plan to buy a new government in the next elections.

January 27, 2015
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Christie Said To Form Presidential Political Action Committee

Chris Christie just took a big step towards a 2016 run.

January 26, 2015

Why Judicial Elections Are Idiotic And Bad For Law

Can judges really be impartial when they have elections to run?

January 22, 2015