Many of the super PACs and the campaigns are run by a revolving door of close friends and staffers, ensuring that the two sides share a common playbook even when they avoid tripping over the vague Federal Election Commission rules banning coordination.
The real candidates are a small but powerful coterie of multimillionaire corporate executives and billionaires who fund secretive presidential super PACs that can determine who gets nominated.
A Super PAC said they would step in, but they are not legally allowed to coordinate their activities with a candidate’s campaign, according to reports in the Washington Post.
Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker’s Unintimidated Super PAC on Tuesday reported raising more than $20 million in its first quarter from nearly 300 donors.
If you’ve got a Twitter account, a Facebook page and a millionaire to fund your ‘super PAC,’ why not run for president?
As Hillary Clinton begins her second presidential bid, and the business of paying for it, her supporters predict that she will be deemed a fundraising failure no matter how much money she collects.
One of the constellation of committees appears to be underwritten by Republican mega-donor Robert Mercer and his family. Campaign lawyers said the arrangement is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.
For a Constitutional lawyer, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) doesn’t seem to have a strong grasp on the First Amendment. On Tuesday, the Senate debated a Constitutional fix that would overturn Citizens United. But according to Senator Cruz, limiting money in politics would be the tip of a crazy iceberg. Click above to see Cruz’s latest conspiracy […]
The Tea Party’s really been struggling this primary season. They’ve failed to unseat a single Republican incumbent in the Senate primaries, and haven’t won many victories in House primaries, either. But, as Patricia Murphy points out in The Daily Beast, fundraising for Tea Party SuperPACs continues to increase. The right’s top three Washington-based SuperPACS — […]
By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Not that long ago, Karl Rove emerged as a mastermind of a new type of campaign spending, leading a wave of outside groups whose ability to pour money into the 2010 midterm election helped Republicans gain control of the House and bolster GOP ranks in the Senate. […]
by Theodoric Meyer and Kim Barker, ProPublica. Most people have come to associate outside money — the hundreds of millions of dollars from politically active nonprofits and SuperPACs pouring into American elections — with conservatives. And why not? Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, conservative groups have far outspent their liberal counterparts. In […]
by Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica To see how easy it is for a dark money group to ignore the Internal Revenue Service, look no further than the loftily named Government Integrity Fund. The Fund, an Ohio nonprofit, spent more than $1 million in 2012 on TV ads attacking Ohio senator Sherrod Brown and […]
By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times As the 2016 Republican hopefuls quietly court donors this year, few have as much attraction as billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who, along with wife Miriam, gave more than $92 million to campaign groups in 2012. That’s why some of the top potential contenders for the presidential nomination plan […]
By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES—Hillary Rodham Clinton will not announce for months whether she will run for president, but as she arrived in California for events this week the machinery of a campaign was cranking into gear around her. The Ready for Hillary “super PAC,” created to encourage her candidacy, will launch a […]
After months of nearly unchecked attacks against the Affordable Care Act and the Democratic politicians who support it, health care reform advocates are going up on air with a forceful counter-punch against Republican Obamacare politics. Patriot Majority USA — a liberal 501(c)(4) “dark money” group — released a new ad in North Carolina on Tuesday, […]
House Majority PAC, a SuperPAC dedicated to electing Democrats to the House of Representatives, released a new ad on Tuesday ripping Republican congressional candidate David Jolly. The ad, titled “Privatized,” slams Jolly for his work as a lobbyist before he decided to join the race to replace his former boss, the late Rep. Bill Young […]
The world of dark-money politics may soon get a little brighter, if the IRS agrees to investigate a number of nonprofit political groups associated with political action committees and Super PACs. The groups that are almost certainly violating tax law are nonprofits known as 501(c)(4) groups, after the section of the tax code that governs […]