Sunday, October 4, 2015
Super PACs

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
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Super-Rich Donors Turn Our Democracy Into Their Plutocracy

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.

August 12, 2015
Republican presidential candidates Jindal and Perry speak during a commercial break at a forum for lower polling candidates held before the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

Ex-Texas Governor Perry Can’t Pay Presidential Campaign Staff: Reports

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.

August 11, 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
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker walks over to greet his childhood babysitter Janice Dietz at a campaign stop in Plainfield

Scott Walker Super PAC Raises More Than $20 Million In First Quarter

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.

July 21, 2015
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Lack Of Clear Front-Runner In Huge 2016 Field Highlights Fractures Within GOP

If you’ve got a Twitter account, a Facebook page and a millionaire to fund your ‘super PAC,’ why not run for president?

June 30, 2015

Why Hillary Clinton Can’t Win The Fundraising Expectations Game

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.

April 13, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in National Harbor, Md. Cruz announced his presidential bid Monday. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Will Ted Cruz Super PACs Usher In New Frontier Of Donor Influence?

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.

April 9, 2015
Bob Menendez

Menendez Same-Day Service Seen Upending His Just Friends Defense

For federal prosecutors, the timing of favors by Sen. Robert Menendez will be the key to their bribery case against him.

April 7, 2015
lady justice

Citizens United Threatens Right To A Fair Trial

Dark money’s pervasive effects reach far beyond Capitol Hill.

October 30, 2014
Koch protest

Money Swamp: Billions Spent In Battle For U.S. Congress

Take a deep dive into America’s out-of-control political spending

September 29, 2014
Ted cruz screenshot

Endorse This: Ted Cruz Fears For ‘SNL’s’ Safety

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 […]

September 10, 2014
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Tea Party PAC Funding Increases While Candidates Falter

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 — […]

August 15, 2014
Karl Rove

Rove’s Top Campaign Funding Groups Keep Low Profile In 2014 Elections

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. […]

June 9, 2014
Tillis attack ad

Liberal Outside Money Groups Spend Big In North Carolina

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 […]

April 30, 2014
Josh Mandel ad

What Happens When A Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules? Nothing

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 […]

April 25, 2014

Jeb Bush Leads GOP Hopefuls To Vegas To Woo Sheldon Adelson

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 […]

March 24, 2014
Hillary Clinton

Creating A United Front For Clinton

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 […]

March 5, 2014
Tillis attack ad

WATCH: Democrats Have Found An Obamacare Counterattack

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, […]

February 12, 2014
Jolly attack ad

WATCH: Democratic SuperPAC Unloads On GOP House Candidate

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 […]

February 11, 2014

Dark-Money Political Groups Are Probably Violating Tax Laws

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 […]

October 2, 2011
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