Comcast PAC Gave Money To Senators Looking At Time Warner Merger

By: Friday April 11, 2014 12:01 pm

Though recent Supreme Court decisions have many focused on new avenues for money to influence American politics it is worth keeping in mind that the old avenues are pretty expansive. There is perhaps no clearer recent example of legalized bribery than the report today by Ars Technica that Comcast’s PAC gave money to every senator [...]

Charles Koch Offers Public Defense Of Using His Wealth In Politics

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 8:39 am

Charles Koch, CEO of Koch Industries, has offered a public defense of using his massive wealth to influence the political process in his favor. Koch claims he is “fighting to restore a free society.” Koch even went on to claim he is a victim because instead of focusing on his ideas people are noting the [...]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Yet Another Campaign Contribution Regulation On 1%

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 10:24 am

There has always been a debate in America as to whether the country is, in truth, a republic with a substantive democracy or an oligarchy with an essentially procedural democracy where real outcomes are determined outside the formal electoral process – today the Supreme Court did its best to ensure the latter striking down yet [...]

Republican Billionaires Pushing Consultants Aside In Post-Citizens United World

By: Monday March 3, 2014 11:39 am

He who has the gold makes the rules. And so it is under the new campaign finance system that those funding politicians have increasingly decided they want their influence to extend to campaign strategy. Without the old restraints campaign consultants and strategists have no choice but to heel to a donor-centric campaign system that puts [...]

Obama Donors Getting Lots of Face Time in Fiscal Slope Meetings

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 10:00 am

The President and senior Administration officials have met with lots and lots of people about the fiscal slope in the wake of the election. Everyone, in fact, but most of the House Republican deciders who will determine the bulk of the deal. But as it turns out, many of the meeting attendees included Obama campaign [...]

The Electoral-Industrial Complex: Fortunes Made by Consultants on Campaign Spending

By: Monday November 12, 2012 10:50 am

It’s been amusing to see the Republican base recognize that they’ve been had in this election, their money stolen by big-talking operatives. I think Rick Perlstein put it best in his story in The Baffler that conservatism has become an elaborate mail-order scam, directed at the target demographic for such scams, gullible seniors. When the [...]

Gerrymander, SuperPAC Cash Saved GOP’s Bacon in the House, Where They Got Less Votes

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 7:45 am

Just a brief postscript to the House elections, which as I said were really decided in Republican state legislatures in 2011 during the redistricting process. It turns out that, on a vote-by-vote basis, more Americans voted for Democrats than Republicans for Congressional seats, currently by about half a million votes. That’s subject to change once [...]

Wisconsin Loses State Senate Majority in a Mixed Night for Democrats in State Legislatures

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 10:00 am

Here’s a sad postscript that shows once again the power of dark money in off-the-radar races. The silver lining amidst the clouds of the recall election in Wisconsin was that Democrats at least “took over” the state Senate. “Took over” was a bit of a strong word, because they won a majority in the chamber [...]

The House in 2012: Dark Money Still Works at the District Level

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 8:30 am

The more important point is that dark money does work. It works in the House. SuperPACs and independent expenditure groups wasted historic amounts of money running into a demographic brick wall at the national level. Even at the statewide level, Democrats could withstand the attacks. But in the House, late money that poured into a discrete number of seats had a real impact. Winnable seats turned sour, even in places where Democrats did well.

Was All That Campaign Money Ineffective?

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 8:35 am

One big question in the aftermath of this election will be whether the power of big money will be seen as impotent. We’ve heard these stories of SuperPAC money migrating into safe red and blue states at the end of the election because there was literally no time left on the air in the swing [...]

California Agency Releases Evidence of Money Laundering in Right-Wing Campaign Spending on Ballot Measures

By: Monday November 5, 2012 11:09 am

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission forced a mysterious $11 million donor to two ballot measures to reveal its secret funding sources today, and the result showed how most of these independent ex

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