Montana Case Challenges Supreme Court on Citizens United

By: Monday May 21, 2012 9:39 am

The Supreme Court overturned a number of campaign finance laws in the Citizens United ruling over two years ago. And since that time, we have seen the corrosive power of runaway campaign spending, and who it benefits. In fact, the orgy of spending has become so embarrassing, that it has led some to believe that [...]

Wealthy Liberal Donors Opt for Ground Game Organizing in 2012

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 1:02 pm

We’re finally seeing a response to all that money pouring in on the conservative side into SuperPACs and electoral-focused independent expenditure groups. George Soros and other finders have opened their pocketbooks, but they will orient their spending a bit differently: After months on the sidelines, major liberal donors including the financier George Soros are preparing [...]

WI-Gov: Walker Gets Opponent for Recall Today

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 11:45 am

Today, Democratic voters in Wisconsin will choose a standard bearer for the recall election against Scott Walker. This will end a fairly divisive period for Wisconsin Democrats, who had trouble settling on one candidate to take on Walker, especially after the most attractive option, former Senator Russ Feingold, declined the opportunity. The faithful were left [...]

What Oligarchy Means: Small Groups of Multi-Millionaires Funding Almost All SuperPACs

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 9:35 am

Forget the five people you meet in heaven, here are the five people running the US election system these days. We know how the super PACs have come to dominate the presidential campaign, but a closer look at financial-disclosure numbers shows how just a tiny handful of billionaires are dominating those super PACs. An analysis [...]

SuperPACs Increasingly Becoming Entire Republican Campaign

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 6:55 am

A new round of campaign finance disclosures by the Republican campaigns for President showed once again how SuperPAC spending has driven the race almost entirely this year. The super PAC backing Mr. Romney, Restore Our Future, raised $6.6 million in January and spent close to $14 million, much of it on advertisements battering Mr. Gingrich [...]

Supreme Court Stays Montana Corporate Campaign Spending Ban

By: Monday February 20, 2012 8:15 am

On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a stay on a Montana case that would have banned direct corporate contributions to political campaigns and parties. The Montana Supreme Court ruling, issued back in January, cited Montana’s history with corporate influence in government to argue that “the corporate power that can be exerted with unlimited political spending [...]

In Reversal, Obama Campaign Endorses Super PAC Efforts on His Behalf

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 9:35 am

The Obama campaign will signal to donors that they endorse funding of SuperPACs, which some see as a backslide on campaign finance principles but which senior campaign officials characterized as “a reflection of the law as it currently stands.” The campaign will support Priorities USA, a PAC designed to support the President’s re-election campaign. Cabinet [...]

House Democrats Ready New Version of DISCLOSE Act

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 6:14 am

After Citizens United, which was decided two days after Democrats lost their 60-seat majority in the Senate, there was a push to respond to the Supreme Court ruling with some legislation adding transparency and disclosure to the process. If the Massachusetts race went another way it would have passed; Democrats consistently got 59 votes in [...]

Adelson and Wife Have Ponied Up $10 Million for Gingrich SuperPAC

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 7:35 am

The early reports were that Sheldon Adelson plowed another $5 million into the SuperPAC supporting Newt Gingrich. It turns out that the money specifically came from Sheldon’s wife Miriam. I’m not sure why the Adelsons made this distinction, other than so Sheldon can technically reduce what he said he spent on political advertising in the [...]

Warren, Brown, Sign Pact Banning Third-Party Ad Spending in MA-Sen

By: Monday January 23, 2012 2:21 pm

Antonin Scalia thinks that everyone should be blamed but him for the hash that the Citizens United decision, among other things, has made of the campaign finance system. Super PACs have raised more than $30 million just three races into the 2012 presidential race, according to the website opensecrets.org, run by The Center for Responsive [...]

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