Study Proves Campaign Donations Buy Access

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 11:12 am

Warning: this may be painfully obvious. Just in case you, for some reason I can’t fathom, had doubts that money buys influence in Washington our friends in the ivory tower decided to perform a scientific experiment to prove it. Joshua Kalla at Yale University and David Broockman at the University of California, Berkeley wanted to [...]

MoveOn Asks Justice Department to Investigate Romney’s False Statements on Federal Disclosure Forms

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 8:22 am

MoveOn.org has sent a finding of fact to the Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department, asking that they initiate an investigation into whether Mitt Romney lied on a federal financial disclosure form. This is an issue that arose back in July, during the debate over precisely when Romney left his job at Bain Capital. [...]

FL-25: Rep. David Rivera Paid for Mailers for Fake Dem Candidate

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 9:35 am

Here’s a pretty incredible story out of South Florida. David Rivera, a Congressman who already has an impressive history of corruption, paid the bills for a fake Democratic primary candidate for his House seat. Fueled with $43,000 in secret money, Republican Rep. David Rivera helped run a shadow campaign that might have broken federal laws [...]

More Evidence Emerges That Romney Committed Felony By Lying to the FEC

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 12:21 pm

That would be the alternate headline to this AP story about Romney’s Bain Capital timeline: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he had no active role in Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, after he exited in February 1999 to take over Salt Lake City’s Winter Olympics bid. But according to Bain [...]

Stripping Away Political Debate, Romney Lied on a Federal Form

By: Monday July 16, 2012 6:19 am

It seems to me that Ed Gillespie made the mistake of telling the truth yesterday about Mitt Romney’s departure from Bain Capital. He said that there “may have been a thought at the time that it could be part time, but it was not part time,” and that “He took a leave of absence and [...]

More Revelations Cement Lie About When Romney Left Bain Capital

By: Friday July 13, 2012 2:10 pm

Mitt Romney just gets into more and more trouble with his shifting stories around his departure time at Bain Capital. We have more evidence now that he committed some manner of felony when he told the FEC that he had “not had any active role with any Bain Capital entity and has not been involved [...]

Romney Attended Board Meetings of Bain Investments After He “Left”

By: Friday July 13, 2012 6:55 am

Mitt Romney’s problems over when precisely he left Bain Capital continue to pose a problem for him. He contradicted himself on two separate forms to two federal agencies, both of which carry a perjury statute. He told the SEC from 1999-2001 that he remained the CEO and sole shareholder of Bain Capital, and he told [...]

Court Ruling Would Mandate Disclosure on Some Campaign Ad Spending

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 6:55 am

Obviously the case below hasn’t reached the terminus of the judicial gauntlet yet, and given the Citizens United ruling it’s a candidate for being overturned. But the Supreme Court will now be given the opportunity to be as good as their word. In that ruling, they said that any issues with their ruling could be [...]

Colbert Gets SuperPAC, Dramatizes Problems With Campaign Finance Laws

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 10:51 am

Stephen Colbert completed his joke on the American campaign finance process by receiving approval to form a SuperPAC, and to use a media exemption to use his television show staff and resources on campaign activities. The FEC, which granted the approval, was a bit vague on what would be considered part of the media exemption, [...]

Ron Johnson’s Deferred Compensation Package Alarms Election Law Experts

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 9:35 am

Late last week I noted that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) received $10 million in deferred compensation from his plastics company, after an election that he used $9 million of his own money to win. The similarity between the figures and the fact that Johnson negotiated the deferred compensation with himself, the owner of the company, [...]

Ensign Report Shows Sexual Harassment, Cluelessness About the Law

By: Friday May 13, 2011 11:03 am

The John Ensign report from the Senate Ethics Committee is really a sad piece of pulp fiction. You have a US Senator in a strong position of power essentially bullying a female subordinate into an affair, refusing to give up on it after being caught several times, finally trying to cover up the evidence of [...]

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