Campaign Finance

Republican Candidate for CT Gov Conveniently Stops Talking About Ethics Once People Look Into His Fundraising

Republican Candidate for CT Gov Conveniently Stops Talking About Ethics Once People Look Into His Fundraising
Not that long ago, it looked as if former ambassador and Bush/Cheney BFF Tom Foley was going to make ethics reform a central feature of his "sequel" campaign for governor of Connecticut. He introduced (failed) legislation, released an onslaught of ads saying as much, and presented his case to the media. Of course, that was before all the allegations of his unethical campaigning started to pour out.
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Republican Groups Refuse to Follow Even the Inadequate Campaign Finance Laws on the Books

Republican Groups Refuse to Follow Even the Inadequate Campaign Finance Laws on the Books
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan filed a suit last week alleging that the Federal Elections Commission violated campaign finance law by failing to require two groups — the American Action Network (AAN) and Americans for Job Security (AJS) — to register as political action committees which would require they disclose their election spending.
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Tea Party Express to Hell: Charity/Super PAC Pretends to Send Care Packages to Soldiers, While Actually Fundraising

Tea Party Express to Hell: Charity/Super PAC Pretends to Send Care Packages to Soldiers, While Actually Fundraising
In an exclusive for the Daily Beast, ProPublica writer Kim Barker exposes the “pro-troop” charity Move America Forward for misusing donations collected under the auspices of sending soldiers care packages. After adopting a battalion, the Marines of Geronimo, the group started a fundraising drive claiming the care packages sent to the soldiers in Afghanistan might be “the only mail they will receive all year.” The truth? Those Marines were stationed in Japan and the money was instead funneled to the dark money machine that runs the Tea Party.
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Missouri Moneybags Invests in Favored Puppet

Missouri Moneybags Invests in Favored Puppet
Missouri Rep. Robert Onder may be just another white-bread, hate-fueled Republican candidate, but campaign finance records reveal the puppetmaster behind Onder's very big week in campaign contributions: Certified monster Rex Sinquefield.
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Citizens United Must Be High: 'Non-Profit' Claims Its CO Ads Are Journalism, So No Need to Disclose Donors

Citizens United Must Be High: 'Non-Profit' Claims Its CO Ads Are Journalism, So No Need to Disclose Donors
Citizens United, the conservative "non-profit" which won a landmark Supreme Court decision allowing for unlimited dark money in politics, wants to spend big on political attack ads in Colorado without disclosing any donors.
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How to Defeat Dark Money, Congress and the Supreme Court (It'll Take More Than Cat Memes)

How to Defeat Dark Money, Congress and the Supreme Court (It'll Take More Than Cat Memes)
It wasn’t too long ago that “transparency” and “disclosure” in political fundraising were rallying cries from Republicans. But four years after the Supreme Court majority in Citizens United v. FEC promised unlimited political fundraising posed no risks of corruption as long as the donors are disclosed, the 2014 election is shaping up to have the most undisclosed money ever. And with Congress tied in knots on nearly every policy issue, we shouldn’t hold our breath for a legislative fix to shine a light on this “dark money.”
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Martin Evans
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WI Judge: Campaigns Aren't Corrupt Enough, Let's Have Shady Groups Deal with Candidates Directly

WI Judge: Campaigns Aren't Corrupt Enough, Let's Have Shady Groups Deal with Candidates Directly
A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that constraints on coordination between soft money groups and candidates was unconstitutional, basically blowing the lid off of any spending caps and solidifying the burgeoning plutocracy so replacing the US' former, less corrupt, version of democracy.
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McCutcheon and Dred Scott: Supreme Corruption in the Court of Law

McCutcheon and Dred Scott: Supreme Corruption in the Court of Law
It is more than just an "appearance of corruption" that troubles today's Supreme Court. With its recent decisions that gutted the regulation of campaign finance, the majority on the Roberts Court has shown itself a partisan combatant on the side of a most dangerously corrupt form of injustice.
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MO Senator Fends Off Critics of McCutcheon Decision With (You Guessed It) Bags of Campaign Money

MO Senator Fends Off Critics of McCutcheon Decision With (You Guessed It) Bags of Campaign Money
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, R-MO, got a big affirmation recently when the Supreme Court essentially endorsed the type of big money politics that have provided the bedrock for his political career. It's no surprise then that Blunt is downplaying the impact of the McCutcheon decision.
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Opinion: Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision Sells Out Our Democracy

Opinion: Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision Sells Out Our Democracy
When the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 McCutcheon vs. FEC decision last week, it demonstrated once again just how out of touch with political reality it is. The Court found that big money in politics and the influence and access to elected officials that it obtains is not sufficiently corrupting to trump the so-called First Amendment rights of the richest Americans.
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