Campaign Finance

The Web We Weave: Obviously Political Group Tells IRS It Isn't Involved in Politics

The Web We Weave: Obviously Political Group Tells IRS It Isn't Involved in Politics
A Better America Now — a Florida-based organization — reported to the Federal Election Commission it had spent about $65,000 for a spider-themed mailer and TV advertising in the hard-fought race to represent Texas’ 23rd district. But in a tax return recently filed with the IRS, the group claimed it did not spend any money at all on “direct or indirect political campaign activities.” Right.
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Without Michele Bachmann, Who Is The Craziest Member of Congress?

Without Michele Bachmann, Who Is The Craziest Member of Congress?
Cliff Schecter joins Sam Seder to discuss the retirement announcement from Michele Bachmann, her plethora of impending investigations, and who will take her place as the craziest member of Congress.
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House Finance Chair Goes on Ski Vacation with Wall Street

House Finance Chair Goes on Ski Vacation with Wall Street
In January, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, ascended to the powerful chairmanship of the House Financial Services Committee. Six weeks later, Hensarling was joined by representatives of the banking industry for a ski vacation fundraiser at a posh Park City, Utah, resort.
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Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale

Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale
Organizing for Action, the Obama administration’s new “independent,” non-profit advocacy group, should be put out of business and its plan to schedule quarterly meetings with the President for its big contributors and fundraisers should be scrapped.
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IRS Sued for Non-Regulation of Dark Money in Political Campaigns

IRS Sued for Non-Regulation of Dark Money in Political Campaigns
A former Illinois congressional candidate and a government watchdog organization have teamed up to sue the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the agency should bar dark money groups from funding political ads.
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President Obama, It's Time to Do Something About Money in Politics

President Obama, It's Time to Do Something About Money in Politics
The scramble to raise campaign funds has become a full-time job for elected officials from the courthouse to the statehouse and to the Capitol and the White House. In last year’s campaign alone, you hosted 222 fundraising events.
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Second Obama Inauguration Celebration Scaled Down, Shortened

Second Obama Inauguration Celebration Scaled Down, Shortened
The official activities will span three days, starting with a National Day of Service on Jan. 19 and culminating on Jan. 21 with the swearing-in, the parade and the balls. Last time, it was four days of events. As for those inaugural balls, there won't be as many. There were 10 official balls four years ago, but this time around a source close to the inaugural planning says there will be fewer balls, though no final number has been decided yet.
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San Diego City Council Urges Congress to Overturn Citizens United

The San Diego City Council has passed a resolution urging Congress to begin the process of amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn the controversial Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC. The resolution, introduced on December 4 by Councilmember Marti Emerald, was adopted unanimously.
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Check ‘Em Out: Donations to Dark Money Group Revealed

Last week, when a Montana district judge ordered the release of its bank records, Western Tradition Partnership became the first modern dark money group to have all of its donors made public.
The records showed that the contributors to the controversial group — which has resisted attempts by Montana regulators to get it to register as a political committee and report its donors — included wealthy individuals, corporations and other nonprofits.
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John McCain Criticizes Citizens United

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is a longtime critic of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, which removed corporate limits on political spending and led to the rise of super PACs. But on Tuesday, he criticized the decision at a “storm relief” event in Bowling Green, Ohio, with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel, who has been a huge beneficiary of the spending.
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