Campaign Finance

New Support for Todd Akin

According to Talking Points Memo, Todd Akin's got a super PAC - a real one - behind him and they're ponying up $800,000 to place ads asking folks to vote for Akin because he'll help tip Senate support to a potential Romney administration. Guess they haven't seen the latest polls or else they wouldn't be counting their chickens before they're hatched. It doesn't necessarily  look like there's going to be a President Romney....
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Documents Found in Meth House Bare Inner Workings of Dark Money Group

Found in a meth house in Colorado, they were somewhat of a mystery, holding files on 23 conservative candidates in state races in Montana. They were filled with candidate surveys and mailers that said they were paid for by campaigns, and fliers and bank records from outside spending groups. One folder was labeled "Montana $ Bomb."
The documents pointed to one outside group pulling the candidates' strings: a social welfare nonprofit called Western Tradition Partnership, or WTP.
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Dark Money and Citizens United: What Obama and Romney Would and Wouldn’t Do About It

With campaign finances limits rendered nearly meaningless, election spending is on pace to set records. Where does each presidential candidate stand on how to regulate money in politics?
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$11 Million in 'Dark Money' May Be Largest Secret Donation in CA History

Last Friday, California Common Cause asked the Fair Political Practices Commission to take immediate action to protect the integrity of November’s election by investigating and exposing the secret, out-of-state interests who recently funneled $11 million to oppose Prop 30 and support Prop 32 in this November’s election.
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Free the Files Volunteers Unlock $160 Million in Ad Buys in First Week

In the seven days since we rebooted Free The Files, nearly 350 people have “freed” a political ad contract from the Federal Communications Commission database, unlocking more than $160 million in ad spending by 325 groups in more than 30 swing markets.
Our top contributor alone has freed an astounding 1,300 files. What is becoming of all thi...
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Free the Files: Help Reveal Dark Money in the Election

Outside groups are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to influence the coming elections—money that has long been hard to track.
This summer, the Federal Communications Commission ordered TV stations to pull back the curtain a bit, requiring them to publish online detailed records of political ad buys. So far the rule only covers the top 50 markets, and it's impossible to search these files by candidate or political group—meaning it’s impossible to get a full picture of the spending.
We want to change that.
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Casino Money Stacks The Deck Against Democracy

Common Cause NY released a report today that exposes just how much money casino, racino, and other gambling interests have spent on politics over the past decade. The report, entitled “Stacking The Deck: The Gambling Industry’s Political Spending In New York State,” details the big bets that casino owners have made on elected officials, and how those bets have paid off.
In New York State alone, the gambling industry has spent over $50 million on lobbying and campaign contributions over the past seven years. This is much more than what larger and more critical sectors of the economy, such as the energy or telecommunications industry, spend on politics.
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Romney on Public Financing — It's Deja Vu All Over Again

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee said some interesting things about campaign finance on Sunday, telling a Fox News interviewer that he “absolutely” would like to run for re-election in 2016 using public financing rather than relying on private fundraising.
The money chase of the 2012 campaign, which features a seemingly endless stream of closed-door events in which candidates and political action groups extract large checks from wealthy donors, “increases the potential of money having an influence in politics,” Romney said.
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Veteran Republican breaks with GOP leaders to back DISCLOSE Act

Nine-term Congressman Walter B. Jones, a North Carolina Republican, is again showing off his independent streak, and in a good cause.
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