Welcome to this week’s roundup (Jan. 20-27, 2015) of must-read stories in the world of money and politics. Check back on Tuesday afternoons for more on the increasing influence of the super-rich on American government. In the comments section below, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these stories and any we may have missed.
— David Axelrod, former Obama senior adviser, to the New York Times. The Koch brothers plan to spend close to $900 million on the 2016 campaign.
— Sen. Bernie Sanders’ reaction to the Koch’s campaign plan.
— Fred Wertheimer, campaign finance reform activist, to National Journal. The rise of candidate-specific nonprofits is expected to shroud political influence in more secrecy than ever in 2016.
— Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on lawyers’ agreeing to requests from judges, in a Bloomberg article on the absurdity of publicly elected judges. SCOTUS justices appear divided in Williams-Yulee, the case deciding the legality of direct campaign solicitations from judges.
— Every Voice’s Francoise Stovall, breaking down the role money in politics would have played in the lives of the young, struggling couple President Obama highlighted in his State of the Union address.
— Former co-chair of Technology for Obama, Rusty Rueff, talking to POLITICO about the Silicon Valley rush to find and support a replacement for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) who will be an advocate for the tech industry.
— Jill Colvin and Philip Elliott of the Associated Press, on GOP donors’ apparent plans to take their time before committing to a candidate.