Money & Politics

Jim Messina,  national chairman of Organizing for Action and President Obama's former campaign manager. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
March 7, 2013 | Blog
The president's nonprofit announces a change in policy after receiving criticism from editorial boards and campaign finance reformers.
This undated frame grab taken from AP video shows a control room at television station WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Va. Political ads are blasting across the television airwaves in the Roanoke/Lynchburg Va. market, delighting broadcasters but making some viewers cringe. Blame Virginia's status as a swing state in the 2012 presidential race _ and the cheap air time in the Roanoke/Lynchburg television market. By the number of television households, with New York at the top, Roanoke is down the market size list at number 68. (AP Photo/AP Video)
March 7, 2013 | Blog
A new report finds that many local TV stations selling airtime to dark money groups for political ads are not following the FCC disclosure requirements.
President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before his departure on Marine One helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and a visit with veterans who are being treated at the hospital and their families. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
March 6, 2013 | Blog

Because Obama is a lame duck — and not a campaigning candidate — Organizing for Action gives big donors more access to his administration than ever before. Continue reading

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February 21, 2013 | Blog
Mother Jones and The Guardian report that a little-known group has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars from wealthy contributors to a host of right-wing organizations, advocacy groups and think tanks.
Karl Rove, former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush, right, talks to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. August 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
February 4, 2013 | Blog
American Crossroads, the super PAC Rove founded, is starting a new project that will back established moderate candidates who are more likely to win general elections over far-right ideologues.
Ryan Gosling played a fictional political consultant in 2011's political thriller The Ides of March.
December 12, 2012 | Blog
The post-Citizens United explosion of money in political campaigns means big profits for consultants.
Protesters gather for a rally at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich. protesting right-to-work legislation. December 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
December 11, 2012 | Blog

Governor Snyder’s surprise announcement that he would sign the controversial bill into law is a blow to unions in the labor movement’s birthplace. Continue reading

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December 11, 2012 | Bill Moyers Journal (2007-2010)

In this 2009 ‘Moyers Moment’, Bill and theologian Karen Armstrong discuss using compassion as a foundation for understanding both religion and wartime politics. Continue reading

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November 26, 2012 | Money & Politics

In this Moyers Moment from 2007, political theorist Benjamin Barber describes the holiday tradition of getting consumers to buy things they don’t want or need. Continue reading

A copy of a campaign finance report from the super PAC "Vermonters First." October 2012. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
November 14, 2012 | Blog
Americans across the political spectrum are in favor of scaling back the amount of money going into campaigns.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. meets with newly elected GOP Senators on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Sen-elect Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Sen-elect Deb Fischer, R-Neb, McConnell, and Sen-elect Ted Cruz, R-Texas. November 1012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
November 14, 2012 | Blog
The fiscal cliff negotiations aren't the only debt consolidation talks going on in our nation's capitol this week.
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November 9, 2012 | Blog
Super PAC spending didn't always lead to success, and the millionaire and billionaire donors aren't happy to simply cut their losses.
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November 5, 2012 | Blog
A new report finds that a disproportionate amount of super PAC donations comes from just a few American cities.
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November 2, 2012 | Blog
In these last few days, super PAC ads are dominating the airwaves in swing states and one Montana PAC may be in trouble for coordinating with candidates.
Screengrab of an ad from Crossroads GPS.
October 26, 2012 | Blog
A roundup of the week that was in political dark money, including a look at where attacks ads are most concentrated and tallies of the exponential increase in spending since Citizens United.
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