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A copy of a campaign finance report from the super PAC "Vermonters First." October 2012. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
March 19, 2013 | Blog

“Follow the Money.” Deep Throat’s famous words are even truer today; money remains at the root of corruption in government and politics. In this audio interview, Los Angeles Times journalist Matea Gold talks about investigating Washington’s money trail. Continue reading

Former Senator Russ Feingold speaks at a Common Cause conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate.
March 16, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship speaks with the former senator about what needs to happen before America is ready for another round of campaign finance reform. Continue reading

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

The Supreme Court building in Washington. June 2012 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
November 26, 2012 | BillBoard
AlterNet writer Steven Rosenfeld reports on a UCLA conference, during which legal scholars discussed the best ways to get money out of politics.
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.
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.
A couple sits on chairs in a near-empty room to watch Fox News commentator Karl Rove on a big-screen television during a Republican Party election night gathering in the club level of Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. November 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
November 8, 2012 | Blog
It's unclear whether PACs pushed any candidate to victory. But they did raise the price tag of the election for everyone.
Left: Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, celebrates with family at the Ohio Democratic party election night celebration in Columbus, Ohio. November 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Right: With his wife Ilana listening, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel concedes the race to Sherrod Brown on election night in the ballroon at the Renaissance Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. November 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)
November 8, 2012

Take a look at the five most expensive races this election cycle, and see if the PACs and party committees got what they paid for. Continue reading

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.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama spar during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University. October 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
October 19, 2012 | Blog

With your help, we ask the questions that have gone unasked, and answer them with the candidates’ own past statements. Continue reading

October 12, 2012 | Blog

From Mother Jones, the week that was in the world of political dark money, including Karl Rove’s American Crossroads and liberal super PACs in the Massachusetts congressional race. Continue reading

October 9, 2012 | Blog
The gun lobby's $1.3 million anti-Obama ad buy may seem a bit contradictory given the candidates' records.
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September 28, 2012 | Blog
A look at the past week in super PAC spending. New information shows that, for the first time, liberal super PACs outraised their conservative counterparts.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., accompanied by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., meets reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. February 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 21, 2012
Use our maps to see how your state's congressional representatives voted on the DISCLOSE Act.
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