Features related to campaign finance

April 7, 2014 | Blog

What happened after voters found out about Target’s political donations shows why near real-time disclosure is so important. Note to Chief Justice Roberts: we are not even close to that now. Continue reading

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April 3, 2014

From George Washington to Shaun McCutcheon, a timeline of America’s history of political money games. Continue reading

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March 22, 2014 | Blog

Our latest roundup of key money and politics reporting. This week: the ‘unlobbyist’ lobbyists, how John McCain is exploiting campaign finance loopholes and more. Continue reading

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March 12, 2014 | Blog
A new study confirms the conventional wisdom about how politics in Washington works.
Businessman Tom Steyer listens during a meeting to announce the launch of a group called Virginians for Clean Government at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. The group was formed to explain the impact of CONSOL Energy not paying royalties to their family and neighbors as well as speaking out against Ken Cuccinelli's acceptance of $111,000 in CONSOL contributions. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 19, 2014 | Blog

It’s the wealthy who hold the power to set the agenda. Continue reading

George Tsunis faces questioning by Sen John McCain (R-AZ).
January 24, 2014 | Blog

Perhaps giving overseas posts to big spenders isn’t the optimal way to get the best and the brightest. Continue reading

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January 16, 2014 | Blog

A roundup of some of the stories we’re reading this morning at Moyers & Company HQ. Continue reading

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January 15, 2014 | Blog

This infographic from the Communications Workers of America makes plain why we should all be paying attention to McCutcheon v. FEC, a Supreme Court case that many are calling Citizens United 2.0. Continue reading

January 3, 2014 | Blog

A “dark money” reporter explains how you can track the campaign cash — secret and not — flooding into 2014 races in your state. Continue reading

The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday, June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 2, 2014 | Activism

In 2014, why not assert a progressive politics that is more vital and determined than what has been known to this point? Continue reading

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
December 23, 2013 | Blog

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations is being eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation and bureaucracy. Continue reading

November 11, 2013 | Blog

Cuccinelli, in his concession speech, complained of “being outspent by an unprecedented $15 million.” Continue reading

In this Sept. 24 2012, file photo former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to reporters before the start of a bus tour campaign by Iowans for Freedom that is trying to convince Iowans to vote Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins off the bench in November, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. Wiggins isnít well known outside the legal community of his state, but whether he should keep his job has become one of the most fiercely contested judicial issues on the Nov. 6 ballot because of what he symbolizes in the debate over gay marriage. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
October 31, 2013 | Blog

Special interest groups are pouring millions into state judge elections, hoping to tip the scales of justice on key issues. Continue reading

October 31, 2013 | Blog

Investors are hungry for more information about the companies they invest in. Shareholders — the owners of the company — deserve to know where their money is going. Currently, it’s too easy for one person in corporate management to secretly spend company money on pet political projects. Disclosure would empower shareholders to engage in oversight and ensure that political expenditures are in the firm’s interest. And transparency helps investors avoid companies where corporate management consistently engages in risky political behavior. Continue reading

Updated April 2, 2014 | Moyers & Company

A constitutional law professor explains what was at stake in McCutcheon v. FEC, the campaign finance case the Supreme Court decided today. Continue reading

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