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Mayday PAC Avoids Cronyism by Avoiding Nick Troiano

This last July, I found myself wondering aloud: would the Mayday Super PAC (using big money in politics to undermine the use of big money in politics) endorse and fund the campaign of Nick Troiano for Congress? If the Mayday PAC ended up funnelling money to Troiano, that would represent the crassest sort of insider [...]

Susan Collins: More Donors from Beverly Hills than from Blue Hill

Last month, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted on behalf of large out-of-state donors who want to keep donating huge amounts of unregulated money. It turns out that Senator Collins is herself receiving huge amounts of money from those same large out-of-state donors. Senator Collins is taking significantly more money from outside the state of [...]

Susan Collins Votes for Big Out of State Money… While Taking Big Out of State Money

On Thursday, September 11 2014, a minority of members of the U.S. Senate voted to block passage of S.J.Res. 19, a constitutional amendment that would let Congress and the states limit the influence of big money in politics:

Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government [...]

Maine’s Biggest Employer, Maine’s Smallest Employer, and Eliot Cutler’s Campaign Account

Today, Independent candidate for Governor of Maine Eliot Cutler met the legally-required deadline for him to send campaign contribution data for the Spring of 2014 to the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. I encourage you to take a look at the report for yourself. Here’s what I noticed.

Maine is not a [...]

Rand Paul Partied with Lobbyists for Tax Cheats Before Introducing Bill to Let Tax Cheats off the Hook

November 6, 2012: Credit Suisse banker pleads guilty to participating in a scheme to help 150 ultra-wealthy Americans hide millions of dollars of income in Swiss bank accounts so they wouldn’t have to pay taxes like the rest of us.

First quarter, 2013: Credit Suisse hires lobbying firm Covington & Burling LLP to advocate on [...]

Anomaly Explorer: Look for it from OpenSecrets

Notes from the 2013 Transparency Camp convention sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation indicate that some time during the next two weeks, OpenSecrets will be introducing an “Anomaly Detector.” That’s a neutral term, but the title of the presentation in which this tool was introduced shows its potential power: “Uncovering Corruption“. The tool will look for [...]

Chairs of Americans Elect Rules Committee: A Coal/Casino GOP Lobbyist and a Lieberman Democrat

Who is running Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation that aims to nominate its own presidential candidate in 2012? Today, another little piece of information has leaked out.

William Busa shares the basic information that Americans Elect has neglected to disclose: the identity of the people who are co-chairs of its own presidential election’s Rules Committee:

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Despite Pledge, Americans Elect takes Special Interest Money from Chair of Promotion Marketing Association

“None of our funding comes from special interests or lobbyists.” — Americans Elect, July 2011 Special Interest. Noun. an individual, group, or corporation having a special interest in usually a particular part of the economy and receiving or seeking through political pressure special advantages from the government often to the detriment of the general welfare [...]

2009-2010 Independent Expenditure Database Grows by 50% in just 5 Days

There’s a considerable endgame being played by the purveyors of “Dark Money” in the 2010 congressional campaigns. During the entire period from January 1 2009 to October 26 2010, thirty thousand independent expenditures were reported to the Federal Elections Commission by shadowy political corporations that collect donations of unlimited size and for the most part [...]

$10.6 Million Dollars a Day in Untraceable Campaign Spending

From October 16 to October 20, 2010 (the latest day for which FEC data is available), corporate entities that have made-up names and are largely exempted from having to reveal their mysterious donors spent $53,052,839 in independent expenditures on congressional campaigns. $15.0 million went to oppose Democrats, $2.9 million went to support Democrats, $4.7 million [...]

Is the NRA Partisan in its Campaign Finance Activities? Looking for answers in AL, AK, AZ, AR, and CA

Ask the National Rifle Association whether it is a partisan organization, and it will issue strenuous denials.

NRA Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris Cox:

The political reality is that we have President Obama, who had at one point 60 Democratic votes in the Senate and a 39-vote margin in the House. If [...]