What do we make of congressional candidate Nick Troiano?
On the one hand, Nick Troiano justifies his run for Congress by boasting of his experience working for Super PACs, 527s and 501(c)(4) corporations as the young face speaking on behalf of the interests of old money. Listen to Nick Troiano describe how he built his [...]
Perusing the FEC records of recent independent expenditures for political campaigns in congressional elections, I came across a curious note about a pair of expenditures in opposition to David Jolly, a Republican seeking to replace the deceased Congressman Bill Young down in Florida. The group that made the expenditures, for radio advertisements, was called Friends [...]
You may recall that during the 2008 and 2012 campaign season, the political corporation calling itself Unity08 and then Americans Elect hired high-price lawyers to overturn campaign finance laws so that it could take campaign donations of unlimited size and then keep the names of those donors a secret from the public. Unity08/Americans Elect won [...]
Steve Mistler of the Portland Press Herald has discovered another connection in the growing list of connections between the campaign of financier Eliot Cutler for Governor of Maine and the Wall Street financiers’ political corporation called Americans Elect.
Americans Elect figures already identified as jumping in to support the Cutler campaign through contributions or “independent” [...]
Last week, I reported that in the wake of the 2012 campaign, when Americans Elect had dumped nearly $2 million into a Maine Senate race, six Americans Elect leaders had contributed to the Maine gubernatorial campaign of “independent” Eliot Cutler in the first half of 2013.
The Maine state campaign finance report for the [...]
Why support U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders for President in 2016? How about ethics?
Senator Sanders isn’t some newcomer to national politics, unlike candidates that have made it to the top of the Democratic presidential ticket in the past. He knows how the game is played, and throughout his long career he has refused to join [...]
This week, a filing with the FEC made it clear that the Put Alaska First PAC is shipping money out of Alaska, rather than hiring Alaskans to do their work. [...]
If Ben Sasse gets elected to the U.S. Senate as a paid representative of the Legacy Foundation Action Fund PAC, it will be Iowa Values, not Nebraska Values, that get sent to Washington. [...]
Apparently, Congressman Shimkus thinks that pious Christianity is only good for keeping oil company profits high. When the lobbyists come a-calling, Shimkus is happy to toss that old time religion out the window. [...]
Google’s position defending those in power against grassroots change is confirmed in this week’s news that Google is now supporting politicians who oppose action to slow down climate change. [...]
On the one hand, we can see that Senator Mike Enzi has established a network of corporate agents who are willing to provide him with money in exchange for the opportunity to influence Enzi’s legislative work as a federal government official. On the other hand, we can see that what Enzi is doing appears not to violate any laws. [...]