Take a look at pages 5 and 6 of this excerpt of the Americans Elect Mission Report. As you can see from that excerpt, the report features a letter signed by Peter Ackerman and dated August 20. August 20 is a full 12 days after August 8, the day an FEC report shows Ackerman gave [...]
In the 1980s and 1990s, a bitter argument raged among political researchers between “state autonomy” theorists who asserted that the American state could at times act independently and “power structure” theorists who asserted that America was dominated by a social network of moneyed people and their associates interacting and coordinating through social bodies. Both theoretical [...]
I write this as an American liberal, more concerned about the need for honest government than I am about the fortunes of any particular politician. It’s alarming to me to see Democrats who blasted corruption in the Bush Administration give Barack Obama a free pass.
Barack Obama claims to oppose the Citizens United decision by [...]
In its official IRS Form 990, the 501c4 corporation Americans Elect asserted its freedom from campaign finance restrictions by declaring that “Americans Elect does not and will not support or oppose any candidate or candidate committee.” Click the image for the full Internal Revenue Service document:
Americans Elect broke the “will not support any [...]
The Committee to Get Walker Running — a draft committee trying to get David Walker on the presidential ballot through Americans Elect — calls itself a “grassroots and youth-driven initiative” in public:
Grassroots? In private, the committee informed the Federal Election Commission on April 24 that “This committee intends to make unlimited independent expenditures, [...]
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 [...]
The Federal Election Commission has an ever-growing list of “independent expenditures” made by political corporations whose donors the American people are kept from knowing and whose actual independence from congressional campaigns is a matter of conjecture. All one of these political corporations has to do is attest in its filings that its “expenditure was not [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The closer we get to Election Day, the more the use of independent expenditures accelerates. Thanks to Republicans in Congress who voted down disclosure requirements this summer, sketchily identified corporations with undisclosed lists of donors are throwing money by the bucket at congressional campaigns.
How much has the use of independent expenditures accelerated? Consider this: [...]