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Susan Collins, Big Money Candidate. Shenna Bellows, Small Money Candidate. Who Wins?

Contribution totals in the Maine Senate race through October 15, 2014 have become available at the Federal Election Commission, and they tell a story of strong contrasts.

Here’s a graphic profile of Democrat Shenna Bellows’ campaign contributors:

And here’s a graphic profile of Republican Susan Collins’ campaign contributors:

Less than 1 in 10 [...]

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 [...]

Nick Troiano, the Mayday PAC, Americans Elect, No Labels and the Peterson Network: Connections?

2012 saw the rise of Americans Elect, a corporation that planned to manage the election of its own “centrist” presidential candidate, thanks to insider connections and large cash flows from undisclosed sources. 2012 also saw Americans Elect’s demise, when American citizens elected to stay away from Americans Elect and refused to participate after finding out [...]

Virginia Professional Political Operative Hires Massachusetts Firm To Set Up New Hampshire PAC To Save America

How can Jim Rubens, backed by a “New Hampshire PAC” that was created by a Virginia political insider who works for a Washington D.C. political consulting firm, using media companies in Massachusetts be considered authentic? [...]

August 8: Americans Elect Starts Collecting $$ for Angus King. August 20: Americans Elect Says it Supports No Candidate

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 [...]

Using Americans Elect as Instrument, 3 Wall Street Tycoons dump another $420K into Maine Senate Race

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 [...]

Obama Leaves FEC Short Staffed

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 [...]

Americans Elect Completes Violation of Promise, Spending $$ to Oppose and Support Candidates w/o Democracy

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 [...]

Document: “Grassroots” Committee to Draft David Walker for President intends to take Big Money

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, [...]

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 [...]

Disclsosed Party Committee Lobbyist Bundles Dwarfed by Undisclosed Independent Expenditures

Yes, the four political party committees spending on congressional races have raked in millions of dollars from lobbyists who bundled together campaign contributions during the 2009-2010 election season:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: $3,587,850 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: $1,334,225 National Republican Senatorial Committee: $1,127,150 National Republican Congressional Committee: $771,900

For you and me, seven million dollars [...]