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: […]
Working from Federal Election Commission data on independent expenditures starting on January 1, 2009 and ending with today’s release, here’s a graph showing the distribution of independent money (untraceable beyond the front groups) used to support and oppose the political parties’ candidates for federal office:
I’m not leaving third party candidates off this chart […]
Have you heard the one about how the big bad union machines control everything in our political system?
Take a look at the share of independent expenditures on political campaigns that came from unions in the week of September 26 – October 2, 2010:
2% is not exactly an overwhelming share. Just one business […]
The first clue that the real purpose of “Americans for Job Security” may not match its name is its address: 107 South West Street PMB Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria, just across the Potomac from Washington DC, is the home base for thousands of political front groups, and 107 South West Street is the address of a […]
This spring, the money hounds of wealthy and corporate America were unleashed by the Supreme Court, let go to spend unlimited amounts on political campaigns without disclosing the sources of their funds. As a result, the 2010 election season has seen an explosion of “independent expenditures” used to attack congressional candidates. While we can’t know […]
The election season of 2010 has seen an explosion of independent expenditures for and against congressional candidates, and the donors to the groups that mount these independent expenditures are largely invisible thanks to recent campaign finance deregulation. Tracking and comparing donors between groups is the easiest way to uncover patterns of coordination and possible corruption […]
There are a lot of things to be said about the anti-gay, anti-equality National Organization for Marriage. It’s disconnected from reality in its empirical assertions, secretive about its donors, a front group for the Catholic and Mormon churches, and unable to draw an actual crowd of living, breathing people.
But there’s one thing you can’t […]