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The Partisan Use of Independent Expenditures (Graph)

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 [...]

FEC Fact Check: So Much for the Big Bad Unions Controlling Everything

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 [...]

Americans for Job Security Opposes Candidates Who Voted for Job Security

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 [...]

Attacking in Groups: Where Independent Expenditures Against Candidates Come Together

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 Lone Wolf Campaign Predators of 2010

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 [...]

In Attack Ads, National Organization for Marriage isn’t Partisan

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 [...]

Why is Jason Altmire Taking Coordinated Money from a Dallas Corporation?

Jason Altmire is a U.S. Representative in Congress. His job is to represent the people of the 4th district of Pennsylvania.

FEC data show that on October 23, 2009, Jason Altmire received a $1,000 check from the Tenet Healthcare Corporation PAC. Tenet is a for-profit corporation based in Dallas, Texas.

On March 19 2010, Jason [...]

Why is Jason Altmire boosting Tax Cuts for the Rich?

Why did Democratic Representative Jason Altmire demand this week that his party champion tax cuts for the rich?

Follow the money:

(Sources: FEC, That’s My Congress)

[...]

Joe Miller Campaign Misrepresents, Taking Out of State Money

As Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post reports, the Republican Senate campaign of Joe Miller has sent out campaign communications bragging:

We all know that Joe’s campaign isn’t receiving any monies from corporations or out of state entities.

Grim counters this claim by sleuthing out that Joe Miller is hiring a DC Beltway fundraiser, an [...]

Pat Tiberi (R-AEP)

“Them who pay the piper call the tune.”

Who does Representative Patrick Tiberi represent? Well, who’s paying the piper? The most frequent source of contributions to Pat Tiberi in the 2009-2010 election cycle is an energy corporation called American Electric Power. 48 contributions by the AEP political action committee and AEP employees have been registered [...]

Unity08 wins right to unlimited donations and secret-term loans. Watch for the relaunch.

In the 2008 presidential election cycle, the corporation called Unity08 used its media contacts with DC insiders such as David Broder and shared financial history with publications such as The Hill and Atlantic Monthly to spread word that it would run the first-ever secure online presidential nomination, the end of which would be for the [...]