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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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: [...]
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 [...]
Help me understand this, O Barack-Obama-is-the-Belgian-love-child-of-Malcolm-X conspiracy nuts:
Dr. Chiyome Fukino, the Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Health, issued an official statement declaring that she had personally verified the existence of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Fukino has never made any campaign contributions to the Democratic Party.
Fukino made a campaign contribution to [...]
Yesterday, the Federal Election Commission released its latest statistics on registered candidates for national public office. Here’s the official FEC breakdown of their party identification:
Democratic/DFL Party: 1031 Republican Party: 953 Independent/None: 132 Libertarian: 27 Other: 26 Unknown: 24 Green Party: 14 Constitutional Party: 3 Conservative Party: 2 Reform Party: 2 American Party: 1 Citizens [...]