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What Do Ralph Hall And Charlie Rangel Have In Common?

Claims by the Campaign for Primary Accountability to be non-partisan and to be concerned only with open political process, rather than particular ideological and economic interests, should be taken with a very large grain of salt. [...]

Indiana Values SuperPAC Isn’t Based In Indiana

With a name like that, you’d expect the SuperPAC to based in Indiana. The offices of the Indiana Values SuperPAC are hundreds of miles away from Indiana, though. They’re at 1823 23rd Street NW, Washington D.C., in a posh townhouse just two miles from the White House. [...]

Who is Martin Appel?

An empty rented office. A huge proportion of legal fees. Independent expenditures to oppose Barack Obama. Who is this Martin Appel? [...]

Why Is Gingrich Super PAC Still Spending?

Why would Sheldon Adelson and the Winning Our Future PAC keep spending money on Gingrich, when he now has virtually no chance of winning the Republican nomination? Take this poll to provide your explanation. [...]

Is Eating Fried Food Pro-Life?

Given the pro-Santorum PAC’s payment’s to Tubby’s Tank House, it seems that what PRO-LIFE means is that fertilized eggs get full human rights, but people are encouraged to go ahead and take the fast track to a heart attack after they’re born. [...]

The General Election Pledge Americans Elect Hasn’t Made

It’s only 85 days until the first ballot of the Americans Elect presidential nomination, the first ever all-online presidential nomination in which a corporation will decide which candidates can run, the same corporation will run the election, and yes, the very same corporation is in charge of how the votes are counted. What else do [...]

Rick Santorum Suddenly Surging With Cash From Shadowy Sources

I’d like to know whether any of the millions of dollars of federal government money that has gone to the Iowa Family Policy Center is being used by Chuck Hurley operate the Leaders For Families Super PAC on behalf of Rick Santorum. The Super PAC has been created in such a way, however, that makes it impossible to track that money down. [...]

The Mystery Of Thousands Of Dollars For Makeup and Costumes Supporting Ron Paul

Endorse Liberty Inc., a political action committee organized by Abraham D. Niederhauser, a businessman who has made his fortune fighting bad breath, joined by an unknown person named Chris Hanson, were involved in a set independent expenditures to benefit Ron Paul. How did buying thousands of dollars of makeup and costumes help the Ron Paul for President campaign? [...]

Republicans Won Special Elections To Congress With Mystery Money

Yesterday alone, four different organizations, using money that could have come from anywhere, reported making independent expenditures to help Bob Turner turn out the vote, and to depress voter turnout for David Weprin. Not one single organization made independent expenditures to help the David Weprin campaign. In the race in Nevada’s 2nd congressional district, 10 separate independent expenditures were made to help the campaign of Republican Mark Amodei over the last week. None were made to help the Democratic candidate, Kate Marshall. [...]

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 [...]

Rake Muck! One Way to Find Independent Expenditures that Might Not be so Independent

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 [...]