Blog — Campaign Finance Reform
On Tuesday, Republicans took control of the Senate, expanded their majority in the House, racked up more governorships, and flipped several state legislatures. This wave was fueled in part by public dissatisfaction with President Obama as well fundamental factors favoring Republicans, such as the number of Senate seats Democrats were defending. But, of course, money was a major factor.
This election marked the continued post-Citizens United transformation of American politics as outside spending played a substantial role for both Democrats and Republicans. Outside groups, some of which do not disclose their donors, outspent candidates and parties in many competitive Senate races, investing in both get-out-the-vote efforts and attack ads. These players are now a major and permanent part of our elections.
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Groups such as Ohio's A Public Voice are shape-shifters — organizations that pop up to influence elections or ballot initiatives and then change their names and focus, making it even harder to track the money behind them. Read More ›
The financial nerve center of a network of secretive politically active nonprofit groups linked to the Koch brothers has filed a new tax return that provides some tantalizing clues to its activities during the current election cycle. Read More ›
Dark money nonprofit groups are applying their playbooks to state races, spending vast sums to shape the outcome of contests lower on the ballot while transferring money from group to group to shield donors’ identities. Read More ›
One woman is the key connection between a PAC that tried to influence Missouri state elections and the dark money nonprofit that funded it. Read More ›
The MERIT Act is a “smart, common-sense approach... to addressing instances where politicians inappropriately benefit from political activities.” Read More ›
June 30, 2014 | Campaign Finance Reform, Corruption, Ethics, Governance & Legislation, MERIT Act, Insider Trading, Organizations, Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, Democracy 21, OpenTheGovernment.org, Project on Government Oversight, Public Citizen, The Sunlight Foundation, Transparency, Daniel Schuman, House Members, Jackie Speier
In a welcome development, the Senate finally is close to eliminating paper filing of Senate campaign reports. Read More ›
June 26, 2014 | Campaign Finance Reform, Congress, Democrats, Elections, Federal Agencies, Federal Election Commission (FEC), Financial, Disclosure, Governance & Legislation, Senate, Transparency, Daniel Schuman, Senate Members, Mitch McConnell