Blog — Elections
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 ›
"Issue advertisements" funded by Americans for Prosperity are the latest examples of Koch brothers-associated groups lying about political involvement. Read More ›
September 3, 2014 | Advertisements, Corruption, Elections, Federal Agencies, Federal Election Commission (FEC), Supreme Court, Citizens United decision, McCutcheon v. FEC, Transparency, Koch Brothers, Senate Members, Mary Landrieu
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Campaign for Jobs and Opportunity (CJO) is now playing in another Republican primary, this time using money from big Michigan corporations in an attempt to influence the outcome of a Michigan congressional race. 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 ›
Money moved from the RGA to a super PAC, via a third party, in an attempt to hide the organization's role in influencing a primary.
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