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Dark Money Organization Emerges As Major Financier For GOP Legislative, Electoral Agendas

June 22, 2017 | dark money watch | Andrew Perez and Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

This story is published in collaboration with the International Business Times. A secretive nonprofit closely linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan has begun playing a pivotal role in supporting Republican policies and candidates since the November 2016 election, a MapLight analysis has found. The American Action Network (AAN) has donated more than $6.5 million to … Continue reading “Dark Money Organization Emerges As Major Financier For GOP Legislative, Electoral Agendas”

Conservative Dark Money Helps Georgia Congressional Candidate Narrow Spending Gap With Ossoff

June 16, 2017 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

Conservatives are closing the fundraising gap in a Georgia congressional special election with millions in outside spending, according to Federal Election Commission records. Jon Ossoff, the Democratic nominee, has outspent his Republican opponent, Karen Handel, by a 7-to-1 margin. Ossoff reported spending $22.5 million; Handel has only spent $3.2 million. Independent expenditure organizations, however, have … Continue reading “Conservative Dark Money Helps Georgia Congressional Candidate Narrow Spending Gap With Ossoff”

Conservative Group Led By EPA Chief Pruitt Received Dark Money To Battle Environmental Regulations

June 07, 2017 | dark money watch | Andrew Perez and Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

This story was published in partnership with Fast Company. An organization once led by the nation’s top environmental regulator raised more than $750,000 from conservative dark money groups to battle federal regulators, including officials at the agency he now leads, a MapLight investigation has found. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, was … Continue reading “Conservative Group Led By EPA Chief Pruitt Received Dark Money To Battle Environmental Regulations”

In Fight Over Right To Repair Equipment, Farmers Are Outspent 28-to-1

June 06, 2017 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

This story was published in partnership with Civil Eats. When Tom Schwarz was growing up on his family’s 2,500-acre Nebraska produce farm and their International tractor broke down, fixing it was pretty simple. “You bought a new part,” said Schwarz, 58. “Or, you bought a used part. You replaced what was broken, and you moved … Continue reading “In Fight Over Right To Repair Equipment, Farmers Are Outspent 28-to-1”

Is There A Gas Line Near Your House? How Anadarko Petroleum Killed A Bill Forcing Fossil Fuel Companies To Tell Homeowners

May 19, 2017 | Dark Money Watch | Andrew Perez and David Sirota

Anadarko, an oil company that fought a bill that would tell Colorado homeowners how close they live to oil and gas operations, also funded a dark money group that helped Colorado Republicans preserve their majority in the state Senate. May 17, 2017 – Days after a gas line linked to an Anadarko Petroleum well ignited … Continue reading “Is There A Gas Line Near Your House? How Anadarko Petroleum Killed A Bill Forcing Fossil Fuel Companies To Tell Homeowners”

Long Overlooked, Case That Laid Foundation For Citizens United Marks Tenth Anniversary

April 28, 2017 | dark money watch | Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

When talking about large amounts of money flooding elections, one landmark Supreme Court case is generally cited as the cause: Citizens United.  The 2010 ruling allowed corporations to spend unlimited money in elections, provided they didn’t coordinate their expenditures with a candidate. Yet Citizens United didn’t happen in a vacuum; its foundation was laid in … Continue reading “Long Overlooked, Case That Laid Foundation For Citizens United Marks Tenth Anniversary”

Dozen Instances of “Dysfunction and Deadlock” Cases Spurred FEC Member’s Resignation

March 17, 2017 | dark money watch | Frank Bass and Margaret Sessa-Hawkins

The Federal Election Commission’s reputation as the “Failure to Enforce Commission” took another hit last month when Commissioner Ann Ravel resigned, blasting the panel in a scathing, 25-page report. While Ravel’s resignation leaves the commission with one vacancy and five members whose terms have expired, the Democrat said the agency’s dysfunction had reached the point … Continue reading “Dozen Instances of “Dysfunction and Deadlock” Cases Spurred FEC Member’s Resignation”

Contraceptive Makers Helped Elect Republican Congress Ready To Defund Planned Parenthood

March 02, 2017 | MapLight | Andrew Perez

Leading manufacturers of birth control pills and contraceptive devices helped elect Republican lawmakers eager to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, according to a MapLight review of federal campaign finance data. Through their own political action committees, the six firms provided a combined $1.9 million in direct support to GOP House and Senate candidates during … Continue reading “Contraceptive Makers Helped Elect Republican Congress Ready To Defund Planned Parenthood”

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