April 28, 2016 | The Hill | News
The House Ways and Means Committee approved three bills Thursday it says are aimed at protecting taxpayers and children. “Simply put, these proposals put the best interests of children and taxpayers first,” Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said. The most controversial of the measures, which passed on a party-line vote, would generally ban the Internal Revenue Service from collecting the identities of donors to tax-exempt organizations.
April 20, 2016 | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington | News
An internal CHGO memorandum and PowerPoint presentation recently made public by FEC Commissioner Steven Walther reveals the brazenness of the dark money group’s lies to federal agencies, all in the name of keeping the names of big money donors secret.
April 11, 2016 | The Campaign Legal Center | News
Terrorists, Russian oligarchs, and even cats could find a way to funnel money into U.S. elections, thanks to lax U.S. rules for shell corporations and a deadlocked Federal Election Commission (FEC) that refuses to enforce the law.
April 11, 2016 | The Washington Post | Opinion
Waves of dark money are washing through the country’s political system as big donors exploit a trick to get around disclosure laws — creating sham corporations to do the donating for them.
April 06, 2016 | U.S. News and World Report | Opinion
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, billionaire investor George Soros and hedge fund manager Robert Mercer have grabbed headlines so far this election with seven- and eight-figure donations to political super PACs. Yet this media attention obscures perhaps the most-overlooked story of the 2016 elections: the corporate dominance of political spending across all levels of government.
March 31, 2016 | Bloomberg Politics | News
A nonprofit with ties to Senator John McCain received a $1 million donation from the government of Saudi Arabia in 2014, according to documents filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
March 31, 2016 | Sunlight Foundation | News
Since the fate of the Senate is at stake in November, we examined the campaign finance data around the most expensive contests using Sunlight's Real-Time Influence Explorer tool. The spending here includes candidate committees, super PACs and 501(c)(4) groups. (And remember, dark money groups can run issue ads to influence elections, and those are not disclosed with the FEC or accounted for in this post.) We’ll get a chance to see who is raising more money after April’s upcoming filing deadline, but, until then, here are the top 10 big-money Senate races so far in 2016 cycle.
March 31, 2016 | AZ Central | News
Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday signed a bill which loosens state control over anonymous campaign donations while making numerous changes to campaign-finance rules.
March 28, 2016 | The New York Times | News
As the Republican Party collapses on itself, conservative leaders struggling to explain Mr. Trump’s appeal have largely seized on his unique qualities as a candidate: his larger-than-life persona, his ability to dominate the airwaves, his tough-sounding if unrealistic policy proposals. Others ascribe Mr. Trump’s rise to the xenophobia and racism of Americans angry over their declining power. But the story is also one of a party elite that abandoned its most faithful voters, blue-collar white Americans, who faced economic pain and uncertainty over the past decade as the party’s donors, lawmakers and lobbyists prospered.
March 28, 2016 | Politico | News
Marco Rubio’s campaign is dead. His secret-money legacy lives on. Nobody knows who funded the nonprofit group that spent more than $10 million on TV ads boosting Rubio, and untold more on mailers and research. And, unless those donors out themselves, nobody ever will.