May 02, 2016 | The LA Times | News
Ted Cruz, in his outsider’s bid for the White House, has depended heavily on the largesse of just three wealthy donors to establish credibility and stay afloat amid a chaotic nominating process that killed off most of his rivals. Now, at perhaps the most desperate moment in his quest to win the Republican nomination, Cruz is learning the perils of relying on strong-willed magnates who carry their own agendas and have demanded an unprecedented level of control in how their money is spent.
April 30, 2016 | The Huffington Post | News
The 2016 presidential election had been predicted to be the most expensive ever, fueled by a massive field of candidates and the proliferation of super PACs. But so far, the 2016 election isn’t as record-shattering as one might expect.
April 29, 2016 | The Baltimore Sun | Opinion
There is no doubt that TV ads played a major role in Tuesday's Democratic primary election for mayor, which Catherine Pugh won by only 2,574 votes over Sheila Dixon. The question is how much the outcome was shaped by the money spent on a highly sophisticated media effort for Pugh — and against Dixon. Unfortunately, we might never know the answer to that because of vague and often toothless disclosure regulations, especially from the Federal Communications Commission.
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.