Center for Responsive Politics
Democrats have raised unprecedented sums for the Nov. 6 elections.
The companies have also been involved in high-profile controversies in the U.S.
By Frank Bass, MapLight More than five dozen congressmen who have retired or plan to retire next year have raised at least
Outside financiers are already beginning to wield their influence.
And it doesn't have to mean electoral disaster.
If Clinton was bought by investment bankers, hedge fund managers and the like, we'd expect to see them donating in large numbers to her campaign committee; even though individual contributions to that account are limited to $2,700 for the primary and another $2,700 for the general election, they are a good measure of which parts of the economy are really drawn to a candidate.
The real purpose of an individual-candidate Super PAC is to circumvent candidate contribution limits. Wealthy donors, corporations and other contributors use these Super PACs as vehicles to make unlimited contributions to directly support the candidate backed by the Super PAC.
We agree with the justices that the Internet can be a powerful tool for transparency. But four years after Citizens United, it's clear that the Internet isn't enough to create transparency. Congress has to enact laws requiring candidates to use it.
Permitting Tea Party, left-wing, libertarian, middle-of-the-road -- whatever -- groups to define themselves as untaxed social welfare organizations that may accept unlimited, untaxed, secret corporate gifts and sponsor political ads is a sarcoma on democracy.
The Chamber spent nearly $26.4 million during last year's first quarter. During the final quarter of last year, in spent
(As you may be aware, that "ban" provides for a lot of exceptions!) Well, not that proud, I guess. If you're the sort of
In the summer of 2012, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made headlines when he revealed he still has his own student debt from his
Despite reports of corporate and other highrollers offended at alleged aloofness and a lack of perks from the White House during the first term, this time, they'll be welcomed with open arms. The president said it himself -- he likes a good party.
Among the richest lawmakers is Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who made his fortune in the car alarm business and is worth