Dollarcra$y: the reality of venality replacing Democracy 

By Jim Wesberry | “In order to achieve the widest possible distribution of political power, financial contributions to political campaigns should be made by individuals alone. I see no reason for labor unions — or corporations — to participate in politics. Both were created for economic purposes and their activities should be restricted accordingly….Our nation is facing a crisis of liberty if we do not control campaign expenditures. We must prove that elective office is not for sale. We must convince the public that elected officials are what James Madison intended us to be, agents of the sovereign people, not the hired hands of rich givers….” Senator Barry Goldwater in "Conscience of a Conservative"     Political campaign finance corruption: "the reality & appearance of improper influence stemming from the dependence of candidates on large campaign contributions." -  Chief Justice Warren Burger in Buckley v. Valeo 1976.

West Virginia's high court corruption just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to big money's judicial influence

The film's plot is so confusing that the first half plays like a barrage of randomly violent scenes stitched together from various other cliché movies.<p>Ani Bundel<p>There are many reasons to question Trump’s presidency, but Russia changing votes on his behalf shouldn’t be one of them.<p>Naveed …

Gun Control

Money-in-Politics Timeline

1789<p>"Fundraising" a foreign idea to Founding Fathers<p>The idea of candidates asking for contributions to fund their campaigns was completely foreign to …

Fundraising Wasn’t for the Forefathers

<i>The earliest candidates for president would have a hard time imagining a $1 billion campaign.</i><p><b>February 22, 2007</b> | It’s a scene that George Washington …

A modern history of campaign finance: from Watergate to 'Citizens United'

A legal war has been waged since the campaign finance reforms that followed the Watergate scandals, when Congress passed the bedrock for our modern …

SHALE@10: How the boom billionaires made their mark on state politics

Most of the billionaire donors live in Texas, so it's not surprising that they've been heavily involved in their home state's politics.<p>Kelcy Warren, …

Oil & Gas Industry

Money and politics: Who are best at tapping rich for political cash?

WASHINGTON<p>For as often as Democrats attack the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for their heavy spending on politics, it's actually …

Cannabis industry grows as source of campaign funds

With public attitudes becoming more favorable — and the number of medical marijuana patients exploding in this state — contributions from the …

Cannabis

Nonprofits serve communities, not candidates

Efforts to limit the influence of anonymous donors in elections recently took hits on two fronts; in both cases, nonprofits were used as the vehicle …

Nonprofits

Tom Steyer’s $110 million plan to redefine the Democrats

The billionaire investor is on a collision course with party leaders.<p>Tom Steyer plans to spend at least $110 million in 2018, making the billionaire investor the largest single source of campaign cash on the left and placing him on a path to create a parallel party infrastructure with polling, …

Government

Liberal secret-money network hammers House GOP

Nonprofits connected by a Washington-based hub have spent millions of dollars on TV ads on health care and taxes in key House districts.<p>A network of secret-money nonprofit groups has spent millions of dollars attacking swing-seat House Republicans on health care and taxes, quietly becoming one of …

Health Care

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez boosted by out-of-state donors after primary win

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez<br>(Scott Heins/Getty Images)<br>Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old Democratic House candidate who upset Rep. Joe Crowley in …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Trump's and the Koch Brothers' War on Disclosure

Weaker disclosure rules at the Treasury Department are just one part of a big-money campaign to keep political spending in the dark—even as foreign …

Campaign Finance

Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson hands out cash to potential voters

CHICAGO — Willie Wilson, the millionaire businessman and candidate for Chicago mayor, handed out cash to potential voters Sunday morning at a church …

Bruce Rauner

The big money behind Trump’s Supreme Court pick

As Republicans gear up for a fight over President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, a conservative political group is pouring money into ad campaigns to ensure that he’s confirmed before midterm elections.<p>The Judicial Crisis Network announced on Tuesday that …

Super PAC linked to Paul Ryan raises record-breaking $51 million for midterms

WASHINGTON – A super PAC allied with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan is raking in cash to try to prevent a Democratic takeover of the House in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.<p>The Congressional Leadership Fund announced $51 million in donations in the quarter ended June 30. More than half of the …

Out-of-state donors help fuel Abrams in Ga. governor race | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams raised more than $2.7 million in the latest campaign filings, with roughly 60 percent of her …

Supreme Court battle: Conservative group vows to spend $10M backing Trump pick

A conservative group planned Monday to launch a high-dollar ad campaign in support of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, as part of a projected $10 million push to get the nominee confirmed.<p>As both sides gird for a costly and confrontation battle before that nominee is even announced, the …

Study: Most Americans want to kill ‘Citizens United’ with constitutional amendment

Liberals and conservatives overwhelmingly support a constitutional amendment that would effectively overturn the Supreme Court’s seminal campaign …

It’s time for liberals to get over Citizens United

Repealing the controversial decision is a pipe dream. And there are more promising avenues for campaign-finance reform.<p>From the moment the 2010 Supreme Court ruling <i>Citizens United v. FEC</i> came down, it scandalized liberals. The decision heralded the “hostile corporate takeover of our democratic …

Liberals Want to Overturn Citizens United. A New Study Shows Conservatives Do Too

Liberals and conservatives overwhelmingly support a constitutional amendment that would effectively overturn the Supreme Court’s seminal campaign …

John McCain's warning about dark money is real. Stop campaign finance corruption.

Many Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are taking bold, important steps to fight dark money. We must arm ourselves against outside influence.<p>According to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a secretive, corrupting campaign finance system is at the root of political dysfunction dividing Americans …

Bombshell: FEC Records Indicate Hillary Campaign Illegally Laundered $84 Million

The press continues to feed the dying Russia collusion conspiracy theory, spending Friday’s news cycle regurgitating Democrat talking points from the …

Wealthy donors spend millions to boost top super PAC supporting Senate Democrats, filings show

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee<p>, Reporter<p>Anu Narayanswamy<p>, Data reporter<p>Wealthy Democratic donors are showing their muscle, as their seven-figure checks helped the top Senate Democratic super PAC post its best fundraising haul of the 2018 cycle last month, new federal filings show.<p>Of the $14 million raised …

Clinton's donors could still face an investigation over $84 million campaign finance scandal

A pro-Trump political action committee filed a complaint in December with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Hillary Clinton's campaign …

Meet the wealthy donors pouring millions into the 2018 elections

Wealthy donors who have given at least $1 million this election cycle contributed nearly 56 percent of the $640 million that has flowed into super PACs, which can accept unlimited contributions from individuals and corporations.<p>While these groups cannot coordinate their advertising with candidates …

Middle-class

How Politicians Use Nonprofits to Hide Dark Money

How Politicians Use Nonprofits to Hide Dark MoneyChisun LeeMarch 29, 2018Politicians are increasingly using nonprofits capable of accepting unlimited …

Jimmy Carter: Supreme Court seems 'eager to see rich people become more powerful'

Former President Carter ripped the Supreme Court for allowing “rich people” to become more powerful under election laws.<p>The massive campaigns …

French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy arrested over 'receiving £42m in illegal campaign funds from dead Libyan dictator Gaddafi'

FORMER French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been arrested over accusations he received £42million in illegal campaign funding from dead Libyan …

Swamp thing

The vice president’s trusted chief of staff is young, handsome, talented and rich. He’s also got some skeletons.<p>1. ‘I Am Not a Liar’<p>THE CHAOS IN THE WHITE HOUSE was threatening Mike Pence’s chances of ever becoming president, and that was unacceptable. It was the spring of 2017. Special counsel …

Donald Trump