Categories & Tags: super pacs

What will it take to rein in Big Money?   |   October 17, 2014
On Oct. 16, 2014, Ellen Weintraub -- a member of the Federal Election Commission, an agency launched in 1975 after the Watergate scandal to watchdog campaign spending -- visited...

 

Republicans make big advances thanks to Citizens United   |   September 5, 2014
It's been more than four years since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a ruling that expanded the ability of...

 

Outside groups pumped $2.6 million into North Carolina's primaries   |   July 17, 2014
Super PACs and other outside groups injected more than $2.6 million worth of TV ads and other spending targeting state races before North Carolina's May 6 primaries, according...

 

Inaction on NC transparency bill hid $2 million in outside spending   |   July 2, 2014
With election spending reform stalled in Washington, states have emerged as important arenas for efforts to give the public a clearer picture of who is spending money in politics...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A primary drenched in outside money   |   May 9, 2014
Total amount of outside spending -- expenditures independent of candidates and parties -- reported to date on state-level races in the May 6 North Carolina primary: $2,470,050...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Outside corporate interests spend big on NC high court race   |   May 2, 2014
Amount the NC Chamber IE, a conservative-leaning super PAC operated by the NC Chamber of Commerce, has reported spending so far this year on TV ads supporting two conservatives...

 

New details emerge on Gov. McCrory's Duke Energy money ties   |   April 22, 2014
As the U.S. Department of Justice continues to probe the relationship between North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's (R) administration and Duke Energy following the company's...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Four years after Citizens United, the movement for reform is growing   |   January 24, 2014
Number of years ago this week the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Citizens United ruling allowing corporations, associations and unions to spend unlimited amounts in elections as...

 

The IRS moves to limit dark money -- but enforcement still a question   |   December 2, 2013
By Kim Barker, ProPublica The IRS and Treasury Department announced proposed guidelines clarifying the definition of political activities for social welfare nonprofits last week...

 

Tea party group seeks to hide donors under Jim Crow-era exemption   |   October 22, 2013
A national tea party group is asking the Federal Election Commission for an unusual exemption to donor disclosure requirements, arguing that releasing the identity of its...

 

Why is GOP mega-donor Art Pope distancing himself from controversial big-money groups?   |   October 9, 2013
Nick Nyhart of the campaign finance watchdog group Public Campaign wrote an op-ed for a North Carolina newspaper last week that's set off a war of words with the state's...

 

McCutcheon, McConnell and the threat of corruption   |   October 7, 2013
In the McCutcheon v. FEC case about campaign contribution limits that will be heard tomorrow by the U.S. Supreme Court, the primary concern for those troubled by the increasing...

 

Corporate sponsorship of Rick Perry's partisan job piracy   |   September 20, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest "If you want to live free -- free from overtaxation, free from overlitigation, free from overregulation … move to Texas."...

 

Obama's flip-flops on money in politics: A brief history   |   February 4, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica When President Obama told supporters that he would morph his campaign into a new nonprofit that would accept unlimited corporate donations, the...

 

Did Big Money really lose this election? Hardly.   |   November 9, 2012
After the most money-drenched elections in history -- with close to $6 billion spent on the 2012 presidential and Congressional races alone, by one estimate -- big donors and the...

 

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million   |   November 5, 2012
By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien, Center for Public Integrity The biggest corporate contributor in the 2012 election so far doesn't appear to make anything -- other...

 

Raleigh businessman, Art Pope ally a key backer of group spending on NC Supreme Court race (updated)   |   October 16, 2012
Details about a big money player in North Carolina's closely-watched election for a state Supreme Court justice have been brought to light after months of his operating in the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The backlash against big-money politics   |   March 16, 2012
Percent of U.S. voters who say super PACs -- independent committees that can raise unlimited funds from individuals, corporations and other groups  -- should be illegal: 69...

 

Southern Super PAC Tuesday: Who got the most for their campaign cash?   |   March 7, 2012
On Super Tuesday, the South was divided. Each Southern state picked a different Republican presidential hopeful, with Georgia going to home-state favorite Newt Gingrich; Tennessee...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Super PACs rake in corporate cash   |   February 24, 2012
Number of for-profit businesses that have contributed to so-called "super PACs," independent committees that can raise unlimited sums from individuals, corporations,...