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Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

The 60 Plus Association — a nonprofit senior citizen advocacy group funded largely by billionaire businessmen Charles and David Koch’s conservative political network — appears to have vastly understated its level of election spending on federal tax filings, a Center for Public Integrity review of documents indicates.... Read more»1

Dark money & Citizens United: What Obama & Romney would do

With campaign finances limits rendered nearly meaningless, election spending is on pace to set records. Where does each presidential candidate stand on how to regulate money in politics?... Read more»

‘Citizens United’ and why it matters

By now most folks know that the U.S. Supreme Court did something that changed how money can be spent in elections and by whom, but what happened and why should you care?... Read more»

The campaign finance free-for-all: How we got to this point

In a forthcoming law review article, Richard Briffault of Columbia Law School argues that the rise of super PACs and unfettered contributions and spending this election cycle are "effectively ending the post-Watergate era of campaign finance laws." ... Read more»

Money is Speech: A musical history of campaign finance

ProPublica's latest explainer music video, on the storied history of money in politics. ... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Calls for gun control miss the target

Liberals, we need to have a heart to heart about gun politics: There will be no new gun control laws. Gun manufacturers, through the NRA and other trade groups, have a complete lock on our federal government.... Read more»10

Guest opinion

McCain: DISCLOSE Act opens door to labor money

The DISCLOSE Act is closer to a clever attempt at political gamesmanship, than actual reform. By conveniently setting high thresholds for reporting requirements, it forces some entities to inform the public about the origins of their financial support, while allowing others – most notably those affiliated with organized labor – to fly below the FEC's regulatory radar.... Read more»

Senate Republicans block DISCLOSE Act

A bill that would require groups that run political ads attacking candidates to disclose their donors fell nine votes short of moving ahead Monday night in the U.S. Senate.... Read more»

Three states give ALEC a pass on lobbying rules

South Carolina, Indiana and Colorado have all given the free-market group a pass on registering or reporting lobbying expenditures.... Read more»

Overturning Citizens United isn't enough, expert says

In contrast with many other campaign finance reformers, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig believes fixing the U.S. election system will require more than just overturning the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission Supreme Court ruling.... Read more»

OWS: One demand to rule them all?

As the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is often criticized for lacking a focused agenda, begins to hone its message, one issue has emerged as a possible catch-all: campaign-finance reform.... Read more»2