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The biggest corporate contributor in the 2012 election so far doesn’t appear to make anything — other than very large contributions to a conservative super PAC. Read more»

TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts

Joe Ricketts, a billionaire who pioneered online stock trading by founding TD Ameritrade Inc., was far and away the biggest donor to super PACs last month, having given $11.4 million to the Ending Spending Action Fund. Read more»

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2011.

In the early post-WWII years, even the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce agreed that “collective bargaining is a part of the democratic process.” That statement would today be considered controversial not only on the far right but also by many in the mainstream media. Read more»

President Obama speaks the United Auto Workers on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama defended his auto industry bailout on Tuesday, while speaking to the United Auto Workers on the same day as Republican presidential hopefuls who criticized the bailout faced voters in Michigan. Read more» 1