A new round of campaign finance disclosures by the Republican campaigns for President showed once again how SuperPAC spending has driven the race almost entirely this year. At most, a few dozen extremely rich people are paying for most of the GOP campaigns, and they’re making no apologies for essentially buying the nominating process.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 21, 2012 8:20 am|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday February 7, 2012 10:00 am|
Despite having criticized the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and the rise of Super PACs, President Obama’s re-election campaign has decided to fully endorse the use of their own allied Super PAC. Passing legislation about campaign finance reform was simply not a priority for the Obama administration.
|By: David Dayen Thursday January 26, 2012 6:50 am|
After Citizens United, which was decided two days after Democrats lost their 60-seat majority in the Senate, there was a push to respond to the Supreme Court ruling with some legislation adding transparency and disclosure to the process. If the Massachusetts race went another way it would have passed; Democrats consistently got 59 votes in the Senate for the DISCLOSE Act. But Republicans wouldn’t budget because they reasoned that the new campaign finance system – actually not a system at all but a recipe for massive spending by corporations and the wealthy – would advantage them. In 2010 they were right.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday January 24, 2012 11:50 am|
The early reports were that Sheldon Adelson plowed another $5 million into the SuperPAC supporting Newt Gingrich. It turns out that the money specifically came from Sheldon’s wife Miriam, even though donations can remain anonymous.
|By: Attaturk Tuesday January 24, 2012 1:30 am|
I still think in the long run, Romney will be “settled” for, not because he is loved but because he’ll do…but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to see this…
|By: David Dayen Friday January 20, 2012 5:15 pm|
Today is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. If you think it’s going well, ask your local Presidential candidate how he likes those SuperPAC ads.
Several actions are taking place today.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 20, 2012 12:45 pm|
An organization known as Move to Amend, inspired by Occupy Wall Street and Dr. Cornel West, has called for actions at federal courthouses all over the United States to mark the second anniversary of the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, which essentially struck down limits to money in elections.
|By: Attaturk Monday January 16, 2012 1:30 am|
Stephen Colbert’s continued pointed parody against the travesty of Citizen’s United sustains its brilliance in South Carolina.
|By: David Dayen Saturday January 14, 2012 1:00 pm|
Last night, Colbert closed his announcement with the words “Thank you, God bless you, and God bless Citizens United.” Nobody has done more to show how ludicrous our campaign finance system has become. If it leads to a reassessment of the system, his SuperPAC money will have been money well spent.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday January 11, 2012 8:00 pm|
The assumption for the MA Senate race is that the Big Money Boyz will lard up Scott Brown with oodles of cash, allowing him to run a scorched earth campaign that decimates Elizabeth Warren. But Warren has consistently raised a lot more money than Brown, most of it from small donors, since she entered the race.