It's time to wrap up the week with a review of the most notable deleted tweets from politicians caught by our Politwoops project.Continue reading
FEC lawyers: Reason to believe Crossroads broke law
The FEC's lawyers believe Crossroads GPS likely violated election law, according to a little-noticed legal report quietly released late last Friday.Continue reading
Outside groups are insiders on D.C.’s fundraising scene
Last May Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., raised campaign cash at a reception at the offices of the National Association of Realtors and around the same time, the group's PAC sent his campaign a check for $4,000.
Four months later, in September, the PAC started spending big, but this time on independent expenditures. Three hundred thousand dollars for a campaign ad. Forty-six thousand dollars on Internet ads. By mid-October, the group had spent more than $576,000 in support of Reichert.
When groups make independent expenditures to support or oppose a candidacy, they are not supposed to coordinate in ...Continue reading
Hydra of independent groups fuels Republican side
Outside groups aligned with Republicans are dominating spending on independent expenditures in the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections. As... View ArticleContinue reading
The Coward’s Argument Against Transparency
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat... View ArticleContinue reading
Ed Gillespie: Enemy of Transparency
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie has joined the ranks of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as an out-and-out... View ArticleContinue reading
What Documents Can Tell Us
Earlier this week, the Associated Press profiled the phenomenally successful career, by Washington standards at least, of Ed Gillespie, now Counselor to the preisdent, and former and likely future mega-lobbyist. The catalyst for the story was the AP getting a hold of Gillespie's 18-page financial disclosure report he submitted to the Office of Government Ethics as a White House staffer.
The document reports "assets of between $7.86 million and $19.4 million when he began working at the White House in June, illustrating the wealth available to those at the top of Washington's lobbying industry." Gillespie got rich as a founding principal of Quinn, Gillespie & Associates, a lobbying firm he started in 2000 with former Clinton White House counsel Jack Quinn. The firm has been hugely successful, having earned $18,000,000 in income in 2006 and almost $9,000,000 so far this year.Continue reading