Candidates for president offered the first detailed look at their campaign finances yesterday. While Hillary Clinton is running away with the money race for Democrats, the competition for cash is much tighter on the Republican side.Continue reading
A new Sunlight analysis of campaign finance records from the Democratic National Committee finds party operatives have made frequent use of the White House grounds during the past four years.Continue reading
What a difference four years makes: President Barack Obama, who began his first term with a promise to change the way Washington works, barred corporate donations to his first inauguration, capped individual contributions at $50,000 and began disclosing his donors and bundlers more than a month before his swearing-in.
This time he waited until two weeks before the inauguration to release his first list of donors. The Presidential Inaugural Committee posted the names on its website but without the amount of each donation nor the contributor's occupation and city. Nor was a separate list of bundlers posted.
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Last week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, ABC News reported on a private yacht event exclusively for Romney... View ArticleContinue reading
As the pundits debate what the addition of Paul Ryan to the GOP presidential ticket means for the race, one... View ArticleContinue reading
Tonight’s State of the Union Address raised even less transparency issues than we expected. (See the text at the end... View ArticleContinue reading
Earlier today the Obama campaign released a list of 244 fundraisers who have bundled thousands of dollars in donations to the president's victory fund.Continue reading
According to The Hill, only one political action committee (PAC) reported bundling campaign contributions for a political candidate during the... View ArticleContinue reading
Like a man sinking in quicksand, Rep. Charles Rangel continues, with every flailing day, to sink further as more discrepancies... View ArticleContinue reading
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., steered earmarks to some organizations with a board member who is also serving as a top bundler to his presidential campaign, according to the Next Right. This raises what for me is one of the primary questions about earmarks in general. Members of Congress say they know the needs of their states (or districts, in the case of House members). Whence comes this in-depth knowledge? Do they hear about needs from constituents, from their own personal observations, or do insiders--lobbyists, campaign contributors and others--educate them? Because the process is so opaque, in most cases we simply ...Continue reading