Sunlight's analysis of outside spenders' return on investment in the 2014 elections. Unlike in 2012, conservative groups got more bang for their buck while liberal supporters faced serious losses.Continue reading
For some House incumbents, traditional PACs are super
Sunlight's analysis of the most recent campaign finance data finds Rep. Bobby Rush has raised a larger chunk from political action committees than any other House member.Continue reading
Realtors put down money on the (U.S.) House
The National Association of Realtors flooded three congressional races with $2.1 million on behalf of candidates whose policies are popular with realtors.Continue reading
Influence Analytics: Politicians weighing in against expanded wetlands protection
Hundreds of members of Congress are blasting an Obama administration plan to expand the definition of wetlands, an analysis of public comments by Sunlight's Docket Wrench shows.Continue reading
February filings: Following the political money trail
The February financial reports are in for political committees filing on a monthly schedule. Some of the highlights? The DNC outraises Republicans, labor unions play state politics and Club for Growth scores another million dollar donation.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
What we’re seeing in online disclosures and documents: Party Favors: National Republican Congressional Committee top spender on indirect expenditures ($22,175,402)... View ArticleContinue reading