"Good Morning America" and the "Today" show both talked with Sunlighters about why the public deserves transparency around political conventions.Continue reading
More than 17 months before the November election, filings at the FEC show that some of the bigger supporting players in politics are getting into electoral form.Continue reading
The RNC will hold its 2016 convention in July, shortening its presidential primary period. The move will free up millions in previously untouchable campaign dollars and lengthen the period in which "dark money groups" can run ads while avoiding disclosure.Continue reading
With control of the Senate in doubt and Republicans likely to hold on to their majority in the House, liberal power brokers are ramping up their electoral giving.Continue reading
As Pfizer, a heavy hitter in U.S. politics, looks at a renewed bid to acquire U.K.-based AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical giant sees the billions of dollars it could save in taxes if the deal goes through.Continue reading
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
Though the party conventions are long over, the special interests that paid for them were only revealed to the public yesterday. It’s not a surprise that, despite a self-imposed ban on corporate cash to fund their Charlotte convention, the Democrats relied on plenty of it.
For their bash in Tampa, Republicans brought in donations from super PAC donors, an oil industry trade group that's running its own political ads, and some of the same corporate donors who underwrote the Democrats' convention.
MORE: See the largest donors to the Democratic and Republican host committees below
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At the national political conventions, most of the action takes place not in the arena where the TV cameras roll,... View ArticleContinue reading
Official Republican National Conventions proceedings were cancelled on Monday due to the threat of Hurricane Isaac, but press interest in... View ArticleContinue reading
Once upon a time, the national Democratic and Republican political conventions were all about writing political platforms and nominating a presidential ticket. Once upon a time, convention planners relied heavily on public financing.
Now, with the main business already settled before the first gavel goes down, conventions are all about partying and access, and the bulk of the show is underwritten by corporate and other private money.
Next week's Republican gathering in Tampa features more than 150 events of various kinds – policy talks to late night bashes to campaign fundraisers -- according to event schedules and other invitations we have ...Continue reading