campaign-finance

Congress spends too much time fundraising. But it’s less time than you think.

Remember that depressing model schedule that said congressmen should spend half their days fundraising? They ignore it.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jul 29, 2013

When businesses give judges money, they usually get the rulings they want

Emory political scientist Joanna Shepherd finds that judges who get business donations for their campaigns tend to lean in business's favor.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 11, 2013

The IRS controversy isn’t about taxes. It’s about disclosure.

Even if tea party groups' nonprofit status applications had been denied, there's no way they would have paid real taxes. They just would have had to disclose donors.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 21, 2013

The IRS was wrong to target the tea party. They should’ve gone after all 501(c)4s.

The problem wasn't that the IRS was skeptical of these tea party groups. It's that it hasn't been skeptical of Organizing for America and Crossroads GPS.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 10, 2013

Big money corrupts Washington. Small donors polarize it.

"When I send out a fundraising e-mail talking about how bad Republicans are, I raise three times as much as when I send out an e-mail talking about how good I am."

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 10, 2013

‘If the Millionaires’ Party ever gets its act together, watch out.’

They would have a filibuster-proof super-majority in the Senate, a majority in the House, a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court, and a man in the White House.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 6, 2013

We got way too excited over money in the 2012 elections

Remember when Sheldon Adelson was going to buy the election? It didn't work. So what does that tell us?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 6, 2013

Wyden and Murkowski have a bill to fight super PACs. Does it go far enough?

Ron Wyden and Lisa Murkowski want to make super-PACs disclose their donors. But will their bill actually make a difference?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 27, 2013

What secret e-mails from Enron teach us about influencing politicians

Are campaign contributions central to corporate lobbying efforts? If the now-bankrupt Enron Corporation is any indication, the answer is no.

The most depressing graphic for members of Congress

Ever wanted to be in Congress? This slide will make you reconsider.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 14, 2013

Jack Abramoff — yes, that Jack Abramoff — on why lobbyists are horrible

Abramoff's reinvention as an anti-corruption crusader is fascinating, if perhaps a bit predictable.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 11, 2013

Can vouchers fix campaign finance?

The Grassroots Democracy Act represent the first public financing proposal to directly address the issue of super-PACs. If Democrats retake Congress, that could give it a crucial edge over rival bills.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 22, 2012

Beyond the DISCLOSE Act: What else could Congress do on campaign finance?

Yale law professors Bruce Ackerman and Ian Ayres proposed making campaign donations secret the same way votes are.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 20, 2012