July 27, 2016
By Hans von Spakovsky Americans are often told that there's too much money in politics - that we spend too much on campaigns. But that claim doesn't hold up when you consider that in our elections, we are choosing the people who lead the local, state, and federal governments of the most powerful country in the world. During the 2012 presidential election cycle, the Federal Election Commission reports that candidates, political parties, and political action committees raised and spent a little more than $7 billion.
May 11, 2015 |
WITH LESS than two weeks to go before Philadelphia's primary election for mayor, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams has more cash on hand to spend than chief rival, former City Councilman Jim Kenney, according to campaign-finance reports filed yesterday. But money from political-action committees, which can spend unlimited amounts promoting a candidate as long as they don't work with the candidate, will likely even out the playing field between Williams and Kenney. During the second and final reporting cycle of the primary race, Williams' campaign raised about $1.3 million from Jan. 1 through May 4, according to the candidate's report.
December 12, 2012 |
In the aftermath of a presidential election campaign in which business and labor groups made millions in undisclosed campaign contributions, a group of retired Pennsylvania judges has taken the unusual step of calling on Congress to require donors to disclose who they are. Business and labor unions spent record amounts following the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, which overturned laws that limited campaign spending by special interests....
August 19, 2012 |
Joe Watkins, head of a political action committee that supports school choice initiatives, former managing director in an asset management firm, and a Philadelphia minister, has been appointed by state Education Secretary Ron Tomalis to guide the financial recovery of the struggling Chester Upland School District. "Joe is a qualified individual who has the ability to assist the Chester Upland School District with long-term financial stability, as well as ensuring the district's students continue to have access to quality academic programs," Tomalis said in a statement Friday.
July 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have blocked Democratic-backed legislation requiring organizations pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaign ads to disclose their top donors and the amounts they spend. GOP opposition prevented Democrats from getting the 60 votes needed to bring what is known as the Disclose Act to the Senate floor. The vote Monday was 51-44. Democrats revived the act during a presidential election campaign in which political action committees and nonprofit organizations, funded by deep-pocketed and largely anonymous contributors, are dominating the airwaves with largely negative political ads. Another version of the Disclose Act passed the then-Democratic-controlled House in 2010 but was similarly blocked by Republicans in the Senate.
May 26, 2012 |
PORTLAND, Maine - Scores of Maine churches will pass the collection plate a second time at Sunday services on Father's Day to kick off a fund-raising campaign for the lead opposition group to November's ballot question asking voters to legalize same-sex marriages. Between 150 and 200 churches are expected to raise money for the Protect Marriage Maine political action committee, said Carroll Conley Jr., executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine evangelical organization and a member of the PAC. Conley is also trying to get support from religious leaders around the country.
May 18, 2012 |
President Obama's failure to fix the broken Federal Election Commission has helped turn the campaign trail into the Wild West, where the biggest guns shoot any which way they want. Government contractors have been prohibited for decades from contributing to federal political campaigns, but that hasn't stopped a super-PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney from actively soliciting about $1 million in donations from them. After the Los Angeles Times broke the story, the super-PAC, called Restore Our Future, began telling potential donors to seek legal counsel before giving, but it didn't turn down their money.
March 12, 2012
SHELDON ADELSON. Foster Friess. Frank VanderSloot - these days, every presidential candidate has a billionaire (or two), and these are the most prominent of the rich guys currently exercising unprecedented influence over the American electoral system. As predicted, corporate contributions are dominating politics ever since Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010 allowed them to spend unlimited sums of money on Political Action Committees - just so long as the committees don't "coordinate" with individual candidates.
February 28, 2012
By Doyle McManus Chalk up another win for the law of unintended consequences. When federal courts ruled in 2010 against restricting donations to political action committees, Republican strategists rejoiced. Here, they thought, was a way for the GOP's deep-pocketed donors to gain an advantage over President Obama's fund-raising machine. But look what happened. "Super-PACs," as the newly empowered political action committees are known, have mutated like election-year Godzillas, wreaking havoc in an increasingly bloody Republican primary campaign.
February 21, 2012
A pair of "super" political action committees supporting top Republican presidential candidates spent nearly $24 million in January, according reports filed Monday. A7