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  • Lobbyist bundlers, not rich donors, soil political money

    Rich people can now donate more money politicians, thanks to the First Amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court. The court’s ruling in McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission won’t change politics much. But it ought to spur Congress to clean up our cluttered and counterproductive campaign...

  • Critics attack Chief Justice John Roberts' opinion that the Internet will safeguard against campaign corruption

    Critics of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' majority opinion that struck down overall limits on campaign contributions say he was wrong to assume the Internet is a sufficient substitute for government regulation. Roberts, who wrote the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in McCutcheon v....

  • Lifting campaign spending limits helps democracy

    The Supreme Court's decision last week in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, eliminating the total limit that an individual can contribute in an election cycle to candidates and party committees, amounts to a shot of adrenalin to American democracy.

  • McCutcheon ruling likely to change little in campaigns' strategies

    The Supreme Court's ruling this week allowing individuals to donate money to an unlimited number of candidates or party committees initially led to fears that the campaign-finance floodgates would burst open. “The last thing the middle class needs right now is more money in politics," said...

  • Brown signs bill to strengthen campaign finance

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation giving California's political watchdog agency more authority to enforce the state's campaign finance laws and investigate suspected wrongdoing. AB800 by Democratic Assemblyman Richard Gordon of Menlo Park was drafted in...

  • Agribusinesses give $380,000 to beat anti-GMO vote

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Six major producers of herbicides and genetically modified crops are shoveling $380,000 into the campaign to defeat measures to prohibit genetically modified crops in southwestern Oregon. Political contributions posted Thursday on the Oregon Secretary of State website...

  • VIDEO: House Dems not happy with latest Supreme Court ruling

    The Supreme Court decided Wednesday 5-4 to strike down the overall limits any donor can make to a political campaign.

  • Nancy Pelosi: Democrats won't jump to take advantage of new campaign donor limits

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested that her Democratic Party won't actively take advantage of new rules allowing individuals to donate more money to political campaigns, calling such a move "exploitation" of the electoral system. "Just because the ante is raised for everyone does not...

  • Obama keeps silent about campaign finance ruling at high-dollar fundraiser

    With top Democrats decrying the Supreme Court's campaign finance ruling Wednesday, President Obama took a different course, choosing not to mention it at all in his speech before a group of wealthy donors.

  • Republicans like campaign money ruling, Dems don't

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy. Either way, it's likely to benefit the two major political parties and their candidates for Congress, who are now able to...

  • RNC mailer to Republicans: 'We're sorry to see you go'

    Imagine you are are a loyal Republican; you've voted in every election for Republican candidates and even donated to a Republican candidate in your state, and you receive a letter from the Republican National Committee telling you that you are no longer a Republican.

  • Republican governors raise $33 million under Chris Christie

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors have given $33 million to the Republican Governors Association since New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took the helm late last year. The committee to elect GOP governors on Thursday announced it raised $23.5 million during the first three months of the year. That sum...

  • Supreme Court campaign finance decision empowers donors who prefer candidates over parties

    When the Supreme Court issued its McCutcheon decision on campaign finance law Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was unsparing with criticism: “All [the decision] does is take away people's rights,” he said, “because, as you know, the Koch brothers are trying to buy...

  • Supreme Court strikes down limits on campaign contributions

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the overall limits that wealthy donors can contribute to political campaigns, a victory for anti-regulation conservatives who saw the caps as a serious restriction on free speech rights. The justices, in a 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federation...

  • White House 'disappointed' by Supreme Court ruling on donor limits

    The White House on Wednesday criticized a Supreme Court decision that struck down overall limits on political contributions from individuals. “We are, in fact, disappointed by the decision that was announced today,” said White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest to reporters aboard...



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