Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tag: dark money

State of money in politics: Billion-dollar ‘dark money’ spending is just...

The dark money landscape is more than just direct spending, hundreds of millions more is being funneled through other kinds of groups that don’t fully disclose their donors.

Inside Donald Trump’s army of super PACs and MAGA nonprofits

Trump’s army of organized support has expanded since then, with a dozen or so major nonprofits and super PACs pushing his policy platform and priming the public for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

How Scott Walker made Wisconsin the national poster child for dark...

"Citizens can't exercise their right to self-governance if we don't know who is funding our representatives."

Warren shuts down her joint fundraising PAC, urges 2020 Democratic presidential...

"I just mean that people should not be self-funding and they should not be funded from PACs from other billionaires. Get out there, trust your message."

Trump 2020 campaign used a shell company to pay ad buyers...

While some of the issues presented by the Trump campaign’s approach to outside groups may seem novel, Trump is hardly the only candidate with blurred lines between his campaign and outside groups supporting him.

2017 financials of the Koch’s dark money network

The Koch network may be changing its face and money flow, but it appears to be still just as powerful as ever.

The Koch brothers’ Freedom Partners Group spends $115.2 million in 2017

Freedom Partners, officially organized as a 501 (c)(6) trade association for the purpose of “promoting economic freedom,” funnels money from the Koch Network of billionaire donors to a growing number of political advocacy organizations controlled by Koch operatives.

Pro-Trump ‘dark money’ group’s first tax return reveals millions in previously...

As a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” nonprofit, is not allowed to have politics as its primary purpose despite spending millions on politicking.

Dark Money paid new Trump Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s salary for...

“In other words, an organization ‘dedicated to promoting accountability, ethics, and transparency’ gets 100 percent of its funds from a group that exists mainly as a vehicle for donors to elude transparency.”

The rise of shadow parties

A Brennan Center analysis shows both Republicans and Democrats have found a new way to set up super PACs and rake in dark money, further weakening our campaign finance system.

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Instead he endorsed some of the most deceptive elements of Trump’s propaganda, dropped some clangers of his own and, in a classic Freudian slip, laid bare his own enduring commitment to American imperialism.

October Surprise! US psychiatrists convince the media to reveal the extent of Trump’s mental...

There is still time for newspapers, radio, and TV to send the psychiatrists’ message relative to Trump’s severe mental problems all across this country.

Elizabeth Warren urges SEC to investigate Trump administration for insider trading

"I want the SEC & CFTC to investigate this textbook case of insider trading.”

Democrats flirt with ‘systemic change’ as right-wingers get it done—smashing and trashing at will

When demagoguery scorns simply counting votes, the range of disruption is inexhaustible – that’s where countries go to die.

Retail industry claims to embrace criminal justice reform all while trying to derail it,...

Best Buy, Home Depot, Target, CVS and Walmart are among the retailers that have tried to derail state-level criminal justice reforms.