“Small donor myth debunked; The heavily touted grassroots fundraising engines were largely spin, a POLITICO analysis shows.”

Politico: Clinton’s fundraising juggernaut of a campaign for the Democratic nomination, which repeatedly pledged to build “a grassroots-driven organization,” revealed in its FEC report that 67 percent of its field-leading $47 million in primary-election cash came from donors contributing $2,700 … Continue reading

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“Lawmakers Introduce Solution to Wall Street Conflicts of Interest; New Public Citizen Report Highlights Extent of Problem”

Release: In an effort to rein in conflicts of interest and revolving door abuses within financial regulatory agencies, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) today introduced the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act – a desperately … Continue reading

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“Revenge of Citizens United; Concerns are mounting that huge checks in the GOP primary will hurt the party’s chances of taking the White House”

Politico: Concerns are mounting among top donors and party elites that an influx of huge checks into the GOP primary will hurt the party’s chances of retaking the White House. Long-shot candidates propped up by super PACs and other big-money … Continue reading

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“Key state lawmakers renew calls to overhaul elections board”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Key Assembly Republicans renewed their call Friday for overhauling the state’s elections and ethics board after The Wall Street Journal reported the agency had been in touch with the Internal Revenue Service as it investigated conservative groups. MORE … Continue reading

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“Unlimited party fundraising and spending gives you less polarized legislatures? Discuss.”

Ray LaRaja and Brian Schaffner write at The Monkey Cage: Lee Drutman’s recent Monkey Cage piece challenges a finding from our forthcoming book, Campaign Finance and Political Polarization:When Purists Prevail. That is, that states that allow parties to raise and … Continue reading

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