“Why is an obscure Montana company one of John Kasich’s biggest boosters? One day after forming, the LLC gave $500,000 to group backing Ohio governor”

CPI: A group backing Republican John Kasich‘s presidential aspirations received $500,000 in seed money from a seemingly odd source, according to documents filed today: an obscure limited liability company in Montana. But a Center for Public Integrity review of business … Continue reading

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“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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“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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“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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