Reading Time: 14 minutes You may have heard of the Koch brothers, the Mercers, and Sheldon Adelson. Now meet the billionaire GOP donor you don’t know — but should.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Over his 30-year tenure on the US Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the key vote on major issues. Though appointed by President Ronald Reagan, he has often disappointed conservatives, for example on abortion and same-sex marriage. But on democracy issues, his legacy is more mixed.
Reading Time: 8 minutes You would not believe what this year’s crop of presidential candidates have been pulling to get around, or under, election finance laws. Pop some corn, sit back, and enjoy. Or cry.
Reading Time: 2 minutes How many 2016 presidential candidates have thwarted the law through their campaigning efforts?
Reading Time: 4 minutes A WhoWhatWhy editor laments the FEC’s regulatory collapse in the face of blatant election law dance-arounds.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Campaign finance watchdog groups are calling on the Justice Department to launch investigations into the “non-campaigns” of some presidential “non-hopefuls” for flagrant violation of campaign spending limits. But when the agency responsible for enforcing such laws refuses to do so, what recourse do we have? The election has already been bought.
Reading Time: 1 minute 2016 is setting a new precedent when it comes to coordination between candidates and their Super PACs. So far, the mindset has been, ‘it’s illegal, yes, but necessary. Why? Because every other candidate is doing it.’ (See Hillary Clinton’s stance on Citizen United and continued coordination with Super PACs). However, watchdog groups see Jeb Bush as Read More
Reading Time: 2 minutes The latest campaign cash tally demonstrates a disturbing trend—the 2014 vote drew the biggest haul in history. Yet the number of donors fell, meaning a smaller, richer group of people is giving the most. Curt Hopkins looks at the numbers.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Russ Baker interviews Jonathan Frieman, who took an unusual stand against corporate personhood. Frieman was stopped in October by a sheriff in Marin County (a San Francisco suburb)—for driving solo in the lane for high-occupancy vehicles. He then pulled out corporate papers and argued that he was traveling with another person—since corporations count as persons. In January, he got his day in court. He didn’t win, but he did show how creative approaches can make people pay attention. His action drew local and national media coverage.