Larry Sabato for Politico Magazine: "With upwards of $2.6 billion estimated to be spent on political TV spots in 2014—an increase of 10 percent or more from the last midterm election in 2010—you’d best get ready for the assault on your senses.Apr28
The Senate Rules Committee is bringing some star power to its Wednesday hearing on McCutcheon and dark money: former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.Apr25
Yesterday, a federal judge in New York threw out the state's contribution limit on donations to outside groups. But he wasn't happy about it. The Bush-appointed judge, Paul Crotty, said: "One thing is certain: large political donations do not inspire confidence that the government in a representative democracy will do the right thing.Apr23Apr22
First: With lobbying reports coming in, the Hill reports: "Revenues are rising again on K Street after a brutal 2013 for many of Washington’s top firms. Four of the top five lobby shops on Monday reported increases in lobbying revenue over the first three months of 2014, with some in the top 20 recording double-digit growth.Apr21Apr18
So what do we call "joint fundraising committees" that'll probably become more popular in a post-McCutcheon world? Washington Post's Matea Gold says the winner of her contest is FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub's "max-PACs."Apr17
As you begin flipping through the paper filings of Senate fundraising reports, do read Michael Beckel's latest for CPI on the e-filing fight in the Senate. And who's to blame? Sen. Tester's spokesperson says Mitch McConnell has “objected to passing the bill by unanimous consent."Apr16
Washington Post: "Wealthy political donors pumped millions of dollars into Democratic and Republican super PACs in the first quarter of the year — a sign that independent political groups will once again have a large impact on this year’s midterm contests."