On Monday, House and Senate negotiators released a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. What does it have to do with money in politics? Plenty.
Here’s a quick list:
My favorite story today: "After Michael Eisenga, a wealthy GOP donor and Wisconsin business owner, failed to convince several courts to lower his child support payments, he came up with an inventive plan B—he recruited a Republican state legislator to rewrite Wisconsin law in his favor."Jan13
Today's must-read is Nick Confessore's story in the Times this weekend on big money, its complexity, and its transformation of state politics.Jan10
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All the outside spending storiesJan10
It's official: "For the first time in history, most members of Congress are millionaires, according to a new analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the Center for Responsive Politics."Jan08
Public Citizen: Even a Partial Elimination of Contribution Limits in U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon’s Decision Could Greatly Increase Wealthy Donors’ Ability to Corrupt OfficeholdersJan07
Dan Weeks, former head of Americans for Campaign Reform and a current fellow at Harvard's Safra Center has a series this week in The Atlantic on poverty and democracy.Jan06
It looks like all the outside money stories were published this weekend. Here's what you should check out:Jan03Jan02