A lot of people are talking about Professors Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page’s new academic paper that shows, due to growing inequality and a political fundraising system reliant on America’s wealthiest, the United States is now an oligarchy. Their research independently and statistically confirms the fears of many Americans: they have completely lost their voice in Washington, DC.
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."
As millions of Americans finalize their tax returns today and hit the submit button or wait in long lines at the post office, we thought we’d take a look at a select group that’s not paying taxes and how they might be getting such a good deal.Apr15Apr11Apr10
Oh wow, US Attorney Bharara laid into Gov. Cuomo for ending the anti-corruption Moreland Commission as part of the budget negotiations. New York Times: "The move by the United States attorney, Preet Bharara, amounted to an unusual rebuke of Mr.