On 238 mornings this year, we've emailed a few dozen stories on campaign cash, voting rights, election law, and money's impact on policy in Washington, D.C. and states across the country. From important decisions and arguments at the Supreme Court to influence scandals in Congress to hunting alligators or dancing to Beyonce to raise campaign cash, we've shared an estimated 5,500 clips with you so far in 2013 (you read them all, right?).
It was a tax loophole that started as an oversight in a bill from Congress in 1990.
Since that accident, the wealthy have managed to keep this boon to their bank accounts open largely due to its popularity amongst major Democratic and Republican political donors. The cost? Over $100 billion since 2000 in avoided estate taxes that otherwise would have been paid to the U.S. Government.
Center for Public Integrity's Dave Levinthal has an important investigation out today on the mess at the FEC. Backlogs, plummeting morale, big disagreements between commissioners and "Despite an explosion in political spending hastened by key Supreme Court decisions, the agency’s funding has remained flat for five years and staffing levels have fallen to a 15-year low."Dec16
A must-read story in the Times on protests outside the stores owned by North Carolina GOP donor Art Pope, the man installed as state budget director after helping to finance the Republican takeover of the legislature and governor's mansion.Dec13
Hey! If you're at RootsCamp today in DC, make sure to go to Room 159B at 10:30 today for a panel with Public Campaign, Sunlight Foundation, and the Center for Responsive Politics about making money-in-politics part of your work!Dec13
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The Whine of Wall StreetDec12
Today's must-read is this Politico Story, "Lament of the Plutocrats," with Wall street belly-aching over their treatment by Congress and President Obama. Two highlights:Dec12
A great short video of the rally outside the Supreme Court on the day of the McCutcheon v FEC arguments.Dec12
Campaign Finance/Fair Elections
WSYR: Moreland Commission report on government ethics only beginning, co-chair saysDec12
This weekend, the Boston Globe reported on the success of Connecticut's Citizens' Election Program, featuring State Rep. Matt Lesser, elected at the age of 25 because he was able to use the public financing program.