General Electric hired premier revolving door tax loophole lobbyists to help the America’s largest industrial corporation reap total federal refunds of $3.1 billion between 2008 and 2012 – nearly 24 times what it might have spent lobbying on the issue –according to a new report released today by Public Campaign and the Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF).
Late Friday night, the four men in Albany released their budget plan, and it included a pilot public financing program for comptroller for the 2014 election, a weak offering and a program designed to fail.
With the "four men in a room" continuing budget negotiations in Albany, the chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter to Gov. Cuomo last night, noting: "The country is watching as your state has an opportunity to lead on an issue of local, state and national importance."Mar27Mar26
Interesting new project to watch: "The Sunlight Foundation is partnering with Global Integrity and the Electoral Integrity Project to create Money, Politics and Transparency — a project aimed at improving political finance transparency globally."Mar25
With several GOP 2016ers heading to Las Vegas to kiss Sheldon Adelson's ring this weekend, Matea Gold and Phil Rucker's story on the billionaire's plans for 2016 is today's must-readMar24
Happy Monday, everyone. The Supreme Court is expected to release opinions on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, so just reminding folks of our primer on McCutcheon v. FEC.Mar21
LA Times: Supreme Court Faces Wave of Free-Speech Cases From Conservatives
"The free-speech challenges include cases on campaign contribution limits, no-protest zones in front of abortion clinics and mandatory union dues for public employees."
New York Times: What Lies BeneathMar20
The Wire: A Criminal Case in Utah Reveals the Complex Workings of Hidden Campaign Money
Public Campaign Action Fund's David Donnelly on the John Swallow corruption scandal: "What the Swallow case raises is the possibility that political money is never really traceable."Mar19