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Sandi Jackson Explains Her Moved Money

December 19, 2012
NBC Chicago News

Alderman asked by State Board of Elections to explain $69,000 discrepancy

By Mary Ann Ahern

After Brutal Election, GOP Congressman Open to Campaign Finance Limits

November 19, 2012

After a blistering campaign in which millions of dollars were spent on television ads, some of the targets of the attacks are reconsidering how elections are funded. Brian Mackey spoke to one of Illinois’ incoming Congressmen.

Rodney Davis is the only Republican among the six men and women who will soon be Illinois’ newest Congressmen.

Spending by independent groups had little election impact, analysis finds

November 7, 2012
the Washington Post

By Dan Eggen and T.W. Farnam, Wednesday, November 7, 11:10 AM

Record spending by independent groups largely defined how the 2012 elections were fought, but the money had no dis­cern­ible impact on the outcome of most contests, according to an early analysis of ballot results and expenditures by The Washington Post.

A campaign awash in cash

November 4, 2012
The Washington Post (Editorial)

By Editorial Board, Sunday, November 4, 5:24 PM

Dark Money in Montana

October 28, 2012
the New York Times (Editorial)

October 28, 2012
Dark Money in Montana
In 2010, a group now called American Tradition Partnership brought a lawsuit against Montana, seeking to throw out the state’s anticorruption law. It argued that the law, which barred corporate spending on candidates’ campaigns, was unconstitutional under the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. In June, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority obliged and handed the group a big victory by blocking the state law.

Attack Ads, by Outside Groups With Murky Ties, Shape 3 New York Senate Races

October 16, 2012
The New York Times

Published: October 16, 2012

In Westchester County, a television advertisement accused a Democrat running for the State Senate of using campaign money to treat himself to fancy dinners. In Rochester, a commercial branded a Republican candidate as anti-women. And in Queens, a mailer attacked a Democratic incumbent for providing taxpayer money to a nonprofit organization that facilitates parrot adoptions.

The searing advertisements have one thing in common: they were financed by independent groups, not political campaigns.

Secret Political Cash Moves Through Nonprofit Daisy Chain

October 14, 2012
Bloomberg News

By Alison Fitzgerald and Jonathan D. Salant - Oct 14, 2012 7:00 PM CT


Sean Noble, a former congressional aide, had an account ready when the U.S. Supreme Courtruled in 2010 that corporations could join wealthy donors and spend freely in federal elections. In less than a year, he had $62 million at his disposal.

Van Hollen calls donor disclosure ruling 'blow against transparency'

September 18, 2012
the Baltimore Sun

September 18, 2012|Matthew Hay Brown
WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Van Hollen called a federal court ruling allowing tax-exempt groups to conceal the identies of their donors “a blow against transparency in the funding of political campaigns.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling that directed such groups, which are spending millions of dollars on campaign advertising this election season, to name their donors.

Smith contends political fund took in $19,007

July 17, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times

SPRINGFIELD — Did House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political-action committee actually give state Rep

Tax-Exempt Group’s Election Activity Highlights Limits of Campaign Finance Rules

July 16, 2012
New York Times


WASHINGTON — In early 2010, a new organization called the Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportuni