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How to beat Citizens United

April 22, 2012
Washington Post
By E.J. Dionne Jr.

We are about to have the worst presidential campaign money can buy.

Two justices suggest Citizens United ruling should be reconsidered in Montana case

February 17, 2012
Washington Post
By Robert Barnes
Two Supreme Court justices suggested Friday that the court reconsider its co

Stephen Colbert touts $1 million raised by 'super PAC'

January 31, 2012
Chicago Tribune

By Kim Geiger

Reporting from Washington —
Satirist Stephen Colbert’s "super PAC" has raised more than $1 million since it was formed last summer, the committee’s treasurer said in a letter to the Federal Election Commission.

The letter accompanied required financial filings for 2011, which show that the committee raised $824,305.46 and spent $151,521.01 last year.

Who is paying for political ads?

December 11, 2011


When Terry Branstad ran for the Iowa Republican gubernatorial nomination last year, roughly $370,000 worth of television commercials accused him of being a “liberal.” The commercials were labeled as sponsored by “Iowans for Responsible Government.”

Campaign Finance Reform -- Now More Than Ever

November 22, 2011
Huffington Post

By Leo Hindery, Jr.,
Chairman, U.S. Economy/Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation

Campaign finance in this country is in a very bleak place after decades of direct attacks and equally sad unintended consequences. The Supreme Court's 2010 landmark decision in Citizens United v. FEC was the final straw in the corporate hijacking of our political system which began fully thirty years ago.

Stephen Colbert prevails before the FEC

June 30, 2011
The Los Angeles Times via The Chicago Tribune

By Kim Geiger and Melanie Mason

The Federal Election Commission Thursday granted faux talk-show host Stephen Colbert a special exemption to establish a corporate-backed political action committee to run ads on his program.

Colbert had asked the FEC for permission to create a "Colbert Super PAC" that would produce and air election advertisements, with the assistance of resources provided by Viacom -- the parent company of Comedy Central, which airs "The Colbert Report" –- without disclosing the extent of Viacom’s assistance.

Independent groups getting a head start on 2012 campaign

July 17, 2011
Chicago Tribune

By Matea Gold and Melanie Mason

An early television war fueled by independent groups is poised to shape the focus and landscape of the 2012 presidential race much as "tea-party"-backed organizations helped set the stage for Republican victories in 2010.