The Washington Post: “Obama’s cashier’s window?”

By Editorial Board FOR EVIDENCE that the permanent campaign has become embedded in our national life, look no further than President Obama’s recent announcement that he is setting up a group to keep his supporters energized and enrolled for action in a second term. To be called Organizing for Action, the group will harvest the …

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Washington Post: For top donors, inauguration means access, influence and angling for next big job

The Washington Post For top donors, inauguration means access, influence and angling for next big job By Marc Fisher and Tom Hamburger January 20, 2013 The voters have spoken, but even after a $2 billion presidential campaign, the quest for dollars in Washington continues. This weekend, the high rollers are paying for inauguration parties that …

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Washington Post Editorial: “Did tax-exempt groups mislead the IRS on political spending?”

The Washington Post Did tax-exempt groups mislead the IRS on political spending? By Editorial Board January 18, 2013 OF ALL THE groups that pumped hidden money into politics in recent years, the most notable and peculiar included those that claim a “social welfare” purpose and have applied to the Internal Revenue Service for designation as nonprofit …

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The Washington Post: The toothless watchdog FEC

The Washington Post The toothless watchdog FEC By Editorial Board December 29, 2012 IT IS HARD to identify a federal agency in Washington more dysfunctional than the Federal Election Commission. Terms have expired for five of the six commissioners, and by next spring, the entire commission will be a lame duck if nothing is done. The …

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The Associated Press: Groups Urge Probe of $12 Million Mystery Donation

The Associated Press Groups urge probe of $12 million mystery donation By JACK GILLUM  December 20, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — Two election watchdog organizations on Thursday urged the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission to investigate more than $12 million in campaign contributions that were mysteriously funneled through two little-known companies in Tennessee to a …

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The Philadelphia Inquirer: Winning while losing

The Philadelphia Inquirer Winning while losing Election defeats aren’t the whole story of Big Money’s power Thomas Fitzgerald December 9, 2012 WASHINGTON – In national politics, this was the year of the super PAC. Along with “dark money” nonprofits that don’t have to disclose their donors, they poured billions into the 2012 election, most of …

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