USA Today: Super PACs become lobbying force

USA Today Super PACs become lobbying force Fredreka Schouten December 3, 2012 WASHINGTON – The National Association of Realtors has spent more than $65 million to lobby Congress and federal agencies on a wide array of issues in the past three years – from preserving mortgage-interest deductions on vacation homes to opposing efforts to increase …

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The New York Times: When ‘Super PACs’ Become Lobbyists

The New York Times When ‘Super PACs’ Become Lobbyists Editorial Board November 27, 2012 The “super PACs” and secret-money groups that polluted this year’s election with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of largely ineffective attack ads are not slinking away in shame. Many are regrouping and raising more money for a task that is …

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The LA Times: States Crack Down on Campaigning Nonprofits

The Los Angeles Times States crack down on campaigning nonprofits State regulators increase pressure on advocacy groups active in the election to disclose their donors. There is no such effort on the federal level. By Matea Gold and Chris Megerian November 26, 2012 WASHINGTON — Tax-exempt advocacy groups that played an aggressive role in this …

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Center for Public Integrity: Gridlocked Election Commission Awaits Action by Obama

Center for Public Integrity Gridlocked election commission awaits action by Obama By Michael Beckel November 20, 2012 The nation’s enforcer of election laws was largely paralyzed during the 2012 election, despite a Supreme Court ruling that left several key money-in-politics issues open to interpretation. With five of six Federal Election Commission members working on expired …

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Huffington Post: ‘Dark Money’ Group In Arizona Discloses Donors As Other ‘Dark Money’ Groups

The Huffington Post ‘Dark Money’ Group In Arizona Discloses Donors As Other ‘Dark Money’ Groups By: Paul Blumenthal November 5, 2012  WASHINGTON — A “dark money” non-profit that funneled $11 million into two ballot initiative fights in California revealed to the state’s campaign finance oversight board that it had received the money after the funds …

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