The timing of a story by the campaign finance reporters of the New York Times, and its placement in the paper’s national edition, is fraught with meaning. Articles in which the totemic names “Koch” or “Adelson” appear have a habit of being published in the prime time of an election cycle, and share the uncanny ability to float, bubble-like, to the front-page. Stories that deal with the liberal moneymen who finance the Democratic Party and its affiliates, by contrast, tend to appear after the fact or when nobody is looking, and, like ballast, fall to the back of the A section, obscured by ads for Tiffany’s, Burberry, and Zegna. I wonder why.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court will this week step into the politically charged debate over campaign finance for the first time since its controversial ruling three years ago paved the way for corporations and unions to spend more on political candidates and causes.
Recent news that NBC, which is owned by the Comcast corporation, will produce a four-hour miniseries on the career of former Senator, First Lady, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has thrown new light on the communication giant’s long record of support for Democratic politicians and candidates.
President Barack Obama is at the vanguard of a coordinated effort to silence political opponents in an effort falsely sold as concern over good government, the Senate’s top Republican said on Friday.
Legal experts say a constitutional amendment proposed by Senate Democrats would eliminate all constitutional rights for nonprofit groups and many religious organizations.
Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday attempted to shift some blame for the Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of conservative organizations on the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which held that the government cannot limit political spending by corporations, unions, and other groups.
Dark money groups are spending significant sums on behalf of Rep. Ed Markey’s (D., Mass.) bid for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, despite his stated opposition to such groups and a pledge to restrict their role in the race.
Three years ago, midway through his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama took on the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
I don’t know whether President Obama or Mitt Romney will win on November 6, but I do know what the MSNBC talking heads will say in the event that Obama loses.
The Senate is scheduled to vote today on a new version of the DISCLOSE Act, a controversial bill requiring more disclosure of political activity.