White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday denied that DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s financial support for President Barack Obama had any bearing on Obama’s decision to hold an event at the company’s headquarters on Tuesday.
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.
Liberal Super PACs spent twice as much as conservative Super PACs in federal races in 2013, according to a Center for Responsive Politics tally of independent spending.
Politico has named 2013 the “year of the liberal billionaire,” with wealthy left-leaning billionaires spending well over $25 million pushing progressive candidates and causes.
Tom Steyer is arguably the most high-profile environmentalist moneyman currently active in American politics. But he amassed a portion of his fortune by investing in ventures that critics have dubbed environmentally destructive and socially irresponsible.
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe received a large campaign donation from one of the main profiteers of a government program that gives away “Obama phones.”
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe received two large donations from a company with ties to an infamous West African war criminal.
Will Smith, star of Seven Pounds and a major political donor to President Barack Obama, attempted to use his influence in the White House to get rapper T.I. released from prison, according to an interview with T.I. in Billboard.
Former New Jersey Democratic Senator and major Democratic donor Jon Corzine caused MF Global’s downfall, according to a House investigative report issued Thursday.
A groundbreaking report published Monday raises startling questions about the Obama campaign’s potentially illegal practice of accepting and soliciting online donations from foreign nationals, experts say.