By Sarah LeeAn interesting article popped up the other day in a regular search for campaign finance-related news, especially as it relates to emerging technology because that stuff is just coming down the pike. Coming elections are going to be heavy with social media and smartphone apps, and this one is particularly useful in a sort of exit-polling kind of way.
By CJ CiaramellaHundreds of gun control advocates marched on the National Rifle Association’s federal affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C., Monday in an action organized by a deep-pocketed liberal Super PAC with ties to the shadowy Democracy Alliance collective of super-wealthy left-wing donors.
Candidates, Politicians and Parties
By Paul BedardObama critic and blogger Jeryl Bier wrote, “Not one, but two buttons – two opportunities to donate to the Obama campaign. Not to the Red Cross, or to a memorial fund for the children and adults killed in Newtown. How hard would it have been to shift the focus, disable the buttons, for just one email, just one blog post? But the show must go on.”
By Brian BakstST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tradition trumped suspense Monday as members of the Electoral College cast the official, final votes in the 2012 presidential election, a constitutional formality on President Barack Obama’s march to a second term.
By Abby LivingstonNo committee’s leadership is likely to face more pressure than that of the NRSC. The past two election cycles were brutal for Senate Republicans. Gaffe-prone candidates who couldn’t raise money won GOP primaries and blew general election campaigns in a few easy-win states, and many within the party are looking to Moran and his team to clean things up.
By Aaron BlakeCome January, Republicans will have at least as many minority senators as Democrats and will have four minority governors to Democrats’ one.
Lobbying and Ethics
By Eric YoderThe House plans to vote Tuesday on two federal employment-related bills, one that would allow lesser discipline in cases involving banned political activities, and the other allowing for stiffer actions against high-ranking employees in misconduct and similar cases.
By Kate Ackley“During the ’80s, there was an informal practice that the women who worked on Finance, Ways and Means and Joint Tax returned the calls of Tax Coalition members before they returned the calls of anyone else,” said Goold, who is now director of federal taxation with the National Association of Realtors.
By Kevin BogardusThe influence industry scored several hard-fought victories in a year in which lawmakers were more focused on campaigning than legislating.
By Alan BlinderJust weeks ago, it appeared unlikely that any campaign finance legislation would face a vote by the full council this year after Ward 4 Councilwoman Muriel Bowser chose not to move any proposals out of the committee she chairs.
By Gabe PressmanIt may be a rare moment in the never-ending struggle to achieve campaign finance reform. A moment that some reformers thought might never come.