March 10, 2013 |
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S money men have taken a welcome step away from the ethical abyss: They will now disclose the names of those who donate $250 or more to the new advocacy group Organizing for Action, which is intended to advance the president's second-term agenda. Jim Messina, the group's national chairman, promises to post the donors' names and the precise amount of their donation quarterly on the group's Web site. This transparency is critical to avoid the corrupting influence of hidden contributions.
March 7, 2013 |
Reversing course after weeks of public pressure, the head of the new nonprofit organization formed to take over President Obama's campaign operation announced Thursday that the group will not take donations from corporations as originally planned and will provide more transparency about its funding. In an article posted Thursday on CNN.com, Jim Messina, chairman of Organizing for Action, detailed the changes, which will include disclosing the precise amount contributed by donors who...
February 25, 2013 |
The Supreme Court on Monday decided against reviewing the century-old ban on corporations making direct contributions to federal candidates. The court without comment declined to hear an appeal from two men who said the court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission , which allowed corporations and unions to spend unlimited amounts on elections, must also nullify the ban on campaign contributions. The court last week accepted a different...
January 19, 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 are almost always busts, a ceremony that's better seen on TV and access that's not exactly priceless but pretty darn expensive. For the thousands of high-end donors who pay for the whole thing, the inauguration is about exclusive access to the president and vice president, as well...
January 4, 2013 |
President Obama will have some major corporations such as Microsoft and AT&T to thank for the festivities surrounding his inauguration later this month, according to a list of event donors released Friday evening. Obama banned corporate donations for his 2009 inauguration and the Democratic convention last year in Charlotte, but the president announced after his reelection in November that he was removing his objections for this year's swearing-in ceremony and surrounding events.
December 10, 2012 |
THE D.C. COUNCIL apparently will end this year without enacting campaign finance reform. That the council didn't have the time — the excuse offered for inaction — speaks to a distressing lack of urgency in addressing this critical issue. Even more worrisome, it suggests a reluctance among those who benefit from the slack regulation of political dollars to fix a system that has helped perpetuate the District's "pay-to-play" culture. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) announced last week that there...