campaign finance

Campaign Donations: The Donors You Know, and Those You Don't

Two years ago, nobody knew anything about Foster Friess, Sheldon Adelson or Frank VanDerSloot. Today, these deep-pocketed money men are household names. But while super PAC supermen are exciting, they're hardly the only folks giving to political campaigns, and you can find out about the less-known names too.

Super PACs Are Super-Fly! Music Video Explains It All

Are you a bit confused about super PACS, those new political operations that have somehow taken over the U.S. election process? Well, in the spirit of Schoolhouse Rocks, ProPublica brings you "Oh, Super PACs," a 1970s-style video that answer all your questions.

Super PACs: New Rules, But an Old Political Game

Pundits have lately focused on the growth of super PACs -- and the power of the mega-rich men who fund them -- but the current business-sponsored presidential contest isn't unusual: There's a long and rich tradition of election-buying in American history.

Colbert's Super PAC Has Raised Over $1 Million

Stephen Colbert's "super" PAC has raised a staggering $1 million. Political action committees were required to submit their financial reports to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. Colbert disclosed that as of Monday, his Americans for a Better Tomorrow PAC has raised more than $1.02 million.

Want to Influence Politicians? Stop Donating Money

Election season is coming, and politicians across the spectrum are already hunting for campaigns contributions. But with the vast majority of political donations coming from lobbies, corporations, and the wealthy, does it make sense for average taxpayers to contribute?

Occupy Wall Street Needs to Occupy Washington

People enraged by the status quo are occupying America's public spaces. Most agree that companies wield too much influence in government -- and that we need to change that. The way to do so is to limit corporate donations to politicians -- it's not even their money to give.

Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Put Corporate Crooks in Jail

In an interview, the Nobel Prize winning economist decries the institutionalized system of skewed incentives that allowed Wall Street bankers and other corporate execs to gamble with the country's wealth, and then get away largely scot-free. What happened to "with justice for all," he asks.

The 10 Biggest Corporate Givers to Politicians

As the mid-term election slowly draw nearer, we're taking a look at the companies whose deep pockets help keep America's political campaigns rolling along. With the help of the nonpartisan folks at the Center for Responsive Politics, we've combined a list of the top ten corporate campaign contributors, offering a look at the candidates they support, the issues that concern them, and their lobbying habits.

Is Hiring New Workers Really
Too Expensive?

Businesses large and small have complained for years about the cost of doing business. And it's not unusual for them to use the cost of hiring moderate-income workers to illustrate their points. Here's what they fail to mention.

Will the Next President Be Brought to You by Rupert Murdoch?

Skirting campaign finance laws, News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, has found an entirely legal way to put millions of dollars directly into the bank accounts of leading Republican candidates like Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. He hires them.

Legal Briefing: Novartis Sex Discrimination Trial Begins

For 10 years, Working Mother magazine included Novartis on its list of the 100 best places to work, but if the 5,600 women suing the pharmaceutical giant for sex discrimination win their $200 million case, it's hard to imagine it making the list again. The trial starts today.

Will Wall Street Get a Bigger ROI with Republicans?

Upset with blowback from Democrats on pay and bailout money, Wall Street is shifting more of its money to Republicans. But it's not immediately obvious that Republicans can win votes by siding with Wall Street. In other words, the bet may not end up paying off.