Instead of Going to Court, Corporations Pay Lobbyists for Favorable Results
Corporations that have higher numbers of employment cases brought against them spend more money on lobbyists, who help influence courts and change labor laws.
In the Crusade Against Anti-LGBT Legislation, Corporations Are People Too
Does the corporate boycott of states pursuing controversial “religious freedom” bills undercut critiques of the American campaign finance system?
The Reform at the Center of Bernie Sanders' Revolution
His campaign finance reform proposals could do some modest good, but wouldn't bring about the revolutionary change he promises.
Could Scott Walker's Legal Victory Expand PAC Superpowers?
Proponents of tighter reins on political money worry that a Wisconsin ruling about the governor’s recall campaign could carry seeds of another Citizens United.
The Influence of a Few: There's Been a Rapid Rise in the Number of Super PACs Controlled by Single Donors
Super PACS that get nearly all of their money from one donor quadrupled their share of overall fundraising in 2014.
Religious Freedom Restoration Acts: What If Inclusion Really Is What They’re All About?
Many major corporations and conservative lawmakers were quick to embrace the amendment to Indiana’s RFRA, but that’s because it left intact the parts of the law that expand the religious rights of corporations.
How Political Consultants Took a Texas Oilman on a Wild Ride
The head of a Texas oil dynasty joined the parade of wealthy political donors, aiming to flip the Senate to Republicans. By the time consultants were done with him, the war chest was drained and fraud allegations were flying.
Why Is the IRS Delaying New Rules for Dark Money Groups?
The agency has pushed back indefinitely a hearing on new regulations for social welfare non-profits that spend money on politics.
How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash Into Politics and Made Millions
Sean Noble was a former congressional aide just starting as a political consultant when he was recruited to help run the Kochtopus—Charles and David Koch’s multi-layered political network.
The Continuing Erosion of Campaign Contribution Limits
The Supreme Court appears poised to overturn existing restrictions on campaign finance after hearing arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC this Tuesday. The question will likely be how deeply the justices will cut.
Why Is the Current Supreme Court So Business Friendly?
As even the commercial-speech evolution of the mute Clarence Thomas fairly shouts, this is one business-friendly Supreme Court.
The Failings of the IRS Go Far Beyond Targeting Conservative Groups
What’s the good news that might come out of the current IRS scandal? It might rip the veil off of entities that, since the Citizens United decision, wrap themselves in the protective layer of the IRS code only to operate in the shadows.