January 31, 2012 A new disclosure report documents how Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry lost his fundraising base. Donors gave up long before Perry dropped out two weeks ago.
January 27, 2012 On the podcast today, we get a glimpse from inside the room where money changes hands. Jimmy Williams used to lobby for the National Association of Realtors. He tells us about the ridiculous issues he's lobbied for, the flow of campaign money he supplied, and how he wants to change the system now.
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Jack Abramoff in 2004. He's the one on the right.
December 20, 2011 The former lobbyist is out of prison and available for interviews. We talk to him — not about his crimes, but about the legal lobbying that goes on every day.
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President Richard Nixon faced television cameras in the Oval Office on April 30, 1973 to announce the departure of his two closest assistants in the deepening Watergate scandal.
November 16, 2011 The 2012 presidential campaign is already being shaped by new rules for political money. That means corporate involvement in presidential politics on a scale not seen since the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, which ended Richard Nixon's presidency. The key difference: This time, it's legal.
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November 1, 2011 On today's show, we go inside the rooms in Washington where the daily grind of campaign finance — Congressmen, lobbyists, money — takes place. At least, we try to go inside the rooms.
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Texas governor Rick Perry speaks on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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August 10, 2011 The Texas governor is widely expected to enter the presidential race this weekend, and once he does, the strength of his Texas-sized fundraising machine will likely reboot the race for the Republican nomination.
August 4, 2011 How's this as an example of just how porous the U.S. campaign finance system is? A recently created company made a $1 million donation to a pro-Mitt Romney political action committee, then went out of business, leaving no fingerprints of who the money came from.
April 29, 2011 Democrats have decided they won't unilaterally disarm in the war for campaign cash even though the leader of their party has publicly opposed certain fundraising tactics, like raising money from donors who remain anonymous.
April 5, 2011 As would-be presidential candidates lay the foundations for their 2012 campaigns, one top priority has been stockpiling cash. And every prospect has been busy doing just that.But just try to find any records of who gave that cash.
March 29, 2011 State redistricting fights will be fueled by millions of dollars raised by GOP and Democratic members of Congress who can raise unregulated amounts of cash for this purpose, thanks to a 2010 FEC ruling.
November 2, 2010 Outside groups ran more negative campaign ads than candidates or party committees. They raised the cash from renewed GOP energy and because of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling which erased limits on corporate and unions.
October 14, 2010 You must visit TV stations to learn what groups paid for campaign ads and even then the trail often runs cold. The system is clearly not made for transparency.
July 27, 2010 Senate Republicans Block Campaign-Finance Bill
July 27, 2010 The Senate is holding a vote today at 2:45 p.m. on a campaign finance issue designed to "correct" a Supreme Court ruling back in January that reversed a ban on unlimited corporate spending on campaigns. But Democrats may not have the vote.
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