More than $1 billion has been spent in this campaign on TV ads. There were several that stood out this year for different reasons — from the issues they brought up to the, sometimes strange, attempts at getting attention. We highlight the best, worst, and most memorable of this campaign. Continue reading
A record amount of money has been spent in this election, some $4 billion.
Today, in a message on its website, the Federal Election Commission, the agency responsible for reporting campaign finance data, acknowledged being “overwhelmed” by the amount of pages coming in from campaigns. Continue reading
Today in the Morning Line: Interest in election may be low from general public, but the power players care and are investing Nearly $4 billion expected to be spent, more than any midterm in history Outside groups also to set … Continue reading
Judy Woodruff sits down with Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report and Dan Balz of The Washington Post for a look at where the most competitive races stand just three weeks from Election Day 2014. Continue reading
Before it is time to cast your ballot on Nov. 4, take our quiz and see how much you know about the contest and candidates. Continue reading
When it comes to money in politics, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., often complains that there is just too much of it.
But when Franken called the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that opened the door for corporations, unions and individuals to spend unlimited amounts on candidates a “disaster” earlier this month, his impassioned Senate floor speech disguised a central fact of his campaign, and that of his Republican opponent, businessman Mike McFadden. Continue reading
Medical marijuana businesses have been giving to candidates since the late 1990s. With the arrival of recreational pot in Colorado and Washington, the industry and its political influence are expanding rapidly. Continue reading
Much of the record campaign money pouring into this midterm election cycle comes from a relatively small number of donors. Darrell West, author of “Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust,” joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the enormous political influence of the wealthiest Americans, as well as why money can’t buy every election. Continue reading
While the Supreme Court united on cases concerning presidential appointments and mobile phone searches, there was stark division on issues like campaign finance, contraception and religion. Jeffrey Brown looks back at the big decisions at the court this year with Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, Constitutional lawyer Erin Murphy and former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal. Continue reading
The Senate’s top Democrat says the free flow of what he calls “shady money” into politics is the biggest threat to democracy he’s seen in his lifetime. But his Republican counterpart calls efforts to limit campaign spending “terrible policy.” Continue reading