Super PACs

  • Republicans Curt Clawson, state Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto and state Rep. Paige Kreegel are vying for a chance to compete for Florida's 19th congressional district left vacant by Rep. Trey Radel.

    Voters in southwest Florida’s 19th congressional district head to the polls Tuesday to elect candidates to replace resigned Republican Rep. Trey Radel. Radel, the freshman member who was caught buying cocaine in Washington, D.C., the first member of Congress to hold that dubious distinction. The primary, which will likely decide Radel’s replacement because of its heavy Republican tilt, has been called one of the nastiest in the region’s history. With a whopping $4 million spent on TV ads, the race between state establishment candidates and a moneyed outsider is also shining a light on the shadowy world of super PACs. Continue reading

  • November 9, 2012   BY Hari Sreenivasan  

    Once again in our regular look at the sport of politics and the politics of sports, we chat with New York Times columnist David Brooks and syndicated columnist Mark Shields. Topic 1: Super PACs. The Sunlight Foundation reported this week … Continue reading

  • July 16, 2012  

    One of the largest Republican donors in the 2012 election, gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson, is now under investigation for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, an anti-bribery law. Ray Suarez discusses the charges against Adelson with ProPublica managing editor Stephen Engelberg. Continue reading

  • June 15, 2012  

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson discuss the week’s top political news with Judy Woodruff, including “the worst day of Mitt Romney’s life,” President Obama’s new immigration policy, Super PACs and the 40th anniversary of Watergate. Continue reading

  • June 14, 2012  

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has criticized President Obama’s foreign policy on Syria and has called for an independent investigation into high-profile leaks on drone attacks and cyber warfare. The 2008 Republican presidential nominee speaks with Judy Woodruff in his Senate office. Continue reading

  • May 30, 2012  

    Mitt Romney’s win Tuesday in Texas effectively sets up a two-man contest for the White House. As President Obama and his Republican challenger look to corral votes and money, Judy Woodruff, The Washington Post’s Tom Hamburger and Politico’s Kenneth Vogel discuss the role of campaign finance and super PACs this election season. Continue reading

  • May 17, 2012  

    In other news Thursday, questions kept coming about the future of the eurozone. By all accounts, money was flowing out of Greece where far-left leaders are agitating to break a bailout agreement and end austerity measures. Also, a fight over solar panels flared into the open between the U.S. and China. Continue reading

  • February 21, 2012  

    January financial disclosures exposed the power of unaffiliated super PACs funds this election season. Margaret Warner and John Dunbar of the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News discuss the fundraising reports, the $22 million raised and some of the big spenders helping these groups help their preferred candidates. Continue reading

  • February 1, 2012  

    As presidential candidates raise and spend increasingly larger amounts of money this election season, new financial reports show what role Super PACs are playing. Gwen Ifill discusses how campaign finance is shaping up this election year with John Dunbar of the Center for Public Integrity and Roll Call’s Eliza Newlin Carney. Continue reading

  • January 17, 2012  

    In the wake of a Supreme Court decision lifting restrictions on some campaign contributions, super PACs have spent $26 million this election cycle. Gwen Ifill discusses big money’s impact on the political landscape with John Dunbar of the Center for Public Integrity and Robert Kelner of the Covington & Burling law firm. Continue reading

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