From the Archives: How the Citizens United Decision Changed U.S. Political Campaigns
The 2012 documentary ‘Big Sky, Big Money’ is newly available to stream on FRONTLINE’s YouTube channel.
February 1, 2023
Flashback: What Role Do 501(c)(4)s Play in Campaign Finance?
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have issued new guidance relaxing rules on what some tax-exempt groups must disclose to the IRS.
July 17, 2018
In Big Sky Country, a Campaign Finance Fight Reverberates Still
A former Montana lawmaker has been banned from politics in an ongoing controversy around the role of "dark money" groups in the post-Citizens United campaign landscape.
August 27, 2015
Election Spending Reached New High in 2014, Despite Fewer Donors
Spending on Congressional elections reached its highest level ever in 2014, even though fewer Americans donated money.
February 19, 2015
Report: After Citizens United, Outside Spending Doubles
Campaign spending by outside groups, such as super PACs, has more than doubled in the past five years -- and most of it is coming from the super-rich.
January 14, 2015
Supreme Court Strikes Down Limits On Campaign Spending
The ruling, which strikes down certain limits on individual campaign contributions, all but ensures a greater role for wealthy donors in American politics.
April 2, 2014
More Politicians Accused of Illegal Collusion with Dark-Money Group
WTP may have illegally colluded with at least nine candidates in 2010, Montana’s political practices commissioner says, in the latest revelations about the dark-money group's activities.
January 28, 2014
Remember Those Campaign Finance Documents We Found in a Meth House…?
A scathing Montana court order means the docs will stay with a grand jury to aid its investigation of the dark-money group WTP.
October 16, 2013
Is This Supreme Court Case the Next 'Citizens United'?
The case, McCutcheon v. FEC, would lift the limit on how much donors can give to parties, candidates and PACs.
October 4, 2013
Montana Pols Aim to Check Dark Money Spending
The state has become ground zero for outside campaign spending. Some politicians don't like it and they plan on taking it to the voters.
June 7, 2013
"Big Sky, Big Money" Wins Investigative Reporting Award
The joint project with "Marketplace" and ProPublica explores how the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision changed political campaigns in America
April 10, 2013
Will the Supreme Court Lift Political Contribution Limits?
Alabama businessman and conservative activist Shaun McCutcheon donated $33,088 to 16 candidates during the 2012 election cycle, but he wanted to give much more. So he took his case to the courts.
February 26, 2013
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