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Campaign Finance 2.0: Is the Small Donor 'Revolution' Hype or Reality?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, May 8 2009

I'm spending the day at a conference on "Money in Politics 2009: New Horizons for Reform" at the National Press Club, convened by the Brennan Center for Justice. Mid-day, I'll be moderating a conversation about the role ... Read More

Obama's Donor Base: A Partial Revolution, At Best

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 24 2008

Jose Vargas rightly got a lot of attention last week for the stunning numbers he was given by the Obama internet team about their online success. As he reported: "3 million donors made a total of 6.5 million donations ... Read More

In the Weeds: Where McCain's Public Funding Meets Fundraising

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 10 2008

Just over a week ago came the remarkable news that the McCain campaign had raised some $7 million almost immediately after the announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate, and some $4.5 million of it reportedly ... Read More

In the Weeds: Where McCain's Public Funding Meets Fundraising

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 10 2008

Just over a week ago came the remarkable news that the McCain campaign had raised some $7 million almost immediately after the announcement of Sarah Palin as his running mate, and some $4.5 million of it reportedly ... Read More

PdF 2008: Elizabeth (and John) Edwards Drop in on the Conference via Skype Video

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, June 26 2008

Here's the clip of Andrew Rasiej interviewing Elizabeth Edwards at home via Skype video Monday at PdF2008, when John Edwards happens to drop in. They discuss the impact of the Internet on politics 2008. Edwards says it's ... Read More

Daily Digest: Obama Clarifies What He Meant By "Public"

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, June 19 2008

Barack Obama announces his decision to opt out of public financing in a video sent straight to supporters; McCain launches his first Facebook app: a video tour through the "Straight Talk Express" bus; a new Google maps ... Read More

Obama Drops Out of Public Financing; Announces By Email/YouTube

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, June 19 2008

This morning, the Obama campaign sent out an email to its supporters urging them to watch an "important announcement" that "he wanted you to hear first." The news? As expected by many observers, Obama has decided to opt ... Read More

YearlyKos Liveblogging: First Take on the Presidential Forum

BY Micah L. Sifry | Saturday, August 4 2007

The YearlyKos Presidential Candidates forum has just ended and I want to get a quick post up as I wait for the Obama breakout to begin. Topline impressions: While the crowd was clearly most friendly to Edwards (no ... Read More