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First POST: Bush League

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, April 22 2015

Presidential candidates hiding behind Super PACs; what this means for American democracy; demos at the White House; a demand for Facebook to be more open about news in the newsfeed; and much, much more. Read More

First POST: AmBushed

BY Micah L. Sifry | Wednesday, February 18 2015

How Jeb Bush makes the most of his PACs; why blog traffic is down; how open mapping platforms use open government data; and much, much more. Read More

In Germany, American-Style Dark Money Politics Means a Blog With Anonymous Backers

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, February 6 2013

When Americans today think of Citizens United, Super PACs and controversial outside spending, they might think of the Colbert Super PAC or TV ads that are financed by shady donors. But in Germany, things work a little different. A group of supporters of Peer Steinbr├╝ck, the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor, says they're bringing modern American "political communications" to the German elections — anonymous donors, independent expenditures ... and a blog. Read More

The Latest Money In Politics Innovation: Open-Source Oppo

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, June 7 2012

Roll Call points to pages on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's website like this one, for Ohio Republican Jim Renacci. It provides much of the raw material needed in opposition research: YouTube videos of campaign appearances, regularly updated news clippings, and more. By making this information public, groups like the DCCC can make it available to its real target audience — groups making independent expenditures — without running afoul of the law. Read More