Big Pharma tycoons Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson have spent the most, each contributing more than $7 million to defeat California's Drug Price Standards Initiative, or Proposition 61.
More than forty percent of federal super PAC contributions, as of April 2016, had come from just 50 funders and their families. By late June 2016, federal super PACs had reported total receipts of more than $755 million.
For a clear understanding of the degree to which dark money is warping American democracy, state ballot referenda and local school board contests may be a better starting point than the presidential campaign.
It is not hard to identify what appear to be gaping holes in these proposals, based on initial reports.
Never call it dark money. “Private giving” sounds better. This and other suggestions appear in internal documents from conservative groups fighting against more transparency in campaign finance.
One of the most prominent of Republican elites in the country is calling on the donor class to rescue the party. Game’s over, voters: The oligarchs will decide this election.
The reality is that one vote on the Supreme Court is all that stands between us and the creation of a system that values average citizens’ voices and election integrity.
Millions of dollars being spent on the presidential, state and local races. Here are ten stories that describe the latest uses and abuses of money in politics.
Rep. Eshoo and Sen. Whitehouse Lead Over 100 Members of Congress in Urging President to Act on Political Spending
“Taxpayers have a right to know where their money is spent and you have the power to ensure that the American people can obtain this information."