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Six Political Ads That Changed the Game. Four hundred and thirty million dollars.

Six Political Ads That Changed the Game

That's the amount of money that has already been spent on TV advertising for the general election, according to tracking data form SMG Delta and NBC News. And there's still four months to go before Election Day. Given the sheer volume of ads that will consume the nation's video screens between now and November, it will be challenging for individual campaign messages to break through. But history shows us that some ads can stand out and capture voters' attention.

How Chicago's White Donor Class Distorts City Policy. Chicago’s 2015 mayoral race was one of the most expensive in the nation’s history, with big donors playing an outsized role in financing both candidates’ campaigns.

How Chicago's White Donor Class Distorts City Policy

In fact, over 90 percent of the money raised by the two major candidates came from donors giving more than $1,000, and more than half (52%) came from donors outside of the city.[1] Both the Chicago mayoral and council elections are primarily financed by white, male donors who don’t reflect the racial and class diversity of the city’s residents. Governor candidate Greitens' oddly national funding base may hint at bigger goals. Why would scores of business tycoons from Manhattan to Silicon Valley lavish contributions of $50,000 or $100,000 or even $500,000 on a political novice running in a primary election for governor of a Midwestern state where none of them live?

Governor candidate Greitens' oddly national funding base may hint at bigger goals

One clue might rest in the Web address “EricGreitensForPresident.com.” Eric Greitens reserved it himself. Seven years ago. Greitens, a Rhodes scholar and former Navy SEAL, is known for bringing high ambition to everything he’s done in his varied career. His first-ever political campaign, for the Republican nomination for Missouri governor, is apparently no different. Five months before the first votes will be cast in the state’s hotly contested four-way GOP gubernatorial primary, many of Greitens’ supporters — and apparently the candidate himself — already are looking beyond the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City. One political operative with knowledge of the Greitens campaign put it more bluntly.

New Thinking on Rescuing Our Politics from Plutocrats - BillMoyers.com. American businessman Sheldon Adelson (R) applauds during a roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill with his wife Miriam Adelson (C) and Marion Wiesel (L) March 2, 2015 in Washington, DC.

New Thinking on Rescuing Our Politics from Plutocrats - BillMoyers.com

Elie Wiesel, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rabbi Scmuley Boteach participated in a discussion entitled "The Meaning of Never Again: Guarding Against a Nuclear Iran. " (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) This article is excerpted from Richard L. Hasen’s new book, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections. The Chris Christie story was just too good for progressives to pass up, even though it obscured larger truths about the influence of money in American politics. New Thinking on Rescuing Our Politics from Plutocrats - BillMoyers.com. 1/6/16 Clips - Jeb hits $50M in ad spending, Michael Bolton for Hillary, Trump's data juggernaut. Campaign Finance Regulators Won't Do Their Job. Can a Lawsuit Force Their Hand? It's a case that has haunted campaign finance watchdogs for years.

Campaign Finance Regulators Won't Do Their Job. Can a Lawsuit Force Their Hand?

The Commission on Hope, Growth, and Opportunity (CHGO) emerged in early 2010 as a nonprofit that would not engage in political work. Then, in the six weeks before the 2010 elections, the group spent about $4 million on political ads across 15 congressional races, all attacking Democrats. Obama Could Help Fix Our Broken Democracy. But He Hasn't. - BillMoyers.com. Obama Could Help Fix Our Broken [...]

Obama Could Help Fix Our Broken Democracy. But He Hasn't. - BillMoyers.com

(Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images) In the tale of the rapid influx of campaign money into our political system over the last five years, the Republican establishment often gets cast as the villain. It was, after all, Chief Justice John Roberts and his ideological allies on the court who were responsible for the 2010 Citizens United decision that rolled back caps on how much special-interest groups could spend in elections.

And this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is pushing for a rider on the year-end spending bill that would raise caps on party spending in elections, an effort that Democrats, reform groups and the GOP’s right-wing Freedom Caucus oppose. President Obama, meanwhile, has talked a lot about the need for campaign finance reform. Take, for instance, the Federal Election Commission. Report: Planned Parenthood Affiliates Break Tax Rules to Fund Democrats. According to the liberal group Open Secrets’ Center for Responsive Politics, three of the affiliates allocated more than the 50 percent of their total spending that is allowed by the IRS and the U.S.

Report: Planned Parenthood Affiliates Break Tax Rules to Fund Democrats

Treasury Department to influence elections during portions of the five-year period. The Families Funding the 2016 Presidential Election. Mizzou to pay $10,000 a month to Andy Blunt to lobby in Jefferson City. Colbert and his Colbert Super PAC. Unlimited cash, lavish meals, revolving doors: How Missouri got a D-minus in national ethics report. Engraved on a wall inside the Missouri state Senate chambers in Jefferson City are the words: “Nothing is politically right that is morally wrong.”

Unlimited cash, lavish meals, revolving doors: How Missouri got a D-minus in national ethics report

The legislators who work below that righteous mantra are allowed to rake in unlimited cash from political donors and extravagant gifts from professional lobbyists. They can leave office and, literally overnight, become lobbyists paid to influence their former colleagues. From Fracking to Finance, a Torrent of Campaign Cash. The Families Funding the 2016 Presidential Election. Big Donors Seek Larger Roles in Presidential Campaigns. Before the first Republican presidential debate in August, Julian H.

Big Donors Seek Larger Roles in Presidential Campaigns

Gingold coached Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Chinese currency manipulation and the nuances of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mr. Gingold, who worked on trade issues for President Ronald Reagan, even provided a television-ready zinger that could be deployed against Donald J. Missouri legislators serve hors d'oeuvres, lobbyists pass the envelopes. Missouri legislators serve hors d'oeuvres, lobbyists pass the envelopes. How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election - Robert Epstein. America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was accomplished.

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election - Robert Epstein

Research I have been directing in recent years suggests that Google, Inc., has amassed far more power to control elections—indeed, to control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs—than any company in history has ever had. Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to experiments I conducted recently with Ronald E.

Google could 'rig the 2016 election,' researcher says - Aug. 20, 2015. The world's most-used search engine is so powerful and national elections are so tight, that even a tiny tweak in Google's (GOOGL, Tech30) secret algorithm could swing the 2016 presidential election, according to Robert Epstein, senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology. In an op-ed on Politico.com, Epstein said that he and a team of researchers studied behavior in undecided voters who had been exposed to rigged search results.

By displaying results that shone a more favorable light on a particular candidate the researchers could shift opinion towards that favored candidate. The study boosted a candidate's favorability rating by between 37% and 63% after just one 15-minute search session. The five double-blind, randomized studies included 4,500 undecided voters in the United States and India.

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