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Sanity on Ebola, Money and Midterms, & #GamerGate

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Infectious Disease Edition, "dark money" in midterm elections, and demystifying #GamerGate. 

On The Media

Grabbing the Gavel

Friday, October 24, 2014

A new study finds that TV ads attacking state supreme court justices during elections influence both who makes the bench and how the law is laid down. 

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WNYC News

Judge's Ruling Opens Door for Unlimited Campaign Cash in Mayor's Race

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A federal appeals court ruling today clears the way for advocates of Republican Joe Lhota to give unlimited contributions to a political action group supporting his run for mayor. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jeffrey Toobin; 2013 Mayoral Race; NYC Library Awards

Monday, May 20, 2013

Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker talks about the federal stop and frisk trial and the legal issues raised by the case here in New York City, as well as other national legal news. Then, WNYC’s Brigid Bergin talks about the latest in the mayoral race, including Anthony Weiner’s status. Plus: the launch of the nomination process for the “NYC Neighborhood Library Awards”; and a life featured on today’s New York Times obit page.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Human Rights in Bahrain; Radio Diaries; Straw Donor Case

Monday, May 06, 2013

Defense attorney Irwin Rochman talks about the case against his client, Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan. Pan has been convicted of a straw donor scheme to illegally raise campaign funds for New York City Comptroller John Liu. Plus: USA Today’s Susan Page on the latest political developments from Washington DC; Maryam al-Khawaja of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights; and a look back at the Radio Diaries project with founder and executive producer, Joe Richman.

WNYC News

His Ex-Aides Convicted, Liu Proceeds With Mayoral Run

Friday, May 03, 2013

A New York jury handed down convictions Thursday for two of city comptroller John Liu's campaign aides accused of accepting illegal donations for his mayoral bid. Liu says he's "deeply saddened" by the verdicts — but WNYC's Brigid Bergin reports that questions over the mayoral hopeful's involvement could negatively affect his run.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Transcending Limits

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing tougher campaign finance rules for non-profits. Hear about why he thinks more regulation is important. Plus: Judith Shulevitz of The New Republic talks about her cover story on the effects of “The Grey Generation”; the expansion of charter schools into middle class neighborhoods; the December series with Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation kicks off with a discussion on resilience; and director David Lynch on transcendental meditation.

WNYC News

Asian American Political Aspirations Shaken By Liu Scandal

Thursday, January 19, 2012

An ongoing FBI investigation into campaign donations to New York City Comptroller John Liu has caused a reassessment of his candidacy for mayor among his strongest supporters.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

PACs, GOP, and Campaign Finance Right Now

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Paul Blumenthal, reporter for the Huffington Post and former senior writer for the Sunlight Foundation, discusses the proliferation of PACs coming out of the GOP, big labor, and even Facebook. 

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The Takeaway

GOP Candidates: Gearing Up for the Money Race

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The first big deadline for presidential candidates to report their campaign fund raising donations is approaching at the end of June.

Among the GOP hopefuls, Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn) is getting a lot of attention for her past ability to turn big political statements into campaign cash. She welcomed a million dollar windfall into her campaign coffers the day after a 2008 appearance on "HardBall" with Chris Matthews, where she described the Obamas as anti-American. Many are calling these controversial statements and sloganeering "Money Blurting." But will Bachman’s blurts be enough to siphon donations away from the money making machine that is the Mitt Romney campaign and other candidates?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Follow the (Campaign) Money

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Paul Blumenthal, senior writer for the Sunlight Foundation, offers a post-election look at campaign funding during this election and addresses PACs, the most expensive races, and last-minute money.

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The Takeaway

The Solution to Campaign Finance Reform: You

Thursday, October 28, 2010

When the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United, there were all kinds of doomsday predictions about the impact of the ruling. Most famously was Barack Obama's comments during his State of the Union address:

"Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections," Obama said. "Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong."

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The Takeaway

Outside Groups Spend Big as Elections Approach

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

These mid-term elections are seeing massive amounts of money being raised and spent both left and right, from party committees to outside independent groups — much, much more money than the last mid-term elections in 2006. Over $260 million has been spent by outside groups, who have been able to remain largely anonymous since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, earlier this year. 

But what are contributors expecting in return for their millions of dollars? 

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The Takeaway

Wild Wild West and the 2010 Mid-Term Elections

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We’re nearing the end of the campaign trail for candidates seeking to win over voters in this November’s upcoming mid-term elections.  Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich and Mike Shear, chief political reporter for the Caucus Blog at our partner The New York Times, are joining us every Tuesday to give us updates on what the candidates are up to on the trail.

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In Uncontested Races, An Election But No Choice

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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In many New York elections, voters have no choice of candidates, as Senate and Assembly members run unopposed in specially-drawn electoral districts they are sure to win.

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The Takeaway

Origins of Campaign Contributions Harder to Trace

Monday, October 04, 2010

With just weeks until midterm elections, millions of dollars are being poured into political campaigns. But with fewer disclosure requirements since Citizens United v. FEC, few groups have disclosed the names of donors who pay for their political ads. New York Times reporter Mike McIntire talks about the difficulty he faced trying to trace the source of money an ad by the vaguely-named "Coalition to Protect Seniors."

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The Takeaway

The Invisible Rivers of Campaign Money

Friday, October 01, 2010

We’re headed into midterm season and today we talk about money: specifically, the money flowing into campaigns this season, including who’s getting it, how they’re getting it and who it’s coming from. The difficulty is, our political system has many different mechanisms that get money to candidates.  

New Supreme Court rulings now let independent expenditure committees, or "SuperPACS" and other political action committees accept and spend unlimited amounts of money on campaign ads that either support or defame candidates. They can do this without having to disclose who their donations are coming from or how much money is donated. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Limited Liability Campaigning?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, looks at the "loophole" in campaign finance of limited liability companies.

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Politics

Proposed Bill Would Limit LLC Contributions to $5,000

Friday, August 20, 2010

An investigation by WNYC has found that Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has been accepting large amounts of money from limited liability corporations, a practice that is legal but is widely believed to skirt the intent of campaign law.

Assemblywoman Joan Millman of Brooklyn is sponsoring a bill to close the loophole on LLCs donating huge sums of money to political campaigns in New York. She says she hopes Cuomo will rethink his decision to take so much money from these groups.

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Cuomo Accepts Millions of Dollars from Obscure Business Entities

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

WNYC

Andrew Cuomo has been stumping the state, calling for a top-to-bottom overhaul of New York's campaign finance laws. But a review of his campaign finance filings shows he's been reaping multiple contributions from business entities known as limited liability companies, or LLCs. And some of those donations come from LLCs associated with a family with a history of ties to Cuomo and his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo.

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