Campaign Contributions

The Takeaway

The Politics Behind Your Thanksgiving Meal

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich tells us how the corporations that bring you Thanksgiving dinner are going nuts with the political action committees again this year.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics

Monday, June 02, 2014

Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel on how millionaires and billionaires became "the new kings of politics." 

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Bloomberg Donated Big to County GOP Committees

Wednesday, April 03, 2013


“I think he wanted to ensure that he would get their support in order to qualify,” said Guy V. Molinari, a former Congressman and Staten Island Borough President. “Maybe money wouldn’t have been necessary…but it sure made it a lot easier.”


The Brian Lehrer Show

AG Schneiderman: Campaign Finance Disclosure

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains the draft legislation he's issued that would require non-profit groups to disclose campaign spending.


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Board Says Bloomberg's 2009 Campaign Cash Did Not Violate Rules

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2009 campaign is no longer under scrutiny by the Campaign Finance Board for failing to disclose more than a million dollars in contributions to New York's Independence Party.


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Map: Is Your Favorite Sports Team for Romney or Obama?

Monday, August 20, 2012

In a town with two football teams, local fans are divided. Turns out the same goes for the team owners and their politics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wall Street Campaign Money

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mitt Romney has raised more money from New York than any other state. Anna Sale, It's A Free Country politics reporter, looks at Mitt Romney's fundraising in New York, including his visit to the city last night. Plus Nicholas Confessorre, politics reporter for The New York Times, discusses how Barack Obama is also turning to Wall Street for election cash.

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SuperPAC Totals Only Tip of the Corporate Cash Iceberg: Watchdog

Monday, February 06, 2012

Thousands of pages of Federal Election Commission Filings released at the end of January show that businesses have helped Super PACs raise over $40 million so far. But current disclosure practices ensure there's no way to know how much corporations are really spending on elections, according to a campaign finance reform advocate.


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Explainer: Can Foreign Companies Make Political Donations?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Political Action Committees connected to foreign corporations have already raised over $5 million for the 2012 elections, continuing a trend of increasing contributions from U.S. subsidiaries of foreign interests.

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Ban on Foreign Money Upheld, but Immigrants Find Other Ways to Help Campaigns

Friday, January 13, 2012

The outcome of November’s elections will not only affect the lives of native-born Americans but immigrants as well. For that reason, some foreign-born individuals are doing what they can to get the candidate they believe has their best interest in mind elected.

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Obama Campaign, DNC Returns Corzine Contributions

Friday, December 23, 2011

President Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee have returned more than $70,000 in campaign contributions from New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine following the collapse of MF Global, Corzine's financial firm, officials said Friday.

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Why Starbucks' CEO Wants to Freeze Campaign Contributions

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The gap between the haves and have-nots is widening. The amount of revenue that state and local municipalities have is going to cut social services in America, and this is why it's so vitally important for corporations to recognize that their pursuit of profitability as a singular goal is quite shallow. It needs to be balanced with a social conscience.

— Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Murdoch Donated to Weiner, Schumer and a Host of Congressional Republicans

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rupert Murdoch clearly has had tremendous political influence in Europe, but here in the United States politicians have not been immune to his power either.


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Campaign Finance Ruling May Make NYC a Model for the Nation

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A year after the Citizens United ruling opened the tap to allow corporate money to pour into elections, the Supreme Court appears poised to weigh in on whether public financing is a constitutional way to combat the influence of money in electoral politics.

In the next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of a program in Arizona that provides matching public funds to candidates for office who face opponents with greater resources. If that program is struck down, public financing programs nationwide may need to be reconfigured, and New York City's public financing system may become the new model. 


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The Brian Lehrer Show

Olbermann's Out

Monday, January 24, 2011

Howard Kurtz, Washington Bureau chief at The Daily Beast, discusses Keith Olberman's sudden departure from MSNBC.

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