Political Action Committees


Quinn Foes to Spend $1 Million to Block Mayoral Bid

Monday, April 08, 2013


A group working to challenge Christine Quinn's mayoral bid isn't yet fully disclosing its financial backers. The political committee "New York City Is Not For Sale" plans to spend $1 million against Quinn and already has one ad on the airwaves Monday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

OFA and Obama's Big Money

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Obama campaign operation has turned into a big-money PAC. Nicholas Confessore, politics reporter covering lobbying and campaign finance for The New York Times, discusses Organizing for Action and how it's using large donors to lobby around 2nd-term policy issues like gun control.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Post-Sandy Mold; Medical Ethics; Organizing for Action; Food Expiration

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Michael Reilly, Columbia health sciences professor, discusses the public health risks of mold in buildings damaged by Sandy. Plus: a new series on medical ethics with Duke University bioethicist Nita Farahany; President Obama's political action group Organizing for Action; a new New Testament; and when it's okay to eat and serve food that is passed its sell-by date.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Political Spending and the Gun Control Debate

Monday, January 07, 2013

With the revival of the gun control debate, ProPublica’s Suevon Lee looks at how much both gun control advocates and gun rights groups have been spending on lobbying efforts and contributed to political campaigns. With gun rights groups outspending their counterparts, we’ll look at how that money has affected gun policy in recent years.

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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.