Peter Overby

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Does Jeb Bush's Fall Mean Presidential SuperPACs Are Overrated?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Jeb Bush's Right to Rise USA broke all records for presidential superPACs, but it didn't propel him to frontrunner status in the Republican presidential race. NPR explores if this means superPACs are overrated.


Ahead Of South Carolina Primary, Bush Falls Behind In The Ad Race

Friday, February 19, 2016

The TV ad campaign for Republican Jeb Bush is faltering in South Carolina, where GOP voters go to the polls Saturday.

A new report by the Wesleyan Media Project finds that the pro-Bush superPAC, Right To Rise USA, aired an estimated 2,664 ads in the state between Feb. 1 ...


With Democratic Primary Fight Closer, Pro-Clinton SuperPAC Amps It Up

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hillary Clinton's superPAC seemed to be essentially sitting out the primary, saving its war chest to fight Republicans in the general election. Now that's changed.

In the 10 days since Bernie Sanders thumped Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, the pro-Clinton superPAC Priorities USA Action has spent $1.3 ...


Presidential Candidates Pledge To Undo 'Citizens United.' But Can They?

Sunday, February 14, 2016

It was a point of agreement between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at their last debate. It's also supported by some Republican contenders. But that doesn't mean it'll happen easily.


What Does Spending Over $1,000 Per Vote In N.H. Get You?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Here's a question for New Hampshire voters. Would you have voted for Jeb Bush if he'd given you $1,086?

Bush didn't offer that, obviously. But that's the amount his campaign and superPAC spent on TV ads in New Hampshire for each vote Bush received in the primary on Tuesday.

The ...


Fact Check: Clinton And Sanders On Campaign Finance

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders both pledged their allegiance Thursday to the cause of campaign finance reform during the final Democratic presidential debate before the New Hampshire primary.

Polls show that many Americans agree: Too much money comes from too few donors. The candidates' ...


2015 Brought Big Money For Clinton And Bush; Sanders Led In Small Contributions

Monday, February 01, 2016

The Takeaways:
  • Republican candidates raised more than $227 million in 2015, less than the GOP field raised in 2011.
  • The year-end reports include the first disclosure of big money from Donald Trump and reveal the precarious state of Jeb Bush's White House bid.
  • Some wealthy conservative donors, including Las ...


The Ted Cruz Goldman Sachs Loan, Explained

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Update at at 6:30 p.m. ET on Friday: Sen. Ted Cruz gave the Federal Election Commission an accounting of his campaign loans Thursday evening. The Cruz for Senate treasurer acknowledged in a letter that Cruz's loans to the campaign were underwritten by a margin loan from Goldman Sachs, where his ...


SuperPACs Are Not So Super In 2016

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Outside groups were expected to propel candidates this year. But in the 2016 Republican primary, they are having little impact on who's up and who's down.


As Her Turn Leading The FEC Ends, Ravel Says Agency Is Broken

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ann Ravel had success uncovering secret money in politics as a California state official. As her year leading the Federal Election Commission ends, she says she couldn't bridge the partisan divide.


How Hillary Clinton Could Ask A Single Donor For Over $700,000

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Supreme Court ruling in 2014 opened the door for an individual to give nearly three-quarters of a million dollars through a committee established by one candidate during the 2016 race.


Casino Magnate, GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Buys Las Vegas Newspaper

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sheldon Adelson has bought The Las Vegas Review-Journal. In addition to making lots of money off of gambling and hospitality, Adelson is one of the most active donors in conservative politics.


There Are Way More Campaign Ads This Year (But They're Not Doing Much)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

If it seems like there are a lot more presidential ads on TV than in past campaign cycles, it's because there are.

Without a Democratic president running for re-election, Republicans have upped their ad volume nearly 45 percent from the 2011-12 cycle, according to a new report by the


Who Paid For This Political Ad? An 81-Year-Old Law Could Force The Answer

Sunday, December 13, 2015

It's a fair bet that in 1934, five years into the Great Depression and a year into the New Deal, Congress wasn't thinking about a political future that would be rife with secretly financed political groups.

But the Communications Act of 1934, the cornerstone of U.S. broadcasting law, may require ...


As GOP Debates Climate Change, Corporate Lobbyists Wish For Action

Friday, December 11, 2015

Even as negotiators struggled this week at the Paris summit on climate change, Senate Republicans held a subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill to challenge the underlying science. They called it "Data or Dogma?"

"The computer models are profoundly wrong," said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who's running ...


Tea Party And Democrats Aligned Against Campaign Finance Measure

Sunday, December 06, 2015

An alliance of anti-establishment Republicans and Democrats in Congress is seeking to hold down at least one kind of political spending.

Hard-line conservatives say GOP leaders want to undermine Tea Party-style newcomers who challenge the Washington establishment. Progressives see their own leaders ready to write off a long-standing provision of ...


Campaign-Finance Provisions May Be Attached To Spending Bill

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Sen. Mitch McConnell wants to do away with limits on how much a party committee can spend to support a candidate. Party committees are bound by contribution limits intended to prevent corruption.


Gyrocopter Pilot Who Landed On Capitol Lawn Pleads Guilty

Friday, November 20, 2015

Florida mailman and gyrocopter pilot Doug Hughes has pleaded guilty to one felony for his campaign-finance reform caper last April. He landed his flying machine on the Capitol lawn before authorities apprehended him.

He meant to deliver individual letters to all senators and House members, urging them to clamp down ...


Jeb Bush Proves Money Isn't Everything In Politics

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The superPAC backing Jeb Bush seemed to have everything it needed. It went into the primaries with the most money by far. Right to Rise USA had raised $103 million by June 30, with plenty of help from Bush before he officially announced his candidacy and could no longer ...


SuperPAC Or Not, This Group Has Money To Bern For Sanders

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bernie Sanders proudly says he doesn't have a superPAC — one of those unshackled political committees that raise and spend unlimited money that the candidate couldn't accept.

Most other presidential candidates have a superPAC or two running alongside. Republican Carly Fiorina's superPAC has played a major role in boosting ...