Peter Overby

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Iran Lobbying Battle Heats Up On The Airwaves

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lawmakers have left Washington, D.C., for August recess, but intense lobbying over the Iran nuclear deal followed them home.


Can A SuperPAC Rescue Rick Perry?

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It was hard not to notice Rick Perry's plight last month, when the Republican presidential campaigns filed their financial disclosures. The former Texas governor's total take so far is $1.1 million. Cash on hand as of June 30 was $884,000. For comparison, fellow Texan Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign raised $14.3 ...


One Professor's Presidential Crusade To Get Rid Of Big Money In Politics

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig, a longtime critic of big political money, has set the stage for a presidential bid.

It's not your usual White House run, however. He said Tuesday that if he can crowdsource $1 million by Labor Day, he'll leave Harvard and enter the Democratic primaries. ...


An Almost-Final Word On The IRS's Alleged Tea Party Targeting

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

In what may be a perhaps-almost-final word on the 2013 IRS controversy and alleged targeting of Tea Party groups, a two-year bipartisan Senate investigation found the agency needs to cut through bureaucratic red tape and institute better communication and management.

But members of the Senate Finance Committee, which issued the ...


Former Paul Operative Indicted In Payoff 'Scheme' To Win Iowa Caucuses

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Jesse Benton, a political operative in the White House bids of both Sen. Rand Paul and his father, former Rep. Ron Paul, was indicted Wednesday on charges that he schemed to pay off a top supporter of another candidate in an effort to win the 2012 Iowa caucuses for Ron ...


Koch Brothers Gather Conservative Donors To Hear GOP Candidates

Monday, August 03, 2015

The Koch brothers' political network of wealthy donors this weekend auditioned five GOP presidential candidates, another sign of billionaires' increasing political clout.


Are Donald Trump's Pockets Deep Enough To Fund His Campaign?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Trump says he's rich enough to pay for his own White House bid. But the billion-dollar-plus price tag might be tough, even for him.


How Much Is Donald Trump Worth? We Still Don't Know

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Donald Trump's massive 92-page financial disclosure released Wednesday still didn't answer the most burning question — exactly how much is the boisterous billionaire businessman worth?

The GOP presidential candidate boasted last month he's worth $10 billion, though before he has said it was about $9 billion and Forbes magazine has ...


Political TV Advertising Expected To Cost $4.4 Billion In 2016

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A $4.4 billion tidal wave of political ads may be coming at Americans this election season. The estimate comes from a firm that tracks TV advertising.


2016's Campaign War Chests Are Just Jewelry Boxes Next To The Super PACs

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Jeb Bush's presidential campaign got a nice fundraising haul last quarter, $11.5 million. But that's piddling compared to the $103 million his Super PAC pulled in, thanks to unlimited contributions.


Small Donors Fueled Sanders' $15 Million Fundraising Haul

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, running in the Democratic presidential primaries, has raised about $15 million, his campaign said Thursday.

His campaign emphasized the grass-roots strength of his fundraising: 250,000 donors making nearly 400,000 contributions of $250 or less.

The numbers come from a quarterly disclosure report being filed at the ...


GOP Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush Releases Tax Returns

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax returns, the most ever by a presidential candidate. Releasing returns is a way to show he has nothing to hide. It also pressures other to be as transparent.


Export-Import Bank Set To Expire At Midnight After Congress Fails To Act

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The bank, which helps finance trade deals for U.S. companies, needed reapproval by June 30. Now it is living on borrowed time, after an anti-crony capitalism campaign driven by conservative groups.


The Problem With Donald Trump's One-Page Summary On His Wealth

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Just how much is Donald Trump worth?

"I'm really rich," Trump declared during his presidential announcement Tuesday in New York at Trump Tower, one of the many buildings around the world donning his name.

But just how rich has always been a question. It was one before the real-estate mogul ...


Crossing The Line: Political Operative Gets 2 Years In Prison

Friday, June 12, 2015

The first political operative to ever be found guilty of illegally coordinating between a superPAC and campaign was sentenced Friday to two years in prison and two additional years of probation.

"I did it, it was wrong when I did it, and I knew it was wrong when I did ...


Political Consultant To Be Sentenced For Violating Campaign Finance Law

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A political consultant is to be sentenced Friday for the arcane felony of coordinating activities between a congressional campaign and a super PAC. He could get four to 10 years in prison.


Billionaire Or Bust: Who Are Rich Backers Lining Up With?

Monday, June 08, 2015

Since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, money in politics has exploded. To make it in the 2016 presidential race, candidates need their own billionaire. Here's who's lining up with whom.

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Americans Think Money In Politics Is A Problem, But Just How Big?

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

A New York Times-CBS News poll offers compelling new numbers measuring Americans' attitudes toward the rising tide of political money.

Just one question: Which numbers should you believe?

The current system, in place since the 2010 Citizens United decision of the Supreme Court, allows the biggest donors to operate ...


Fact Check: 3 Questions Answered About Bill Clinton's LLC

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Another day, another inquiry into the finances of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

This one starts with an Associated Press report that a limited liability company — WJC, LLC — has served as a platform for the former president's career as a consultant. Revenues flow through it to the ...


Gyrocopter Pilot Calls Capitol Flight An Act Of Civil Disobedience

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Douglas Hughes, the mailman who flew a gyrocopter to the Capitol to raise alarms about the surge in political money, appeared in court Thursday after a federal grand jury indicted him on six charges.