Peter Overby

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Clinton Foundation Funding Woes Touch Hillary, Too

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

With assets approaching $226 million, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation plays a prominent role in international development. It has battled HIV/AIDS, provided relief after tsunamis and earthquakes and helped farmers and entrepreneurs in developing countries.

"And we believe that together we can find solutions to the most daunting ...


2014 Midterm Election Was The Most Expensive One Yet

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

As the presidential hopefuls chase after big donors, the Center for Responsive Politics brings us a quick look in the rearview mirror:

The 2014 congressional midterm elections cost $3.77 billion, the center says, making them — no surprise here — the most expensive midterms yet. CRP also reports that ...


Former Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty To SuperPAC Spending

Friday, February 13, 2015

A veteran political consultant has pleaded guilty to violating the little-enforced coordination provisions of campaign finance law, which bar a candidate's campaign and an outside group from working together on messages and expenditures.

The case involves the unsuccessful House bid of Republican Chris Perkins in 2012. He was challenging ...


FEC Invites Comment On Campaign Finance Laws At First Public Hearing

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

More than 32,000 Americans recently filed comments with the Federal Election Commission, telling the agency what's wrong with political money and how it's regulated. Now the FEC is ab...


State Political Parties Blames Congress For Lack Of Funds

Monday, February 09, 2015

With all the cash pouring into politics, there's one group of losers: state parties. Big donors are turning to outside groups, and many state parties watch their budgets and clout dwindle.


Koch Brothers Put Price Tag On 2016: $889 Million

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The political network led by industrialists Charles and David Koch plans to spend $889 million for the 2016 elections. In modern politics, it's more than just a ton of money.

It's about as much as the entire national Republican Party spent in the last presidential election cycle, four years ago. ...

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Koch Brothers Rival GOP With Plans To Spend $900 Million In 2016

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers have announced their fundraising goal for the 2016 election: nearly $900 million, which puts the assorted secret-money groups in the same league as the national Republican Party.


At Koch Summit, A Freewheeling Debate Among GOP Hopefuls

Monday, January 26, 2015

Three Republican presidential hopefuls declined Sunday night to insult some of the Republican party's biggest donors.

Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, asked by debate moderator Jonathan Karl of ABC News if billionaires now have too much influence in both major parties, ...


A GOP Weekend, Courtesy Of The Koch Network And Citizens United

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Republican presidential hopefuls are turning out this weekend for two big events, but just one of them, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, plans to be at both.

Cruz is among seven possible contenders who spoke Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit, cosponsored by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and the group Citizens ...


5 Years After Citizens United, Secret Money Floods Into U.S. Politics

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

When the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Citizens United case, that opened the door for secret donors to make big-dollar contributions and up spending in elections.


Conservative Koch Brothers' Group Puts Congressional GOP On Notice

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Americans for Prosperity, the most prominent arm of the Koch brothers' organization, put Republican lawmakers on notice Thursday, setting out a conservative agenda for Congress. AFP leaders say it will be pushed by the group's grassroots supporters in 34 states.

Tim Phillips, president of AFP, said ...


5 Years After 'Citizens United,' SuperPACs Continue To Grow

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A new political committee will pay for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's pre-presidential announcement politicking. But don't confuse it with the separate superPAC of the same name.


Lobbyists Adjust To GOP Majority On Capitol Hill

Monday, January 12, 2015

Congress is now controlled entirely by Republicans. In the nation's capital, how are the lobbying businesses re-calibrating?

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Progressives Create State Innovation Exchange To Counter ALEC

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Liberals are trying, again, to set up a group that would counteract ALEC. That's the conservative nonprofit that produces pro-industry measures drafted by state legislators and corporate lobbyists.


Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Friday, December 19, 2014

Three advocacy organizations — across ideological lines — are telling congressional investigators to back off in a probe of EPA ties to a leading environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana are leading the investigation. They contend that ...


Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Utilities say consumers who put solar panels on their roofs should help pay to maintain the lines that carry the power they sell back into the system. Panel leasing firms say that's anti-competitive.


Spending Bill Provision Would Provide Big Boost To Party Fundraising

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The 1,600-page omnibus spending bill includes language that raises contribution limits to the national party committees, bringing them above the realm of merely wealthy donors. Under ...


In Spending Bill, A Gift For Political Party Fundraising

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

If you're able and eager to write an annual check for roughly $100,000, you might expect to be hearing soon from the Republican and Democratic national committees.

In another small step on behalf of big money in politics, Capitol Hill lawmakers agreed Tuesday afternoon on a small provision to be ...


In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

In Europe, the ugly ducklings of the produce aisle are increasingly admired for their inner swans.

Call it the return of unsightly fruit.

Retailers (at least in Europe and the U.S.) by default now cater to the perfectionist shopper who prefers only the plump, round tomato or the unblemished apple ...


Senators Try Again To Make Disclosure Process Electronic

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Senate still prefers paper instead of electronic filings for disclosures of donors and spending. The massive amounts of paper create all sorts of disclosure headaches.