Peter Overby

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Study: Campaign Cash Brings Tax Benefits On Capitol Hill

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A new analysis takes aim at one of political science's evergreen topics: What do donors get in exchange for their campaign contributions?

The answer, according to three researchers at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business, is that "investments in on-going access to policymakers are associated with future ...


Big Money Is Helping GOP Win In State Legislatures Too

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Every election cycle, big donors open their checkbooks for two Washington-based party organizations that are gradually remaking state legislative elections.


Top Spenders On Capitol Hill Pay Billions, Receive Trillions

Monday, November 17, 2014

A new analysis by the Sunlight Foundation examines corporations that expend the most money in Washington on campaign contributions and lobbying. Defense contractors and finance giants lead the pack.


Alaska Station Sets Dubious Record: Most Senate Campaign Ads

Thursday, November 06, 2014

It's a record most Alaskans might wish they could give back: The Center for Public Integrity calculates that KTUU TV in Anchorage ran more U.S. Senate ads this cycle than any other television station in the country — 12,300 in all.

Those Senate spots made up the bulk ...


Climate Change Activists Come Up Short In Midterm Elections

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire, spent tens of millions of dollars in the midterms, mostly in seven senate and gubernatorial races. Most of his candidates lost, as will — presu...


The 4 Big Numbers To Know In The Midterm Elections

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The 2014 midterm election campaigns are almost over — all $3.7 billion worth of them. Most of that money was spent on television advertising.


What Can $3.7 Billion Buy? How About 2,969,370 Campaign Ads

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Outside groups, and especially secret donor groups, are accounting for more of the spending than ever before


18 Student Science Experiments Lost In Rocket Explosion

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Melissa Block speaks with high school freshman Natalie Moyer about her experiment that was lost on the Antares rocket when it exploded on Tuesday.


Money Mixes Up Missouri Circuit-Court Race

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Money is flowing into state elections for trial judges and supreme court justices. One big player is the little-known Washington group Republican State Leadership Committee.


Democrat Climate Activist Is Election's Biggest Donor — That We Know Of

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Activist Tom Steyer has spent an astonishing $58 million this election cycle. He says he wants leaders in Washington who will take climate change seriously.


This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

Monday, October 20, 2014

This midterm cycle, more than half the ads from so-called outside groups are being paid for by secret donors. That means voters will never know who's paying tens of millions of dollars for those ads.


Top Spending PAC Aims To Keep The Senate In Democratic Hands

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Senate Majority PAC, run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Reid, is the top-spending superPAC in the midterm election season. Its donors are essentially a compilation of the party's big-donor base.


Dems Probably Won't Take The House, So Why Are They Raising So Much?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is millions of dollars ahead of the Republicans in fundraising, especially among the small-donor faithful.

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Billionaire GOP Donor Finally Opens Checkbook For 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Republican Party leaders are urging big donors to start writing checks, and the check-writers now include Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

NPR has confirmed a Politico report that Adelson is putting in $20 million, evenly divided between Crossroads GPS and American Action Network. Both are 501(c)(4) ...


A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's open season on the wealthy political donors. Democratic campaign ads tie Republican candidates to the Koch brothers, while GOP ads paint sinister images of George Soros and Tom Steyer.


Tommy Boggs, Influential Lobbyist, Dies At 73

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tommy Boggs, a longtime lobbyist who in many ways epitomized the Washington establishment, has died. His sister, Morning Edition commentator Cokie Roberts, said he apparently had a heart attack.

Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., 73, pioneered a new, more professional way of lobbying starting in the 1960s, when he saw how ...


Senate Moves Forward In Bid To Limit Campaign Funds

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Americans generally agree that too much money is spent running for office. The Senate took up a proposed constitutional amendment that could change that, but it's not likely to ultimately pass.


Jury Finds Virginia's Former First Couple Guilty Of Corruption

Friday, September 05, 2014

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were convicted on Thursday of federal corruption charges. They were acquitted only on a handful of lesser charges.


Cantor's Wall Street Move Highlights Disclosure Law Loophole

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

It was no secret that Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, who lost in his June GOP primary, spent the summer job-hunting. But it came as a surprise when the CEO of a Wall Street investment bank announced this week that he had hired the former House majority leader as managing ...


A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle

Monday, September 01, 2014

The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.