Following the Money in the Age of Peek-a-Boo Politics

In this update: 1. Searchable donor database updated 2. Peek-a-boo politicians 3. Rich interests taking more than full advantage of Supreme Court ruling 4. Bet-hedging report subject of business journal commentary Following the Money in the Age of Peek-a-Boo Politics

Email date: 10/22/10

In this update:
1. Searchable donor database updated
2. Peek-a-boo politicians
3. Rich interests taking more than full advantage of Supreme Court ruling
4. Bet-hedging report subject of business journal commentary

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Searchable donor database updated
This week the Democracy Campaign added more than 15,700 new records of campaign contributions to candidates for state office to our searchable campaign finance database. Donations through August 30 are now included in the database.

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Peek-a-boo politicians
It’s hard to escape all the election campaigning with the airwaves saturated with political ads and campaign literature arriving in the mail daily. But curiously the campaign trail is strangely deserted. Call it the Year of the Hermit Candidate. There’s a reason for this, and that’s the subject of our latest Big Money Blog.

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Rich interests taking more than full advantage of Supreme Court ruling
Party fronts and outside interest groups are doing everything the U.S. Supreme Court allowed them to do with its ruling this past January in the Citizens United case . . . and then some. Quite a few of these groups appear to be breaking the law. For more on this, go here and here.

Meanwhile, the latest polling shows the obvious, that the vast majority of Americans across the political spectrum believe they have a right to know who is paying for political ads. Five men on the nation’s highest court effectively flushed that right down the toilet earlier this year.

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Bet-hedging report subject of business journal commentary
A report the Democracy Campaign issued last month on wealthy donors’ habit of giving big donations to both sides in close elections inspired a column this week by the editor of a Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin business news journal.