Archive for the ‘Advocacy & Politics’ Category

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (September 1-7, 2014)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence?” By Connie Bruck. New Yorker. September 1, 2014.

Wealthy political donors seize on new latitude to give to unlimited candidates.” Washington Post. September 2, 2014.

For 2016 GOP candidates, does courting the Kochs bring more risk than reward?” By Paul Waldman. Washington Post. September 1, 2014.

Tom Steyer’s $1 million offer to pro-environment candidates.” By Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross. San Francisco Chronicle. September 2, 2014.

The End of Liberal Zionism? Increasingly, U.S. media are covering the growing repression of left-wing and dissenting voices in Israel, alienating many American Jews, especially among the young.” By Sarah Posner. American Prospect. September 2, 2014.

The Democratic Sugar-Daddy/Sugar-Mama Dossier; Conservatives have the Kochs and Rupert Murdoch, but progressives have their mega-donors, too.” By Andy Kroll. American Prospect. September 3, 2014.

Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks.” By Eric Lipton, Brooke Williams, and Nicholas Confessore. New York Times. September 7, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 25-31, 2014)

Monday, September 1st, 2014


The PAC to End All PACs Is a Farce; If Arizona’s House primary is any indication, we’re far from getting big money out of politics.” By Walter Shapiro. August 26, 2014.

“Kochs’ Network Wrestles With Expectations for Presidential Primaries.” By Nicholas Confessore. New York Times. August 31, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 18-24, 2014)

Monday, August 25th, 2014


A Texas-Size Abuse of Power; A left-wing public interest group gets a special prosecutor to indict Gov. Rick Perry.” By Karl Rove. Wall Street Journal. August 21, 2014.

“Billionaires silent after big splash; Their absence comes as Senate Republican candidates in battleground states launch attack ads.” By Anna Palmer. August 21, 2014.

Those Koch Attacks Are Working; Democratic Super PACs and party campaign committees are outraising the Republicans.” By Kimberly A. Strassel. Wall Street Journal. August 22, 2014.

Steyer PAC gets just $501K from outside donors in July.” August 22, 2014.

Outside Groups Mirror Successful Strategies Of Political Parties.” Morning Edition/National Public Radio. August 22, 2014.

Seeds of Doubt; An activist’s controversial crusade against genetically modified crop.” New Yorker. August 24, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 11-17, 2014)

Monday, August 18th, 2014


A Climate Crusader’s Comeuppance; Billionaire Tom Steyer’s vow to make politicians toe the green line isn’t working out so well.” By Kimberley A. Strassel. Wall Street Journal. August 15, 2014.

How the Left Is Revitalizing Itself; There’s more collaboration between progressive groups—and more coordination among donors—than ever before.” By Gara LaMarche. Nation. August 15, 2014.

Jackpot! How Las Vegas became the political money mecca.” By Kenneth P. Vogel. August 15, 2014.

Buying Main Street: Billionaires swamp local races.” By Alexander Burns. August 16, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (August 4-10. 2014)

Monday, August 11th, 2014


The Custom-Made ‘Super PAC’.” Editorial. New York Times. August 4, 2014.

Investigating the intersection of politics, lobbying and public policy at Does Senator Vitter Really Think Cancer Prevention Groups and Wildlife Nonprofits Are Part of a Nefarious Cabal?” By Lee Fang. Nation. August 6, 2014.

S.F. billionaire Tom Steyer ranks at top of political donors; Tom Steyer gave more than $20 million to political candidates and causes in the 2013-14 election cycle.” By Carla Marinucci. San Francisco Chronicle. August 7, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 28-August 2, 2014)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014


Outside Money Drives a Deluge of Political Ads.” By Ashley Parker. New York Times. July 28, 2014.

Spending Big to Fight Big Donors in Campaigns; Lawrence Lessig, a founder of Mayday PAC, is relying on dismay over supersize contributions in its efforts to help elect lawmakers of both parties.” By Nicholas Confessore. New York Times. July 29, 2014.
Related story:
The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less.” All Things Considered/ National Public Radio. July 29, 2014.

Leaked Nunn campaign document shows concerns about her nonprofit record.” By Sean Sullivan. Washington Post. July 29, 2014.

Building a Progressive Alternative to ALEC.” By Katrina vanden Heuvel. Nation. July 30, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 21-27, 2014)

Monday, July 28th, 2014


Must-have accessory for House candidates in 2014: The personalized super PAC.” By Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger. Washington Post. July 21, 2014.

Silicon Valley’s Libertarian revolution.” By Darren Samuelsohn. July 21, 2014.

The ‘Inside Politics’ Forecast: Adelson’s $100 million dollar bet? CNN’s John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on “Inside Politics” to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.” CNN. July 21, 2014.

How Silicon Valley Millionaires Stole Progressivism; In the battle against displacement in San Francisco, defenders of democracy are denounced as reactionaries, while agents of capital are lauded as revolutionaries.’” By Zelda Bronstein. Nation. July 22, 2014.

Chamber of Commerce Lost Its Way in Right Turn.” Op-ed. By Joe Nocera. New York Times. July 26, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (July 7-13, 2014)

Monday, July 14th, 2014


A Climate Activist Bags Himself; Tom Steyer ruined the planet before he offered to save it.” By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. Wall Street Journal. July 9, 2014

Behind Harry Reid’s war against the Koch brothers.” By Kenneth P. Vogel. July 8, 2014.

Union severs ties with United Negro College Fund over Koch donation.” By Fredreka Schouten. USA Today. July 11, 2014.

Big money buys powerful friends: Why are Newt Gingrich, Joe Lieberman and Patrick Kennedy hanging with members of a terrorist cult?” By Hamid Babaei. USAToday. July 10, 2014.

Conservative donors stay the course against GOP establishment; Donors aren’t demanding their money back or questioning how it was spent.” By M. Scott Mahaskey. July 11, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June 30-July 6, 2014)

Monday, July 7th, 2014


Charity tied to council speaker quadruples pork haul; A charity founded and represented by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s campaign consultant got a major funding increase this year.” By Chris Bragg. Crain’s New York Business. June 30, 2014.

Rove-backed Crossroads groups reserve $15 million more for fall spending barrage, bringing total to $20 million.” By Sean Sullivan. Washington Post. July 1, 2014.

Politics and Policy: The Bill and Hillary Clinton Money Machine Taps Corporate Cash; Couple Has Raised More Than $1 Billion in Two Decades; Republicans Worry of Early Lead in 2016.” By Brody Mullins, Peter Nicholas and Rebecca Ballhaus. Wall Street Journal. July 2, 2014.
Related story:
Politics and Policy: How The Wall Street Journal Calculated the Clintons’ Fundraising.” Wall Street Journal. July 2, 2014.

L.A. Mayor Garcetti sets up a nonprofit to aid city initiatives; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti started a nonprofit group to push some city programs.” Los Angeles Times. July 3, 2014.

SF enviro Tom Steyer is still nation’s largest super PAC donor.” By Joe Garofoli. San Francisco Chronicle. July 3, 2014.
Related story:
Donor Are Shadowed by Past in Coal.” New York Times. July 5, 2014.

The Super PAC To End All Super PACs Reaches Major Fundraising Goal.” By Igor Bobic. Huffington Post. Juky 6, 2014.

Book Review: V.I.P. Room: ‘Big Money,’ by Kenneth P. Vogel.” New York Times. July 6, 2014.

WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (June_23-29, 2014)

Monday, June 30th, 2014


Inside the vast liberal conspiracy.” By Kenneth P. Vogel. June 23, 2014.

The existential crisis of the liberal millionaire.” By Kenneth P. Vogel and Tarini Parti. June 24, 2014.

Special Report: Karl Rove and the Modern Money Machine.” By Kenneth P.Vogel. June 26, 2014.

The Spirit and the Law: How the Becket Fund became the leading advocate for corporations’ religious rights.” By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux. American Prospect. June 26, 2014.

Republican groups racking up millions in fight against one another.” By Joan McCarter. Daily Kos. June 27, 2014.

Super PAC aims to end all other super PACs; Harvard Low professor seeks $12 million to back reform candidates.” By Akilah Johnson. Boston Globe. June 29, 2014.