Maybe it’s time to reconsider those long-held ideas?
Popular wisdom may be popular, but sometimes it's downright wrong. Five stories from The Conversation's 2018 politics coverage interrogate popular wisdom – and find it lacking.
Political clout doesn’t guarantee a healthy bottom line.
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More often than not, the group owes more money than it has available to spend at the end of the year.
Trump’s long-time lawyer and political ‘fixer’ has pleaded guilty to breaking two campaign finance laws, allegedly at the direction of the president.
Trump's former personal lawyer broke two laws that control political spending, both passed after major election scandals. President Roosevelt survived his campaign's misdeeds. Nixon did not.
President Trump signed an executive order related to the Johnson Amendment in 2017.
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Deactivating the tax provision known as the Johnson Amendment could increase the flow of dark money, reducing accountability in campaign finance.
Protestors near the U.S. Supreme Court building, on the 2nd anniversary of the Citizens United decision
Retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is the author of one of the most controversial and scorned rulings in modern Court history: Citizens United. Is that condemnation undeserved?
Maria Butina, founder of a Russian gun group, allegedly infiltrated the Republican Party.
The NRA may fund political candidates but only with cash from U.S. donors. The group could face serious consequences if, as news reports allege, it broke laws and rules.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, before he resigned amid scandals.
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Embattled Gov. Eric Greitens resigned over allegations tied to political contributions from concealed sources.
Charitable gifts may do double duty when politics is in the picture.
Big business influences politicians in many ways. One little-recognized channel is the money companies and their foundations give the nonprofits politicians like.
NRA volunteer shooting instructors Vern Marion and Brian Beck, firing at targets in 2002.
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The nation's biggest gun advocacy group operates as a bundle of distinct organizations. It's a fairly common arrangement, followed also by the likes of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
A campaign for Los Angeles Unified School District school board candidates.
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The involvement of large wealthy donors in local schools is influencing who gets elected to govern on school boards. Why does it matter?
Money is essential to the proper functioning of democracy and elections, yet transparency and integrity in financing is paramount.
As the rest of the world watches the circus that has been the 2016 US presidential campaign, questions about how the elections and candidates are being financed continue to be raised.
The UK has limits on expenditure by political parties and third parties, and doesn’t allow paid advertising in electronic media at all.
Unlike similar democracies, Australia neither limits political donations nor campaign expenditure by political parties at the federal level.
Political finance is an issue where there is a lot of agreement in Australia among people who vote for different parties.
Every time there's a scandal involving political finance, politicians from unaffected parties talk about the public’s outrage. But how much do people actually care?
Australia’s system of political donations was the subject of a recent Senate inquiry.
The struggle for political equality has shaped Australian democracy. This is undermined by a fragmented political donations system that can be easily evaded.
I don’t care if it’s national or local, it’s blocking my drive.
Bringing you up to speed on the political hot potato that may have passed you by.
Backed by experience and a moderate leader in Richard Di Natale, the Greens are a force to be reckoned with in this election.
The Greens are set to play a significant role in the election campaign and the new parliament. They are looking for gains in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Arthur Sinodinos has declined to attend a Senate inquiry into political donations and associated entities.
Cabinet Secretary Arthur Sinodinos has urged that political donations should be disclosed in 'continuous real time'.
Socialists: please raise your hand.
Vast majorities of Americans espouse "socialist" views, which has helped propel Bernie Sanders in the polls. Yet our system of campaign finance makes it next to impossible for him to win.
House Republicans apparently want to keep us in the dark on where their money’s coming from.
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The House Appropriations Committee wants to stop the SEC from requiring the disclosure of political contributions. Here's why that's a bad idea.
The new normal?
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This week’s news brings an important “ah hah” moment. The conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries and their political network of donors and opaque outside groups are…