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…
Congress raised the cap on how much an individual can donate to political parties in its spending bill that just passed last week, giving wealthy Americans a greater voice in elections.
The political system’s indifference to the needs of the American people could not have been made clearer in recent days. At a time when economic inequality is increasing and the US racial divide is ever…
To find a revolution in campaigning comparable with micro-targeting you have to look back beyond the ‘Kevin 07’ online pitch to Gough Whitlam’s 1972’s TV-driven ‘It’s Time’ triumph.
Australian election campaigns are facing another revolutionary change, which has the potential to transform the electoral contest, redefine campaign funding and even revive political parties. The “micro-targeting…
Clive Palmer was criticised by Tony Abbott for ‘trying to buy seats’ in federal parliament through a huge advertising spend at the recent WA Senate election.
The issue of political party spending featured prominently during the Western Australian Senate re-election in a manner that we are rarely, if at all, accustomed to in Australian politics. This time, it…
It’s set to be a big few months for the High Court of Australia. What are the key cases to watch?
In coming months, the High Court – the highest court in Australia and the final arbiter on the meaning of the Constitution – will decide several high-profile cases. These decisions, which may result in…
All Australians should have a right to fulfill their democratic duty this Saturday, regardless of wealth or status.
Election 2013 Essays: As the federal election campaign draws to a close, The Conversation asked eminent thinkers to reflect on the state of the nation and the challenges Australia – and whichever party…
Follow the money: the US may not be perfect, but Australian campaign finance laws need tightening.
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In the run-up to today’s presidential election, President Barack Obama received just over $632 million in candidate contributions. Want to know who from? These direct, individual donations (known as “hard…
Political scientists have established a direct connection between financial contributions to political campaigns and legislative…