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Showing posts with label The Center for Responsive Politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Center for Responsive Politics. Show all posts

Saturday, February 8, 2014

US Politics and Life Blood Money...The Center for Responsive Politics 2012/2014

The Center for Responsive Politics informs...... via Open Secrets Dot Org

As I read a blog posting from Alan Grayson regarding his re-election campaign for the US House of Representatives, his comments about Koch brothers spending led to thoughts of 2012. In 2012, campaign contributions reflect Barack Obama's defeat of Mitt Romney, and contribution from small donors (like me) carried the campaign contribution win.  
Alan Grayson

The Koch Brothers are already spending a fortune running dirty ads in my district attacking me.

Americans for Prosperity intensifies pressure on congressional Democrats by launching another round of TV commercials. Targets this time include .....
All of the special interests want nothing more than to beat us and silence us. The question is, will you let them?

It's only February, and the Koch Brothers are already up on the air, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in attack ads. They are ....

Yes, it appears the Kochs have targeted Florida, just as they target North Carolina. The people of North Carolina are fighting back and in many cases winning. It is critical that high information people (voters) maintain a knowledge stream and knowledge base for sharing with others. 

The Center for Responsive Politics is one of the very best. Money in politics is a  infectious cancer across our democracy with both political parties reaping the benefit of campaign donations. Karl Rove and Koch brothers (cabal) money did not win the 2012 General Election for Mitt Romney. Small donors outpaced large donors and Obama won handily. 

Dark money in 2013 and 2014 is flowing like a melting iceberg' a dangerous melting. Money in US politics is a shameful reality, but it is an existential reality that we must deal with it. I often see and track donation to the Left as well as the Right. While, I certainly see democrats reporting donations, a quick review of their voting records (via Open Congress and Gov Track) allows me recognize the majority of Democrats are not legislating as stooges and tools for American corporatist and plutocrats.

The following is a detailed readout of the 2012 General Election "money-trail" results for Obama and Romney. Remember,  the past is a great predictor of future  behavior in human beings, EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS.

Open Secrets

2012 Presidential Race

Barack Obama (D) 

Mitt Romney (R)


A detailed  breakdown for real numbers geeks.

Source of Funds

Small Indiv Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
Individual contributions$715,150,163
legendPAC contributions$0
legendCandidate self-financing$5,000
legendFederal Funds$0
Small Indiv. Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
Individual contributions$443,363,010
legendPAC contributions$1,076,496
legendCandidate self-financing$52,500
legendFederal Funds$0

Top Contributors

Barack Obama (D)
1University of California$1,212,245
2Microsoft Corp$814,645
3Google Inc$801,770
4US Government$728,647
5Harvard University$668,368
Mitt Romney (R)
1Goldman Sachs$1,033,204
2Bank of America$1,013,402
3Morgan Stanley$911,305
4JPMorgan Chase & Co$834,096
5Wells Fargo$677,076

NOTE: The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Top States

Barack Obama (D)
New York$36,982,096
Mitt Romney (R)
New York$24,670,565

Sector Totals

Barack Obama (D)
Communications/ Electronics$20,723,578
Energy & Natural Resources$2,410,062
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate$20,431,321
Lawyers & Lobbyists$27,959,192
Misc Business$22,598,697
Ideological/ Single-Issue$17,276,836
Mitt Romney (R)
Communications/ Electronics$7,518,745
Energy & Natural Resources$9,788,922
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate$58,902,452
Lawyers & Lobbyists$15,791,881
Misc Business$29,090,785
Ideological/ Single-Issue$10,522,878

Top Industries

Barack Obama (D)
Lawyers/Law Firms$27,533,147
Health Professionals$10,456,340
Business Services$8,646,106
Mitt Romney (R)
Securities & Investment$21,525,657
Real Estate$14,895,300
Lawyers/Law Firms$14,285,200
Health Professionals$12,598,997

Spending Related to Presidential Race 

   Blue Team
Candidate Spending$683,546,548
National Party Spending$292,264,802
Outside Spending$131,303,114
   Red Team
Candidate Spending$433,281,516
National Party Spending$386,180,565
Outside Spending$418,628,726
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2012 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Monday, March 25, 2013.
("Help! The numbers don't add up...")
The Center for Responsive Politics

Our point and central theme of this screed? A look at 2014 shows donations are trending positive for America's liberals and progressives. But, we have to remain ever-diligent of Koch cabal quick hit contributions that can and will overwhelming consistent donations to progressive politicians (or candidate hopefuls).  We like the analogy "Koch Money Bonzi." When you have billions and access to the contributions of thousand who have billions (and millions), quick hit Bonzi campaign donations are easy to launch and direct. We are already seeing millions spent on attack advertisements that do influence and away the voting public. 

2014 Overview


Financial activity for all House candidates, 2013-2014
Democrats: $172,970,709
Republicans: $230,475,846
PartyNo. of CandsTotal RaisedTotal SpentTotal Cash
on Hand
from PACs
from Indivs


Financial activity for all Senate candidates, 2013-2014
Democrats: $107,006,605
Republicans: $79,826,709
PartyNo. of CandsTotal RaisedTotal SpentTotal Cash
on Hand
from PACs
from Indivs
Based on data released by the FEC on 01/23/2014.
To view data for previous cycles, visit our Big Picture section.

The American voter will allow the GOP to hold a firm Tea Party grip on the House of OZ. We simply have to avoid allowing the Kochs to takeover the US Senate. If that doomsday scenario happens, the Kochs will become far politically powerful than the President of the United States. That means doom for anyone who earns less than$150,000 per year, doom for minorities, doom for LGBT people, and doom for gender equity. You can rest assured the US geography will become the land of Industrialists who care nothing about climate control and combustion killing emissions.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Center for Responsive Politics And More On "Dark Money"

 The Center for Responsive Politics has published a veritable "All you need to know: for coming up to speed on a developing issue. An issue that has been with us form nay years but was driven tot he level of a tsunami via the SCOTUS Citizens United Decision of 2010.

Here is the link (It may one day come-in handy).  We will wet your palate a bit by showing breakdown categories from the link. Also note, the link has sidebar links that are even more valuable to you, if you are a high information voter (person).

Outside Spending: Frequently Asked Questions About 501(c)(4) Groups

The number of politically active nonprofits has surged following the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v FEC, as has their spending. Most of that growth comes from 501(c)(4) or "social welfare" organizations. Read the guide below to learn more about these groups. 
What is a 501(c)(4)? 
What is social welfare? 
What are the benefits and responsibilities of having 501(c) status? 
What are the downsides of having 501(c) status? 
What is the significance of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision for nonprofits?
Do we know how 501(c)(4) groups spend their money?
What is the IRS' role in enforcing campaign finance law?
How could the (c)(4) loophole be closed? 
What is a super PAC? 
What is an independent expenditure? 
What is an electioneering communication? 

"Dark Money" charts are hard to follow, yes they are. If you think about it, that is very much by design. Conservatives know most people will not read a chart and many will certainly not try to assimilate "Dark Money" chart into their brains. Since, Open Secrets publish the "Dark Money" chart above, allow me to post one that shows the extent to which the Kochs have spider webbed "Dark Money."

And, yes we will admit that progressives have their "Dark Money" charts.  But, their are a few major differences in focus of opposite ends of the spectrum. Progressives are not working to suppress black and Latino votes.  Progressives are not working to throw millions back into the sharp toothed grips of Big Insurance. Progressives are not perpetuation a "War on Women." Moreover, progressive "Dark Money" is not being used to shutdown the federal government...which led to a $24 billion dollar hit to GDP. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

"Dark Money": A Monetary Means to Plutocracy

Dark money is a slang term for funds used to pay for an election campaign without disclosure before voters go to the polls. Funds can be spent on the behalf of a candidate running in an election, or to influence voting on a ballot question.
The Obama Administration via the Treasury Department has issued political financial contribution guidelines to corral and dam-up the flood gates of "Dark Money" to political campaigns. The Center for Responsive Politics have developed an interactive infographic that illustrates how contributions for anonymous donors works into the 'open-for-business' hoppers of politicians. The depictions appear to focus organizations that appeal to conservative donors. The interactive illustration runs from January 2008 through November 2010.

The Growing Dark Money Churn

This visualization represents the flow of dark money since 2008 as it relates to the top 10 most politicized groups. The information shown includes all of the money the Center for Responsive Politics has discovered flowing to each organization, all grants made by each organization to other politically active nonprofits, and all political spending (as reported to the FEC) by both the organization itself and its recipients, during the period covered by the donor organization's IRS. Graphic by Anna Flagg.

The Growing Dark Money ChurnFrom the good folks at OpenSecrets:This visualization represents the flow of dark money since 2008 as it relates to the top 10 most politicized groups. The information shown includes all of the money the Center for Responsive Politics has discovered flowing to each organization, all grants made by each organization to other politically active nonprofits, and all political spending (as reported to the FEC) by both the organization itself and its recipients, during the period covered by the donor organization’s IRS. Graphic by Anna Flagg.Remember: This is interactive! Go to CRP’s website to enjoy the full experience!

Last night we posted a brief report from Open Secrets (The Center for Responsive Politics) about how the money is building towards the 2014 mid-terms. The graph shows Democrats are leading in overall contributions, and leading handily. Of course, we know the Kochs and Karl Rove will influence the level and depth of contribution on the due time.

It will be most interesting to view similar interactive graphic from January 2008 through November 2012.

If you clicked the link of the 10 most politicized groups (above), you will find the top ten are clearly conservative organizations.  Or, at least they appear so by name. Thus, the eventual revelation of IRS scrutiny of organizations requesting tax exempt status, could easily lead to the only available identifier investigators could have followed to accomplish approval of denial of tax exempt status.

Conservative contribution (money) solicitation seems best facilitated by organization names that 'sets fire' in the wallets of donors and taps into right-wing nationalism. If you again click on the Top "10 Most Politicized" list above the first 30 names (with one or two exceptions) reads like a Tea Party's Dream with visions "Don't Tread on Me." in each name.

We are certain the proposed guidelines will the meet with extreme opposition from Koch and Rove operatives. Every conservative member of the US Congress, and Democrats in conservative districts, will fight the proposed guidelines as doggedly as they fight jobs legislation and Obamacare. As a matter of fact, many Democrats will oppose the guidelines, but good Democrats will serve the cause and acquiesces e tot he Treasury.