Posts tagged ‘campaign finance’

December 22, 2012

Daily Scoop: When you don’t vote…

How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House and Hurt Voters

Gerrymander_In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. But that popular vote advantage did not result in control of the chamber. Instead, despite getting fewer votes, Republicans have maintained a commanding control of the House. Such a disparity has happened only three times in the last century.

Analysts and others have identified redistricting as a key to the disparity. Republicans had a years-long strategy of winning state houses in order to control each state’s once-a-decade redistricting process.

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June 23, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Powerful GOP congressman accused of campaign finance violations

Amidst swirling questions about the small number of very large GOP campaign donors, their fights in Congress and the courts to keep those donors’ names from the public, a new campaign finance scandal is building around a powerful, 3 term Republican congressman. 

Washington (CNN) — Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, a self-made Florida millionaire, is only in his third term in Congress, but he already is in charge of fundraising for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, and he sits on the powerful House Ways and Means committee.

But all that could be jeopardized. Federal investigations underway could result in Buchanan serving his next term behind bars.

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