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The Ambassadorships Big Money Can Buy

Appointing campaign bundlers or donors to plum ambassadorships is nothing new in politics, but President Obama has mastered the practice. According to the Center for Public Integrity:

NEA Joins Growing Chorus Calling for Democracy Reform

At Public Campaign and the Action Fund, we've long argued that campaign finance reform ought to be as much about bringing voters back into politics and our democracy as it is about getting big money out of elections. That means focusing on greater and more meaningful participation as the organizing principle around which we design policies.

The Stumbling Block to Obama's Climate Commitment

President Obama’s unexpectedly strong comments on climate change during his inauguration speech—which the New York Times called “the most prominent policy vow of his second Inaugural Address”—have left many climate hawks and environmentalists excited for the prospects of action during his second term.

Bank of America's Political Spending in Washington

Bank of America was sued today by the U.S. Attorney in New York City for "allegedly engaging in a scheme to defraud Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."

The bank has been a familiar face in Washington over the years and has spent roughly $8 million on campaign contributions and lobbying since 2011, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

President Obama Reaches 200th Fundraising Event

With five fundraisers in Chicago on Sunday, President Barack Obama reached his 200th fundraising event since filing for re-election, according to USA Today. In fact, by day’s end, he’ll reach 203.

According to the USA Today report:

The Bank of America Political Spending We Know About

Bank of America shareholders will vote at their annual meeting this week on two proposals to limit or disclose political spending by the behemoth bank. After the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Citizens United v.

President Obama Reaches 100th Fundraiser Mark

CBS News reports today that in New York City tonight, President Obama will reach his 100th fundraiser of the cycle.

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Marriott or Hyatt: Wealthy Hotel Chains and Their Favored Presidential Candidates

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come under scrutiny for his service on the board of Marriott International during a time when the company paid millions to settle charges of taking kickbacks and cheating clients. Given the close relationship Romney has to the Marriott family (Romney’s father was a close friend of the hotel chain’s founder J.

Obama’s Online Success is Unlikely for Congress

President-Elect Barack Obama's incredible ability to generate small online donations has some members of Congress thinking they can apply his methods to their campaigns. That flies in the face of reality.


Obama announces ethics rules for transition

President-elect Barack Obama and the new Congress have an ambitious agenda come January. And those industries that donated the $5 billion to 2008 candidates will want to make sure their voices are heard.

On Tuesday, Obama's transition team laid out an ethics plan that should assure some voters on the power of lobbyists in his administration.


From The Hill: