President Trump’s significant personal fortune helped galvanize support from those who hoped his business acumen would have a positive effect on the nation’s economy. While those supporters see reasons that to believe their hopes have been validated, others concerned that his wealth would raise doubts about his motivations likewise believe they’ve been proven right. The vast holdings of POTUS have raised concerns on various fronts, but one recent report links Trump endorsements to those who spend money at his hotels. On one occasion, President Trump signaled support for Kevin McCarthy’s bid to lead Republicans in the House (at that time, [...]
One of the few issues that could unite people across the Rural vs. Urban and Coasts vs. Middle America chasm is money-in-politics reform, where we helped achieve a great referendum victory for campaign finance reform and an ethics board in North Dakota the same day the state also handed the GOP their most lopsided Senate flip. Silver’s accuracy should also cause conservatives to question some of the leaders' opposition to any rules on money in politics. Silver’s calculations indicate that if the money were even for the final month the Republicans would have won five more seats to potentially trail [...]
Conservatives reading this Washington Post report on the first instant Ranked-Choice Vote (RVC) resulting in the Democrats picking up an extra Congressional seat in Maine may be surprised to hear a judge appointed by Trump provided the strong decision allowing the process. In upholding the law, the Trump appointee states: “...there is no dispute that the RCV Act, the product of a citizens’ initiative, was motivated by a desire to enable third-party and non-party candidates to participate in the political process, and to enable voters to express support for such candidates, without producing the spoiler effect. In this way, the RCV [...]
Very few Americans wanted to see the “status quo” continue on Facebook after the 2016 election cycle, one that saw the social media platform infiltrated and weaponized by opponents to our democracy. As Facebook makes changes, however, it continues to face backlash as those it removes for being “fake news” or “ad farms” cry foul and allege censorship. In a study conducted by The Western Journal, a conservative media outlet, the overwhelming majority of the pages shut down were right-leaning. To read what they wrote as well as their concerns about the misdirection from Facebook, see: https://www.westernjournal.com/facebook-silences-political-speech/. There is still plenty [...]
The rapid growth of the influence of money in politics continued with the 2018 midterm cycle. An astonishing $5.2 billion was spent on elections that, essentially, resulted in a divided government poised for gridlock over the next 2 years. For conservatives, that money bought, perhaps, the opportunity to confirm more Trump judges. For liberals, that money bought, possibly, the ability to fund the ongoing Mueller investigation. And, meanwhile, the American people are all-the-more sick of politics and $5.2 billion that could have launched new companies or fed the hungry instead went to politicians. All told, 5 Senate races- topped by [...]
For months, money has been pouring into Maine as Democrats hoped to knock off Rep. Bruce Poliquin. In fact, as of November 4th, the state’s 2nd Congressional District had been subject to more than $12 million in outside spending. This represents yet another instance where outside spending outpaced what the candidates themselves were able to raise, with the top 2 contenders, Poliquin and Democrat Jared Golden, raising a combined $8,342,698 for the October 17th filing period. Among the incredible outside spending came significant dark money from the left-leaning Patriot Majority USA ($2.3 million). The group funded an ad attacking Poliquin [...]
This morning Executive Director John Pudner joined Craig Otto on Wisconsin's 96.1 WXYM. During the interview, Pudner cited the gutting of the ethics commission as one of the reasons Republicans lost statewide elections Tuesday after winning everything with a "Drain the Swamp" message in 2016. To listen to the interview in its entirety click below. John Pudner on 96.1 WXYM
If you missed Executive Director John Pudner's election day interview with Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks network don't worry! You can watch the interview and hear John discuss the importance of people over dollars below.
Day After Election Note: In case you didn't check your 2 a.m. email from us or are not on our list, below is the election night summary of the wins in both of our ballot measures and pictures of the ads that helped deliver the victories. The other final tallies include the Democrats picking up 34 seats, one more than the 33 seats the incumbent President has lost in Midterms on average since 1900, to win control of the House 229-206. The overnight votes in Arizona indicate the Republicans will expand their Senate edge to 54-46, assuming they do not [...]
Tune in at 2:04 PM EST here to watch John Pudner talk campaign finance reform and election day with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks.