Terry Goddard published Tight races, hot issues to watch in Nevada primary election in News & Updates 2016-06-20 15:26:37 -0700
Nevada Congressional race swamped by dark money: http://snip.ly/8h5a7
Terry Goddard published Outside spending breaks $400 million mark, far outpacing 2012 in News & Updates 2016-06-20 15:24:47 -0700
Campaign spending by outside groups on a record breaking pace: http://snip.ly/vt47m
Terry Goddard published House votes to protect 'dark money' political donors in News & Updates 2016-06-20 15:22:10 -0700
US House votes to make it even easier to hide political contributions!
"Nonprofit groups could spend more than $500 million on this year's presidential and congressional elections, up from $10 million in 2008, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics."
Terry Goddard published Andrew Cuomo: Squeezing cash out of campaigns in News & Updates 2016-06-20 15:19:31 -0700
Campaign FInance Reform in New York? Gov Cuomo strikes out against coordination between "Independent Expenders" and candidates, but ignores requiring full disclosure of the source of IE campaign cash!
Terry Goddard published Full Disclosure of Campaign Spending – An Antidote to Super PACs and Dark Money? in News & Updates 2016-06-20 15:16:26 -0700
California progresses toward full disclosure of all contributions that influence elections: http://snip.ly/tr5db
Terry Goddard published Republican House primary gets uglier with dark money ads in News & Updates 2016-06-20 15:13:18 -0700
Southern Nevada residents will have a hard time escaping the ugliness of the Republican primary in the 3rd Congressional District over the next few days, as commercials slamming “two-faced Michael Roberson” and “Dirty Danny” blanket the airwaves just before Election Day.
Terry Goddard published U.S. Chamber of Commerce ensures dark money casts shadow on Nevada in News & Updates 2016-06-20 15:10:12 -0700
The 2016 elections have revealed that Americans are tired of politics as usual. Overwhelming majorities of voters from both parties believe that money has too much influence in our political system and that elections spending by outside groups should be both limited and fully transparent. It is therefore not surprising that anti-establishment candidates such as Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Donald Trump, who during the primaries have shunned support from super PACs and other deep-pocketed outside groups, have experienced so much success on the campaign trail.
Terry Goddard published Political Money Bill Gives Democrats Campaign Talking Points in News & Updates 2016-06-20 15:03:27 -0700
Campaign FInance Reform could become an issue in this year's Presidential campaigns; or so the sponsors of a new federal legislation proposal hope: http://snip.ly/y4g1g
Terry Goddard published Fueled by unions and secret donors, liberal vets group spends millions boosting Democrats in News & Updates 2016-06-20 14:55:26 -0700
Fueled by unions and secret donors, liberal vets group spends millions boosting Democrats | OpenSecrets Blog
Vote Vets Action Fund — which last week attacked the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump, as a “cheap fraud” — is currently the highest spending liberal nonprofit active in federal elections, a perch it is accustomed to holding. Fueled largely by social welfare organizations aligned with Democrats and millions of dollars given by unions, VoteVets — with just two employees and no volunteers — has spent more on elections since its founding in 2006 than the combined spending of much more prominent politically active groups on the left, like NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Sierra Club, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Terry Goddard published Mystery donors pumped millions into liberal ‘dark money’ group in News & Updates 2016-06-20 14:52:50 -0700
A liberal "dark money" group that leads national and state-based Democratic coalitions and dubs itself the “hub of the progressive community” raised $13.4 million in its most recent fiscal year, spending about 43 percent of the total on “direct or indirect campaign activities,” according to a recently released tax document, a copy of which was obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.
Terry Goddard published Only those with wealth or access to it can run for office in News & Updates 2016-06-20 14:39:07 -0700
Jeb Bush, brother and son of presidents, could have spent half (or twice) as much as the $130 million he and his super PAC reportedly spent, and he still would have been an establishment candidate in an anti-establishment year. He never stood a chance against an outrageous billionaire reality-show star in an environment notable for deep public anger at politics and typical politicians. But to say that Bush’s failure means the role of money is exaggerated misses the serious ways in which campaign cash has an impact on our politics at all levels.
Terry Goddard published Koch Brothers Help Fund Anti Grand Canyon Monument in News & Updates 2016-06-20 13:46:30 -0700
A string of dark-money organizations with ties to the billionaire Koch brothers is helping Arizona politicians and special-interest groups fight the popular Grand Canyon National Heritage Monument proposal, tax documents show.
Terry Goddard published CREW files complaints against two “dark money” groups that have benefitted Rauner in News & Updates 2016-06-20 13:36:07 -0700
A new spot that’s hitting TV and radio this week attacks three out of the four gubernatorial primary candidates, sparing only Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner.
A source with knowledge of the buy said the group — Mid-America Fund — spent roughly $180,000 on broadcast, cable, and radio for this week.
Terry Goddard published The dangers of dark money in the Sunshine State | Tampa Bay Times in News & Updates 2016-06-20 13:32:18 -0700
Problems with money in Florida
Terry Goddard published Stopping Dark Money – the Fight Goes On in News & Updates 2016-05-18 14:35:57 -0700
Almost two months ago, the main financial support for our anti-dark money petition was snatched away. Since then, I have been burning up the phone lines seeking new financial backing. Many folks stepped-up their support for VPA’s efforts. Some made pledges totaling almost $500,000, but with the sensible condition that we raise the whole amount needed (almost a million dollars) before releasing those pledges. So far, I have not found the needed match money.
The bottom line: Sadly, it takes big money to fight big money. With limited dollars to get our anti-dark money petition qualified for the ballot and the short time remaining to get almost 300,000 valid signatures, the job is just too big for our resources. In spite of great volunteer support across Arizona and polls showing over 80% of Arizonans would vote to stop dark money, I don’t see how the current petition effort will get us on the ballot this year.
Today, I am halting VPA’s participation in the Open and Honest Disclosure petition drive. But,
VPA’s anti-dark money efforts continue.
One reason to stop now is because we need to focus on another threat to fair elections in Arizona. SB1516 was recently signed into law. This complete rewriting of our election statutes takes a huge step in the wrong direction. Instead of exposing dark money, it makes it even easier to use anonymous funds. Before we can hope to have open and honest elections, we must repeal this atrocious law.
VPA will be supporting Rep Ken Clark’s effort to refer SB1516 to the voters and urge you to help. It will take over 70,000 valid signatures to put SB1516 on the November ballot. That is no easy task, since we will have just 90 days after the Legislature adjourned to get all the signatures. In addition to your financial support, we need your volunteer help to succeed. We need petition gatherers, office support, organizers, fundraisers and public speakers.
If you would like to help with the referendum campaign you may sign up at: http://StopCorruptionNowAZ.com
Terry Goddard wants to volunteer 2015-01-24 07:46:32 -0700