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Public Disclosure Commission calls Eyman's violations serious

OLYMPIA — When the five citizens empowered to enforce Washington's campaign finance laws reviewed allegations against Tim Eyman, they concluded his behavior in 2012 was so egregious they could never punish him as much as they might like or he might deserve.So they...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Local News

Despite Warren’s wins, money still trumps populism

Elizabeth Warren, collector of corporate hides, is on the hunt again.Fresh from her triumph Tuesday over the Brookings Institution in which she forced the ouster of a corporate-backed scholar, the populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts was at Lutheran Church of the...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

In first half of 2015, Washingtonians gave Clinton more than $738K

OLYMPIA — Washington residents are spreading their dough around to all the contenders in the wide-open race for president.White House hopefuls hauled in $1.33 million from donors in this state in the first half of...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Local News

PDC asks attorney general to pursue possible violations against Eyman

OLYMPIA — The state Public Disclosure Commission on Thursday asked the attorney general to act against initiative salesman Tim Eyman for secretly moving hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations among two...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Local News

GE’s campaign cash clouding judgment on its cleanup of PCBs

By David SirotaEnvironmental groups and Democratic legislators are pressuring New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to say that General Electric must continue cleaning up the massive pollution the company dumped into the Hudson River from 1947 to 1977. Cuomo's own environmental...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Charles Koch, now a critic of corporate subsidies, heel thyself

Earlier this month, billionaire Charles Koch had a surprising message: In a speech to his fellow conservatives, he said politicians must end taxpayer-funded subsidies and preferential treatment for corporations.Why is this surprising? Because the demand came from an...

Date: 08/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump hasn’t cornered audacity market

Since announcing his 2016 White House bid, Donald Trump has been the central focus of the campaign — by one estimate, he has garnered almost 40 percent of all election coverage on the network newscasts. Clearly, The Donald's attempt to turn 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. into Trump White...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Silicon Valley leading source of cash, power for politics

When Jeb Bush visited Silicon Valley this week, the Republican candidate was visiting the heart of a Democratic state that few expect to be contested in the 2016 presidential election. But when it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world's technology...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A look at Bush, Clinton on the issues

The two dynastic candidates told compelling stories recently about why they should be president, but there has been one big difference: Jeb Bush has taken the political risk of disagreeing with his party's base, and Hillary Clinton hasn't.Their formal announcement speeches...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bush's recent words part ways with his past stances

Presidential campaign announcement speeches typically rehash well-worn themes politicians have long championed. They rarely include shockers or attempts to wholly redefine a candidate. Not so for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — his announcement address at Miami Dade College this...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s not bragging; he’s selling Trump

"I'm really rich," Donald Trump informed supporters at his presidential campaign announcement."I'm proud of my net worth. I've done an amazing job.""I'm really proud of my success. I really am.""I have the...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton should take high road on donations

In a private meeting last week with 200 of the Democratic Party's top financiers, Hillary Clinton drew vigorous applause when she said any of her nominees to the Supreme Court would have to share her desire to overturn the Citizens United decision.Clinton also, as reported...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Huckabee’s message on target with all but big donors

Before Mike Huckabee took the stage at the launch of his presidential campaign Tuesday, crooner Tony Orlando warmed up the crowd with his 1970s hit, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon."It was a fitting prelude, because Huckabee's campaign for the Republican presidential...

Date: 05/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton’s challengers need to actually challenge Clinton

Hillary Clinton has had some bad luck lately with revelations about her secret email server and foreign contributors to the Clinton Foundation. But in one crucial area, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has been blessed with abundant good fortune: her...

Date: 05/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Has Clinton’s Citizens United tune changed?

Less than three weeks into her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has already accomplished a stunning feat: She appears to have unified large swaths of the Democratic Party and its activist base to support the core tenets of the Citizens United decision — the one that...

Date: 05/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Super-PAC cash may work against GOP

The Republican presidential candidates are set to crucify each other on crosses of gold.GOP leaders exulted a few years ago when the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other decisions invited the rich to pour unlimited sums into political campaigns — and they...

Date: 04/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

If money equals free speech, tell us who’s talking

When postal worker Doug Hughes — otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.He must be a believer in miracles because he might have been shot down — and...

Date: 04/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Loopholes in political spending laws keep voters in the dark

With the 2016 election cycle gearing up, special interests are eyeing ways to advance the candidates of their choice without leaving any fingerprints. Their preferred vehicle is "dark money" donated to organizations — including so-called social welfare groups —...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Commentary

Clinton can’t change how she’s perceived

See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam,...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

D.C. gyrocopter came in ‘under the radar’

WASHINGTON — The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace "literally flew under the radar" to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said as key...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Nation & World

A few tweaks to election laws

The Legislature is considering a few pieces of legislation regarding elections, some more helpful than others.Senate Bill 5153 would bring some badly needed transparency to campaign donations, creating a new class of political action committee. As

Date: 01/27/2015 | Editorials

SEC ought to look at campaign donations in Chicago

On its face, Chicago's municipal pension system is an integral part of the Chicago city government. The system is included in the city's budget, it is directly funded by the city, and its various boards of trustees include city officials and mayoral appointees. Yet, when it comes to...

Date: 01/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Before she runs again, Fiorina ought to pay for her last campaign

Carly Fiorina is gearing up to run for president. National Journal reports she already has begun hiring staff.Fiorina has run for office only once, as the Republican challenger to Sen. Barbara Boxer of California in 2010 — and she lost. Still, the former...

Date: 12/29/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Governor’s budget leaves election watchdog to beg

When a growing supply of money is being injected into political campaigns from a number of sources, it seems an odd time to continue cutting the budget of the state's official campaign finance watchdog.Created by public initiative, the

Date: 12/28/2014 | Editorials

Dems resist GOP spending bill

WASHINGTON — Congressional liberals rebelled Wednesday against a must-pass spending bill that would keep the government open past midnight Thursday, complaining that it would roll back critical limits on Wall Street and sharply increase the influence of wealthy campaign donors.

Date: 12/11/2014 | Nation & World

Post-election: It’s the season to keep on giving

The votes are counted, but contributions continue flowing to participants in this year’s election.

Date: 12/04/2014 | Local News

More reporters missing on the campaign trail

On a warm October night toward the end of the 2014 campaign, almost every politician running for a major office in the swing state of Colorado appeared at a candidate forum in southeast Denver. The topics discussed were pressing: a potential war with ISIS, voting rights, a...

Date: 11/24/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Run against corporations and you’ll lose the election

Elizabeth Warren was doing Tuesday what Elizabeth Warren usually does: sticking up for the little guy.The populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts was in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, hosting an event to push Wal-Mart to raise wages and improve working...

Date: 11/20/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Campaign donations driving debate over states’ pension investments

No runoff will be needed to declare one unambiguous winner in this month's gubernatorial elections: the financial services industry. From Illinois to Massachusetts, voters effectively placed more than $100 billion worth of public pension investments under the control of...

Date: 11/17/2014 | Opinion Columnists

FEC commissioner’s olive branch likely to wither

If you were to seek out a poster child for all that is broken in Washington, you could find no better candidate than the Federal Election Commission.

Date: 10/14/2014 | Opinion Columnists

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