New nonprofit tied to stealthy circle of dark money groups | from the OpenSecrets Blog

New nonprofit tied to stealthy circle of dark money groups

Judicial Crisis Network claims to have spent $4 million on a TV, radio and digital campaign attacking nominee Merrick Garland and arguing that the next president should fill the vacancy.

Additional politically active, nondisclosing nonprofits, such as the Independent Women’s Forum, the Susan B. Anthony List and the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, have also made noise to try to shore up Senate Republicans who want to forestall voting on Garland’s confirmation.

One right-leaning group has weighed in more quietly: The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) has demanded Harvard University release records having to do with Garland’s role in the debate in the early 1970s over whether to allow ROTC recruiters on that campus. In late March, FACT’s executive director, Matthew Whitaker, was quoted saying that “Americans have a right to know about Garland’s views of the military.”

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Public financing is available for presidential candidates. So what’s not to like about free money? | from the OpenSecrets Blog

It’s easy to forget that one of the proposed prescriptions for treating a distorted campaign finance system already exists. But public financing, as it stands, just doesn’t work.

Even the candidates who advocate for an overhauled public financing system won’t take what the government already offers them.

Candidates on the Democratic side are integrating public financing for elections into their money-in-politics platforms — but both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders declined to use public financing themselves.

Only former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley opted to use the money, accepting $846,365 of federal matching funds … read more

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Liberal megadonors outspending conservatives on joint fundraising committees | OpenSecrets Blog

With the Republican contest in disarray at the top of the ticket, party operatives are encouraging megadonors to look further down the ticket. But deep-pocketed conservatives are falling behind their liberal counterparts in the race to fund some of the vehicles that will help carry down-ballot candidates: joint fundraising committees, or JFCs. A Center for Responsive Politics analysis of the top donors to JFCs — which allow candidates, party committees, and PACs to band together and take one big check apiece from contributors — shows that liberal megadonors, led by those loyal to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have given $12.3 million compared to conservatives’ $10.3 million. Among the top 20 …

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