A hedge fund house divided: Renaissance Technologies
Renaissance Technologies, the hedge fund firm and one of the largest political contributors in American politics today, is a world made in the image of its leadership. The firm rejects many of Wall Street’s routine practices. Rather than staffing up with whiz kids in finance, for instance, Renaissance looks for analysts with backgrounds in science and mathematics. — much like mathematicians-turned-managers James Simons, … read more: A hedge fund house divided: Renaissance Technologies | OpenSecrets Blog
Ethics probe halts congressional travel to Turkey;
free trips overall have slowed
House lawmakers and their staffers used to make about 150 stops there a year on their privately sponsored jaunts around the world. Then came a massive ethics investigation, and they all stopped taking those free trips to Turkey — cold. Not a single House member or staffer has disclosed a privately sponsored trip to Turkey since the Office of Congressional Ethics in October 2015 released documents connected to the largest ethics … read more: Ethics probe halts congressional travel to Turkey; free trips overall have slowed | OpenSecrets Blog
Hard money still matters, and here’s who’s giving it
Yes, we live in a gilded age of campaign finance, with billionaire donors forking over tens of millions of dollars to super PACs. But hard money — which is contributed directly to candidates’ campaigns, political parties or regular PACs and, unlike outside money, is subject to limits — still matters to those seeking office.
Candidates need it for salaries, travel, rent, phone bills, producing ads, purchasing air time and other expenses that are hard to avoid, and many a … read more: Hard money still matters, and here’s who’s giving it | OpenSecrets Blog
Hillary Clinton has raised a higher percentage of her campaign funds from women than any major party presidential candidate in recent history. She’s also raised a higher total in contributions from women than any other candidate at this point in the cycle.
And Donald Trump has the dubious honor of achieving the exact opposite: He has raised less from women than any other major party’s nominee at this point in the presidential cycle since at least 1989 (which is as far back as our data goes). Women have also given his campaign less as a share of total contributions than any White House candidate.
The stark difference between the two presidential front-runners’ fundraising bases highlights the role of gender in a race featuring both the country’s first woman ever to be a major party’s presumed nominee and a celebrity billionaire who repeatedly has made insulting comments about women.
Click here to read the full article: Clinton raises historic share — and amount — of campaign cash from women | OpenSecrets Blog
Missouri teenager Bryce Masters wasn’t living in a war zone when a police officer nearly killed him with a Taser. Reporters Nick Berardini and Matt Stroud tell the wrenching story of what happened to Masters and his family as they pushed for accountability in the wake of the assault. The dashcam and cellphone video of the incident has been viewed more than 3 million times.
Read the full story here: Tased in the Chest for 23 Seconds, Dead for 8 Minutes, Now Facing a Lifetime of Recovery
Hillary Clinton has often spoken out against child soldiers, but as Nick Turse reports, her State Department played a critical — and until now, largely invisible — role in the U.S. government’s widely criticized decision to allow South Sudan to continue receiving U.S. military aid even though it was conscripting children into its armed forces.
Read the full in-depth report here: Hillary Clinton’s State Department Gave South Sudan’s Military a Pass for Its Child Soldiers