Beyond the NEA budget: The political side of art

When a nonprofit receives an NEA award, it provides the credibility for other funders to step up.

The Recording Academy’s high-wattage GRAMMYs on the Hill event in early April honored Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) for their commitment to the National Endowment for the Arts.

Stars like Keith Urban and Wynonna Judd were there to underscore the central role of the endowment in the artistic endeavors of nonprofits, museums, and other organizations. … read more

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The power of one

Propelling the rise of environment interests was the fact that billionaire Tom Steyer contributed 85 percent of that interest group’s contributions in 2016

As hot an issue as the environment has been in recent years, there’s never been much money in it for politicians.

So why, after never having cracked the Center for Responsive Politics‘ 50 top-giving industries and interest groups, have environmental interests suddenly shot into seventh place in the 2014 and 2016 election cycles?

The answer is one Supreme Court decision plus one man.

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Super PACs gearing up for 2018

Though it has only been six months since the last election, a large number number of super PACs ready to go for 2-18 have already cropped up.

Is it 2018 already? Hard to believe it’s only been six months since the last election judging by the number of super PACs that have cropped up so far.

Through May 10, more than 140 groups that can spend unlimited amounts of money in elections independently from candidates have appeared since Jan. 1 of 2017, about 17 more than the previous presidential election cycle saw through the same date.

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The media’s infatuation with “data”, and why it’s so wrong | Eclectablog

Mitchell Robinson has posted a new item, ‘The media’s infatuation with “data”, and why it’s so wrong’, at Eclectablog

You may view the latest post at
http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/05/the-medias-infatuation-with-data-and-why-its-so-wrong.html

Source: The media’s infatuation with “data”, and why it’s so wrong | Eclectablog