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Ex-Florida County Judge Candidate Wants U.S. Supremes to Overturn Ban on Campaign Cash

| September 3, 2014

Lanell Williams-Yulee had thought personal contributions when she ran for county judge in Hillsborough. Now she could spur the U.S. Supreme Court to wade into a First Amendment debate about whether it is constitutional for Florida and other states to bar judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions.

The People’s Guide to Defeating the Koch Brothers

| June 18, 2014

People are more powerful than all of Sheldon Adelson’s and the Koch Brothers’ money combined, argues Stephen Goldstein, so if enough voters see through the barrage of lies and deceptions that engulf them in elections, people-power can neutralize the money peddlers.

Corruption Theorem: Money as Speech and the Supreme Court’s Death Blow to Democracy

| April 7, 2014

We’ve come a long way from the days of Lawton Chiles, who won his election for governor despite limiting contributions to $10 a pop. There is no longer any bidding limit on the vast auction block American politics has become since, writes Martin Dyckman.

The Dark Money Man: How Sean Noble Moved the Kochs’ Cash into Politics and Made Millions

| February 16, 2014

Sean Noble was a former congressional aide just starting as a political consultant when he was recruited to help run the Kochtopus — Charles and David Koch’s multi-layered political network.

Rick Scott Puts State Employees to Work On Re-Election Campaigning Veiled as “Outreach”

| December 6, 2013

On-the-clock state employees from a number of agencies have been splitting shifts since Monday to call businesses and use talking points that are indistinguishable from the language of campaign ads to help Rick Scott’s re-election.

Rick Scott’s $11,370-Worth of “Congratulations” Letters Blur Line Between Applause and Electioneering

| November 29, 2013

Scott views the missives as a means to applaud individuals and to promote Florida. His critics say some of the messages include language that deviates into campaign talking points. Don’t expect the letter-writing campaign to slow or the questionable language to disappear from such messages.

Data-Mining Goes Carnivore on Florida’s Public Records to Help Lobbyists and Candidates

| August 22, 2013

“Contributionlink,” the brainchild of lobbyist Brecht Heuchan, gives lobbyists and candidates an edge by mining a myriad of public databases, creating profiles of current and potential donors and showing clients how their money stacks up against the competition.

Tallahassee For Sale: Six Lobbying Firms Collect More Than $1 Million Each

| August 18, 2013

Bolstered by huge paydays from some clients, at least six lobbying firms, including the Southern Strategy Group, collected $1 million or more in legislative lobbying fees between April 1 and June 30.

Big Sugar Goes to Work for Scott as Reelection Team Hauls $700K While Governor Does Paris

| June 25, 2013

The “Let’s Get to Work” political committee posted $695,447 in contributions from 91 sources during the time Scott was highlighting the state to foreign aviation interests as part of Enterprise Florida’s June 14 to June 21 trade mission to the Paris Air Show.

Florida Voter Group Argues for a Free Speech Right to Secrecy and Unregulated PACs

| April 15, 2013

The state says it is justified in requiring disclosures of information about political action committee contributions and expenditures. Plaintiffs, arguing their case before a federal appeals court Tuesday, say they should be free to express themselves on political issues without registering as a committee and filling out campaign documents.

Florida House Votes to Boost Campaign Donation Ceiling in State and Local Elections

| March 23, 2013

The proposal cleared the chamber on a 75-39 vote, as four Democrats broke with their party to support the GOP-backed measure. The bill would boost contribution limits, allowing each donor to give $5,000 per election to a statewide candidate and $3,000 per election to local and legislative candidates.

Pork’s Other End: Lobbying of Florida Legislature Tops $120 Million in 2012

| February 18, 2013

Lobbyists collected at least $120 million to represent businesses and other clients before the Florida Legislature in 2012, with companies such as AT&T and the gambling industry spending heavily

Bogus Democracy: How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House and Hurt Voters

| December 23, 2012

A million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. That advantage did not result in control of the chamber. Redistricting and secret money were key to the disparity.

Holland-Hutson Money Race Still Lopsided; Manfre Doubles Take, Closing Fleming Gap

| October 8, 2012

The last two weeks of September saw Travis Hutson add almost as much money to his treasure chest–$13,000–as Milissa Holland raised in the entire election cycle ($15,502). Sheriff Candidate Jim Manfre has raised $19,000 to incumbent Don Fleming’s $24,000.

Warning of “Scary Things” in Coming Election, County Attorney Hadeed Urges Voter Education

| September 17, 2012

In a surprisingly candid talk framed around the 225th anniversary of the Constitution, Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed warned of the potentially corrupting influence of money in Florida’s judicial elections, and of the Legislature’s loading of the November ballot with 11 purposefully long and confusing constitutional amendments, a spiteful snub of the Supreme Court.

In Two Key Flagler County Races, Candidates Swell Their Coffers With Their Own Money

| August 13, 2012

As the primary campaign culminates with Tuesday’s vote, the races for Flagler County Court Judge and Flagler County Sheriff have overwhelmed all others in money raised and spent, but with notable exceptions, candidates’ own money talked loudest.

Who Is Sheldon Adelson and Why Are GOP Contenders Accepting His Money?

| July 17, 2012

Sheldon Adelson donated $25 million to the Newt Gingrich campaign and reportedly donated $10 million to a superpac supporting Mitt Romney, but the foreign source of the billionaire’s gambling fortune is raising questions about its financing of GOP contenders.

It’s Not Just Politicians: Media Companies Lobby Against Transparency in Elections

| April 23, 2012

Many of the country’s biggest media companies, which own dozens of newspapers and TV news operations, are flexing their muscle in Washington in a fight against a government initiative to increase transparency of political spending.

Whether It’s Romney or Obama, Democracy Is Losing Big

| February 1, 2012

No wonder so many people don’t see the point in voting. While the rest of us play one man, one vote in democracy’s delusional sandbox, a bunch of donors who add up to a cocktail party’s guest list are sealing the campaign’s fate.

Secret Donors, Unlimited Contributions, Super-PAC Elections as FEC Stalemates

| November 8, 2011

Nearly two years after a U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down key restrictions in campaign finance law, the Fderal Elections Commission still hasn’t begun the process of changing its regulations to comply with the ruling.

Council Candidate DeLorenzo Takes $500 From Waste Pro Even as City Mulls Garbage Contract

| October 31, 2011

Jason DeLorenzo defended the decision to take the money, one of two of his largest contributions, saying he hadn’t seen it as a conflict nor had he thought about it, but conceding in retrospect that it was “a bad decision.”

Florida Unions Looking to Reward Moderate Republicans for Support–and Influence

| October 14, 2011

Following a brutal legislative session that brought them to the brink, Florida’s public employee unions are shifting strategy and rewarding moderate Republicans in hopes of re-amplifying their diminished influence in Tallahassee.

Incumbents Jon Netts and Holsey Moorman Leading Money Race In Palm Coast Elections

| August 26, 2011

Mayor Jon Netts is leading the money race with $8,600. Charlie Ericksen, his principal challenger, has raised $4,469 so far, with 18 days to go for the primary. Holsey Moorman, whose election isn’t until November, has raised $6,840 so far.

Super-PACs and Dark Money: The New World of Corruption-Ripe Campaign Finance

| July 12, 2011

Super-PACs, anonymous donors, foreign donors, unlimited corporate donations, political fronts masked as non-profit charities: the new world of campaign finance opens the way for scandal and corruption.

How Rick Scott Bought the Election

| December 4, 2010

Rick Scott spent more than $60 million of his own money, and drew on a slew of health care industries through a front called the “Let’s Get to Work” committee.

John Mica’s Politbureau: How the Chamber Endorses While Pretending Not to Endorse

| October 22, 2010

Flagler County’s Whigs and wigged coupled and clapped at the Palm Coast Yacht Club as John Mica accepted tributes and dispensed charismatic prepositions on his way to a 10th term in Congress.

Live Wire Weekend, Oct. 8-10: Torture Made in China (and America), Bullies and Trump

| October 8, 2010

The Chinese Solzhenitsyn, Liu Xiaobo, wins the Nobel peace prize, class-size moves on, Ellen DeGeneres mourns bully victims, Orson Welles talks politics, Donald Trump talks presidential bid again, and much more.

Commission Money Race: Mori Hosseini and Other Developers Bankrolling Abbott’s Bid

| August 23, 2010

Volusia, St. Johns and Jacksonville development firms account for all but about $1,000 of Bob Abbott’s campaign funds. Nate McLaughlin’s are more grass roots based.

The Money Race: Five Flagler School Board Candidates Raise a Combined $32,900

| August 23, 2010

District 5 candidate Raven Sword is the fund-raising leader when candidates’ own money is excluded. She also drew the largest number of contributors by far, with 130.

Justice for Sale: Half a Million Dollars
Slosh Races for 3 Local Circuit Court Seats

| August 8, 2010

Eleven candidates in three races in the 7th Judicial Circuit have raised an average of $44,000 each, more than 60 percent of it their own money.

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