Tag: Campaign Finance

One-on-One With Marianne Williamson

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Marianne Williamson has distinguished herself in the Democratic primary as a voice for the role of spirituality in American politics. This week on “The Argument,” Ross Douthat sits down with Williamson to discuss her […]

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Personal Data About Small-Donor Democrats Is All Over the Internet

One of the largest single disclosures of small-donor information in American history took place on July 31. On that day, the names, addresses, occupations and employers of at least 2.3 million people who contributed money to 2020 Democratic presidential candidates were listed on the internet for all to see. The culprits were not Russian hackers […]

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Trump’s Opponents Want to Name His Big Donors. His Supporters Say It’s Harassment.

WASHINGTON — For many businesses, a sudden deluge of phone calls might signal an influx of new customers. But most of the 25 calls Justin Herricks received before noon on Thursday were from people who wanted to tell him he was a white supremacist for donating money to President Trump. “I’ve had people say, ‘Hey […]

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May the SoulCycle Boycott Make Democracy Better

It has been an unsettling week for some of President Trump’s political contributors. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Stephen Ross, the billionaire real estate developer whose firm owns SoulCycle and Equinox gym, was hosting a big-money fund-raiser in support of Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee on Friday, with ticket prices […]

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6 Things We Learned About the 2020 Race From Our Fund-Raising Maps

The Democrats running for president have received more than five million donations totaling over $200 million so far this election cycle. But where is that money coming from? For the first time, we were able to analyze almost all of the donations the candidates have received since beginning their campaigns — contributions from both wealthy […]

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Yes, America Is Rigged Against Workers

The United States is the only advanced industrial nation that doesn’t have national laws guaranteeing paid maternity leave. It is also the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee workers any vacation, paid or unpaid, and the only highly developed country (other than South Korea) that doesn’t guarantee paid sick days. In contrast, the European Union’s […]

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How the Democratic Debates Narrow the Field

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Twenty Democratic presidential candidates have appeared on the debate stage for the last time. That’s in part because the Democratic National Committee has introduced a set of rules explicitly designed to narrow the field. We look […]

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Manhattan D.A. Subpoenas Trump Organization Over Stormy Daniels Hush Money

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] State prosecutors in Manhattan subpoenaed President Trump’s family business on Thursday, reviving an investigation into the company’s role in hush-money payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to people briefed on the matter. The subpoena, issued by the […]

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When Will the 2020 Democratic Field Start to Shrink?

For two nights this week, voters once again watched a total of 20 Democratic presidential candidates try to outmaneuver their rivals on the debate stage. But it’s inevitable: At some point, the historically large field of Democratic candidates will get smaller, the debate stage less crowded. The question now is when. And for some Democrats, […]

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Low in Cash and Polls, 2020 Democrats Get Creative With Accounting

Staff members for a half dozen Democratic presidential candidates did not receive their final June paycheck that month. Instead, their campaigns nudged payday into July, an accounting maneuver that obscured payroll costs and temporarily made it look like candidates had more cash on hand than they actually did. The move deferred more than $700,000 in […]

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Cut New York Politicians’ Financial Ties to Business

What’s worse? That Gov. Andrew Cuomo has accepted millions of dollars in campaign contributions from people who win or seek contracts from New York state agencies — or that his practice is perfectly legal? It may seem like a tough call, but we’ll go with the latter, since the same practice is considered acceptable by […]

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A Luxury Box at Citi Field, an M.T.A. Contract and $188,000 for Cuomo

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Months after landing its first job in nearly a decade on the New York City subway, a Long Island construction firm hosted an intimate fund-raiser in its luxury suite at Citi Field for a special guest: Gov. Andrew M. […]

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Is Just Ousting Trump a Sufficient Goal? Democrats Are Divided Over the Answer.

WAUKEE, Iowa — Bernie Sanders preaches “political revolution” to the crowds at his campaign rallies. When not posing for thousands of selfies, Elizabeth Warren promises “big, systemic change.” And Pete Buttigieg warns his packed town hall audiences that the “riskiest thing we could do is try too hard to play it safe.” But speaking to […]

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Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign Receives 1 Million Donations, Hitting Milestone

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has received one million donations to her campaign for president, her team announced on Friday, making her the only Democratic candidate aside from Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont to reach that threshold so far in the 2020 cycle. The milestone further solidifies Ms. Warren’s standing as a top fund-raiser after […]

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What the Mueller Hearings Did Not Tell Us

On Wednesday, in sworn congressional testimony, Special Counsel Robert Mueller publicly confirmed 100 percent of the devastating findings of his report, and made clear that his inquiry does not exonerate the president. Within 24 hours, though, the conversation has coalesced around a few superficial observations: Mr. Mueller underperformed and the Republicans overplayed their hand, but […]

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Ad Tool Facebook Built to Fight Disinformation Doesn’t Work as Advertised

Faced with a rising backlash over the spread of disinformation in the aftermath of the 2016 elections, Facebook last year came up with a seemingly straightforward solution: It created an online library of all the advertisements on the social network. Transparency, it decided, was the best disinfectant. Ads would stay in the library for seven […]

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The Nation’s Top State Courts Face a Crisis of Legitimacy

The nation’s courts have a checkered history when it comes to doling out justice for people of color and women. We often focus on the egregious outcomes — racial disparities in sentencing, over-incarceration of black men, courts that ignore survivors of sexual violence. Less often do we consider which factors might contribute to these injustices, […]

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Democrats Call Out Racism, New Debate Lineups: This Week in the 2020 Race

Every Saturday morning, we’re publishing “This Week in the 2020 Race”: a quick way to catch up on the presidential campaign and the field of 24 candidates for the Democratic nomination. Here’s our latest edition: Trump attacks congresswomen and Democrats return fire On Sunday, President Trump hurled an ugly insult at a group of four […]

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A Billionaire Makes His Case: ‘I Don’t See Myself as Rich’

SAN FRANCISCO — Tom Steyer is a former hedge fund investor and a billionaire. Those things could be a liability for a man running for president as a progressive. But Mr. Steyer, who this month joined a field of — what is it now? — 24 people, argued this was a selling point. “Now you […]

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