New Brennan Center report finds that at least two presidents, seven governors and several mayors from both major parties have established nonprofits that allow them to raise unlimited, anonymous funds for political spending after election day.
In response to the first year of an administration marked by conflicts of interest and ethical lapses, today we released a package of solutions to tackle the most pressing gaps in the country’s federal ethics system.
The release last Friday of President Trump’s latest financial disclosure report raised as many questions as it answered, and triggered renewed calls for the President to release his personal tax returns.
Outside groups — free from contribution limits and able to conceal their donors from the public — are outspending the parties and candidates in ten key races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate.
Shadow party” groups, outside spenders with close ties to the Senate leadership of each party, including Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, have already spent $47 million in 2016’s closest U.S. Senate races.
Elections that were once citizen-driven are now flooded with unprecedented millions from secret sources. Compared to the federal level, these funders are subject to less scrutiny and have far more ability to shape results.