Appearances, Publications & Speeches
- Jun 1, 2015
Even though the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) has done much over the past seven years to bolster the integrity and credibility of the House ethics process, some members of the House have resented the office since its inception. Created after a series of scandals shamed the House, OCE is charged with determining if an allegation of an ethics violation by a House member or staffer warrants further investigation by the House Ethics Committee. OCE has an established record of fair investigations and bipartisan cooperation that have made House members wary of condemning OCE publicly. However, their surrogates and white-collar defense attorneys have attacked the office with increased vehemence. Take, for example, the most recent salvo against OCE.
The Diane Rehm Show: Paralysis At The Federal Election Commission And What Can Be Done About It with Trevor PotterMay 5, 2015
Election finance experts predict the 2016 presidential race could see a record $10 billion in campaign spending. Much of the growth in spending is coming from outside groups untethered by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. But the head of the Federal Election Commission, tasked with keeping watch over campaign finance, says the agency is in a state of extreme dysfunction. She fears the FEC won’t be able to curb 2016 abuses. Many Republicans say the concerns are exaggerated. We explore the role of the FEC and what changes – if any – are needed.
- Apr 7, 2015
When Congress returns from recess next week, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), who resigned after Politico raised questions about his mileage reimbursements, will not return with it...
- Mar 24, 2015
Sen. Ted Cruz’s official launch of a campaign makes him the first and only formally declared candidate in the 2016 presidential election...
- Feb 24, 2015
In the world of electoral politics, all eyes already are on the 2016 presidential race. Though no one is admitting they are a candidate, reports are written daily about near-constant travel, fundraising and campaign machine building by prospective 2016 presidential candidates. Former Governor Jeb Bush held a $100,000-a-ticket fundraiser in New York earlier this month at the home of billionaire financier Henry Kravis, and during the first quarter of 2015 reportedly plans to raise $100 million in unlimited contributions to his super PAC. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is also pulling unlimited contributions into a super PAC-like 527 organization, has already created a campaign-like ad, and even opened an office in Iowa. Bush and Walker are not alone — more than a dozen other prospective 2016 presidential candidates are engaged in similar activities.
- Jan 21, 2015
The Chinese government hacked into U.S. defense systems. What makes Americans think that the Chinese — or the Russians, the Iranians or other foreign interests — are not also hacking into U.S. elections?
- Jan 21, 2015
It’s been five years since the Supreme Court handed down its Citizens United decision. The ruling gave rise to a complicated mess of super PACs, dark money, and “coordinated non-coordinated expenditures” — a world that likely surprised even the Supreme Court...
- Jan 21, 2015
The national elections since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission — two midterms and one presidential — demonstrate a gaping disconnect between the justices’ reasoning in the opinion and the reality of how campaigns operate...
- Dec 31, 2014
Bill Moyers’ wrapped up 2014 in Money & Politics with a half-dozen brief commentaries from experts on the “Most Undercovered Stories” of the year...