Windy City Covering Campaigns Conference

I had a fantastic time at the Covering Campaigns conference hosted by Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation and Chicago University’s Institute of Politics. I participated in a panel with a fun group of fellow political money reporters titled “Will Money Buy the Next President?” The other participants were Bloomberg’s Julie Bykowicz, now at the AP; Andy […]

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Common Dreams Mention

Mother Jones reporter Andy Kroll was nice enough to mention me in an article for the Common Dreams website that included a section on “The Rise of the Super PAC.” Andy describes how, in coining the term super PAC, I was looking for something “sexy, memorable” that would capture how the Citizens United ruling was […]

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New York Times Mention

A New York Times editorial about the Federal Election Commission referenced my column on the same topic and included Commissioner Ellen Weintraub’s comment to me that inter-agency bickering is contributing to the FEC’s mounting work backlog: “Everything gets objected to. Everything requires a lengthy discussion.” Read the New York Times piece here. To see the […]

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Nixon’s ‘Enemies’ Gather

A number of President Nixon’s old “enemies” attended a Common Cause conference at the National Press Club March 13 on the “Lessons of Watergate.” Some of them sat on a panel I moderated on Watergate’s “Lessons and Legacy,” including former Nixon administration official Morton Halperin. Also on the panel were two fomer Common Cause presidents, David […]

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Post-Election Panels

We covered all bases on three panel discussions that I moderated following the election: lobbying, political money and voting. The first was CQ Roll Call’s Election Impact Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building, where the topic was “Lobbying, Advocacy and Engagement” in the lame duck session and the 113th Congress. (Watch it here.) The second was George Washington […]

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