This week, as General Motors CEO Mary Barra goes in front of House and Senate panels investigating ignition switch problems in her company's vehicles, she'll be talking to many members whose campaigns have received contributions from the company she steers.
Rand Paul political adviser Doug Stafford -- the subject of previous OpenSecrets Blog posts on accusations that he helped an anti-union group run an off-the-books mass mailing operation to help selected state legislative candidates -- is now directing a ramped-up political infrastructure for the 2016 presidential hopeful.
Ron Paul Campaign Accused of Trying to Buy Iowa Endorsements: The Ron Paul presidential campaign may have been involved with negotiations to offer financial compensation to an Iowa state senator in exchange for his endorsement and support in the 2012 Iowa caucuses, according to emails obtained by OpenSecrets.org.
Remember McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court decision that eliminated the overall $123,000 cap on donations to candidates, PACs, and parties? Fewer than one in a million Americans has given beyond that original limit since then - who are they?
A Senate report this week hammered Credit Suisse for its role in helping American clients hide about $12 billion in offshore assets in Swiss tax shelters, causing the bank's stock to drop precipitously. However, Credit Suisste's investors may not have much to worry about - the European banking giant has some on-shore friends in high places.