Center for Responsive Politics

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    John Kline's Descent From Patriot to For-Profit College Bodyguard

    By Cory Zurowski The marbled corridors of the Rayburn House Office Building are deserted at the moment, save for the tardy staffer bravely power-walking in masochistic heels. That wasn't the case five minutes ago. Then, the hallways of this four-story structure, home to U.S. representatives and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2014

    The New York Times Blasts Home Care Right to Work Lawsuit in Minnesota

    The Grey Lady is seeing red in Minnesota. In July, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to undermine the state's new union of 27,000 home care workers. The attorneys argued here -- as they have elsewhere -- that forcing some workers to join ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Meet Vance Opperman, Minnesota's top Super PAC donor

    The 2014 midterm elections may not be considered as important as the presidential race we saw two years ago, but don't tell that to millionaires. Wealthy businessmen are still spending like crazy on Super PACs in the 2014 race, led by former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, who's already given more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    For Franken and Klobuchar, does money from big media mean support for PIPA? [UPDATE]

    ​It's a cliche, but true -- when trying to figure out the whys and wherefores of politics, you should follow the money. And in the case of Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken's support for the now-stalled PIPA legislation, the money trail appears to lead back to big media.Campaign finance records indicat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    MNGOP in Congress average net worth of $1.4 million

    ​Minnesota Congressional Republicans are way richer than their constituents and their Democratic counterparts, according to a  recent report by the Center for Responsive Politics.The Center's list of the net worth of each member of Congress shows that Minnesota's four House Republicans have a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Barack Obama has raised 15 times more from U.S. military than Michele Bachmann

    Michele Bachmann, Barack Obama: The military only gives money to one of these people.​Michele Bachmann loves the United States Military. Apparently, the military doesn't love her back.New data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that Barack Obama, whom Michele Bachmann has repeate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Bachmann pleads for cash to fight right wing media conspiracy

    Now the left and the right are conspiring against Bachmann.​Talk about turning lemons into lemonade. Right wing news site The Daily Caller did a hit job earlier this week on Michele Bachmann, calling her out for hypocrisy over her family farm subsidies and the earmarks she's won for her distr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Jeff Larson: Political Landlord

    AP ImagesLarson has rented to more than just Norm Coleman.​By Mike Mullen In mid-2008, it came out that Jeff Larson had been renting a Washington, D.C. apartment to then-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn), a close friend and political cohort. As a landlord, Larson -- the subject of last week's fea ... More >>

  • News

    March 16, 2011

    Jeff Larson used RNC piggy bank to pay friends

    Did use of charitable donations violate federal election law?

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Brett Favre is Democratic blue under that purple jersey

    Favre wears purple, but he's blue underneath.​He'll wear purple on the field tonight in New Orleans, but if you look close, you might see a blue undershirt on Brett Favre. He's one of more than 40 NFL-related players and front office types who have made political contributions of $3,000 or m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Bachmann slams Obama on BP, so we follow the money

    Photo: USCG/FlickrDeepwater Horizon's fiery demise​Rep. Michele Bachmann got her crazy on again this week, lobbing a factually-challenged verbal assault on the president for persuading BP to establish a $20 billion independent escrow account to administer claims against the oil giant for its d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Wanner, accused in child sex case, is a long-time GOP donor

    The donations from an alleged child molester to a political party that promotes itself as a home for family values strikes us as problematic.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Keith Ellison is poor

    A Center for Responsive Politics analysis reveals the representative to be one of the least wealthy congressmen in the country.

  • News

    March 25, 2009

    The T. Boone Pickens alt-energy show rolls across America

    Pickens Plan focuses on using more wind power and natural gas

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Coleman top for donations from financial sector, taking down economy

    norm400.jpg Sen. Norm Coleman is the top incumbent when it comes to donations from the financial sector.

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2008

    IP candidate David Dillon one of top campaign self-funders in the country

    daviddillon.jpg Dillon's campaign is the eighth biggest self-funded in the country based on percentage

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2007

    Online Accountability

    The new website offers easy access to the entire voting records of America's representatives in Washington—something government websites never really managed to do.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2006
  • Blogs

    October 11, 2006

    Free vacation

    The Center for Responsive Politics has put together a new database cataloguing trips taken by members of Congress and their staffs that are paid for by private groups. Rep. Collin Peterson, the moderate Democra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2006

    Minnesota by the Numbers

    So far in the 2006 election cycle, residents in Zip code 55405 have contributed $317,371 to congressional candidates and the soft-money funds that support them.

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2006

    Convention Wisdom

    A D.C.-based money-in-politics watchdog group has just released a comparison of the five metro areas vying to host the '08 national political conventions. Minneapolis/St. Paul is one.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2006

    Wouldn't Mark Kennedy look smashing in something by Isaac Mizrahi?

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    There's a reason that Target's logo is red. Minnesota's favorite housewares emporium enjoys a reputatio ... More >>

  • News

    September 7, 2005

    No Money Down! A Lifetime to Pay!

    Welcome, friend, to the booming field of "subprime" mortgages. Think you can't afford a house? You're probably right, but that won't stop us from putting you in one!

  • News

    January 26, 2005


    To one local bank, a Republican in need is a friend indeed

  • News

    November 3, 2004
  • News

    July 14, 2004

    Checks Without Balances

    McCain-Feingold was supposed to stop the flow of soft money. So what's with all the attack ads?

  • News

    October 8, 2003

    Just Say Eh?

    Republicans learn to love imported Canadian drugs

  • News

    January 30, 2002

    The Devil and Ms. Jansen

    And other tales from our least likely lobbyists

  • News

    June 27, 2001
  • Books

    May 30, 2001

    The Bankruptcy Boom

    With the prospect of tough new rules, Minnesotans file for relief like never before

  • Books

    April 11, 2001

    Gold Rush

    Record profits from political ads have critics crying foul

  • News

    March 4, 1998

    The Player

    From West Bank radical to White House insider, he's remained the most powerful man you've never heard of.

  • News

    December 24, 1997

    Union Jacked

    If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with commercial bankers that credit unions enjoy an unfair advantage, millions of people will pay a lot more for financial services.

  • Feature

    November 5, 1997

    Jokers Wild

    Gambling-rich tribes opposing a casino in Hudson--including the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota and the Mille Lacs Chippewa--hired heavy-hitting lobbyist Patrick O'Connor, who personally spoke to the president about the matter at a fundraiser in Minneapolis.

  • Feature

    October 15, 1997

    High Stakes

    When Minnesota and Wisconsin tribes gave $500,000 to the Democrats, a lobbyist testified, the Democrats listened.

  • Feature

    June 11, 1997

    Logrolling on Capitol Hill

    As evidence of public disgust mounts, Congress and the White House are continuing to stonewall on campaign finance reform

  • Feature

    March 12, 1997
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    October 23, 1996
  • News

    May 22, 1996