This feature offers the day’s most interesting and important story on nonprofits from the world’s media. For a full survey of media coverage of topics relating to nonprofits, philanthropy, volunteering, and civil society, go to the Hauser Center’s news blog, Nonprofit News & Comment.
Once upon a time, the purchase of political influence took the form of envelopes of unmarked currency. Today, more often than not, it involves “donations” to pet charities controlled by politicians. Some of these recipients have no overt political purposes. Many, however, advocate for positions on issues. Since the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizen’s United case two years ago, a variety of nonprofit vehicles. some charitable, some not, have become conduits for individual and corporate funding for political and advocacy purposes. Today’s featured story from ProPublica.com, which offers a campaign finance reading guide, is the first installment of what promises to be a continuously updated collection of books, articles, and other sources on campaign finance — in which nonprofits will surely play major roles.
“Campaign 2012: From Citizens United to Super PACs: A Campaign Finance Reading Guide.” ProPublica. August 20, 2012. With the political conventions and the November election around the corner, we are taking a time-out to assess the state of campaign finance. As we reported last week, dark money nonprofits are outspending all super PACs combined in the presidential campaign thus far. How did we get here? A look at the landmark Citizens United decision and its impact on the 2012 campaign follows. Suggest your best campaign finance reading and resources with #MuckReads on Twitter or in the comments below, and we’ll update this guide with the best.