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    PACs, Super PACs, and Presidential Candidates

    As of July 14, 2015, 489 candidates filed a Statement of Candidacy (FEC Form 2) to run for President of the United States in 2016.  Here at CleanSlateNow.org, we are now tracking every major candidate, especially their reliance on special interest group money to support their candidacy - both from organizations giving to their official campaign committees and through donations to any affiliated Super PACs.  

    We are also tracking their statements on campaign finance issues, including about the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court in 2010, but only where we can document and link to a published report of the statement or the candidate's own website.  If we are missing information on any of the candidates, and you can help find a public statement by any of the candidates, please email us a link at info@cleanslatenow.org.  

    Here are the major candidates listed in a random order:

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    How Special Interests Buy Influence

    PACs, Super PACs, and Dark Money: these are three of the primary tools used by self-interested individuals and groups to buy access, influence, and ultimately results in our political process. 

    Do you know what these terms mean?  Most people do not, but understanding them is key to understanding how to fix the corruption in our political process.  Below is our summary and a graphic we created to illustrate the key parts of this information. 

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    PAC Money and the Colorado Legislature

    After countless volunteer and staff hours, Clean Slate Now has finally been able to complete our initial analysis of special interest group contributions to the state legislators here in Colorado.

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    Feb 2015 Clean Slate Now Analysis of PAC Money in Congress

    Last year, we published our first look at how much Members of Congress rely on contributions from political action committees (PACs) to fund their campaigns.  Now that the final campaign finance reports from Congress are available from the most recent election cycle, we can provide an update.  These new data suggest some important lessons to be learned by groups working to reduce sources of campaign finance corruption.  

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