Updates / Campaign Finance


By / 6.7.2019

Few jobs in politics might be tougher than to be a moderate member of Congress. Moderates typically hail from competitive districts, which means they enter office with targets on their backs from an opposition eager to wrest away their seats. And unlike their colleagues in safely blue or red seats, they must juggle the concerns […]

By / 12.19.2017

It’s been a surreal political year, but PPI has much to celebrate this holiday season. Throughout 2017, we expanded our productive capacity and the scope of our political and media outreach significantly. For example, PPI organized 150 meetings with prominent elected officials; visited 10 state capitals and 10 foreign capitals, published an influential book and […]

By / 7.27.2012

The last week has continued the earlier pattern of daily fireworks in the presidential contest (excepting a brief pause in hostilities immediately after the Aurora massacre), but little if any significant movement in the polls. As anyone near a battleground state television can attest, the Obama campaign (and the Priorities USA super PAC) has continued […]

By / 6.15.2012

June 5 represented the rare moment when a down-ballot contest almost completely eclipsed the presidential race, with the Wisconsin recall election blotting out the sun for several days. As you know by now, Scott Walker survived the recall effort by a solid 53-46 margin. Democrats did manage to recall a Republican state senator, and achieve […]

By / 5.18.2012

This week’s major down-ballot contest was in Nebraska’s Republican Senate primary, where State Senator Deb Fischer came from far behind to beat the long-time front-runner, Attorney General Jon Bruning, along with “movement conservative” favorite, State Treasurer Don Stenberg. Despite some media treatment of the outcome as another “conservative insurgent” victory over an “establishment moderate,” it’s […]

By / 2.22.2012

The GOP nomination contest has entered its most critical two-week period yet, with primaries in Michigan and Arizona on February 28; the Washington caucuses on March 3, and then the eleven-state extravaganza of Super Tuesday, March 6. With Rick Santorum now holding a steady lead over Mitt Romney in national polls of Republicans, it is […]

By / 2.1.2012

As the recent events in Florida demonstrate, a week is still a lifetime in politics. Coming out of the South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney’s campaign was in significant disarray; Newt Gingrich seemed to have emerged as the long-awaited “conservative alternative to Romney,” with a path to the nomination, a positive and negative message that seemed […]

IDEA #1: Scraping regulatory barnacles off the economy—A Regulatory Improvement Commission In our policy brief, “Reviving Jobs and Innovation: A Progressive approach to Improving Regulation,” we describe how such a Commission could work. Neither Congress nor the executive branch currently has an efficient, streamlined process for eliminating outdated regulations that stifle innovation and growth. The […]

By / 1.11.2012

After a campaign often described as “boring,” a New Hampshire Republican electorate showing no great signs of excitement performed its expected duty on January 10, giving Mitt Romney a solid win and making it increasingly difficult to see a path to the nomination for anyone else. Romney’s 39 percent of the vote in New Hampshire […]

By / 12.13.2011

The end of the calendar year always means an assortment of “temporary” policies are approaching expiration, including some (e.g., upward revision of reimbursement rates for Medicare providers, and a “patch” to avoid imposition of the Alternative Minimum Tax on new classes of taxpayers) that happen every year. And then there are other expiring provisions central […]