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Azerbaijan - Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist

Reporters Without Borders - do, 16/10/2014 - 17:40

The Azerbaijani authorities should immediately lift the travel ban imposed on Khadija Ismayilova and cease all legal proceedings against her. Against the backdrop of the unprecedented crackdown on civil society, Khadija Ismayilova's arrest on criminal defamation charges seems imminent and would confirm the authorities' intent to silence all critical voices in the country.

As part of the International Partnership Group on Azerbaijan (IPGA), APC, ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Index on Censorship, the European Federation of Journalists, Freedom House, Freedom Now, the Human Rights House Foundation, International Media Support, the Media Diversity Institute, PEN International and Reporters without Borders, call on the international community, and in particular Council of Europe member states to immediately and publicly condemn the ongoing harassment and politically motivated criminal charges against Khadija Ismayilova. With the next court hearing taking place on Friday 17 October, at 11.30 in Binagadi district court in Baku, Council of Europe member states should publicly request to attend and send a representative to monitor the hearing.

IPGA members believe that Khadija Ismayilova's attendance at the most recent session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg triggered the latest string of harassment, including a five hour search upon arrival at the airport following her trip, the criminal defamation charges and the imposition of a travel ban.

Those who raise concern about the existence of political prisoners in Azerbaijan at the Council of Europe are themselves specifically targeted by the authorities, and such reprisals are incompatible with international human rights standards the Azerbaijani authorities claim to adhere to," said David Diaz-Jogeix, Director of Programmes of ARTICLE 19.

The ongoing harassment of one of Azerbaijan's most outspoken critics follows an unprecedented wave of arrests of human rights defenders, civic activists and journalists in Azerbaijan who have dared to publicly criticise the authorities. Those who have spoken about the issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan at PACE have been particularly targeted.” said Florian Irminger, Head of Advocacy and Geneva Office at the Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF).

We are deeply concerned by the increasing persecution of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan and, in particular, continued attempts to stifle free expression through intimidation and harassment of journalists like Khadija Ismayilova and Arzu Geybulla. The international community – and especially the Council of Europe of which Azerbaijan is part – needs to speak out loudly and firmly against the crackdown in Azerbaijan,” stated Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship.

"Khadija Ismayilova is one of the most recognized investigation journalists in Azerbaijan. Harassing her is sending a clear signal of intimidation to the entire media profession," Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.

These six human rights defenders, pictured above from left to right here are:

Zohrab Ismayil: forced to leave Azerbaijan, his NGO, Public Association for Assistance to Free Economy, paralysed

Emin Huseynov: unable to work in Azerbaijan, due to legal action against his NGO, Institute for Reporters Freedom of Safety, subject to travel ban

Gulnara Akhundova: forced to leave Azerbaijan, no longer able to represent her NGO, International Media Support from within the country

Rasul Jafarov: in pre-trial detention on politically motivated charges

Intigam Aliyev: in pre-trial detention on politically motivated charges, unable to take his cases at the European Court for Human Rights forward

Rashid Hajili: forced to stop working as human rights defender, his NGO, Media Rights Institute seized operating

The IPGA calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to cease its harassment of Khadija Ismayilova and stop the silencing of its critics through imprisonment and politically motivated legal actions. Member states of the Council of Europe, the main human rights institution in Europe, need to speak up and hold Azerbaijan to account for failing to implement its human rights obligations. With Azerbaijan as chair of its Committee of Ministers until 14 November, the integrity and accountability of the institution is at stake.

For further information about Khadija Ismayilova, also see the recent IPGA report "Azerbaijan – when the truth becomes a lie".

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Azerbaijan - Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist

Reporters Without Borders - do, 16/10/2014 - 17:40

The Azerbaijani authorities should immediately lift the travel ban imposed on Khadija Ismayilova and cease all legal proceedings against her. Against the backdrop of the unprecedented crackdown on civil society, Khadija Ismayilova's arrest on criminal defamation charges seems imminent and would confirm the authorities' intent to silence all critical voices in the country.

As part of the International Partnership Group on Azerbaijan (IPGA), APC, ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Index on Censorship, the European Federation of Journalists, Freedom House, Freedom Now, the Human Rights House Foundation, International Media Support, the Media Diversity Institute, PEN International and Reporters without Borders, call on the international community, and in particular Council of Europe member states to immediately and publicly condemn the ongoing harassment and politically motivated criminal charges against Khadija Ismayilova. With the next court hearing taking place on Friday 17 October, at 11.30 in Binagadi district court in Baku, Council of Europe member states should publicly request to attend and send a representative to monitor the hearing.

IPGA members believe that Khadija Ismayilova's attendance at the most recent session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg triggered the latest string of harassment, including a five hour search upon arrival at the airport following her trip, the criminal defamation charges and the imposition of a travel ban.

Those who raise concern about the existence of political prisoners in Azerbaijan at the Council of Europe are themselves specifically targeted by the authorities, and such reprisals are incompatible with international human rights standards the Azerbaijani authorities claim to adhere to," said David Diaz-Jogeix, Director of Programmes of ARTICLE 19.

The ongoing harassment of one of Azerbaijan's most outspoken critics follows an unprecedented wave of arrests of human rights defenders, civic activists and journalists in Azerbaijan who have dared to publicly criticise the authorities. Those who have spoken about the issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan at PACE have been particularly targeted.” said Florian Irminger, Head of Advocacy and Geneva Office at the Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF).

We are deeply concerned by the increasing persecution of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan and, in particular, continued attempts to stifle free expression through intimidation and harassment of journalists like Khadija Ismayilova and Arzu Geybulla. The international community – and especially the Council of Europe of which Azerbaijan is part – needs to speak out loudly and firmly against the crackdown in Azerbaijan,” stated Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship.

"Khadija Ismayilova is one of the most recognized investigation journalists in Azerbaijan. Harassing her is sending a clear signal of intimidation to the entire media profession," Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.

These six human rights defenders, pictured above from left to right here are:

Zohrab Ismayil: forced to leave Azerbaijan, his NGO, Public Association for Assistance to Free Economy, paralysed

Emin Huseynov: unable to work in Azerbaijan, due to legal action against his NGO, Institute for Reporters Freedom of Safety, subject to travel ban

Gulnara Akhundova: forced to leave Azerbaijan, no longer able to represent her NGO, International Media Support from within the country

Rasul Jafarov: in pre-trial detention on politically motivated charges

Intigam Aliyev: in pre-trial detention on politically motivated charges, unable to take his cases at the European Court for Human Rights forward

Rashid Hajili: forced to stop working as human rights defender, his NGO, Media Rights Institute seized operating

The IPGA calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to cease its harassment of Khadija Ismayilova and stop the silencing of its critics through imprisonment and politically motivated legal actions. Member states of the Council of Europe, the main human rights institution in Europe, need to speak up and hold Azerbaijan to account for failing to implement its human rights obligations. With Azerbaijan as chair of its Committee of Ministers until 14 November, the integrity and accountability of the institution is at stake.

For further information about Khadija Ismayilova, also see the recent IPGA report "Azerbaijan – when the truth becomes a lie".

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Ads in U.S. Senate contests turn nasty

Public Integrity - do, 16/10/2014 - 16:51

Editor’s note: The Center for Public Integrity is tracking political advertising in races for the U.S. Senate and state-level offices. Use these two, interactive features — with new data every Thursday — to see who is calling the shots and where the money is being spent.

Politicians’ battle for the U.S. Senate has taken a turn toward the dark side.

More than seven in 10 U.S. Senate-focused television advertisements last week attacked or criticized a political candidate either in full or in part, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis of preliminary data from Kantar Media/CMAG, an ad tracking firm.

Only about 28 percent of U.S. Senate-focused television advertisements last week contained a “positive” message meant to promote, not attack, a candidate, the data indicates.

That’s even more negativity than the week before, which, percentage-wise, featured marginally more positive-sounding ads. Campaigns seemed downright cheery two months ago, when about 42 percent of U.S. Senate-directed ads featured a positive message during that month’s second week. 

Crown the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee as last week’s ultimate hater.

Not only did it produce more TV ads than any other candidate, political committee or nonprofit group, but all 6,800 or so of them — across 10 battleground states — contained content that overwhelmingly slammed a Republican U.S. Senate candidate rather than promote a Democrat.

About 1,500 negative DSCC ads hit Iowa alone, pummeling Republican Joni Ernst, who’s running in a close race against Democrat Bruce Braley, a sitting congressman.

The candidates largely stayed above the fray and let others play dirty.

The more than 1,500 ads that Ernst’s own campaign ran last week were all positive, while most of the nearly 1,000 ads Braley’s campaign sponsored were similarly sunny. But other groups on both sides of the partisan divide — including conservative super PAC American Crossroads and the liberal Sierra Club — slung mud at either Ernst or Braley.

Nonprofit organization Crossroads GPS ranks tops among conservatives’ negative Nancys with more than 3,500 U.S. Senate-focused attack ads splashed across Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina. The National Republican Senatorial Committee produced about 1,900 demonstrably nasty ads targeting Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa or North Carolina.

But Senate election ugliness smacked Kansas harder than any other state last week, where just 4 percent of TV ads in this tossup race contained a “positive” message that promoted either Republican incumbent Pat Roberts or his independent challenger, Greg Orman.

The rest of the ads either contrasted the candidates in stark terms or outright bashed one of the candidates. Overall, about 3,100 TV ads aired last week in Kansas —an 80 percent increase when compared to the week before, according to the analysis of Kantar Media/CMAG data.

Related: Big money is also being spent in elections for governors, including millions from two national groups funded by billionaires, unions and energy companies.

Neither the campaigns of Roberts or Orman produced a single TV ad with a “positive” tone during the past two weeks. Last week alone, Roberts’ campaign aired about 1,000 TV ads that attacked Orman. Orman’s campaign, for its part, produced about 900 that at least in part criticized Roberts.

Several other key U.S. Senate races were similarly uncivil.

Among the snippiest last week: New Hampshire, where Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen faces Republican Scott Brown (8 percent of TV ads were positive). That wasn’t a downer for WMUR-TV 9, New Hampshire’s only network affiliated station, which aired 830 Senate-focused ads last week — more than any other station nationwide. It also led all stations the week before.

North Carolina’s Senate race, where Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan faces Republican Thom Tillis, wasn’t much more positive than the New Hampshire race: 10 percent of ads there were positive.

Such a scorched-earth strategy isn’t without risk.

“When both sides engage in high levels of attack with little advocacy, voters may decide — a pox on both your houses — to simply stay home,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania who’s work focuses heavily on political communication. “Importantly, voters who know only why to vote against candidates will have trouble seeing the connection between campaigning and governance.”

The most upbeat Senate race last week? The suddenly white-hot South Dakota contest, which attracted more than 1,700 Senate-focused ads last week — the vast majority positive —now that national Democrats and campaign finance reform outfit Mayday PAC have deemed the race in play. Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland, Democrat and independent Larry Pressler are all polling close to one another.

In all, about 66,000 TV ads targeted U.S. Senate races last week. That’s up from about 57,000 the week before.

Republicans must capture six seats to seize control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats.

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Iraq - Confusion about Iraqi journalist's reported death in Mosul

Reporters Without Borders - do, 16/10/2014 - 16:37

Contradictory information has been circulating since 13 October about Mohanad Al-Aqidi, an Iraqi journalist thought to be held by the Jihadi group Islamic State in Mosul (in Nineveh province). Many local media reported on 13 October that Islamic State had killed him. But other sources insisted the next day that he was still alive.

The reports of Mohanad Al-Aqidi's death spread very rapidly in Iraq on 13 October. Several sources in Baghdad and Mosul confirmed his death to Reporters Without Borders and other NGOs and news media, saying Islamic State had shot him several times in the head in Mosul's Al-Ghazlani camp.

The information was also confirmed by a Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesman, a medical centre and a source close to the journalist who does not want to be identified.

They said the body had been given to the family, and that the body bore the marks of torture as well as what appeared to be three gunshot wounds to the head. Local media even expressed outrage that Islamic State had forbidden any mourning ceremony by the family.

However, the next morning, several local media reported that Al-Aqidi's family had denied that he had been killed.

These media said the family had asked news organizations to stop reporting his death in order to not put him in any further danger, as Islamic State is still apparently holding him.

It is currently very hard to get any reliable information from either Iraq or Syria. This example of contradictory information demonstrates the difficulty or even impossibility for journalists to work.

These regions are “news black holes” that block the free flow of information and keep the world in the dark about the reality on the ground in territory controlled by Islamic State. Reporters Without Borders is still trying to establish the fate of several journalists in these occupied regions.

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Iraq - Confusion about Iraqi journalist's reported death in Mosul

Reporters Without Borders - do, 16/10/2014 - 16:37

Contradictory information has been circulating since 13 October about Mohanad Al-Aqidi, an Iraqi journalist thought to be held by the Jihadi group Islamic State in Mosul (in Nineveh province). Many local media reported on 13 October that Islamic State had killed him. But other sources insisted the next day that he was still alive.

The reports of Mohanad Al-Aqidi's death spread very rapidly in Iraq on 13 October. Several sources in Baghdad and Mosul confirmed his death to Reporters Without Borders and other NGOs and news media, saying Islamic State had shot him several times in the head in Mosul's Al-Ghazlani camp.

The information was also confirmed by a Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesman, a medical centre and a source close to the journalist who does not want to be identified.

They said the body had been given to the family, and that the body bore the marks of torture as well as what appeared to be three gunshot wounds to the head. Local media even expressed outrage that Islamic State had forbidden any mourning ceremony by the family.

However, the next morning, several local media reported that Al-Aqidi's family had denied that he had been killed.

These media said the family had asked news organizations to stop reporting his death in order to not put him in any further danger, as Islamic State is still apparently holding him.

It is currently very hard to get any reliable information from either Iraq or Syria. This example of contradictory information demonstrates the difficulty or even impossibility for journalists to work.

These regions are “news black holes” that block the free flow of information and keep the world in the dark about the reality on the ground in territory controlled by Islamic State. Reporters Without Borders is still trying to establish the fate of several journalists in these occupied regions.

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NVJ-leden kunnen artikelen gratis delen

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 16/10/2014 - 16:17
NVJ-leden kunnen vanaf vandaag betaalde artikelen op Villamedia.nl gratis delen met hun vrienden op Facebook en volgers op Twitter. Boven het artikel komt dan de naam te staan van de persoon die het stuk deelt. NVJ-leden dienen daarvoor in…
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De ‘onschuldige’ VMO van Bob Maes

Apache.be - do, 16/10/2014 - 15:46
Bomaanslagen, traangasgranaten in woningen, knokpartijen, gewelddadige acties tegen politieke tegenstanders, herdenkingen van Oostfrontstrijders, ... Hoe onschuldig was de VMO in de tijd van Bob Maes? Apache.be frist het geheugen even op. Onder meer met enkele sprekende citaten van historicus Bart De Wever uit de Nieuwe Vlaamse Encyclopedie van de Vlaamse Beweging.
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ABC: Mirror and Indy see strong growth in September

Journalism.co.uk - do, 16/10/2014 - 15:26
Mirror Group Nationals reports year-on-year growth in traffic of 145 per cent, and The Independent passes the 50 million mark as i100 is almost three months old
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‘Edities hebben te weinig eigen nieuws’

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 16/10/2014 - 14:53
Editieredacties van regionale dagbladen hebben te weinig eigen nieuws en invalshoeken en staan te ver van hun eigen lezers. Dat concludeert communicatiewetenschapper en oud-journalist Kees Buijs in het proefschrift Regiojournalistiek in spagaat,…
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TPP bedreigt onderzoeksjournalistiek

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 16/10/2014 - 14:45
Het Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is een nieuw internationaal vrijhandelsverdrag waar diverse landen over onderhandelen. De Europese Unie doet niet mee aan TPP, vermoedelijk omdat een variant op zo’n verdrag, het Anti-Counterfeiting…
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Google verwijdert 40 procent verzoeken

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 16/10/2014 - 14:26
Nederlanders die Google vragen verwijzingen naar artikelen over henzelf te verwijderen, hebben in 40 procent van de gevallen succes. Van de bijna 9200 verwijderingsverzoeken die Google de afgelopen maanden vanuit Nederland heeft ontvangen, zijn er…
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Volkskrant derde krant in Myjour

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 16/10/2014 - 13:56
Na De Telegraaf en NRC Handelsblad biedt ook de Volkskrant sinds vandaag losse artikelen aan via Myjour. De Volkskrant is daarmee de derde krant die naast Blendle ook in Myjour te koop is. Dat meldt de digitale kiosk in een persbericht. Naast de Volkskrant…
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Hallo iedereen, mijn naam is Felix en ik ben boos

Apache.be - do, 16/10/2014 - 13:03
Waarom ik boos ben zal ik, indien u verder wenst te lezen, in furieuze vorm en heerlijk onsamenhangend uit de doeken doen. Zullen er mensen zijn die, met het tegenargument dat ik niet over alle feiten beschik, mijn boosheid als ongefundeerd en dus irrelevant afschilderen? Ongetwijfeld! Zullen er mensen zijn die mijn jeugd (22 jaar)
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Bosman zendermanager NPO Radio 2 & 5

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 16/10/2014 - 12:52
De Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) heeft Jurre Bosman officieel benoemd tot zendermanager van NPO Radio 2 en NPO Radio 5 Nostalgia. De benoeming gaat in per 1 januari 2015, maar Bosman neemt de functie al sinds 1 oktober waar. Directeur Radio Jan…
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BuzzFeed: Why publishers should avoid 'siloing' content

Journalism.co.uk - do, 16/10/2014 - 12:43
News outlets should understand that readers who enjoy "smart topics" such as politics can still find humour in a "funny dog", said BuzzFeed's Will Hayward
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BBC ontsluit omvangrijk gids-archief

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 16/10/2014 - 12:35
De BBC heeft een website voor het grote publiek gelanceerd waarmee is te bladeren in historische edities van radio- en televisiegids Radio Times. Het gaat bij het BBC Genome Project om materiaal dat tussen…
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CvdM onderzoekt bonus L1-directeur

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 16/10/2014 - 11:33
Het Commissariaat voor de Media (CvdM) gaat een bonus die de directeur van de regionale omroep L1 heeft ontvangen onderzoeken. Dat meldt de Volkskrant.…
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NPO-programma’s populair in Azië

Villamedia Nieuws - do, 16/10/2014 - 11:32
De NPO verkoopt steeds meer programma’s aan Aziatische landen. Vooral in China zijn de documentaires en jeugdprogramma’s van de Nederlandse Publieke Omroep populair. Dat meldt de NPO in een persbericht. Vooral VPRO’s Tegenlicht gooit hoge ogen,…
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Bloomberg helps Democratic governors' group close gap on Republicans

Public Integrity - do, 16/10/2014 - 11:12

Editor’s note: The Center for Public Integrity is tracking political advertising in races for the U.S. Senate and state-level offices. Use these two, interactive features — with new data every Thursday — to see who is calling the shots and where the money is being spent.

A national Republican group devoted to helping elect GOP governors has outraised its Democratic counterpart by more than $20 million in the first nine months of this year, but reports filed Wednesday with the Internal Revenue Service show that the gap is narrowing.

Though the Republican Governors Association raised about $68 million through the end of September, the Democratic Governors Association has been catching up with a record haul of more than $45 million, fueled by labor unions and former New York City mayor, billionaire and political independent, Michael Bloomberg.

The groups were neck-and-neck in the most recent quarter, with the Democrats only a half-million shy of the Republican group, which counts energy companies and billionaires David Koch and Sheldon Adelson among its top donors.

Battling over 36 governorships up for election this year, the two Washington, D.C.,-based groups have used those donations to go head-to-head on the airwaves, contribute directly to candidates and fund other political groups.

They spend in their own names and through a network of subsidiaries, with names such as Right Direction on the Republican side and Jobs and Opportunity on the Democratic side.

On television alone, the groups and their state branches account for nearly one-third of all television spending by independent groups in state-level races.

The Republican group has used its fundraising edge to purchase an estimated $19.7 million in television ads in 16 states through Oct. 13, more than any other non-party group in the country, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of preliminary data from media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG.

The Democratic Governors Association has been the second-leading independent group, buying an estimated $12.3 million worth of ads in five states.

The Republican spending spree has been backed by multimillion-dollar donations in 2014 from a who’s who of Republican political donors.

Industrialist Koch, casino magnate Adelson and the private equity firm of 5-Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava each contributed $2.5 million through the end of September to the Republican Governors Association.

Private equity head Mike Shannon and his wife, Mary Sue, along with hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin round out the group’s top five donors, at $2 million from the Shannons and $1.5 million from Griffin. Two energy companies, Devon Energy, at $900,000, and Duke Energy, at $775,000, are among the Republican group’s top 10 donors overall.

The top five donors to the Democratic group are all labor unions. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, has given $3.7 million to the Democratic governors’ group this year, while the country’s two largest teachers unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, and their related political groups, have been the second- and third-largest donors, giving $2.8 million and $2.5 million, respectively. The Service Employees International Union and United Commercial Workers International Union each has given more than $2 million.

The unions have helped narrow the gap between the two political groups, especially in the final months leading up to the election. In 2010, the last time this many governors faced election, the Republican group held a $32.5 million fundraising advantage through the same period.

The biggest individual donor to the Democratic Governors Association is Bloomberg, who gave $1.1 million in September. It appears to be the first time he has contributed to either organization.

Bloomberg, a Democrat turned Republican turned independent, has also contributed nearly $7 million to Independence USA PAC, a super PAC active at both the federal and state levels that supports centrist candidates.

But the super PAC’s spending appears to be at cross-purposes with Bloomberg’s support of the Democratic governors’ group.

So far, the Independence USA PAC has spent more than $750,000 on TV ads supporting Rick Snyder, Michigan’s incumbent Republican governor. Meanwhile, aided by Bloomberg’s donation, the Democratic Governors Association has spent $7.2 million on ads mostly critical of Snyder.

The governors’ groups are what are known as 527s, tax-exempt organizations named for the IRS code they fall under, which can accept unlimited amounts of money from individuals, corporations and unions.

Both groups, which have been in existence for more than a decade, got a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which, in conjunction with related federal rulings, removed restrictions on political spending by corporations and unions, and forced 24 states to revise their campaign finance rules.

Overall, independent groups have accounted for more than 20 percent of the estimated $495.4 million in spending on state- level races so far. That represents an increase compared to 2010, in which non-candidate and non-party groups accounted for only 12 percent of the $921.3 million spent.

Related: Big money is being spent in U.S. Senate elections, where the battle has turned negative

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Gubernatorial hopefuls outspend U.S. Senate candidates

Public Integrity - do, 16/10/2014 - 11:00

With less than three weeks to go until the Nov. 4 elections, roughly $817 million has already been spent on television ads for state-level office and the U.S. Senate. Here are some facts about the ad wars:

  • While the same number of governorships and U.S. Senate seats are up for election (36), spending on gubernatorial races has outpaced the Senate tab by well over $50 million. An estimated $379 million has been spent on governors’ race ads while $321 million has been spent on ads for U.S. Senate races.
     
  • The governors’ races in Florida and Illinois are more expensive than any race, federal or state, thus far. A big buy in the Senate race in North Carolina has bumped it to third place, surpassing the Pennsylvania governor’s contest.
     
  • Although the Florida governor’s race is the most expensive in the nation with more than $62 million put toward television ads, it would take another $35 million between now and the election to match the 2010 contest.
     
  • Both major party candidates in the Illinois governor’s race are the top two candidate spenders. Republican Bruce Rauner has spent nearly $9 million more on ads than Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, with Rauner's total reaching $25 million.
     
  • Eight of the 10 candidates spending the most on TV ads are running for governor. The two exceptions are Senate candidates and incumbents Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who rank eighth and ninth, respectively.

Want to know more? Explore our findings with our ad trackers for state-level offices and the U.S. Senate.

Source: Center for Public Integrity analysis of preliminary data through Oct. 13 from Kantar Media/CMAG

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