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Scam PACs Drawing FEC attention

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

The Federal Election Commission is raising questions about reports filed by the biggest super PAC associated with Scott B. Mackenzie, who's listed as the treasurer of more than two dozen PACs.

Harry Reid Makes Disturbing Request

Cameron Fegers | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics
Cameron Fegers

In the post-Citizens United era, where campaign fundraising involves pandering to corporate lobbyists and wealthy, special interests, requests like Reid's -- someone who is viewed as a leader in the Democratic party -- only further the appearance of corruption in our democracy.

Paul Blumenthal

Federal Election Commissioners Welcome Each Other's Hate | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nobody thought the monthly meeting held Thursday by the Federal Election Commission would turn one commissioner to ponder the existentia...

Christina Wilkie

There Are Lots Of Ways To Get More Women Elected To Office. Just Ask The Rest Of The World. | Christina Wilkie | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even as Hillary Clinton solidifies her grasp on her party’s nomination for president, women remain dramatically underrepresented in Am...

New FEC Chief Vows To Go After Secretive Campaign Spending

Center For Public Integrity | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washingto...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Used Twitter, Too, To Coordinate With Outside Groups | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican Party committees and outside groups shared polling data over Twitter during the 2014 elections, according to a CNN report on ...

Paul Blumenthal

Revealed: Gap Founders Among Corporate Titans Behind California's 'Dark Money' Controversy | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Well-known corporate chiefs funded illegal "dark money" contributions to groups in the Koch brothers' political network that were involv...

Paul Blumenthal

Major Settlement Reached In 'Dark Money' Case | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- California's Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday will announce a settlement in its probe into an $11 million contribution ma...

Federal Election Commission Gets New Blood

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

President Barack Obama is no longer the only president who hasn't successfully appointed someone to the Federal Election Commission.

FEC Nominees Win Rules Committee Endorsement

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

President Barack Obama's two nominees to the Federal Election Commission -- an agency rife with ideological discord and often gridlocked on key issues before it -- today won unanimous approval from the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Manages Confirmation Hearing With Little Rancor | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two nominees to the Federal Election Commission testified before the Senate Rules and Administration Committee on Wednesday in a short h...

Ms. Ravel and Mr. Goodman Go to Washington?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Many of you may be asking what the FEC does. Great question. I have a short answer for you: virtually nothing. One of the problems with the FEC is that it is set up to allow for partisan deadlock.

Paul Blumenthal

Obama Finally Announces New Nominees At Key Agency | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday announced the nomination of Ann Ravel and Lee E. Goodman to fill two commissioner seats at the Federal ...

New Gift Regulations for California, Finally

Jessica Levinson | Posted 01.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

Just in time for the holidays Californians may receive a present from the state's political watchdog agency -- new rules for public officials concerning the acceptance and disclosure gifts.

Kinde Durkee's Alleged Fraud Continues to Take Its Toll on California Politicians

Jessica Levinson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

The effects of the stunning fall from grace and subsequent arrest on September 2nd of veteran campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee continue to ripple throughout the California political community.