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In First Post-McCutcheon Presidential Election, More Big Donors, Giving More

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Some donors have taken advantage of unlimited aggregate contributions to give more cash than they ever could before.

Clinton's List Of Bundlers Shorter Than Obama's, And She's Disclosing Less

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Hillary Clinton's record of bundlers contains some familiar names -- though it's not nearly as long as President Barack Obama's list was at this point in 2012.

Jeb Bush Will Disclose Campaign Bundlers, But There's a Catch

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON --Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Thursday will release the names of bundlers raising money for his campaign, making him the ...

Hillary Clinton Becomes First 2016 Candidate To Release Bundler Names

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released the names of 159 campaign bundlers on Wednesday, the first 2016 contender to ...

Republican Presidential Candidates To Disclose Bundlers For First Time Since 2008

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the first time since 2008, two Republican presidential candidates will publicly disclose the names of campaign bundlers raising mone...

Paul Blumenthal

Hillary Clinton Relies On Her '08 Donors In Early Campaign Days | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the nearly three months since announcing her presidential bid, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has leaned heavily on her pa...

The $2.5 Billion Candidate X 2

Richard Walden | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Richard Walden

Former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said about pornography: "I can't define it but I know it when I see it." Surely this kind of political spending has become an obscenity.

Paul Blumenthal

You Didn't Pay Attention To Money In Politics In 2013, So We Boiled Down The Whole Year For You | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The year after a presidential election, fewer people focus on campaign finance issues, but 2013 was well worth your attention. There wer...

Soap Opera Producer Tapped for Top Diplomatic Post

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

President Barack Obama has nominated one of his top fundraisers in Hollywood to be the next U.S. ambassador to Hungary, the White House announced Wednesday night.

Paul Blumenthal

Liz Cheney, Mike Enzi Running For Wyoming Senate With Little Support From Wyoming | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two different fundraising strategies are emerging in the increasingly bitter Republican primary battle for a Wyoming U.S. Senate seat be...

Obama Taps Goldman Sachs Executive as Ambassador to Canada

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

A veteran Goldman Sachs & Co. executive and major fundraiser for President Barack Obama has been nominated as the next ambassador to Canada -- the latest in a parade of big-dollar campaign backers slated to represent U.S. interests abroad.

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy? We Could Do Worse

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Aside from the lack of language skills, Kennedy is a much better choice than most campaign bundlers who get plush ambassadorial posts for no other reason than having fundraised for the winning presidential candidate.

Paul Blumenthal

Lobbyists Boost Romney Campaign | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Washington lobbyists helped the campaign of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by raising nearly $9 million from July through...

Mitt Romney, Wall Street Money and the Housing Crisis: For the Captors, Not the Rescuers

Dan Petegorsky | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Dan Petegorsky

Voters as well as reporters covering the campaign need to challenge the candidate to provide much more information and many more answers than he's given to date. Otherwise we're left to conclude that he's essentially a shill for the very greediest.

Better Know a Bundler, Part 2: Romney's Personal Predatory Lender

Dan Petegorsky | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Dan Petegorsky

One of Mitt Romney's biggest bundlers makes money representing predatory lenders and fraudulent mortgage servicers who want to prevent Congress from curtailing their corrupt practices. What would Romney do?

Billionaire Dispatches from the Convention, Day 1

Clifford J. Tasner | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Clifford J. Tasner

Felonius Ax of the Billionaires here, reporting from Tampa: So they're postponing the opening of the Republican Convention due to extreme weather. All of us big bundlers are hunkering down at the Weston Tampa Harbor Island Hotel.

Romney Has Not Disclosed His Campaign Bundlers -- There Oughta Be a Law Requiring It

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 10.16.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Now that there is precedent, future presidential candidates may, like Romney, decide to keep secret the identity of their major funders.

Paul Blumenthal

Washington Lobbyists Embrace Romney | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney opened up numerous lines of attacks in July on President Barack Obama for playing the inside Washington game by cutting deal...

Paul Blumenthal

Presidential Rivals Gained From Banks In Libor Probe | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four years after the financial meltdown and despite a steady stream of increasingly disturbing scandals, the financial sector remains th...

Howard Fineman

Key Obama 2008 Fundraising Bundlers Missing This Time, Enjoying Ambassadorships | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- In politics, as in life, no good deed goes unpunished. Just ask President Barack Obama. Facing a tidal wave super PAC spending fro...

Obama's bundler total exceeds $74 million

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Aaron Mehta, Fred Schulte and Elizabeth Lucas, iWatch NewsPresident Barack Obama's campaign added 90 new big-money bundlers in the fourth quarter, ...

Half of GOP's biggest bundlers still aren't backing a presidential candidate

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Fred Schulte and Peter H. Stone, iWatch NewsFor the last three presidential elections, mega bundler Rudy Boschwitz has helped raise millions of dol...

Millionaires Far More Likely To Contact Congress, Study Says

The Huffington Post | Jordan Howard | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

People with a median wealth of at least $7.5 million are far more likely to have contacted their member of Congress than the average person, a new stu...

Paul Blumenthal

Romney Lines Up GOP's Big-Money Bundlers | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads the crucial race for big-money fundraisers in the Republican presidential primary. Since Apr...

Paul Blumenthal

Obama's Top Wall St. Fundraiser Under Investigation | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of the bankruptcy of MF Global, the broker-dealer firm headed by former Democratic politician and current fundraiser Jon Cor...