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FEC Challenged Again To Find Coordination In Current Campaigns

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 10.07.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

New allegations that a pro-Hillary Clinton outside spending group and two that are backing Donald Trump have illegally coordinated with the candidates' campaigns are refocusing attention on a concept that regulators have never quite nailed down.

Voter Suppression Is Happening Everywhere. This Institute Is Trying To Stop It.

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

A Texas county with an infamous history of racial discrimination decided in December to reduce its number of early voting sites from eight locations t...

Political Advertising Is About To Become A Lot More Transparent

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to expand a political advertising transparency rule to cover cable a...

Information You Need to Make Up Your Own Mind

Meredith McGehee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

As things stand now, the burden is on you to figure out who is funding the ads inundating your television and attempting to influence your vote, despite long-standing laws and regulations that clearly state that broadcasters have an obligation to ascertain the "true sponsor" of the ads they run on those airwaves.

Michael McAuliff

Dems: GOP Outrage At IRS Is Really About Rove | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican efforts to punish the Internal Revenue Service for its alleged partisan targeting of political social welfare groups may have...

Tea Party Favorite's Questionable Car Wreck

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics

Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) may have violated federal campaign finance law for using a car owned by his 2012 U.S. Senate campaign during his ...

Paul Blumenthal

Watchdogs Demand Probe Of Donors Who Gave Too Much | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two campaign finance watchdogs have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission asking for an investigation into potential vi...

Ryan J. Reilly

Elections Officials Combat 'Perception' Of Voter Fraud | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The perception that America's electoral system is rife with voter fraud presents a challenge for elections officials, several secretarie...

Watchdogs Urge Action On Rove Group

ProPublica | Posted 01.03.2013 | Politics

By Justin Elliott ProPublica, Jan. 2, 2013, 5:43 p.m.Two watchdog groups are calling on the IRS to reject Crossroads GPS' request to be recognized a...

Can $250,000 buy a senator?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael BeckeliWatch NewsIn the aftermath of Tuesday's Republican U.S. Senate primary in Nebraska, campaign finance watchdogs are concerned about t...

Paul Blumenthal

What Obama Can Do To Fix 'National Campaign Finance Scandal' | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has been criticized before for failing to live up to promises made in his 2008 campaign on such issues as pharmac...

Dan Froomkin

Candidate-Specific Super PACs Offer End Run For Maxed-Out Donors: Study | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Further indicating that candidate-specific super PACs are being used to end-run traditional campaign contribution limits, a new analysis...

Dan Froomkin

Right Under Their Noses: Political Groups Are Flouting IRS Rules To Keep Donors Secret, Reformers Say | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

Good-government advocates on Wednesday asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate four groups they say are blatantly flouting the law by claimi...

Dan Froomkin

Colbert Request to FEC Goes Too Far, Reform Groups Warn | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The campaign finance reform community is by and large cheering on Stephen Colbert's pursuit of a Super PAC, seeing it as an inspired way...

Dan Froomkin

Is The Republican Super PAC Illegal? | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican officials beware! Two good-government groups are warning that GOP politicians will be violating federal law if they solicit u...

Coming Soon to a Democracy Near You ...

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Depending on the outcome of a special Supreme Court hearing, Hillary: The Movie could unleash a new torrent of cash flooding into campaigns from big business.