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Common Cause Files Campaign Complaint Over Trump Finance 'Sleight Of Hand'

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 03.03.2017 | Politics

The Campaign Legal Center and Common Cause have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, accusing Donald Trump of filing false campaign...

Campaign Regulators Say Thornton Firm Violated State Law; Federal Grand Jury Continues Probe

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 03.06.2017 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

by Andrea Estes and Viveca Novak A version of this story was cross-posted with The Boston Globe. State campaign finance officials plan to ask Massac...

Trump Administration Sets Off Alarm Bells By Pulling Nominees To Regulatory Commissions

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 03.01.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration has begun pulling pending nominees from various federal commissions in a manner that has left Hill Democrats c...

Democratic Member Quitting Federal Election Commission: Report

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.19.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - A Democrat who sits on the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) is planning to resign before her term expires amid fr...

The Johnson Amendment? Please Consider These Facts, Mr. President.

Steven Mele | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Steven Mele

President Trump, I read in your remarks from the Prayer Breakfast on February 2, 2017 that you plan to “get rid of, and totally destroy, the Johnson...

Elizabeth Warren Announces Re-Election Run For 2018

The Huffington Post | Hayley Miller | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced she will run for re-election in 2018. The outspoken populist-progressive and fierce advocate for campaign fi...

The Federal Commission Should Cancel The Third Debate

Georges Ugeux | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

Since well before the Roman Empire, "bread and circus" were the core of the ability of emperor to keep the people happy and remain in power.

Gary Johnson Changes Name To 'None Of The Above' To Improve Chances Of Winning Presidential Election

Christopher Lamb | Posted 09.22.2016 | Comedy
Christopher Lamb

The Commission on Presidential Debates said candidates had to be polling at least 15 percent in national polls. The commission said that Johnson was at 8 percent.

Our Perry Story Misfired. Here's Why.

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Yesterday morning, we published a story saying that Jeffrey Miller, campaign manager of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 2016 presidential campaign and the director of his leadership PAC, received nearly half the money spent by those organizations. Yesterday afternoon, we pulled the story.

FEC Analysis: Trump Campaign Dwarfed By Clinton's Well-Oiled Juggernaut

Politico | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics

At the outset of the general election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign looks like a well-oiled juggernaut next to Donald Trump’s vastly smaller, self-f...

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.

Right-Wing Media Help Discredited Anti-Obama Filmmaker Cry Persecution

Terry Krepel | Posted 04.14.2016 | Media
Terry Krepel

The headline claim of Gilbert's film is that Barack Obama's real father is, in Corsi's words, "the late Communist Party USA propagandist Frank Marshall Davis." That's an argument so fallacious that even the far-right website American Thinker shot that down, dismissing Gilbert as a "hoaxster."

Suckers on April Fools' Day

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The hostile takeover of our democracy by giant corporations and the super-rich is no Aprils Fools' prank. If we don't want to be the suckers on the wrong end of a rigged political and economic system, we have to build a powerful social movement.

Marco Rubio's Surprising 3-Word Answer About Money in Politics

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 03.11.2017 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

"If you could change one thing about the campaign finance system after going through all this as a candidate, what would you change?," asked Todd. "I don't know," said Sen. Rubio. Really?

Sanders Facing Attack by unPAC USA

Jeff Norman | Posted 02.18.2017 | Politics
Jeff Norman

The notion of limiting what can be spent on influence is preposterous and infeasible in so many ways that the average person, who hasn't given the issue a lot of thought, is unlikely to grasp.

Unhappy Anniversary, Democracy... But Together We Can​ Fix You

Sen. Tom Udall | Posted 01.22.2017 | Politics
Sen. Tom Udall

Six years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court created a Wild West of campaign finance regulations. With their decision in Citizens United, five justices set the stage for a flood of secret special interest money trying to buy elections nationwide.

Solutions to the Influence of Big Money in Politics: Heeding President Obama's Call

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 01.15.2017 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

President Obama's valedictory State of the Union last week brimmed with optimism. Refraining from a traditional laundry list of policy proposals, he stayed rooted in big themes about America, our future and the challenges ahead. He spoke eloquently about how our democracy is built upon "voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love."

A Super PAC Was Actually Fined For Breaking The Rules

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission last month fined a super PAC for illegally re-airing a commercial in 2012 that had been produced by Mitt...

American Political Culture Explains Why Trump Is Still Strong

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.02.2016 | Entertainment
Daniel Wagner

Why do Republican voters seem to naturally gravitate to celebrities -- most of whom are, shall we say, 'short' on actual knowledge about politics, legislative issues, and global affairs?

FEC Deadlocks On Whether Candidates Can Coordinate With Their Own Super PACs

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A request to relax limits on coordination between candidates and super PACs left the Federal Election Commission divided and, at times, ...

Why Donald Trump's Instagram Ads Don't Have That Disclaimer

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.01.2015 | Entertainment

This is no "act of love" as Jeb Bush said... A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:16am PDT WASHINGTON -- In his ...

'Deez Nuts' And 'Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks' Are Running For President, Because Why Not

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It’s getting hard to keep up with who’s running for president. No, we’re not talking about the ballooning GOP field, which contai...

The Trump Phenomenon and U.S. Political Culture

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

The only things that really matter in Republican politics today are name recognition, a degree of celebrity, and the ability to make outrageous statements that appeal to a minority of voters.

I'm With Stupid: Presenting the Stupid Party Candidate for President

Todd Hartley | Posted 06.19.2016 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

With your help, I may not be able to win the Oval Office, but I can tell fart jokes during the debates and possibly move the conversation in a more fun direction.

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...