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Roiled in Partisan Deadlock, FEC Is Failing

Craig Holman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Craig Holman

America is plunging head-long into what will be the most expensive federal election in history, with essentially no cop on the beat to ensure that the election is administered fairly and transparently. This is going to be one messy election.

Christina Wilkie

There Are Lots Of Ways To Get More Women Elected To Office. Just Ask The Rest Of The World.

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

It's Time to End Corruption Complacency

Frank Vogl | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Frank Vogl

There is too great an acceptance of overseas corruption across the foreign policy establishments in our country -- from Congressional committees to the White House, State Department, CIA and Pentagon, to think tanks and the establishment media

Paul Blumenthal

How Jeb Bush Is Thumbing His Nose At Voters With His Super PAC Scheme

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is not running for president yet. Or, at least, that's what he would have everyone believe as he skips ...

Paul Blumenthal

Christine O'Donnell Sued For Allegedly Breaking Campaign Finance Laws In 2010

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission filed suit Monday against former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell for allegedly using cam...

North Korea, Sony, and Ignorance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.27.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given that the vast majority of Americans cannot identify North Korea on a map, or the name of its leader, the very idea that a major film studio would sanction the production of a movie whose plot is based on the assassination of Kim Jong-un is just plain silly.

Why Participation at the Federal Election Commission Matters, Despite the Agency's Dysfunction

J. Gerald Hebert | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
J. Gerald Hebert

Appearing before the FEC and offering testimony, even when some of its commissioners are determined to undermine the campaign finance laws Congress enacted, might look to some like an exercise in futility.

FEC Hunts Political Ghosts On Halloween

Center for Public Integrity | Carrie Levine | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. The Feder...

Why Should the Federal Election Commission Listen to You?

Rick Claypool | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Rick Claypool

You might have noticed our election system is kind of a mess. It wasn't great before the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United ruling -- and it's now so overrun with billionaire-backed sham campaigns and corporate sock puppet groups that it's hard to believe any candidate capable of challenging rule by the One Percent can win.

Michigan Dems File Complaints Regarding GOP Contender's Campaign Contributions

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

The Michigan Democratic Party filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the State of Michigan on Thursday over some questionable contr...

Paul Blumenthal

Supreme Court Bound? The Next Big Campaign Finance Case Set To Pick Up GOP Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just one month after the Supreme Court struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits, Republican Party officials are set to join wh...

Michael McAuliff

Dems: GOP Outrage At IRS Is Really About Rove

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

In McCutcheon, Supreme Court Chose Law over Public Opinion

Andrew Woodman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Andrew Woodman

Political speech is the most important speech and certainly the speech we are most concerned the government will try to shutdown. Without the free exercise of political speech, we lose our basic right to a redress of grievances.

No Justice Roberts, the Internet Can't Do Government's Job

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

We agree with the justices that the Internet can be a powerful tool for transparency. But four years after Citizens United, it's clear that the Internet isn't enough to create transparency. Congress has to enact laws requiring candidates to use it.

FEC Wants Millions in New Cash to Fix Security Woes

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organi...

Zombie Super PACs Face Termination

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal February 27, 2014This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investi...

Do Senators Fear The Internet?

Center For Public Integrity | Rachel Baye | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

Despite millions in potential cost savings to taxpayers, the U.S. Senate has still yet to pass a requirement that it file campaign finance reports ele...

Spending Bill: FEC Budget Still Below 2010 Levels

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal January 14, 2014This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investig...

Hacking attempt draws congressional investigation of FEC

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal January 10, 2014 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan inves...

Stockman Ditching Troubled Campaign Committee

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal January 6, 2014 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan invest...

Audit: FEC Still in 'Significant' Danger of Hacking

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal December 30, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan invest...

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

White House stays mum on troubles with election regulator

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

December 23, 2013This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organiz...

U.S. Businesses Back Tea Party Republicans Following Shutdown

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Business groups waged a fierce lobbying campaign last month to convince Republicans to...

Bitcoins Can't Be Used For Campaign Contributions, FEC Says

AP | JACK GILLUM | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's election regulator says that groups can't receive contributions in the form of Bitcoins, at least for now. The Feder...