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Dem Senator Retiring With Millions In Unspent Funds

AP | MATT VOLZ | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

HELENA, Mont. -- Sen. Max Baucus' decision not to run for re-election in 2014 leaves the Montana Democrat with more than $4.8 million in campaign mone...

Second Bachmann Staffer Breaks Silence

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics

Andy Parrish, Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) former chief of staff, is stepping forward to confirm allegations that Bachmann's campaign made improp...

Meehan stockpiling cash for future political run?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal April 17, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investiga...

GOP senators urge FCC to avoid new disclosure rules

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael Beckel April 11, 2013This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigat...

Paul Blumenthal

Will Karl Rove Have To Disclose His Donors? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the third time, the Federal Election Commission has sent a letter to Crossroads GPS, the "dark money" nonprofit founded by Karl Rove...

Sarah Palin's Big Embarrassment

The Daily Beast | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Sarah Palin attempted to relaunch her political career and her political action committee, SarahPAC, on Thursday with a Web video called “Loaded for...

Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Decision 'Must Be Reversed'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday, aimed at reversing the Supreme Court's ruli...

'Pay-to-Play' Corruption: Chevron, Campaign Contributions and Government Contracts

Craig Holman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Craig Holman

At the height of the 2012 elections, Chevron Corp. gave an unprecedented $2.5 million campaign contribution to a super PAC intimately tied to House Speaker John Boehner. The problem: Chevron Corp. is a government contractor.

A Good Start on Voting Reform, But Let's Get On With It

Bob Edgar | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Desiline Victor's story and others like it make a powerful case for congressional action to retain and strengthen the EAC and should drive the work of state legislators and the president's new commission as well.

Dear Mr. President: For Real Progress, We Must Break the Power of Big Money

Bob Edgar | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The 2012 elections showed just how broken our elections are, with millions discouraged from voting due to antiquated registration laws, voter intimidation and misinformation, and the manipulation of voting laws for political gain.

Cory Booker Puts His Hat In The Ring

Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

BY GEOFF MULVIHILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS Newark Mayor Cory Booker has filed paperwork allowing him to raise money to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, s...

Obama Campaign Slapped With Huge Fine For 2008 Violations

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related ...

Paul Blumenthal

FEC Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly To Resign | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Cynthia Bauerly, one of six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission, handed in her resignation on Friday and will officially le...

Strengthening the Right to Vote

David Orr | Posted 02.18.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

Prompted by the long waits President Obama criticized in his victory speech on November 6, the Senate is now the official arbiter of dozens of election reform proposals.

Super-PAC Cash Still Flowing To Consultants

Bloomberg | Julie Bykowicz | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

More than five months after Newt Gingrich dropped out of the Republican presidential primary, the founder of the super-political action committee back...

What We Learned: 10 Lessons From the Campaign Brought to You by Citizens United

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

For the candidates, it's all over except for the voting, but for those of us who follow money in politics, it will take months to close the books on what will be the most expensive election in history.

Christina Wilkie

Walmart Heir Accused Of Illegal Political Donations | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.02.2012 | Business

An advocacy group on Friday filed a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint alleging that Walmart heir Jim Walton violated campaign finance laws b...

GOP Candidate Accused Of Misusing Private Plane

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

State Democrats are accusing the campaign of Rep. Rick Berg, the Republican candidate for North Dakota's U.S. Senate seat, of not properly paying for ...

Leading the Federal Election Commission: An interview with Chairman Caroline Hunter

Tom Fox | Posted 12.19.2012 | DC
Tom Fox

The FEC offers public disclosure of certain campaign finance activity. A campaign typically files with us monthly, and they file everything: receipts, disbursements, and every dime they've raised or spent.

The Super-Rich Behind America's Super PACs

Reuters | Posted 11.20.2012 | Business

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests a...

Paul Blumenthal

Good News For Koch, Rove Secret Money Groups | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An appeals court Tuesday overturned a ruling issued earlier this year that required independent groups spending money in elections to di...

The Abandonment of the Election Assistance Commission

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

While the embarrassing debacle of the 2000 election may seem like a distant memory to some, the unfortunate reality is an encore may be on our doorstep.

Convention Party Irony

Craig Holman | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Craig Holman

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngToday, private funds far outpace the public grant -- and we know from previous conventions that nearly all of this money comes from companies that have business with the federal government.

The Federal Election Act Is Still the Law of the Land

C. Leonard Gordon | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
C. Leonard Gordon

The Citizens United case doesn't say what everyone says it does. We are behaving as if the case opened floodgates to unlimited spending on elections not previously allowed, and it does nothing of the sort.

Mistake Gives Rove Group An Opening

The Los Angeles Times | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

A hard-hitting new TV spot by the conservative advocacy group Crossroads GPS is scheduled to air within 30 days before the Democratic National Convent...