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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...

Dan Froomkin

Disclosure For Kochs, Rove Comes Closer | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most consequential campaign finance loopholes affecting the 2012 race -- the one allowing big-money donors to secretly funnel...

Paul Blumenthal

Anti-Obama Group Wants To Hide Donors | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The recent district court ruling in the case Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission that requires groups spending money on certain el...

Obama's 2008 Campaign Failed To Report Nearly $2 Million In Contributions

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics

The 2008 campaign of President Barack Obama did not report about $2 million in campaign contributions, according to a new audit of the campaign by the...

Constitution Check: Would the Supreme Court Uphold a Ban on Super PACs Closely Linked to Candidates?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

The theory, of course, will be that, if political spending is a form of speech, there should be no limit on spending that "speaks" directly to a candidate who shares one's policy views.

Our Own Super PAC, Made in Stephen Colbert's Image

Remy M. Maisel | Posted 06.03.2012 | College
Remy M. Maisel

If we learned anything from the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, it's that when America's favorite anchors ask their audience to jump, the audience immediately launches itself into the air as one, and worries about the purpose of that great leap later.

Paul Blumenthal

Court Ruling: Rules Blocking Disclosure By Kochs, Rove, Chamber Invalid | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Friday evening, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling that could begin the process of revealing the id...

Matt Sledge

Jean Schmidt Denies Involvement In Fishy 'Victory Ohio Super PAC' | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics

The mystery over who ran anonymous robocalls claiming to be from the unregistered Victory Ohio Super PAC continued to linger Friday as a spokesman for...

Josh Mandel Campaign Links To State Campaign List For Federal Race

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.10.2012 | Politics

Ohio Democrats have been complaining that State Treasurer Josh Mandel -- the Republican challenging Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown -- has been using hi...

How Citizens United Unleashed Campaign Spending in Federal Elections by Tax-Exempt Organizations

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

There are two types of entities injecting hundreds of millions of dollars in unlimited contributions into our federal elections as the result of the Citizens United decision.

GOP Fund-Raiser Faces Inquiries

The New York Times | ERIC LICHTBLAU | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

Last year, House Republican leaders tapped an up-and-coming Florida lawmaker, Representative Vern Buchanan, to lead the party’s fund-raising for can...

Presidential super PACs raise $49 million through December

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By John Dunbar, iWatch NewsOutside groups that funded numerous attack ads in the GOP primaries collected more than $49 million in donations in 2011, w...

Citizens United: How Did it Happen? (VIDEO)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

The anniversary of the ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC is an opportunity to review how this transformative decision was reached -- the perfect storm of politicized jurisprudence, corporate entitlement and a narrowly tilted bench.

Rules against coordination between super PACs, candidates, tough to enforce

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar, iWatch NewsPresidential front-runner Mitt Romney knows that he can't talk to the people who run the notorious "supe...

Serious Questions Exist About Legality of Presidential Candidate Super PACs

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Congress needs to pass legislation to protect the integrity of the nation's campaign finance laws and ensure that candidate-specific Super PACs are not used as vehicles to circumvent candidate contribution limits.

FEC Deadlocks on Advisory Opinion Request from American Crossroads, Provides No Support for Crossroads to Run 'Fully Coordinated' Ads

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

In a decision Thursday, the FEC refused approval to the effort by American Crossroads to run ads "fully coordinated" with candidates and have the ads treated as ads that were not coordinated with the candidates.

Paul Blumenthal

FEC Deadlocks Discussing Rove, Colbert | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a Thursday session featuring a lengthy and testy exchange between two commissioners and the repeated invocation of comedian Stephen C...

Paul Blumenthal

Tea Party Senator Loses Bid To Control Corporate Fundraising | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission drew a line Thursday on how far campaign finance laws will unravel in the wake of the Supreme Court's 20...

Orwellian Attempt by Rove-backed Group to Have FEC Declare Coordinated Ads Uncoordinated

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

On October 28, 2011, American Crossroads, a federally registered political committee backed by Republican political operative Karl Rove, submitted an ...

Where Is George Orwell When We Need Him?

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

American Crossroads and the FEC are living in fantasy land and neither the FEC regulation nor the American Crossroads Advisory Opinion Request can stand the light of day.

Paul Blumenthal

Karl Rove, Stephen Colbert Agree On Super PAC Independence | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sitting before the Federal Election Commission is a request from the Karl Rove-linked group American Crossroads for a ruling that allows...

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...

Paul Blumenthal

New Super PAC To Attack Scott Brown | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and unions are forming a super PAC in Massachusetts to oppose the re-election of Republican Sen. Scott Brown. The unlimited...

Still Another Hole in our Campaign Finance Laws

Bob Edgar | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

We're headed into a campaign that will be largely financed by deep-pocketed companies and trade groups whose identities and agendas will be largely hidden from the voting public.

Paul Blumenthal

New Powers For Super PACs | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission announced new rules Wednesday allowing traditional political action committees to open a segregated acco...