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Paul Blumenthal is a reporter at The Huffington Post covering campaign finance and money-in-politics. His work has appeared on PBS' Frontline, MSNBC, CNN and The New York Times and been included in Principles and Practice of American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 5th Edition and in Transparency International's Global Corruption Report: Climate Change. He previously worked as the senior writer for The Sunlight Foundation.

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Kathleen Matthews Made An Awkward Donation For A Future Democratic Candidate

(13) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 5:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former D.C. news anchor Kathleen Matthews is expected to enter the race for Maryland’s open 8th District seat soon. As a Democratic congressional candidate, she may have to answer some awkward questions about recent campaign contributions she made to a Republican senator.

Despite a long history of giving...

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Republicans Very Troubled By Clinton Donors See No Conflict With Their Own Dark Money

(360) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 7:33 AM

WASHINGTON -- For four months, the Republican Party and its many presidential hopefuls have laid into likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over donations to a family foundation. That these attacks contradict the GOP's broader stand on campaign finance -- and call into question their own weighty burden of donor conflicts...

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3 Libertarians Fuel $7 Million Super PAC In Philadelphia's Mayoral Democratic Primary

(4) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 12:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- Voters will cast ballots in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia's mayoral race on May 19, but three libertarian donors from the suburbs could really influence the contest.

According to city campaign finance records, Arthur Dantchik, Joel Greenberg and Jeff Yass -- heads of the trading firm Susquehanna International...

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Jeb Bush Messes Up Charade Of Not Running For President

(19) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 6:27 PM

WASHINGTON -- Jeb Bush finally said what everybody knows -- that he’s running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Then he tried to take it back.

“I’m running for president in 2016, and the focus is going to be about how we, if I run, how do you create high...

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Zephyr Teachout Puts America's Corporate Elites On Notice

(14) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 5:15 PM

(Photo: Andrew Burton via Getty Images)

This article is part of a Huffington Post series, on the occasion of the site's 10th anniversary, looking at some of the people and issues that will shape the world in the next...

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Mike Huckabee Jokingly Breaks Campaign Finance Law In 2016 Announcement

(56) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 3:05 PM

WASHINGTON -- As the 2016 campaign for the White House has developed into a largely unpoliced affair of candidates masquerading as noncandidates and super PAC-run campaigns, it has been vital for the players to stick to the correct legal language to properly...

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John Roberts Basically Thinks It's OK When Politicians Just Do What Wealthy Donors Say

(619) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 5:33 PM

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to campaign finance law, Chief Justice John Roberts taketh away even as he giveth.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld a state campaign finance law banning judicial candidates from soliciting contributions for their elections in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar. The majority opinion, written...

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How Government Works To Help The Rich And Not You

(40) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 4:02 PM

The issue of big money in politics is receiving increased attention as the country barrels toward a presidential election cycle where all spending records are expected to be smashed. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have spoken out on tackling the problem, as have a handful of Republican...

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Supreme Court Actually Upholds Campaign Finance Restrictions On Judicial Fundraising

(168) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 11:31 AM

WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld the right of states to ban elected judges from soliciting campaign contributions for their own campaigns. The majority decision was penned by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the court’s four liberal justices.

The decision...

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

(171) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 4:40 PM

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 around the country raising tens of millions of dollars.

Since Bush claims not to be a candidate, he contends he's

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Tea Party Group Brings Trade Deal Opposition To New Hampshire Primary

(37) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 10:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- The debate over granting President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate and approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is coming to the Republican presidential primary campaign in New Hampshire.

Americans for Limited Government, a conservative group founded by wealthy activist Howard Rich, will begin radio ads...

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Wealthy Donors Are Throwing Way More Money At The Republican Party This Year

(72) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 5:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party is taking full advantage of the new campaign contribution accounts and limits slipped into the omnibus budget bill that passed Congress in December.

In the first three months of 2015, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, the three main party...

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The Chamber Of Commerce Is Fighting Fiercely To Stop The Scourge Of Corporate Transparency

(214) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 7:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- This spring, shareholders in more than 100 companies will introduce resolutions calling for greater disclosure of corporations' political and lobbying activity. Six major companies -- Dean Foods, Eastman Chemical, H&R Block, Marathon Oil, U.S. Steel and Valero Energy -- have already reached agreement with New York state Comptroller...

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Clinton Campaign Will Accept Donations From Lobbyists And PACs

(124) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 1:09 PM

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will accept donations from lobbyists and political action committees, a difference in policy from the man she's hoping to replace, President Barack Obama.

The Clinton campaign confirmed that there would be no prohibition on such donations, after The Huffington Post was tipped off...

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Ted Cruz Raises $4 Million In His First Week Running For President

(209) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 11:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) raised more than $4 million in the first week of his presidential campaign, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.

Cruz announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on March 23. He is the first declared presidential candidate...

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Montana Republicans And Democrats Unite To Ban Dark Money

(80) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 7:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Montana legislature passed sweeping campaign finance legislation on Wednesday that will require the disclosure of all donors to any independent group spending money on state-level elections.

The bipartisan Montana Disclose Act will effectively end the flood of “dark money” -- electoral spending by nonprofit groups that do...

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Chicago Progressives Emboldened After Rahm Emanuel's Super PAC Fails To Beat Them

(6) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 11:36 AM

WASHINGTON -- Chicago voters re-elected Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a runoff race on April 7, the culmination of an expensive election campaign. But although Emanuel emerged from the runoff with a twelve-point victory over Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D), the mayor's support on the city...

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Bob Menendez Corruption Case Reads Like An Indictment Of Citizens United Ruling, Too

(655) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 4:46 PM

WASHINGTON -- The indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on public corruption charges is the first bribery case involving the use of corporate political spending to support a candidate since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision allowed corporations to do just that.

Justice Anthony Kennedy declared in...

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Super PAC Fires Fundraiser Involved In Menendez Corruption Case

(6) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 4:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- The super PAC caught in the middle of the corruption scandal involving Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) has severed ties to an unnamed fundraiser who features prominently in the Department of Justice's indictment of the senator.

Senate Majority PAC released a statement Thursday from executive director Stephanie...

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Sen. Bob Menendez Indicted On Public Corruption Charges

(578) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 3:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Wednesday was indicted on public corruption charges for allegedly accepting donations and pricey gifts from a Florida ophthalmologist in exchange for using his position to push the doctor's interests.

The indictment laid out how Menendez allegedly took both expensive gifts and legal donations...

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