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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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One Email That Proves Campaign Finance Laws Are A Joke

(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 10:52 AM

WASHINGTON -- Carly for America, the super PAC backing former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign, invited supporters to join a conference call on Thursday with -- Carly Fiorina. Think this required any "coordination" between the supposedly independent super PAC and the candidate?

The email invite from the super PAC...

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Newt Still Owes His 2012 Campaign Vendors Millions

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 12:12 PM

WASHINGTON -- Much like Donald Trump today, at one point Newt Gingrich held the frontrunner position in the 2012 Republican primary election. His campaign plodded on using borrowed money for months after most people realized Gingrich didn't have a chance, and when Newt 2012 finally ended, it...

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These 2 Donors Are Propping Up Rand Paul's Super PAC

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 3:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- A super PAC supporting Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential bid raised $3.1 million in the first half of 2015 with almost all of the money coming from two donors, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.

America’s Liberty PAC is the...

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Ted Cruz Blasts Big Money In Politics

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 11:23 AM

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched into a tirade on the corrupting role of lobbyists and campaign...

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Republicans Are About To Gut Campaign Finance Rules Even Further

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 5:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are trying yet again to use the appropriations process to roll back campaign finance regulations. This time the target is the limit on coordinated spending between candidates and political parties -- that is, money that a party spends to support a candidate in consultation with...

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Wall Street Is Putting Money Behind These Presidential Candidates

(8) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- In the early campaign money race for the 2016 presidential election, executives and employees of big bank institutions are lining up behind three candidates: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republicans Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

Clinton, the former secretary of state and New York senator, leads...

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Scott Walker: 'I Don't Know' If People Are Born Gay Or If It's A Choice

(69) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 10:16 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he “doesn’t...

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Donald Trump Will Not Apologize To John McCain

(9) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 10:12 AM


WASHINGTON -- Billionaire eccentric Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Sunday that he did not owe...

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Here Are The Celebrities Contributing To Hillary Clinton's Campaign

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 12:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Party and Hollywood have a long history together, and former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is making the most of it. She has already received financial backing from celebrities big and small.

In May, Clinton swung through southern California to attend fundraisers hosted...

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Hillary Clinton's Biggest Campaign Bundlers Are Fossil Fuel Lobbyists

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 6:42 PM

WASHINGTON -- Nearly all of the lobbyists bundling contributions for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign have at one time or another worked for the fossil fuel industry.

A list of 40 registered lobbyists that the Clinton camp disclosed to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday revealed a number of...

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2016 Candidates Raise Millions In Shadow of Super PACs

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:26 PM

WASHINGTON -- The first major quarterly presidential campaign fundraising disclosures came on Wednesday, but they showed barely half the money flooding into a race in which the campaigns have been overshadowed by the unlimited money super PACs supporting them.

Super PACs, supposedly independent committees that can raise...

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Hillary Clinton Becomes First 2016 Candidate To Release Bundler Names

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 8:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released the names of 159 campaign bundlers on Wednesday, the first 2016 contender to disclose big-money fundraisers.

The bundlers include many of the names appearing on fundraising invitations sent out over the past three months by the Clinton campaign. Many...

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Republican Presidential Candidates To Disclose Bundlers For First Time Since 2008

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 6:07 PM

WASHINGTON -- For the first time since 2008, two Republican presidential candidates will publicly disclose the names of campaign bundlers raising money for them.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, according to The New York Times, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, according to The Associated Press,...

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Jeb Bush Super PAC Reports Eye-Popping Fundraising Haul

(13) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 4:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- The key number in the Bush campaign's Thursday announcement that it raised a combined $114 million in the first half of this year was just how much of that total came from Right to Rise PAC. The super PAC created to support Jeb Bush’s presidential ambitions...

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How Presidential Candidates Are Pushing Past Campaign Finance Boundaries This Time

(36) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 7:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential campaign is in full swing, and as the second national campaign since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, it's bringing a whole new dynamic favoring wealthy donors and big-monied interests. Its main difference from the 2012 campaign -- which featured the first single-candidate presidential...

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Pat Toomey's PAC May Have Broken FEC Rules By Donating To A Super PAC Run By His Former Aides

(14) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 11:58 AM

WASHINGTON -- A leadership PAC controlled by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) may have violated Federal Election Commission rules by contributing to a super PAC that is likely to support his re-election campaign in 2016.

According to FEC records, Toomey’s Citizens for Prosperity in America Today made a $50,000...

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Hillary Clinton Raised $45 Million In Latest Quarter

(952) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON –- Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign on Wednesday announced a massive fundraising haul in the quarter that ended on June 30, further cementing her status as the clear front-runner in the 2016 race.

All told, the Democratic candidate and former secretary of state raised more than $45 million in...

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Jeb Bush Tax Returns Reveal Almost Nothing About His Wall Street Connections

(166) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 8:08 PM

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush on Tuesday released 33 years of tax returns that reveal almost nothing about his controversial Wall Street business dealings since he left office as governor of Florida in 2007.

Over those 33 years, Bush reported total income of $44.3 million in 2014 inflation-adjusted...

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It Only Took Five Months For Billionaire GOP Donors To Set New Records

(193) Comments | Posted June 27, 2015 | 7:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- It only took five months before the top donor to candidates, political party committees and political action committees in 2015 surpassed the giving of all top donors from the previous election cycle. This radical change in the amounts a single donor can give is all thanks to

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Marco Rubio's Dark Money Group Enters 2016 Race With Ad Slamming Iran Deal

(35) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 3:54 PM

WASHINGTON -- The “dark money” nonprofit group supporting Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) presidential campaign on Thursday launched an issue advertisement touting the senator’s opposition to a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

The ad from the Conservative Solutions Project, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that is not required...

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