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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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Congressman Behind Planned Parenthood Assault Kept Paying Aide After Sexual Harassment Complaints

(27) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 6:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Republican congressman leading the fight to defund Planned Parenthood paid his chief of staff for nearly six months after at least three female staffers complained that the top aide was sexually harassing subordinates, according to four sources close to the situation.  

The women...

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Seattle Could Create An Entirely New Way To Fund Elections

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 10:15 AM

WASHINGTON -- In a little over a month, Seattle voters will go to the polls with the opportunity to create a brand new, first-in-the-country system of publicly financed city elections. 

The Honest Elections Seattle ballot initiative, which is up for a citywide vote on Nov. 3, would...

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Super PAC Contributions Can Be Considered Bribes: Judge

(12) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 3:24 PM

WASHINGTON -- A district court judge on Monday dismissed four corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and his donor Salomon Melgen, but denied motions to toss out other charges including, notably, the senator’s solicitation of contributions for a super PAC. 

Lawyers for...

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No, Scott Walker's Super PAC Donors Didn't Waste Their Money

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 5:11 PM

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s abrupt flameout in the Republican presidential primary race came...

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The Warnings About The Supreme Court's Dangerous Campaign Finance Ruling Are Now Coming True

(11) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 3:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- Presidential candidates from both parties are going to solicit six and seven-figure contributions directly from donors for the first time in a decade, thanks to looser campaign finance rules enacted by the Supreme Court and Congress in recent years.

Both parties...

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President Trump Won't Have To Tell CEO Trump 'You're Fired'

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- When or if President Donald J. Trump takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, he might not settle for just being the guy in the Oval Office. The eccentric billionaire could add the new title to his already existing preamble as chairman,...

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Hillary Clinton Releases Broad Campaign Finance Reform Plan

(13) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 10:48 PM

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will roll out a full plan this week detailing how she would work to stem the influence of big money in politics.

The plan goes far beyond Clinton’s already stated support for a constitutional amendment...

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Bobby Jindal's Biggest Donors Benefited From His Administration

(11) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 2:56 PM

WASHINGTON -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign has been propped up by the $4.6 million he helped two supposedly independent outside groups raise in the first half of 2015. The majority of the funds raised by these groups comes from people and companies that have benefited from...

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Maine Voters Hope To Restore Their Revolutionary Election System

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 5:44 PM

WASHINGTON -- In 1996, Maine became the first state to enact a public financing system for statewide elections, inspiring other places, including Arizona, Connecticut and New York City, to follow suit. This year, Maine hopes to blaze a trail again by becoming the first state to...

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Why Donald Trump's Instagram Ads Don't Have That Disclaimer

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 2:30 PM

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Corporate, Koch Money Dominates Early 2016 Senate Race Spending

(24) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 3:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- The race for control of the Senate is already underway -- and it is being fueled by outside groups that do not disclose their donors. 

In nine key Senate races, outside groups have already spent at least $12.5 million on advertising and grassroots communications targeting...

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We're Still In The Dark About Some Super PAC Donors

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 3:37 PM

WASHINGTON -- Super PACs, the political action committees fueling the early presidential advertising wars, are supposed to transparently disclose where their money comes from. But sometimes, that's not what happens.

Take Tread Standard LLC's $150,000 contribution on June 17 to Right to Rise, the super PAC that...

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These Dark Money Groups Shed Some Light On Secretive Megadonors

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 4:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two Pennsylvania-based nonprofits that have funded everything from a super PAC supporting Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to education privatization efforts across the country are likely connected to the operators of the global investment firm Susquehanna International Group.

The nonprofits, Rosebush Corp. and Green Orchard...

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Jeb Bush Super PAC Donors Also Spend Big To Influence Washington

(7) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 4:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- A number of donors giving eye-popping sums to a super PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential campaign are also major players in Washington's corporate lobbying scene. These groups and individuals are pushing the executive branch on a variety of issues -- including federal contract...

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Oligarchy Of Super PAC Megadonors Have Conquered American Politics

(22) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 9:20 PM

WASHINGTON -- A new oligarchic era of American politics came into full view on Friday, as super PACs disclosed fundraising details showing billionaires bankrolling the 2016 presidential race to an unprecedented degree. 

The unlimited-money super PACs account for one-third of all federal election funds raised in the...

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Are Ted Cruz's Super PACs Keeping Their Promise To Support Him?

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 5:43 PM

WASHINGTON -- The four super PACs supporting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s bid for the Republican Party presidential nomination raked in $37.8 million in the first half of the year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The haul for the Keep the Promise groups came...

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Donors Who Can't Give To Christie Campaign Give To His Super PAC

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 2:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- A super PAC formed to support New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign has raised $11 million with a big boost from hedge fund and private equity investors who cannot contribute directly to his campaign.

America Leads, the pro-Christie group, raised at least $3.45 million...

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Big Checks Power Jeb Bush Super PAC's Unreal Money Haul

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 11:30 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s decision to pretend not to be a candidate for nearly six months paid off as the super PAC he raised money for, Right to Rise, reported $103 million haul on Friday with most of that...

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Maryland Democratic Senate Primary Erupts Over Citizens United

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 7:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- Maryland's U.S. Senate Democratic primary between Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards, both strong proponents of campaign finance reform, is descending into a battle over who can be the biggest opponent of big money in politics.

Van Hollen sparked the latest clash began on...

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One Email That Proves Campaign Finance Laws Are A Joke

(4) 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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