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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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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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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

(6) 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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