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American Bar Association Takes Aim At Lobbying Law Loopholes

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

Under current law, lobbyists seeking consideration for their clients can sweeten the pot by throwing massive fundraisers for the members of Congress t...

RNC: Obama Should Be Investigated For 'Criminal Behavior'

AP | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Republican National Committee is asking for a Justice Department investigation of President Barack Obama over a fundrais...

Obama Urges Campaign Donors To Regain 2008 Energy

AP | By BETH FOUHY and KEN THOMAS | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

PHILADEPHIA -- Even as President Barack Obama's re-election effort is powering toward an impressive early fundraising haul, campaign officials are try...

Goodbye To Federal Funding For 2012 Candidates

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — A cornerstone of U.S. politics since the 1970s, public funding of presidential campaigns may soon go the way of other relics of the e...

Tsunami

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

The majority of one's time in the Congress is spent on the needs of the campaign rather than the needs of the country. This explains the partisanship.

Campaign Donors Called Upon For Expert Testimony

The Washington Post | T.W. Farnam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The contributors' presence at the hearing -- first reported by the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call -- does not violate congressional rules, but watch...

On the Significance of the Roemer Announcement

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Buddy Roemer has announced that he is launching an exploratory committee to consider a run for the presidency. He has also announced a campaign different from the campaign of every other candidate. A president, Roemer says, "must be free to lead": free of commitments to anything save the principles he commits to. So Roemer's campaign will take no PAC money. It will take no more than $100 in contributions from any individual. And everyone who contributes anything regardless of how small will be disclosed. This should be emulated across the board.

Lawmakers Seek Cash During Key Votes

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Numerous times this year, members of Congress have held fundraisers and collected big checks while they are taking critical steps to write new laws, d...

The Four Billion Dollars in Job Creation that Could Be Discouraging Voters: Electing Politicians

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Romal J. Tune

For the past couple of weeks leading into the mid-term elections we have seen reports in the media on how much campaigns are spending to elect our nat...

Companies That Received Bailout Money Giving Generously To Candidates

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) was a fierce critic of the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler last year, saying he "cannot as...

Shadow Campaigning: What Do They Expect in Return?

Dan Pfeiffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Pfeiffer

The American people no longer have the right to know who is financing ads that are overwhelmingly spreading exaggerations and falsehoods in an attempt to influence an election. This is a problem.

Baucus Urges Probe Of Advocacy Groups

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate's chief tax writer has called for a federal investigation into advocacy groups that have become increasingly popular vehicles for outside d...

400 Fundraisers In 14 Days: Lawmakers, Candidates Attending Epic Number Of Fundraisers

Politico | Chris Frates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

But outside the Capitol, in the private rooms of Washington's top steakhouses, political clubs and Capitol Hill townhouse salons, there is an epic mon...

Hidden Under Tax-Exempt Cloak, Political Dollars Flow

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Alaskans grew suspicious two years ago when a national organization called Americans for Job Security showed up and spent $1.6 million pushing a refer...

Corporate Campaign Fundraising Picks Up Speed

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Driven by increasing anger at Democratic policies and by recent Supreme Court decisions unshackling corporate contributions, business and conservative...

Forget Campaign Finance, Let's Have Free Elections

Bob Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Samuels

The Supreme Court has ruled that money is a form of speech, and corporations are people; however, all is not lost, and the future might hold out the possibility for truly free and open elections.

Ethics Panel Clears Seven Lawmakers In Probe Of Contracts For Campaign Donors

Washington Post | Paul Kane and Carol D. Leonnig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The ethics committee decided to clear Visclosky even though the Office of Congressional Ethics, which conducts preliminary reviews, found probable cau...

Illinois Senate Hopefuls Spent Big Money During Final Months Of Primary

Chicago Current | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Now that campaign staffers are enjoying Presidents Day, it's a good time to reflect on how U.S. Senate candidates fared during the primary election. ...

Haim Saban Gives Big To Meg Whitman's Campaign

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Haim Saban, the force behind the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and a major Democratic campaign donor, has donated the maximum allowable under state law...

AG Cuomo's Campaign Got Cash From Firms Representing Clients Under Investigation

nypost.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's campaign fund took tens of thousands of dollars from law firms representing clients that his office was investig...

Republican Senatorial Committee Outraises Dems Senatorial Committee

Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Politico reports that the GOP's fortunes are improving as they head into the 2010 midterm elections -- the National Republican Senatorial Committee ou...

Sen. Dodd Brings Lobbyists To Tears, Takes Their Money

AP | ANDREW MIGA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Facing the toughest re-election fight of his nearly 30 years in the Senate, Sen. Christopher Dodd boasts about snubbing lobbyists. ...

Blagojevich Charges: 'Just Politics'?

AP | NANCY BENAC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Politicians make deals every day. They do favors and ask them in return. They kowtow to campaign contributors. It may be unsavory,...

Women And The 2008 Election: A New Majority

Julie Menin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Menin

While some celebrated that New Hampshire just became the first state to have a majority of women legislators in one of their chambers, the question to ask is, why are they the only ones?

Cindy McCain's Jet Used In Fundraising, DNC Cries Foul

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Cindy McCain's corporate jet use on the campaign trail straddles the line on campaign finance laws, according to a report in today's Wall Street Journ...