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Step-by-step Guide for Searching the Illinois State Board of Elections Website

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.23.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The step-by-step guide below is intended to help any user with access to a spreadsheet learn to navigate the site for basic campaign contribution information and then sort the data in a spreadsheet.

The Broken Promises of Citizens United

Duncan Hosie | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Conservatives on the Court vowed that Citizens United would strengthen American democracy. They were wrong. Five years later, their promises stand in stark contrast to the world we live in today.

These States Were The Big Spenders And Penny Pinchers In 2014

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics

The 2014 midterm elections panned out to be the most expensive midterms ever, with total spending surpassing $3.67 billion. The country even saw its f...

How Much Did the Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Pay for Your Vote?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.14.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 2014 Illinois governor's race broke all previous records for campaign spending in a statewide race. Both candidates poured millions of dollars into convincing Illinoisans to vote for them.

Most Americans Support Giving Congress More Power To Limit Campaign Spending

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

Most Americans say they think the billions of dollars spent on campaigns affected the outcomes of the 2014 elections, and they support changing the Co...

Costly And Competitive Senate Campaign Nears End

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a final, furious day of campaigning, Republicans strained to capture control of the Senate while Democrats struggled to limit t...

Shaw: Illinois Needs Responsible Voters

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.30.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The 2014 Illinois statewide election is only days away, and the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to think very carefully about their candidate choices before they vote. He says the state needs informed, responsible voters to make Illinois great.

House Democrats' Campaign Arm Spends Almost $2 Million Daily

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political parties' House campaign arms spent almost $51 million in the first two weeks of October — or an average of almost ...

Money, Politics and the American Public

Paul Herrnson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

The influence of money in politics in general and campaigns in particular is a staple of op-ed writers, late-night comedians and armchair pundits. As another Federal Election Commission reporting deadline looms, how bad does the public really think the problem is -- and what are they willing to do about it?

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Group Endorses Michelle Nunn, Despite Her Support For Keystone

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund endorsed Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn on Tuesday, calling her an advo...

Obama Embracing Secretive Elements Of Questionable System

AP | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguin...

Major Spending On Elections Met With Total Apathy By Voters

AP | By PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of vot...

Senate Candidate Asks GOP Opponents To Sign Pledge Limiting Outside Spending

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

Georgia Democratic Senate nominee Michelle Nunn is joining the club of candidates who have proposed pledges to limit outside spending in their competi...

Put Simply, We've Had Enough: No More "Private Opinion" Ads On Radio and TV

Richard Greener | Posted 06.25.2014 | Media
Richard Greener

It's happened before. It can happen again.

New Koch Brothers-Backed Group To Begin Airing Ads In Key Senate Races

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

A political nonprofit associated with conservative funders Charles and David Koch will begin airing TV ads in Colorado and Iowa, according to televisi...

Dark Money Groups' Failure To Report Activity Raises Questions

Center for Public Integrity | Julie Patel | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

By Julie Patel, Center for Public Integrity Two of the tightest races for U.S. Senate in 2012 were in Nevada and Arizona. Republican candidates eke...

Less Money Actually Good for Candidates?

Amir Khaghani | Posted 02.05.2014 | Teen
Amir Khaghani

Pacts like the "People's Pledge" are becoming more common because outside spending doesn't always help the candidate's win elections and voters get fed up with the bombardment of attack ads by the end of the election cycle.

State Senator Quits Amid Bachmann Controversy

AP | RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa state senator resigned Wednesday after a special investigator found it likely he violated ethics r...

WATCH: Congressman Introduces Constitutional Amendments To Repeal Citizens United

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.30.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern last Tuesday proposed two Constitutional amendments on the House floor that would overturn the Supreme Cour...

Funds For Peña Nieto's Campaign Aroused Suspicions

AP | Posted 01.25.2013 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute has confirmed that President Enrique Pena Nieto's party spent about $5.2 million through electroni...

The Efficient Use of Money

Theodore R. Daniels | Posted 02.18.2013 | Money
Theodore R. Daniels

While most people would not enjoy the process of analyzing and budgeting expenditures it is something that must be done. The inefficient and useless expenditure of money can be major impediments to accomplishing your financial goals.

Great Myth of 2012: $6 Billion Election 'Didn't Change Much'

Josh Silver | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics
Josh Silver

For those of us who care less about partisanship and more about what our elected officials actually do -- or fail to do -- once in office, the 2012 election portends a bleak future.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Election

Domenick Scudera | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Domenick Scudera

The whole election has left a bad taste in my mouth. Big American elections bring out the worst in people's natures. The euphoria from the results may erase the ugliness temporarily, but the enmity and spite is still present, just under the surface.

Two Contradictory Thoughts About Elections

Vitaliy N. Katsenelson | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Vitaliy N. Katsenelson

The election is over. I am left with two very contradictory feelings. First is the one of appreciation -- every four years we peacefully replace our...

Time to Repeal Campaign Contribution Limits

Bruce Ledewitz | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Bruce Ledewitz

The regime of campaign finance limits has been a failure. The only part of the effort that remains -- contribution limits -- is now responsible for increasing, rather than limiting, the power of money in elections.