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Why Participation at the Federal Election Commission Matters, Despite the Agency's Dysfunction

J. Gerald Hebert | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
J. Gerald Hebert

Appearing before the FEC and offering testimony, even when some of its commissioners are determined to undermine the campaign finance laws Congress enacted, might look to some like an exercise in futility.

FEC Hunts Political Ghosts On Halloween

Center for Public Integrity | Carrie Levine | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. The Feder...

Why Should the Federal Election Commission Listen to You?

Rick Claypool | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Rick Claypool

You might have noticed our election system is kind of a mess. It wasn't great before the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United ruling -- and it's now so overrun with billionaire-backed sham campaigns and corporate sock puppet groups that it's hard to believe any candidate capable of challenging rule by the One Percent can win.

Michigan Dems File Complaints Regarding GOP Contender's Campaign Contributions

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

The Michigan Democratic Party filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the State of Michigan on Thursday over some questionable contr...

Paul Blumenthal

Supreme Court Bound? The Next Big Campaign Finance Case Set To Pick Up GOP Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just one month after the Supreme Court struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits, Republican Party officials are set to join wh...

Michael McAuliff

Dems: GOP Outrage At IRS Is Really About Rove

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican efforts to punish the Internal Revenue Service for its alleged partisan targeting of political social welfare groups may have...

In McCutcheon, Supreme Court Chose Law over Public Opinion

Andrew Woodman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Andrew Woodman

Political speech is the most important speech and certainly the speech we are most concerned the government will try to shutdown. Without the free exercise of political speech, we lose our basic right to a redress of grievances.

No Justice Roberts, the Internet Can't Do Government's Job

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

We agree with the justices that the Internet can be a powerful tool for transparency. But four years after Citizens United, it's clear that the Internet isn't enough to create transparency. Congress has to enact laws requiring candidates to use it.

FEC Wants Millions in New Cash to Fix Security Woes

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organi...

Zombie Super PACs Face Termination

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal February 27, 2014This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investi...

Do Senators Fear The Internet?

Center For Public Integrity | Rachel Baye | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

Despite millions in potential cost savings to taxpayers, the U.S. Senate has still yet to pass a requirement that it file campaign finance reports ele...

Spending Bill: FEC Budget Still Below 2010 Levels

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal January 14, 2014This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investig...

Hacking attempt draws congressional investigation of FEC

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal January 10, 2014 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan inves...

Stockman Ditching Troubled Campaign Committee

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal January 6, 2014 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan invest...

Audit: FEC Still in 'Significant' Danger of Hacking

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal December 30, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan invest...

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

White House stays mum on troubles with election regulator

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

December 23, 2013This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organiz...

U.S. Businesses Back Tea Party Republicans Following Shutdown

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Business groups waged a fierce lobbying campaign last month to convince Republicans to...

Bitcoins Can't Be Used For Campaign Contributions, FEC Says

AP | JACK GILLUM | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's election regulator says that groups can't receive contributions in the form of Bitcoins, at least for now. The Feder...

Former Congressman -- A Practicing Lawyer -- May Be Breaking Campaign Reporting Laws

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

Just because you want to terminate your all-but-defunct congressional committee doesn't mean you can ignore federal regulators -- particularly when you're still sitting on a truckload of debt.

Paul Blumenthal

Here's How You'll Be Able To Use Drug Money To Buy Politicians

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The digital currency Bitcoin is perhaps best known for its use in buying illegal drugs from online stores like the now-defunct Silk Road...

FEC: Prison Is No Excuse for Campaign Filing Failures

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

Incarceration is apparently no excuse for not disclosing your political campaign committee activity.

Idled FEC Recalling Workers to Fix Computing Crash

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

A computer server crash is forcing the government shutdown-idled Federal Election Commission to recall "a few staff people" to address the issue with major campaign finance filing deadlines looming.

Paul Blumenthal

McCutcheon v. FEC: Supreme Court Skeptical Of Campaign Contribution Limits

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A slim majority of Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical Tuesday that the federal government may cap the total amount of money that in...

Federal Election Commission Gets New Blood

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

President Barack Obama is no longer the only president who hasn't successfully appointed someone to the Federal Election Commission.