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Pelosi, Democrats Renew Push to Overhaul Election, Campaign Finance Laws
Congress
Pelosi, Democrats Renew Push to Overhaul Election, Campaign Finance Laws

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she would press ahead early next year with a campaign finance and elections overhaul, even as the measure may face the same Senate fate it did this Congress: doom. House Democrats passed their signature overhaul measure in March 2019 and dubbed it... Read More

How a Super PAC Helped House Republicans Survive the 'Green Wave'
2020 Elections
How a Super PAC Helped House Republicans Survive the 'Green Wave'

WASHINGTON — Unlike in 2018, this year's "green wave" of Democratic money didn't produce a "blue wave" of victories, thanks in part to a super PAC that helped Republicans close the spending gap. Congressional Leadership Fund, a group aligned with House GOP leadership, spent more... Read More

NewDem Action Fund Makes Last Push Contributions In Name of Party Unity
2020 Elections
NewDem Action Fund Makes Last Push Contributions In Name of Party Unity
2020-10-31 14:15:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Over the course of the 2020 election cycle, the NewDem Action Fund has backed 31 congressional candidates by either adding them to its "watch list" or fully endorsing them. But on Friday night came word the fund, the... Read More

Biden’s $466 Million Bankroll Tops Trump by $141 Million
Campaign Finance
Biden’s $466 Million Bankroll Tops Trump by $141 Million

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden started September with a $466 million mountain of cash to take on President Donald Trump and the Republicans, completely reversing the GOP’s financial advantage in just four months. In April, Biden, the Democratic... Read More

Trump Campaign Slashes Ad Spending in Key States in Cash Crunch
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Slashes Ad Spending in Key States in Cash Crunch

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s campaign is scaling back its television advertising spending and in some cases abandoning it altogether for now in key states, facing a cash crunch brought on by huge investments in staff and operations. Trump’s reelection... Read More

Trump Campaign Raises $210 Million in August, Trailing Biden
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Raises $210 Million in August, Trailing Biden

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that they jointly raised $210 million in August, trailing the record haul their Democratic counterparts brought in during the same time period. While Trump’s August... Read More

Campaign Watchdog Accuses Trump Re-Election Campaign of Laundering $170 Million
Political News
Campaign Watchdog Accuses Trump Re-Election Campaign of Laundering $170 Million
2020-07-29 14:13:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Trump's re-election campaign allegedly laundered $170 million in spending to conceal payments made to Trump family associates and people working with the campaign, a non-partisan campaign watchdog claims. In an 81-page complaint filed with the Federal Election... Read More

Trump’s Big-Donor Gifts Plunge 61% as He Sits Out Virtual Events
Campaign Finance
Trump’s Big-Donor Gifts Plunge 61% as He Sits Out Virtual Events

President Donald Trump skipped all of his campaign’s virtual fundraisers in the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic while mocking Democratic nominee Joe Biden for appearing from his basement. But it looks like Biden might be laughing all the... Read More

Biden Surpasses Trump in June Fundraising
2020 Elections
Biden Surpasses Trump in June Fundraising

Joe Biden reported raising $10 million more than President Donald Trump last month amid new polls showing the former vice president holding a solid lead in the race for the White House. The increasingly strong footing of Trump’s presumed Democratic... Read More

Trump Raises $266 Million in Second Quarter, Widening Advantage
2020 Elections
Trump Raises $266 Million in Second Quarter, Widening Advantage

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s campaign along with the Republican National Committee raised $266 million during the second quarter of 2020, widening the president’s cash advantage over Joe Biden. The Trump campaign said Wednesday that it increased its fundraising by 71%... Read More

Billionaires’ Political Spending Grew 37-Fold in 10 Years
Campaign Finance
Billionaires’ Political Spending Grew 37-Fold in 10 Years

WASHINGTON — Billionaires gave 37 times as much in political contributions in the last election as they did 10 years earlier, according to a new study. During the 2018 election cycle, billionaires gave $611 million, up from $17 million in... Read More

Obama to Appear In His First Virtual Fundraiser for Joe Biden
2020 Elections
Obama to Appear In His First Virtual Fundraiser for Joe Biden
2020-06-16 16:13:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former President Barack Obama is making his fundraising debut for Joe Biden next week, appearing at an online event aimed at reaching thousands of small-dollar donors Biden, who was Obama's vice president, announced the fundraiser via Twitter Monday... Read More

Biden Campaign Fundraising Surged in May
2020 Elections
Biden Campaign Fundraising Surged in May
2020-06-15 19:00:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign announced Monday that it raised $80.8 million in May, fueled by a daily virtual fundraising campaign the candidate and two committees associated with the Democratic Party perfected during the coronavirus pandemic.... Read More

Biden’s War Chest Swells as Donors Grow Increasingly Alarmed by Trump
2020 Elections
Biden’s War Chest Swells as Donors Grow Increasingly Alarmed by Trump

WASHINGTON — It was another in an unrelenting procession of Zoom fundraisers — the script familiar, the donors determined not to be deterred by technical glitches, and the candidate about to go through the motions — when Joe Biden revealed... Read More

Coronavirus Changes Nature of Campaign Planning and Spending
Campaigns
Coronavirus Changes Nature of Campaign Planning and Spending
2020-05-22 19:42:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - There's no question that the coronavirus outbreak that began in earnest in March profoundly affected the nature of politicking ahead of one of the most consequential elections in modern times. For instance, the latest batch of Federal Election... Read More

Senate Challengers Flush With Campaign Cash in Pivotal States
2020 Elections
Senate Challengers Flush With Campaign Cash in Pivotal States

WASHINGTON — If first-quarter fundraising dollars were votes, then Democratic challengers would have captured Senate seats in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Maine and Montana. Nearly all the party’s Senate contenders hauled in more campaign money than their opponents in pivotal... Read More

House Democrats Widen Massive Fundraising Edge
Campaign Finance
House Democrats Widen Massive Fundraising Edge

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have expanded their financial advantage over Republicans in battleground districts, new fundraising reports show. The reports covering the year’s first three months, which were due to the Federal Election Commission by midnight Wednesday, show fundraising did... Read More

Trump Campaign Raises $212 Million in Quarter
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Raises $212 Million in Quarter

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s campaign raised more money in the first quarter of 2020 than in the previous quarter, but the coronavirus pandemic may be starting to slow fundraising efforts. Trump’s campaign, along with the Republican National Committee and... Read More

Wall Street Donors Forgo Political Contributions During Pandemic
Campaign Finance
Wall Street Donors Forgo Political Contributions During Pandemic

WASHINGTON — Big donors to U.S. presidential campaigns are feeling the economic pinch from the coronavirus pandemic and holding on to their money just when the candidates — especially Democratic front-runner Joe Biden — need it most. With stocks falling,... Read More

Supreme Court Declines to Strike Down Seattle Campaign Finance Voucher System
Campaign Finance
Supreme Court Declines to Strike Down Seattle Campaign Finance Voucher System
2020-03-30 20:23:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to Seattle's "Democracy Voucher Program," leaving in place the city's public financing program for local elections. Though the justices offered no explanation for their decision not to... Read More

Bloomberg Transfers $18 Million to DNC, Dems In Battleground States
2020 Elections
Bloomberg Transfers $18 Million to DNC, Dems In Battleground States
2020-03-24 19:27:38
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has abandoned plans to form a new super PAC dedicated to defeating President Donald Trump and is instead donating $18 million to the Democratic National Committee to achieve the same ends.... Read More

Missouri Ethics Commission Fines Ex-Governor $178,000 for Campaign Finance Violations
State News
Missouri Ethics Commission Fines Ex-Governor $178,000 for Campaign Finance Violations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — State ethics regulators have fined the campaign of former Gov. Eric Greitens $178,000 over campaign finance violations dating to his upstart, outsider bid to become Missouri’s chief executive. The Missouri Ethics Commission released its long-awaited probe... Read More

Pete Buttigieg Raises $24.7 Million During 4th Quarter
2020 Elections
Pete Buttigieg Raises $24.7 Million During 4th Quarter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg's campaign says he raised more than $24.7 million in the last three months and now has a campaign staff of 500 people nationwide, a show of financial and organizational strength heading into the... Read More

Rep. Elijah Cummings Left $1 Million in Campaign Funds When He Died
Congress
Rep. Elijah Cummings Left $1 Million in Campaign Funds When He Died

WASHINGTON — The late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore left $1 million in unspent campaign funds, according to election records. That raised an unanswered question: What happens to all that money now? In Washington, the campaign accounts of deceased... Read More

2020 Democrats Are Naming Their Fundraising ‘Bundlers’
Campaign Finance
2020 Democrats Are Naming Their Fundraising ‘Bundlers’

When it comes to political fundraising, rich people are great. People who know a lot of rich people are even better. Individual donors may write the checks, but a lot of influence and power accrues to the intermediaries who collect... Read More

Index‌ ‌Finds‌ ‌Strong‌ ‌Growth‌ ‌in‌ ‌Political‌ ‌Disclosures‌ ‌By‌ ‌Companies‌
Campaign Finance
Index‌ ‌Finds‌ ‌Strong‌ ‌Growth‌ ‌in‌ ‌Political‌ ‌Disclosures‌ ‌By‌ ‌Companies‌
2019-11-19 22:53:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A year out from the 2020 general election, more U.S. companies are opting for transparency when it comes to what they're spending on politics, according to a nonpartisan scorecard.  The CPA-Zicklin Index is a joint project of the... Read More

Giuliani Faces US Probe on Campaign Finance, Lobbying Breaches
Political News
Giuliani Faces US Probe on Campaign Finance, Lobbying Breaches

WASHINGTON — Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible campaign finance violations and a failure to register as a foreign agent as part of an active investigation into his financial dealings, according... Read More

Report: Democrats Who Flipped Red Districts in 2018 Are Steadily Building Cash Advantage
2020 Elections
Report: Democrats Who Flipped Red Districts in 2018 Are Steadily Building Cash Advantage
2019-10-25 19:37:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The conventional wisdom this summer was that House Democrats who flipped red districts in 2018 would be particularly vulnerable if the chamber moved forward with an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. But an analysis by the Center... Read More

Feds Arrest Fourth Defendant in Campaign Finance Case Involving Giuliani Associates
Law
Feds Arrest Fourth Defendant in Campaign Finance Case Involving Giuliani Associates

MIAMI — A self-described former pro golfer from South Florida who was indicted last week on campaign finance charges was arrested by federal authorities on Wednesday. David Correia, who worked with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, is now in federal... Read More

Warren, Sanders Top Third-Quarter Fundraising, Biden Comes in Fourth in Money Haul
2020 Elections
Warren, Sanders Top Third-Quarter Fundraising, Biden Comes in Fourth in Money Haul
2019-10-04 20:38:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON  — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., raised $24.6 million over the past three months, relying largely on a massive small donor operation. The senator's haul, announced on Friday, is just less than the $25.3 million her chief liberal rival, Vermont... Read More

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