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FEC Rules Kelly Can’t Raise Funds for State Candidates
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FEC Rules Kelly Can’t Raise Funds for State Candidates
2021-07-16 21:08:14
by Dan McCue

Rep. Robin Kelly can remain chairwoman of the Illinois Democratic Party, but must insulate herself from all fundraising for non federal candidates in the state, the Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday. Kelly, a member of Congress since 2013, is also... Read More

The Campaign Legal Center Targets ‘Pop-Up’ Super PACs
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The Campaign Legal Center Targets ‘Pop-Up’ Super PACs
2021-07-16 18:09:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the FEC on Thursday accusing 18 super PACs of illegally pouring $200 million into competitive elections between 2017 and 2020 while allegedly concealing their ties to congressional leaders. In... Read More

House Republicans Post Record Fundraising Ahead of 2022 Race
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House Republicans Post Record Fundraising Ahead of 2022 Race

WASHINGTON (AP) — The committee charged with helping Republicans wrest control of the House in 2022 raised $45.4 million over the last three months, a record quarterly haul during a year without a national election. That total was bolstered by... Read More

FEC Fines Jeff Sessions’ Campaign $15,000
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FEC Fines Jeff Sessions’ Campaign $15,000
2021-06-27 12:17:44
by Dan McCue

The Federal Election Commission fined the Senate campaign of Jeff Sessions $15,000 for failing to properly disclose a last-minute, $150,000 loan from the candidate prior to the July 2020 Republican primary. The agency revealed the fine and its payment on... Read More

Cruz Victorious: Court Declares Campaign Loan Repayment Rule Unconstitutional
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Cruz Victorious: Court Declares Campaign Loan Repayment Rule Unconstitutional
2021-06-07 19:53:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A federal court in Washington struck down a provision of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act last week, declaring it unconstitutional after Sen. Ted Cruz complained it barred him from repaying the $260,000 he lent himself during his 2018... Read More

D.C. Circuit Tosses Election Act Case
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D.C. Circuit Tosses Election Act Case
2021-05-19 19:38:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Campaign Legal Center had neither standing nor a claim when it accused the Federal Elections Commission of failing to act on a claim a federal contractor violated campaign finance laws. The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center and Catherine... Read More

Dozen Megadonors Account for Nearly 1 of Every 13 Dollars Raised Since 2009
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Dozen Megadonors Account for Nearly 1 of Every 13 Dollars Raised Since 2009
2021-04-20 21:32:42
by Dan McCue

A dozen top megadonors — at least eight of whom are billionaires — have pumped a combined $3.4 billion dollars into federal elections since 2009, according to new research by Issue One, a nonpartisan group working to curtail the influence... Read More

House Democrats Campaign Arm Raised $11.5 Million in February
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House Democrats Campaign Arm Raised $11.5 Million in February
2021-03-19 15:43:32
by TWN Staff

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised over $11.5 million in February, far surpassing the organization's previous record for the most raised in February of a midterm election cycle. In a brief statement released Friday morning, the DCCC said the average online... Read More

Grassroots Donors Spark $7 Million Mid-Winter Harvest for Democrats
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Grassroots Donors Spark $7 Million Mid-Winter Harvest for Democrats
2021-02-19 22:26:33
by TWN Staff

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Commitee revealed Friday that it raised $7 million in January due to robust grassroots support, the hard work of House Democrats and the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The DCCC’s January fundraising was anchored by $5.4... Read More

Sheldon Adelson, Casino Mogul and GOP Power Broker, Dies
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Sheldon Adelson, Casino Mogul and GOP Power Broker, Dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sheldon Adelson, founder, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, has passed away at the age of 87 from complications related to treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma , the casino company announced Tuesday. At one point the... Read More

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

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