Campaign Finance

2022-06-01 17:38:23
by Dan McCue
Swalwell Seeks to Use Campaign Funds for Child Care

WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., has asked the Federal Election Commission for clarification on its rules regarding the use... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., has asked the Federal Election Commission for clarification on its rules regarding the use of campaign funds to pay for child care expenses incurred by a candidate. Swalwell, who currently represents California's 15th Congressional... Read More

2022-05-16 19:45:11
by Dan McCue
Sen. Cruz Victorious in Campaign Finance Case

WASHINGTON  —  Sen. Ted Cruz. R-Texas, has prevailed in his Supreme Court challenge to a provision of federal campaign law,... Read More

WASHINGTON  —  Sen. Ted Cruz. R-Texas, has prevailed in his Supreme Court challenge to a provision of federal campaign law, but in dissent at least one justice believes the ruling "can only bring this country's political system into further disrepute."... Read More

2022-05-02 15:28:29
by Dan McCue
FEC Greenlights Rep’s Campaign Fund Spend on Security Gate

WASHINGTON — A congressman’s use of campaign funds to install a locking steel security gate around his Florida home after... Read More

WASHINGTON — A congressman’s use of campaign funds to install a locking steel security gate around his Florida home after he received a series of death threats would not violate federal campaign finance laws, the Federal Election Commission said last... Read More

Millionaire Candidates Pour Cash into Ohio, Pa. Senate races

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Millionaire candidates and billionaire investors are harnessing their considerable personal wealth to try to win competitive... Read More

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Millionaire candidates and billionaire investors are harnessing their considerable personal wealth to try to win competitive Republican primaries for open U.S. Senate seats in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Mike Gibbons, an Ohio investment banker, leads the pack... Read More

2022-04-20 18:23:09
by Dan McCue
FEC Asked to Set Value for Campaign Research in Senate Race

WASHINGTON — The campaign committee for Senate Democrats has asked the Federal Election Commission to appraise the value of a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The campaign committee for Senate Democrats has asked the Federal Election Commission to appraise the value of a “research book” it wants to provide to two Democratic candidates to aid in their bids to unseat an incumbent Republican... Read More

2022-04-15 14:34:37
by Dan McCue
Judge Says Abrams Campaign Fund Can’t Raise Unlimited Cash

ATLANTA — A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a fundraising committee affiliated with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams can’t... Read More

ATLANTA — A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a fundraising committee affiliated with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams can’t begin raising unlimited campaign contributions. The ruling is based on a state law passed last year that allows Georgia lawmakers... Read More

2022-04-13 10:13:30
by Reece Nations
New York Lt. Gov. Benjamin Arrested in Campaign Fraud Scheme

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin surrendered to authorities on Tuesday after being charged with bribery, fraud,... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin surrendered to authorities on Tuesday after being charged with bribery, fraud, conspiracy and falsification of records in a federal corruption investigation.  Benjamin was accused in the indictment of participating in a... Read More

2022-03-29 23:03:25
by Reece Nations
FEC Sued for Failing to Act on Complaints Against Trump Campaign

WASHINGTON — The Campaign Legal Center filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission for its failure to act on... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Campaign Legal Center filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission for its failure to act on a campaign spending disclosure complaint made against the campaign committee of former President Donald Trump. The CLC filed its complaint... Read More

2022-03-25 18:00:50
by Tom Ramstack
Congressman Convicted of Accepting Illegal Foreign Campaign Contribution

WASHINGTON — Nebraska’s longest-serving member of Congress was convicted Thursday of concealing illegal campaign contributions received from a Nigerian billionaire.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Nebraska’s longest-serving member of Congress was convicted Thursday of concealing illegal campaign contributions received from a Nigerian billionaire. The jury in Los Angeles decided that on at least two occasions Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry lied to FBI agents... Read More

2022-03-18 21:01:09
by Dan McCue
Threats Lead Steube to Consider Using Campaign Funds to Defend Florida Home

WASHINGTON — Rep. W. Gregory Steube, R-Fla., has asked the Federal Election Commission for an advisory opinion on whether members... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. W. Gregory Steube, R-Fla., has asked the Federal Election Commission for an advisory opinion on whether members of Congress can use campaign funds to protect their homes, up to and including paying for a locking security gate,... Read More

2022-03-16 15:59:02
by Dan McCue
Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates Now Available in Print

WASHINGTON — The recently updated Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees is now available in print, the Federal Election... Read More

WASHINGTON — The recently updated Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees is now available in print, the Federal Election Commission announced Wednesday. The new guide is intended to provide an overall summary of the federal campaign finance laws that... Read More

2022-03-10 22:19:16
by Dan McCue
GLAAD to Grade Film Studios on Political Donations

LOS ANGELES — GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization, plans to begin grading film studios on political donations and... Read More

LOS ANGELES — GLAAD, the nation’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization, plans to begin grading film studios on political donations and public advocacy beginning in the 2022 election cycle in response to what the group sees as corporate inaction around anti-LGBTQ... Read More

2022-02-02 19:45:28
by Dan McCue
FEC Sets Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits for 2022

WASHINGTON — The Federal Elections Commission has established coordinated party expenditure limits for the 2022 election cycle. By law, a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Elections Commission has established coordinated party expenditure limits for the 2022 election cycle. By law, a national party committee and state party committees can make special expenditures in connection with the general election campaigns of federal... Read More

2022-02-01 22:20:29
by Dan McCue
FEC Holds Prospective Candidate’s Disability Benefits Not Earned Income

WASHINGTON — A prospective political candidate’s disability benefits do not constitute earned income under the Federal Election Campaign Act and... Read More

WASHINGTON — A prospective political candidate’s disability benefits do not constitute earned income under the Federal Election Campaign Act and therefore cannot be used by his principal campaign committee in salary calculations. Matthew Hoh, a Marine Corps combat veteran, has... Read More

2022-01-18 20:30:44
by Dan McCue
Solicitor General Calls Out Cruz in Supreme Court Case

WASHINGTON — The Ted Cruz for Senate’s First Amendment challenge to a key campaign finance law should be tossed by... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Ted Cruz for Senate’s First Amendment challenge to a key campaign finance law should be tossed by the Supreme Court as the campaign committee’s alleged injuries were self-inflicted, the U.S. solicitor general claimed in a court filing... Read More

2022-01-14 22:28:31
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court to Weigh In on Ted Cruz Campaign Loan

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider whether a Federal Election Commission limit on the amount campaigns can... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday will consider whether a Federal Election Commission limit on the amount campaigns can use of post-election contributions to repay debts they owe to the candidates themselves violates the free speech clause of the... Read More

2021-11-12 16:46:18
by Dan McCue
District Court Says FEC Dropped Ball on Political Committee Case

WASHINGTON — The Federal Elections Commissions failed to act on an administrative complaint from the Campaign Legal Center in a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Elections Commissions failed to act on an administrative complaint from the Campaign Legal Center in a timely fashion and must now resolve the matter within the next 30 days, a federal court ruled Thursday. The ruling... Read More

2021-11-05 15:36:05
by Dan McCue
Green Party’s Stein Seeks Court Review of Order to Repay $175K

WASHINGTON — Former Green Party candidate Jill Stein and her campaign committee, Jill Stein for President, are asking the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former Green Party candidate Jill Stein and her campaign committee, Jill Stein for President, are asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia to review a Federal Elections Commission order that she repay $175,272 in... Read More

2021-10-19 22:10:21
by Dan McCue
Fortenberry Accused in Indictment of Lying to FBI

WASHINGTON — Nine-term Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of lying to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Nine-term Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of lying to the FBI and concealing information from federal agents investigating campaign contributions illegally made to him by a Nigerian billionaire. The... Read More

House Democrats Post Record August Fundraising Ahead of 2022

WASHINGTON (AP) — The campaign organization aiming to maintain Democratic control of the House in the 2022 midterm races raised... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The campaign organization aiming to maintain Democratic control of the House in the 2022 midterm races raised $10 million last month, its best August haul ever during a year without a national election. The Democratic Congressional Campaign... Read More

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

Rep. Robin Kelly can remain chairwoman of the Illinois Democratic Party, but must insulate herself from all fundraising for non... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the FEC on Thursday accusing 18 super PACs of... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — The committee charged with helping Republicans wrest control of the House in 2022 raised $45.4 million over... Read More

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

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

The Federal Election Commission fined the Senate campaign of Jeff Sessions $15,000 for failing to properly disclose a last-minute, $150,000... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A federal court in Washington struck down a provision of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act last week, declaring... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Campaign Legal Center had neither standing nor a claim when it accused the Federal Elections Commission of... Read More

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

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

A dozen top megadonors — at least eight of whom are billionaires — have pumped a combined $3.4 billion dollars... Read More

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

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

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised over $11.5 million in February, far surpassing the organization's previous record for the most raised... Read More

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

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

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Commitee revealed Friday that it raised $7 million in January due to robust grassroots support, the hard... Read More

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

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sheldon Adelson, founder, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, has passed away at the age... Read More

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

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