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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

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... Read More

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'

WASHINGTON — Unlike in 2018, this year's "green wave" of Democratic money didn't produce a "blue wave" of victories, thanks in... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Over the course of the 2020 election cycle, the NewDem Action Fund has backed 31 congressional candidates by... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - President Trump's re-election campaign allegedly laundered $170 million in spending to conceal payments made to Trump family associates... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Former President Barack Obama is making his fundraising debut for Joe Biden next week, appearing at an online... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign announced Monday that it raised $80.8 million in May, fueled by... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — It was another in an unrelenting procession of Zoom fundraisers — the script familiar, the donors determined not... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - There's no question that the coronavirus outbreak that began in earnest in March profoundly affected the nature of... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a challenge to Seattle's "Democracy Voucher Program," leaving in... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has abandoned plans to form a new super PAC dedicated to... Read More

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

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — State ethics regulators have fined the campaign of former Gov. Eric Greitens $178,000 over campaign finance... Read More

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

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg's campaign says he raised more than $24.7 million in the last three months... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — The late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore left $1 million in unspent campaign funds, according to election... Read More

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’

When it comes to political fundraising, rich people are great. People who know a lot of rich people are even... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - A year out from the 2020 general election, more U.S. companies are opting for transparency when it comes... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible campaign finance violations... Read More

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

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