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Donald Trump STILL Isn’t Self-Funding His Campaign

Donald Trump is loaning his campaign money, not paying for anything outright. And you can bet he’ll want supporters’ help paying himself back.

April 22, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders laughs after sitting down for breakfast at Lou Mitchell's Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Bernie Sanders Breaks Fundraising Record

Fresh off big wins in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington, the ornery Vermont independent raised $44 million in March, narrowly breaking his own previous record of $43.5 million from February.

April 2, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump waits to come into the spin room with his wife Melania after the Republican U.S. presidential candidates debate sponsored by ABC News at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Super PACs And Trump’s Wife: How A Photo Dispute Highlights Weakness In Campaign Finance Rules

There’s no evidence to support Donald Trump’s claim that Ted Cruz played a role in a super PAC’s attack on his wife. But federal rules barring coordination between candidates and the super PACs that support them have been so rarely enforced that even if Trump were right, it’s uncertain the Cruz campaign would be penalized.

March 31, 2016
Supporters of Dr. Ben Carson congregate near Dr. Carson's book tour bus after a book signing in Ames, Iowa.

Campaign Consultants And Media Companies Are Cashing In On Our Corrupt Elections

Carson, in an interview with CNN after he announced that he would be dropping out of the race, said “We had people who didn’t really seem to understand finances, or maybe they did—maybe they were doing it on purpose.”

March 23, 2016
Campaign buttons for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are shown outside a campaign event in Tucson, Arizona March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Sam Mircovich

Trump ‘Needs All The Help He Can Get,’ Donors Say

Between June and February, Trump loaned his campaign $24 million and raised nearly $10 million more from small donors.

March 21, 2016
Singer, founder, CEO, and co-chief investment officer for Elliott Management Corporation, attends the Skybridge Alternatives Conference in Las Vegas

Why ‘Billionaires Against Trump’ Does More Harm Than Good

Trump’s populism takes square aim at these people.

March 9, 2016
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Clinton Campaign Has A Money Problem: People Don’t Think She Needs It

Many of Clinton’s donors have reached the individual donations cap, which is set at $2,700 during the primary season.

February 24, 2016
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Analysis: Donald Trump Is Right About One Thing

Congress, Donald Trump is on to you. He knows you’re taking campaign donations and he knows you are doing something in return for the cash.

January 13, 2016
U.S. Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville

It’s Getting Harder To Tell What Separates A Super PAC From A Candidate’s Campaign

Many of the super PACs and the campaigns are run by a revolving door of close friends and staffers, ensuring that the two sides share a common playbook even when they avoid tripping over the vague Federal Election Commission rules banning coordination.

October 12, 2015
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Another Way To Mask Super Rich Donors

Most political donations from businesses are coming from little-known LLCs whose founders and officers often don’t have to be disclosed anywhere.

August 22, 2015
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Super-Rich Donors Turn Our Democracy Into Their Plutocracy

The real candidates are a small but powerful coterie of multimillionaire corporate executives and billionaires who fund secretive presidential super PACs that can determine who gets nominated.

August 12, 2015
Republican presidential candidates Jindal and Perry speak during a commercial break at a forum for lower polling candidates held before the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland

Ex-Texas Governor Perry Can’t Pay Presidential Campaign Staff: Reports

A Super PAC said they would step in, but they are not legally allowed to coordinate their activities with a candidate’s campaign, according to reports in the Washington Post.

August 11, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Million-Dollar Donations Fuel Super PACs’ New Dominance

Super PACs and other outside groups raised more than $250 million during the first half of 2015.

August 1, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker walks over to greet his childhood babysitter Janice Dietz at a campaign stop in Plainfield

Scott Walker Super PAC Raises More Than $20 Million In First Quarter

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker’s Unintimidated Super PAC on Tuesday reported raising more than $20 million in its first quarter from nearly 300 donors.

July 21, 2015
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Lack Of Clear Front-Runner In Huge 2016 Field Highlights Fractures Within GOP

If you’ve got a Twitter account, a Facebook page and a millionaire to fund your ‘super PAC,’ why not run for president?

June 30, 2015
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Why Hillary Clinton Can’t Win The Fundraising Expectations Game

As Hillary Clinton begins her second presidential bid, and the business of paying for it, her supporters predict that she will be deemed a fundraising failure no matter how much money she collects.

April 13, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in National Harbor, Md. Cruz announced his presidential bid Monday. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Will Ted Cruz Super PACs Usher In New Frontier Of Donor Influence?

One of the constellation of committees appears to be underwritten by Republican mega-donor Robert Mercer and his family. Campaign lawyers said the arrangement is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

April 9, 2015
Bob Menendez

Menendez Same-Day Service Seen Upending His Just Friends Defense

For federal prosecutors, the timing of favors by Sen. Robert Menendez will be the key to their bribery case against him.

April 7, 2015
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Citizens United Threatens Right To A Fair Trial

Dark money’s pervasive effects reach far beyond Capitol Hill.

October 30, 2014
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Money Swamp: Billions Spent In Battle For U.S. Congress

Take a deep dive into America’s out-of-control political spending

September 29, 2014
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Endorse This: Ted Cruz Fears For ‘SNL’s’ Safety

[jwplayer player=”1″ mediaid=”65508″] For a Constitutional lawyer, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) doesn’t seem to have a strong grasp on the First Amendment. On Tuesday, the Senate debated a Constitutional fix that would overturn Citizens United. But according to Senator Cruz, limiting money in politics would be the tip of a crazy iceberg. Click above to see […]

September 10, 2014
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Tea Party PAC Funding Increases While Candidates Falter

The Tea Party’s really been struggling this primary season. They’ve failed to unseat a single Republican incumbent in the Senate primaries, and haven’t won many victories in House primaries, either. But, as Patricia Murphy points out in The Daily Beast, fundraising for Tea Party SuperPACs continues to increase. The right’s top three Washington-based SuperPACS — […]

August 15, 2014
Karl Rove

Rove’s Top Campaign Funding Groups Keep Low Profile In 2014 Elections

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Not that long ago, Karl Rove emerged as a mastermind of a new type of campaign spending, leading a wave of outside groups whose ability to pour money into the 2010 midterm election helped Republicans gain control of the House and bolster GOP ranks in the Senate. […]

June 9, 2014
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Liberal Outside Money Groups Spend Big In North Carolina

by Theodoric Meyer and Kim Barker, ProPublica. Most people have come to associate outside money — the hundreds of millions of dollars from politically active nonprofits and SuperPACs pouring into American elections — with conservatives. And why not? Since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, conservative groups have far outspent their liberal counterparts. In […]

April 30, 2014
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What Happens When A Dark Money Group Blows Off IRS Rules? Nothing

by Kim Barker and Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica To see how easy it is for a dark money group to ignore the Internal Revenue Service, look no further than the loftily named Government Integrity Fund. The Fund, an Ohio nonprofit, spent more than $1 million in 2012 on TV ads attacking Ohio senator Sherrod Brown and […]

April 25, 2014
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