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Floor statement: Sen. John McCain on the DISCLOSE Actupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 19:33:00

Senate Republicans again Tuesday blocked Democratic legislation that would require greater transparency into who is behind much of the secretive, often negative campaign advertising filling the airwaves this election season.

Investigating Rep. Buchanan campaign cashupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 23:27:00

CNN's Drew Griffin reports on FEC investigations into Rep. Vern Buchanan violating campaign finance laws.

Powerful congressman accused of campaign finance violationsupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 23:27:00

Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan, a self-made Florida millionaire, is only in his third term in Congress, but he already is in charge of fundraising for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, and he sits on the powerful House Ways and Means committee.

Supreme Court mulls revisiting state campaign spending restrictionsupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 13:58:00

Money in presidential and congressional campaigns has already reached record heights so far this election year, thanks in part to recent rulings by the Supreme Court and other federal judges that loosened long-standing restrictions on outside corporate spending.

Obama, Romney campaigns in rare agreement: Text them money!updated: Wed Jun 13 2012 15:50:00

Could the national conventions become more than just political rallies? That's what one political expert predicts with the Federal Elections Commission ruling that will allow people to text donations to the campaign of their choice.

LGBT donors back President Obama, big timeupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 09:43:00

After President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, a group organizing a fundraiser on his behalf suddenly had to find a bigger venue. The event, featuring the pop singer Pink, is one of two LGBT-organized fundraisers Obama is expected to attend on the West Coast on Wednesday.

Edwards charges: The rundownupdated: Thu May 31 2012 19:55:00

The jury in the trial of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards spent more than 50 hours deliberating six counts stemming from allegations that he accepted illegal campaign contributions, falsified documents and conspired to receive and conceal the contributions.

Habla John Edwardsupdated: Thu May 31 2012 19:55:00

El ex senador demócrata dice que él es responsable por los errores cometidos.

Odd behavior in Edwards trialupdated: Thu May 31 2012 17:37:00

Erin Burnett tackles the latest in the John Edwards Trial. Flirting by a juror, wardrobe mishap and a judge's warning.

Explain it to me: Campaign spendingupdated: Thu May 31 2012 07:36:00

Explain it to me: CNN's Tom Foreman explains how presidential hopefuls spend money.

Former Justice Stevens criticizes court over campaign spending rulingsupdated: Thu May 31 2012 07:36:00

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens had harsh words for his former conservative colleagues Wednesday, saying they have inconsistently applied the law two years after a sweeping ruling dealing with campaign finance reform.

What are the charges against John Edwards? updated: Wed May 23 2012 16:15:00

The jury in the trial of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is deliberating six counts stemming from allegations that he accepted illegal campaign contributions, falsified documents and conspired to receive and conceal the contributions. The maximum sentence if convicted on all six counts would be 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine.

Jury to begin deliberations in John Edwards trialupdated: Fri May 18 2012 09:00:00

Jurors were set to begin deliberations Friday in the corruption trial of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.

John Edwards' daughter expected to testify in his corruption trialupdated: Tue May 15 2012 02:33:00

While John Edwards' lawyers have not yet made a decision whether to put the former presidential candidate on the stand in his corruption trial, Edwards' oldest daughter, Cate, is expected to testify this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.

Borger: Edwards' revelations 'stunning'updated: Tue May 15 2012 02:33:00

Political analyst Gloria Borger talks to Wolf Blitzer about John Edwards' parallel life, revealed in his criminal trial.

CNNMoney: Campaign 2012: Bring on the cash moneyupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 06:32:00

With primary season over, the race for president -- and the race for cash -- is about to heat up.

Forgetting a key lesson from Watergate?updated: Sat Feb 04 2012 14:28:00

A bungled break-in, Deep Throat, a defiant President Richard Nixon declaring, "I am not a crook."

CNNMoney: More money, more votes: The billion dollar campaignupdated: Thu Feb 02 2012 05:07:00

Let there be no doubt: The campaign finance floodgates are officially open.

CNNMoney: Colbert super PAC rakes in $1 millionupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 17:31:00

Stephen Colbert's super PAC is working with some serious cash.

CNNMoney: Campaign finance the Stephen Colbert wayupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 19:47:00

Is Stephen Colbert a comedian, political candidate or professor of campaign finance law?

Super PAC: American Crossroadsupdated: Wed Jan 25 2012 09:51:00

CNN's Jessica Yellin profiles two Karl Rove-founded outside spending groups focused on unseating President Obama.

Super PAC says it's leveling playing field; unions disagree updated: Wed Jan 25 2012 09:51:00

Are American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS comparable to labor unions and Democratic activists scoff at the question. But Steven Law, Crossroads' CEO, says yes.

Where the money is: A campaign spending primerupdated: Mon Jan 23 2012 19:19:00

The following is a primer on campaign finance terms relevant to the Supreme Court's 2010 "Citizens United" ruling that loosened spending restrictions in federal elections, which will have an impact this election year.

It took a scandal to get real campaign finance reform updated: Mon Jan 23 2012 17:48:00

As Americans read about the flood of private money that is going into the current presidential campaign, most can't help but shake their heads in disgust about how our democracy functions.

The biggest danger of Super PACsupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 08:13:00

This election season, the term "Super PAC" has escaped from the obscure world of campaign finance lawyers to emerge on the front pages of major newspapers and political websites. Super PACs are political organizations that can take unlimited sums from individuals, corporations and labor unions to spend in support of, or opposition to, federal candidates. To do so legally, a Super PAC must avoid certain forms of coordination with candidates.

'Check here' to support the election on your IRS form? Maybe not for longupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 16:20:00

Remember the little box you can check off on your federal tax return to donate three dollars to pay for presidential campaigns? House Republicans voted that in this era of e-mailing or texting campaign contributions, it's time to get rid of the federal program, and remove taxpayer money from presidential elections and political conventions.

Former Fiesta Bowl executive indicted in campaign contributions caseupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 17:33:00

A federal grand jury in Phoenix has indicted the Fiesta Bowl's former chief operating officer on accusations of causing and then covering up illegal political contributions, lying to federal authorities and filing false tax returns.

The biggest scandal in Washingtonupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 08:11:00

In recent weeks, there have been two important stories developing about the 2012 campaign. On the surface, they have nothing to do directly with Herman Cain, Mitt Romney or Michele Bachmann.

Campaign fund manager for California Democrats charged with mail fraudupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 21:33:00

A prominent California Democrat campaign fund manager charged with defrauding a state legislator of $677,181 is in settlement negotiations with federal prosecutors, a law enforcement source said Tuesday. John Edwards Ordered to Pay Back $2.3 Millionupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 09:52:00

The Federal Election Commission says the disgraced politician must pay the treasury

FEC: Edwards owes $2.3Mupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 14:47:00

The Federal Election Commission votes 6-0 for John Edwards to pay back $2.3M from his 2008 campaign.

Election commission rules Edwards must pay back $2.3 millionupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 14:47:00

Former Presidential candidate John Edwards will have to pay back over 2 million dollars in federal matching funds given to his 2008 campaign for president, the Federal Election Commission ruled on Thursday.

High court strikes down taxpayer-supported campaign spending lawupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 11:29:00

The Supreme Court has tossed out an Arizona law that provides extra taxpayer-funded support for office seekers who have been outspent by privately funded opponents or by independent political groups. John Edwards: I've Done Wrong - but Didn't Break the Lawupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 16:50:00

The former presidential candidate pleads not guilty to charges in alleged mistress cover-up John Edwards Indicted on Charges of Misusing Campaign Fundsupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 13:50:00

The former presidential candidate is accused of using political donations to cover up his affair and love child

John Edwards indicted on six countsupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 16:24:00

Former Sen. John Edwards is indicted on felony charges for allegedly giving campaign funds to his mistress.

John Edwards pleads not guilty to conspiracy, campaign law violationsupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 16:24:00

Former Democratic vice presidential nominee and two-time presidential candidate John Edwards pleaded not guilty Friday to conspiracy and campaign law violations, acknowledging that he had "done wrong," but denying that he broke the law.

BCS fines Fiesta Bowl $1M over campaign contributionsupdated: Wed May 11 2011 22:22:00

College football's Bowl Championship Series says it will fine the Fiesta Bowl $1 million and impose other sanctions after the bowl reported that it had, among other things, reimbursed employees for political contributions they made allegedly at bowl leaders' encouragement.

2007: Obama launches presidential bidupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 09:47:00

Then Sen. Barack Obama announced his White House bid in February, 2007 before a crowd in chilly Springfield, Illinois.

With short video, Obama launches bid for re-electionupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 09:47:00

With a short video on, the sitting president of the United States has launched his bid for re-election.

Arizona election finance law reveals high court riftupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 16:17:00

The Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared to hold the cards Monday in a key campaign finance reform case involving an Arizona election law that would provide matching funds to underfunded candidates. The justices could continue a recent legal trend and strike down another effort at government restrictions on election spending.

Group says 2 justices may have conflict of interest in election caseupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 17:02:00

A liberal reform group has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of conflict of interest by Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

Justices turn aside election appeal over outside donor disclosuresupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 12:36:00

With the mid-term elections looming, the Supreme Court on Monday turned away from the opportunity to further loosen campaign finance restrictions, this time over disclosure of donors.

Obama dropped ball on campaign reformupdated: Mon Oct 18 2010 14:06:00

President Obama has recently blasted the influx of money from undisclosed donors flowing into the midterm campaigns. He repeated a claim, which major media outlets have not been able to substantiate, that foreign funds may have been used in the United States.

Senate to vote again on controversial campaign ad spendingupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 16:02:00

The Senate will vote Thursday on whether to take up a hot-button campaign finance reform bill.

GOP blocks Senate finance billupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 18:19:00

Senate Republicans narrowly block a Democrat-backed campaign finance disclosure bill. CNN's Rick Sanchez reports.

Republicans block campaign finance disclosure billupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 18:19:00

Senate Republicans narrowly blocked Democratic campaign finance disclosure legislation in the Senate Tuesday after raising concerns the bill would curb freedom of speech and tilt campaign spending in favor of the Democrats.

Kagan: Campaign finance reform proved a major defeatupdated: Sun Jun 27 2010 11:56:00

President Barack Obama in 2009 nominated Elena Kagan to be the nation's first female solicitor general.

Ballparks, not ballrooms, locale of choice for campaign fundraisersupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 13:12:00

When President Obama threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' season opener on Monday, he kicked off not only a new baseball season but also a new round of fundraisers at Nationals Park.

Fortune: Why the outcry over 'Citizens United'updated: Fri Feb 12 2010 09:12:00

The U.S. Supreme Court's stunning campaign-finance ruling last month -- finding that the "government may not suppress political speech on the basis of the speaker's corporate identity" -- triggered passionate reactions from critics, extending even to an unprecedented, point-counterpoint exchange during the State of the Union address between President Barack Obama and one of the five justices who signed it. In this article we'll aim to depressurize the debate and explain what all the fuss is about.

Court eases campaign limitsupdated: Sat Jan 23 2010 17:14:00

CNN's Jeffrey Toobin explains what impact the Supreme Court ruling could have on midterm elections.

Government can't squelch free speechupdated: Sat Jan 23 2010 17:14:00

For everyone licking their wounds after Thursday's landmark 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, worried that the evil corporations are now poised to ruin American democracy once and for all, in the bogus name of free speech, here's a word of potential hope: I used to be one of you, too, and today I'm happy as a clam. Maybe you can be too, eventually. Here's why:

Analysis: High court ruling a game-changer for campaign spendingupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 11:49:00

Campaign 2010 is in full swing: Massachusetts elected its new U.S. senator this week, and the first congressional primaries are just days away.

Intriguing people for January 22, 2010updated: Fri Jan 22 2010 08:53:00

Conan O'Brien The flame-haired comedian has signed a deal with NBC to walk away from "The Tonight Show." The Wall Street Journal reported that the pact -- some $45 million for O'Brien and his staff -- contains a "non-disparagement clause" for both O'Brien and the network, which means they can't say nasty things about each other in public.

Supreme Court eases restrictions on corporate campaign spendingupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 14:05:00

The Supreme Court has given big business, unions and nonprofits more power to spend freely in federal elections, a major turnaround that threatens a century of government efforts to regulate the power of corporations to bankroll American politics.

High court hears 'Hillary: The Movie!' campaign finance caseupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 13:24:00

The Supreme Court heard new arguments Wednesday in a dramatic case that started with a movie attacking Hillary Clinton -- but that could have far-reaching implications for U.S. elections.

Analysis: Following the money, from TR to McCain-Feingoldupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 23:12:00

President Theodore Roosevelt is generally credited with launching a nationwide push for campaign spending reform. Embarrassed by disclosure of secret donations by insurance firms to his 1904 election, he supported congressional efforts to ban corporate dollars in national races.

Check the tax box, fund the parties' partiesupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 11:55:00

When Democrats gather in Denver, Colorado, and Republicans in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, for their political conventions this summer, they'll be taking along with them a big gift from federal taxpayers.

Taxpayers foot convention billupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 11:55:00

Critics ask why taxpayers are footing the bill for big political conventions. CNN's Drew Griffin reports.

Campaign war chests near $200 millionupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 17:11:00

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama and the major political parties supporting their presidential bids have amassed campaign war chests totaling almost $200 million, according to campaign finance documents filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

High court says no to 'Millionaire's Amendment'updated: Thu Jun 26 2008 15:00:00

The Supreme Court has struck down a provision of a federal campaign finance law that allowed opponents of wealthy candidates to exceed strict campaign spending limits.

McCain slams Obama on financingupdated: Sun Jun 22 2008 02:42:00

Sen. McCain targets Sen. Obama's decision on public financing during a visit to the flood zone in Iowa Thursday.

Analysis: Rejecting public funding won't hurt Obamaupdated: Sun Jun 22 2008 02:42:00

Sen. Barack Obama's decision to reject roughly $85 million in public financing -- as well as the strict spending limits that would accompany those funds -- did not come as a surprise to most political observers. Waste Company Ups Campaign Fundsupdated: Wed Apr 16 2008 12:50:00

A Utah disposal company seeking federal permission to import more than 20,000 tons of nuclear waste from Italy has raised its campaign contributions to lawmakers

How much can you donate?updated: Wed Apr 09 2008 21:07:00

CNN's Carl Azuz discusses the finer points of campaign finance and how much one can donate.

CNN Student News One-Sheet: Campaign Financeupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 21:07:00

Use this information to teach your students about campaign finance.

CNN Student News Learning Activity: Campaign Finance updated: Sun Apr 06 2008 19:46:00

Students will learn about campaign finance and campaign finance reform.

Obama raises more than $40 million in Marchupdated: Thu Apr 03 2008 16:39:00

Sen. Barack Obama raised more than $40 million from more than 442,000 donors in March, his presidential campaign announced Thursday.

Puerto Rican governor charged in campaign finance probeupdated: Thu Mar 27 2008 14:49:00

Puerto Rican Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila and 12 associates face criminal charges related to the financing of three of Acevedo's campaigns, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday.

Obama raises $55 million in February, sets new recordupdated: Thu Mar 06 2008 20:16:00

Sen. Barack Obama raised $55 million in February, his campaign reported Thursday, setting a record for political fundraising in one month.

Dems vs. McCain on campaign financingupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 16:16:00

Sen. John McCain's campaign said the Republican presidential hopeful has the "constitutional right" to opt out of the public election funds program.

Dean vs. McCainupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 16:16:00

DNC Chairman Howard Dean accuses GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain of skirting election laws.

Dean says McCain skirts election law with campaign loan updated: Sun Feb 24 2008 20:27:00

Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean accused Republican presidential front-runner John McCain of trying to skirt campaign finance laws Sunday by trying to opt out of public financing for his primary campaign.

CNNMoney: Election '08: Where the Street is putting its $updated: Tue Feb 05 2008 11:33:00

One of the most competitive presidential elections in years is also on track to become the most expensive election ever, according to, the web site of the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Sen. Craig to court: Let me withdraw my guilty pleaupdated: Tue Jan 08 2008 17:29:00

Lawyers for Sen. Larry Craig asked a Minnesota appeals court Tuesday to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea stemming from his June arrest in a public bathroom sex sting, citing a "grave procedural flaw."

Clinton raises record $100 million, says campaignupdated: Tue Jan 01 2008 12:38:00

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton raised a record "over $100 million" for her Democratic presidential bid, her campaign reported.

Closing arguments in Iowaupdated: Tue Jan 01 2008 12:38:00

With 4 days to the Iowa caucus, Suzanne Malveaux highlights the closing arguments for democratic presidential hopefuls. Hillary Clinton's Chinatown Tangleupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 14:00:00

Is that poor restaurant worker who gave $1,000 to the campaign a real donor, or an illegal proxy? That's the question every campaign is trying to figure out how to answer

Craig used campaign funds on lawyers in ethics probeupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 17:57:00

A new campaign finance report filed with the Senate shows Sen. Larry Craig spent about $23,000 in campaign money on lawyers in his ethics investigation.

High court rejects Vermont campaign finance lawupdated: Mon Jun 26 2006 11:53:00

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down Vermont's strict limits on state campaign spending limits, finding the laws unfairly violate the free speech rights of candidates to raise money and publicize their views.

DeLay: 'I've never done anything for personal gain'updated: Tue Apr 04 2006 00:04:00

Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay said Tuesday he's dropping his bid for re-election, while insisting he's never acted improperly.

CNNMoney: Make 150,000% Today!updated: Fri Jan 27 2006 15:41:00

Yes, the Jack Abramoff scandal is a cancer eating away at the heart of Washington, fresh proof of the Beltway's culture of corruption, etc., etc. But for business, this tawdry episode is a reminder of something that gets too little notice: A company's return on lobbying and campaign contributions--let's call it return on political investment, or ROPI--is astronomically higher than any real investment it can make. These remarkable returns, not any inherent venality, explain why the pseudo-reforms likely to come in Abramoff's wake will do nothing to stop the meltdowns from recurring.

Roberts donated primarily to GOP candidatesupdated: Wed Jul 20 2005 14:29:00

Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts has donated to the political campaigns of several Republican candidates, including one senator who will vote on Roberts' appointment to the high court.

CNNMoney: Google for Kerry?updated: Mon Feb 14 2005 07:41:00

Google Inc. employees took out their wallets and showed overwhelming support for the Democratic Party last year, according to a report Monday in USA Today.

Keeping elections cleanupdated: Mon Oct 11 2004 12:03:00

In addition to choosing a U.S. president, the 2004 election is a referendum on the success of the McCain-Feingold reforms, otherwise known as the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Act of 2002.

Election campaign fund: Your tax dollars at workupdated: Mon Apr 12 2004 16:34:00

You look at your federal income tax return and you ponder that box marked "Presidential Election Campaign."

Kerry hires online chief from MoveOnupdated: Wed Apr 07 2004 12:47:00

John Kerry has hired an Internet-savvy Democrat to run his presidential campaign's online communications, a move that raises new questions about the link between his campaign and the independent groups that run TV ads on his behalf.

Money Magazine: Wall Street Votes with its Pocketbook Goldman, Merrill, Citi: Donors from financial services firms are forking over some of the updated: Mon Mar 01 2004 00:01:00


Fortune: The New Soft Money Campaign-finance reform didn't kill big political donations, it just changed the rules of the game. Meet the updated: Mon Nov 10 2003 00:01:00

The fourth floor of the building directly across the street from the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington looks abandoned. No receptionist greets visitors. The hallway lights aren't turned on. Most ...

FSB: How To Get Cash & Influence People The small-business lobby takes the "pain" out of "campaign-finance reform."updated: Wed May 01 2002 00:01:00

To hear the hype about the new campaign-finance law, you'd think that advocates for small business would be miserable. With big money banished from politics, interest groups will have to turn elsew...

Fortune: The Money Chase It's as venal as this: The presidential candidates who raise the most money get the nomination. So forget the poupdated: Mon Sep 07 1998 00:01:00

Any Democrat running for President needs to be Terry McAuliffe's best friend. Vice President Al Gore flew through a snowstorm last year to attend McAuliffe's 40th birthday party. On the grip-'n'-gr...


Ordinary Americans are prohibited from climbing Mount Rushmore, where the faces of four great Presidents are carved in granite. But this September, just before the Senate began debating campaign fi...


Jerry Kohlberg is accustomed to being a pioneer and a pariah. As an investment banker at Bear Stearns in the 1960s, he invented the leveraged buyout and with it became one of the richest men in Ame...

Fortune: WHO'S AHEAD IN THE '88 MONEY RACE Hard cash has never been more important to winning the American presidency. Out in front in fuupdated: Mon Jun 08 1987 00:01:00

EVEN BEFORE Miami model Donna Rice -- and how she spent the night of May 1 -- made headlines, Gary Hart's presidential campaign was in trouble. Though he led the Democratic polls, Hart lagged behin...

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