Complete coverage on

Election Campaigns

In case you haven't noticed, this election season is awash in money.

Latest Stories

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.

Fierce Wisconsin recall campaign winds upupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 13:35:00

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican hero for austerity measures that stripped collective bargaining rights from most public unions, spent a final day campaigning before Tuesday's recall election that brought lots of outside interest and money to the state.

Santorum Bows outupdated: Wed Apr 11 2012 05:26:00

John King and Reince Priebus discuss Rick Santorum's decision to suspend his campaign and what that means for the GOP.

Santorum: This race is over for meupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 21:53:00

Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for president, saying the race is over but he'll continue to fight.

The Campaign Trailupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 13:12:00

A unique look at how the GOP candidates are going about winning women voters.

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."

Explain it to me: Campaign fundraisingupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 14:25:00

In the first of this two-part edition of Explain it to me, Tom Foreman explains how presidential hopefuls raise money.

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.

Cost of running for officeupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 12:02:00

Newcomers to politics get a feel for what it costs to run for office. CNN's Athena Jones reports

Political newcomers face high costs and difficult oddsupdated: Sun Jan 22 2012 12:02:00

Political newcomer Ken Vaughn is betting big on his own run for Congress.

McCain playbook surfaces, attacks Romneyupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 09:37:00

A 2008 McCain campaign playbook provides GOP rivals with vivid details of Mitt Romney's political "flaws."

Why are negative political ads good for us? updated: Thu Jan 19 2012 09:37:00

After complaining about a barrage of negative ads that has put his campaign into a tailspin, Newt Gingrich, supported by some super PACs, is waging a bloody last stand in South Carolina against the clear GOP front-runner, Mitt Romney. Gingrich's drop-off and his look to negative ads as a way to revive his standing shows just how powerful the role negative advertising plays in our modern day campaigns.

Huntsman attacks negative adsupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 09:30:00

Jon Huntsman bows out attacking negative campaigns before throwing support behind Mitt Romney. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

Cain suspends presidential campaignupdated: Sat Dec 03 2011 18:21:00

Herman Cain tells supporters at his campaign headquarters in Atlanta that he is suspending his campaign.

Herman Cain's smokin' new adupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 15:32:00

CNN's Erin Burnett takes a closer look at Herman Cain's new political campaign ad.

Why do U.S. elections cost so much?updated: Thu Oct 13 2011 15:19:00

The presidential campaign fundraising numbers being reported paint a picture of what's to come over the 13 months until the 2012 election: A flood of television ads, cross-country bus tours and a lot of handshakes.

Kick-starting Campaign 2012updated: Fri Jun 24 2011 10:16:00

The Republican Leadership Conference wraps up Day Three in New Orleans. CNN's Barbara Hall reports

In GOP presidential field, only three are for realupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 10:16:00

There are three ways to run for president these days.

To announce or not: Explaining presidential exploratory committeesupdated: Thu May 12 2011 10:13:00

The path to the White House used to begin often with a fancy public event where the candidate, flanked by his or her (usually his) loved ones, gave a full-throated declaration of his or her candidacy for president amid balloons, confetti and patriotically colored bunting.

Independent groups expected to rake in hundreds of millionsupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 15:36:00

As President Barack Obama kicks off the 2012 money race with a series of well-publicized re-election fundraisers in Chicago, Democratic operatives are quietly crisscrossing the nation to raise big money for new independent expenditure groups.

Outside groups' 2012 influenceupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 15:36:00

CNN's Jessica Yellin looks at the major influence independent groups will play in the 2012 election.

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.

How some winning campaigns startedupdated: Tue Apr 05 2011 09:44:00

A look back at candidates who announced on TV they'd run for president, and then eventually won.

Haley Barbour for president in 2012?updated: Fri Nov 05 2010 10:43:00

Mississippi governor Haley Barbour has been credited with orchestrating many of the GOP's key midterm wins.

So long 2010, hello 2012updated: Fri Nov 05 2010 10:43:00

If every end results in a new beginning, then the start of the next race for the White House begins now.

CNNMoney: Goodbye, campaign jobsupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 10:24:00

Along with a Republican victory, the conclusion of the midterm elections will bring about a hiring bust for political jobs.

Midterm elections: Latest updatesupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 02:44:00

Here's what you need to know right now as results come in for Tuesday's midterm election:

Politically correct eating on the campaign trailupdated: Thu Oct 28 2010 11:43:00

Between now and Election Day, candidates for public office will remind us how impossible it is to separate politicking from eating. Food is everywhere on the campaign trail. Large-scale dinners raise millions of dollars for candidates. Empty pizza boxes litter campaign offices, reminders of the power of pepperoni to fuel volunteers' efforts.

Quick shots: Kudos to campaign workersupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 12:28:00

Editor's note: There are six days to go before voters cast ballots in the hotly contested midterm elections. In this special feature, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.

Obama fighting to finish with biggest campaign swing yetupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 13:03:00

President Obama embarks Wednesday on his longest campaign swing of the midterm election season, with top adviser David Axelrod saying that "nobody has as big a megaphone as the president" and that he plans to use it aggressively to lay out the stakes for November 2.

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.

First lady stumps in battleground statesupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 16:39:00

Michelle Obama makes an appearance in Milwaukee, stumping for Sen. Russ Feingold.

The Sweep: 'Reluctant warrior' Michelle Obama dives into midtermsupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 16:39:00

With his party's control of Congress teetering on the brink of disaster, an unpopular president decides in the final days to roll out his best asset: his wife, whose own approval ratings soar 20 percentage points higher than his.

California governor candidates spar over 'whore' remarkupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 13:19:00

The California governor's race has devolved into a skirmish over the word "whore."

Whitman: Allegations based on liesupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 13:19:00

Gloria Allred said she has proof that Meg Whitman knew more about her housekeeper's citizenship than she is revealing. Levi Johnston Targets His First Campaign Stopupdated: Wed Aug 25 2010 20:08:00

His papers filed, the mayoral candidate reportedly heads directly to a gun shop

Time to give political analysis a restupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 09:28:00

After last week's primaries, the national media tried yet again to figure out what the results mean for the national political landscape. Writing for Politico, John Harris reported that the primaries had brought good news for President Obama and Democrats.

Democrats shying away from Obama?updated: Tue Aug 03 2010 13:22:00

While Democratic candidates have not openly said President Obama is not welcome on the campaign trail, actions speak louder than words.

Campaign finance proposal targets corporationsupdated: Thu Apr 29 2010 18:49:00

Congressional Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday that would ban foreign-controlled companies and most firms receiving either government contracts or federal bailout funds from spending money on U.S. elections.

Another shock to the Washington systemupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 00:11:00

Still reeling from Tuesday's shocking upset in the Massachusetts Senate race, the political class got hammered again Thursday by the Supreme Court, which, for all practical purposes, outlawed campaign finance rules and made the already irrelevant Federal Election Commission obsolete.

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.

Clinton hits milestone in trying to clear campaign debtupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 03:50:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reached an important milestone Wednesday in her quest to pay the debt from her failed 2008 presidential bid: For the first time in eight months, her campaign committee reported having more money in the bank than it owes.

Corzine poll could show mood swinging against incumbentsupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 14:41:00

­New poll numbers in New Jersey spell more trouble for Gov. Jon Corzine's bid for re-election. The poll could also be a sign that the country's severe recession may take a toll on incumbents running for re-election.

Clinton campaign debt now at $6.4 millionupdated: Sun Dec 21 2008 10:31:00

Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton had $6.4 million in presidential campaign debt at the end of November, according to a report filed Saturday with the Federal Election Commission.

Larry King: Sarah unleashedupdated: Thu Nov 13 2008 11:42:00

Larry talks with Gov. Sarah Palin about her political future, reflections on the campaign and thoughts about Sen. McCain.

Palin: I'm proud of Obama and pray for himupdated: Thu Nov 13 2008 11:42:00

Former Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has said she is optimistic about Barack Obama's incoming administration and that she prays for the president elect and his family.

CNN Student News: Talking Democracy - Teaching Toolsupdated: Wed Nov 05 2008 10:46:00

Each month in 2008, CNN Student News will be "Talking Democracy" by introducing an election-year topic on the show and online. From caucuses to conventions and primaries to polls, CNN Student News will be breaking down these election-year concepts for students and teachers.

Talking Democracyupdated: Wed Nov 05 2008 10:46:00

CNN Student News explores the right to vote and an iReporting classroom chimes in with reasons to exercise it.

Obama's last rallyupdated: Tue Nov 04 2008 06:41:00

Barack Obama reflects on his time campaigning around the country and thanks his supporters. McCain Doesn't Let Up in the Final Daysupdated: Sun Nov 02 2008 10:35:00

Despite the discouraging polls, the GOP candidate isn't acting like he's the loser

Fortune: Startups get a lift from election '08updated: Wed Oct 29 2008 09:53:00

When 100,000 people turned out in St. Louis recently to hear Barack Obama speak, his campaign's ability to organize such a massive rally in a red state owed much to the deft use of digital technology from a company called Distributive Networks.

Battle for Virginia shifts to getting voters to the pollsupdated: Mon Oct 27 2008 21:24:00

In the final days before the election, the strategy in battleground Virginia has shifted from getting people registered to making sure they show up to vote.

Ground war in Virginiaupdated: Mon Oct 27 2008 21:24:00

Virginia Republicans and Democrats amp up their get-out-the-vote efforts before Election Day. CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.

Obama to leave campaign trail to visit ailing grandmotherupdated: Mon Oct 20 2008 22:43:00

Sen. Barack Obama will take a break from campaigning Thursday so he can visit his ailing grandmother in Hawaii, an Obama spokesman said Monday.

Clinton: No more 'negativity'updated: Tue Oct 14 2008 13:04:00

Sen. Hillary Clinton said Sen. John McCain should stop being so negative.

Clinton: I'd like woman in White House I agree withupdated: Tue Oct 14 2008 13:04:00

Sen. Hillary Clinton appeared Tuesday on "American Morning" with CNN's John Roberts to discuss the presidential campaign, the financial crisis and her views on electing a woman to the White House.

Bill Clinton speaks at rallyupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 21:27:00

Former President Bill Clinton talks to Obama supporters at a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Biden, Clintons team up for Obamaupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 21:27:00

Sen. Joe Biden teamed up with the Clintons on Sunday for a rally in his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Commentary: McCain campaign following in Hillary's footstepsupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 11:25:00

A campaign at war with itself cannot fight its opponent effectively.

Campaign teams hammer out rules for debatesupdated: Wed Sep 24 2008 13:32:00

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama began to formally prepare for their first debate only this week, but their campaigns began negotiations months ago with the Commission on Presidential Debates. Virginia Sounds the Starting Gun for Early Votingupdated: Fri Sep 19 2008 14:00:00

A record number of Americans are expected to pull the lever long before November 4

Palin never in Iraq, campaign now saysupdated: Sat Sep 13 2008 19:35:00

Sarah Palin did not visit troops in Iraq, a spokesperson for the Republican vice presidential nominee confirmed Saturday, as new details emerged about the extent of the Alaska governor's foreign travel.

McCain and Palin debut in 'must win' Virginiaupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 17:05:00

Sen. John McCain and vice presidential running mate Gov. Sarah Palin campaigned in northern Virginia for the first time on Wednesday, drawing a crowd of more than 20,000 people to a park in the sturdily Democratic county of Fairfax.

Tensions rise on the stumpupdated: Wed Sep 10 2008 17:05:00

CNN's Candy Crowley reports the campaign trail has grown nasty as the race grows tighter.

Obama hits campaign trailupdated: Sun Sep 07 2008 18:32:00

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux looks at Obama's first day out on the campaign after the conventions.

McCain defends charge that Obama playing race cardupdated: Thu Jul 31 2008 20:10:00

Sen. John McCain defended his campaign Thursday for saying that Sen. Barack Obama is playing the race card.

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.

Campaigns take to the airwavesupdated: Wed Jun 25 2008 16:38:00

Preston on Politics talks to CNN TV advertising consultant Evan Tracey about the candidates' TV campaign strategies.

Obama VP buzzupdated: Thu Jun 12 2008 19:44:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on the buzz surrounding Barack Obama's possible VP choices.

McCain goes after second Obama VP vetterupdated: Thu Jun 12 2008 19:44:00

The day after Jim Johnson resigned from Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential candidate vetting committee, Sen. John McCain set his sights on Eric Holder, one of the two remaining members of the committee.

Obama VP search beginsupdated: Fri May 23 2008 18:40:00

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign begins the hunt for a running mate. CNN's Jessica Yellin looks at possible contenders.

Sources: Clinton, Obama supporters discuss exit strategiesupdated: Fri May 23 2008 18:40:00

Several close friends and supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton said they are seeking a "graceful exit strategy" for Clinton from the race for the Democratic nomination, possibly as part of a joint ticket for the White House.

Obama camp: Clinton not looking for a deal updated: Sun May 11 2008 16:36:00

Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign rejected suggestions Sunday that Sen. Hillary Clinton is staying in the race in hopes of brokering some kind of agreement with the likely Democratic nominee.

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.

Clinton isn't quittingupdated: Sat Mar 29 2008 18:06:00

At a campaign stop in Indianapolis, Sen. Hillary Clinton reiterated that she would stay in the presidential race.

Ron Paul's intentionsupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 11:52:00

Republican Ron Paul is winding down his presidential campaign, but he says there's still something to fight for.

Clinton, Obama clash over campaign tactics in debateupdated: Wed Feb 27 2008 08:12:00

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparred with each other over negative campaigning, health care and free trade Tuesday, a week before key primaries in Texas and Ohio.

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.

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.

Life on the stump is a grind for candidatesupdated: Fri Feb 15 2008 13:34:00

John McCain's schedule today calls for a flight from Washington to Wisconsin. A town hall meeting in Oshkosh, a second one in La Crosse and a dinner in Milwaukee. Then, the Republican presidential front-runner flies home to Arizona.

Presidential fitnessupdated: Fri Feb 15 2008 13:34:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a look at how the presidential candidates are keeping fit.

Romney endorses McCain for GOP nominationupdated: Fri Feb 15 2008 11:23:00

Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney announced Thursday that he is backing Sen. John McCain in his bid for the Oval Office. Is It Too Late for Hillary? updated: Thu Feb 14 2008 01:20:00

This isn't the race Clinton expected to be running. Now she's retooling her campaign, betting it all on Texas and Ohio Can Obama Keep the Momentum?updated: Tue Feb 12 2008 01:00:00

If he sweeps today's Potomac Primaries as expected, many observers think he'll be close to unstoppable

BET founder apologizes to Obamaupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 14:16:00

The founder and former CEO of Black Entertainment Television apologized Thursday to Sen. Barack Obama for what appeared to be veiled comments this week regarding the Democratic presidential hopeful's acknowledged drug use as a teenager.

BET founder on Clinton, Obamaupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 14:16:00

BET founder and Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson speaks in Columbia, South Carolina, about Sens. Clinton and Obama.

Thompson toughens tactics on the campaign trailupdated: Sun Jan 13 2008 09:34:00

For months, much of the finger-pointing over negative campaigning in the Republican presidential race has been directed at Mitt Romney.

'What you see is what you get'updated: Sun Jan 13 2008 09:34:00

Fred Thompson reflects on his recent debate performance, rival Mike Huckabee and his campaigning style.

Candidates make their closing arguments in Iowaupdated: Wed Jan 02 2008 23:02:00

In the final hours before the Iowa caucuses, candidates are trying to gain the support of the undecided and make sure their supporters show up.

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.

South Carolina governor still a big catch for GOP hopefulsupdated: Thu Dec 20 2007 19:42:00

In South Carolina, the question still lingers: Could an eleventh hour endorsement for president by Mark Sanford, the state's Republican governor, put a GOP hopeful over the top?

Operatives gear up for below-the-belt sucker punchesupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 11:25:00

Sucker punches and below-the-belts can be expected as we enter the slugfest season of political attack ads. They're already taking off the gloves for what promises to be nasty 2008 campaigns that use the newfound enormous strength and reach of the Web.

Political attack adsupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 11:25:00

A look at three political attack ads. The first by Bill Hillsman, second by John Lapp, and third by Mark McKinnon.

We recommend