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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.

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.

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.

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.

What exactly are Super PACs?updated: Mon Mar 05 2012 17:08:00

Both political parties exploit Super PACs, but what exactly are they? CNN's Kate Bolduan explains.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CNNMoney: Econ professor to run for presidentupdated: Thu Jan 05 2012 17:08:00

Maybe the best person to take on issue number one -- the economy -- should be an economist?

'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. 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.

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.

GOP contenders: 'It's all about who can get in last'updated: Tue Feb 08 2011 15:52:00

None of them has announced plans to run. All have unique weaknesses that could knock them out of the race early. But for now, the familiar faces of those considering a run -- Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich -- are leading the national polls among possible contenders in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

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.

Watchdog group: Delaware candidate's spending 'flat-out illegal'updated: Sat Sep 18 2010 05:50:00

A watchdog group says it plans to ask authorities in Delaware to investigate Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's finances.

O'Donnell campaign scrutinyupdated: Sat Sep 18 2010 05:50:00

A watchdog group is calling for an investigation of Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell.

FEC fines Biden more than $200,000 for violationsupdated: Sat Jul 17 2010 20:34:00

A day after the Federal Elections Commission slapped Joe Biden with a $219,000 fine for spending violations during his failed presidential bid, a spokeswoman for the vice president is calling the ruling "commonplace."

Gloves come off after Obama rips Supreme Court rulingupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 13:26:00

The political furor escalated over President Obama's high-profile rebuke of a recent Supreme Court ruling on campaign advertising Thursday, as Democrats pounded the high court decision.

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:

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.

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.

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.

A bad call on campaign financeupdated: Thu Jan 21 2010 18:32:00

Printed on the back of "the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" are the words "Don't Panic." And it is just this sentiment that Congress needs to internalize now that we have a decision from the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Supreme Court begins new term with a new justiceupdated: Mon Oct 05 2009 18:27:00

The Supreme Court began its new term Monday with much of the focus on new Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who recently made history by becoming the high court's first Latina member.

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: Lines drawn as campaign finance case nearsupdated: Sat Sep 05 2009 16:32:00

The campaign finance reform case being argued Wednesday at the Supreme Court is about the tension in federal elections between free speech and government regulation .

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.

Analysis: High court to revisit potential election law changesupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 23:10:00

Money and politics are often equated as the fuel and engine of American democracy, but thanks to the Supreme Court, century-old government speed bumps on the campaign speech superhighway may soon be a thing of the past.

Clinton started 2009 with $6 million in debtupdated: Sun Feb 01 2009 00:46:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rang in the new year still saddled with $5.9 million in debts left over from her unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, according to records filed Saturday with the Federal Election Commission.

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.

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 attacks Obama for opting out of public financingupdated: Fri Jun 20 2008 10:37:00

Sen. John McCain on Thursday accused Sen. Barack Obama of breaking a promise when the Democrat decided to forgo public financing in this fall's campaign.

Money Magazine: Political donations: 3 things to knowupdated: Thu May 22 2008 10:45:00

As November draws nearer, expect a barrage of pre-recorded phone calls and other pleas from presidential hopefuls who want your vote - and your financial support.

Supreme Court tackles 'Millionaires' Amendment'updated: Tue Apr 22 2008 16:16:00

The Supreme Court on Tuesday debated whether a provision of federal election law that allows opponents of certain self-financed candidates to exceed campaign spending limits unfairly punishes those who self-finance.

Candidates spar over cashupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 14:59:00

CNN's Candy Crowley reports on the Obama McCain spat over campaign fundraising

DNC sues to block McCain spendingupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 14:59:00

The Democratic Party on Monday filed a lawsuit against the Federal Elections Commission seeking to force the group to investigate whether Sen. John McCain has violated federal spending limits for his primary campaign.

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.

High court rejects anti-Clinton movie caseupdated: Mon Mar 24 2008 15:06:00

The Supreme Court has rejected a conservative group's legal fight to air commercials promoting a movie critical of Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Is time on Clinton's side?updated: Fri Mar 21 2008 10:20:00

What does Sen. Hillary Clinton need to do to secure the Democratic presidential nomination? CNN's Tom Foreman reports

Accounting scandal hits House GOP campaign committeeupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 17:40:00

An accounting scandal at the Republican Party's House campaign organization has federal agents investigating what happened to hundreds of thousands of dollars and could affect several congressional campaigns, party officials said Thursday.

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.

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.

Paul rakes in millions despite low polling among GOPupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 06:36:00

GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul is raking in millions of dollars even as he remains one of the candidates with the least face time in mainstream media.

Paul pulls in big bucksupdated: Wed Dec 19 2007 06:36:00

CNN's Kiran Chetry asks GOP candidate Rep. Ron Paul how he is going to cash in on his record breaking fundraising. When Campaigns Go Global updated: Wed Oct 31 2007 16:00:00

US Presidential hopefuls will go almost anywhere to raise funds. Increasingly that means leaving the country

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. Day of Reckoning on Campaign Cashupdated: Sun Sep 30 2007 19:00:00

Third-quarter fund-raising figures are about to be released, and they will tell a lot about which candidates have the money to go the distance

Some candidates cash-poorupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 22:51:00

Some candidates cash-poor Counting the Campaign Cashupdated: Wed Jul 04 2007 14:15:00

As second quarter fundraising comes down to the wire, top candidates aretrying to win the expectations game

Presidential hopefuls report their wealthupdated: Thu May 17 2007 20:20:00

The herd of candidates vying for the White House in 2008 may have different positions on abortion, gun control, climate change and taxes, but there is one thing most of them have in common -- they're millionaires.

Schneider: It's political March Madnessupdated: Fri Mar 23 2007 17:05:00

It's March Madness.

Democratic fundraising surges aheadupdated: Mon Jul 24 2006 14:28:00

Reports filed recently with the Federal Election Commission show that the Senate and House fundraising arms of the national Democratic party have widened their cash advantage over their Republican counterparts, while the Republican National Committee continues to have more than four times the cash in the bank than its rival, the Democratic National Committee.

Senate challengers keeping pace with incumbents' fundraisingupdated: Tue Jul 18 2006 15:56:00

With the mid-term congressional elections less than four months away, U.S. Senate hopefuls in key races nationwide are keeping pace with -- and sometimes outraising -- their incumbent opponents in the all-important contest for campaign cash, according to fundraising records filed recently with the Federal Election Commission.

Fortune: Help! My boss insists I donate to a cause I disagree withupdated: Wed Jul 05 2006 09:45:00

Dear Annie: My company was recently acquired, and the culture is changing drastically. One aspect of the new regime, as openly expressed by the company president, is that we are all expected to donate money to a political action committee. I have heard that failure to join the PAC means your name ends up on a list and you get fewer opportunities for promotions, plum assignments, etc.

2004 Edwards campaign, donor finedupdated: Thu Jun 22 2006 18:43:00

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign and a donor were fined Thursday for soliciting and accepting illegal contributions.

Fortune: The Futures Marketupdated: Mon Mar 20 2006 00:01:00

March 16 The Federal Elections Commission is expected to rule on whether paid Internet advertising and bloggers should be subject to campaign finance regulations.

Ex-Clinton aide denies knowing gala costsupdated: Tue May 24 2005 23:17:00

David Rosen, former finance director for Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate campaign, testified in federal court Tuesday that he knew nothing about cost overruns for a lavish Hollywood fund-raiser he helped stage.

Hastert: Democrats protecting their ownupdated: Thu Apr 21 2005 14:57:00

Democrats in the House are blocking the ethics committee from organizing so they can protect several fellow party members from ethics investigations, Speaker Dennis Hastert said Wednesday.

FEC: DNC independent spending outstrips RNCupdated: Thu Oct 21 2004 12:02:00

The Democratic National Committee spent $27.2 million on behalf of John Kerry's campaign for president in the first 18 days of October, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Ga.'s Isakson doubles rival in fundsupdated: Wed Oct 20 2004 09:53:00

Contributions poured in to Georgia's Senate campaigns from July through September, with Republican Johnny Isakson reporting $1.7 million in new receipts -- more than double the total of Democratic rival Denise Majette.

CNNMoney: How to be an (info) Peeping Tomupdated: Thu Oct 14 2004 10:13:00

Just how much do you really know about your neighbor?

Programming protest updated: Tue Oct 12 2004 17:42:00

The Democratic National Committee has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission over Sinclair Broadcast Group's plans to air a program in prime time accusing John Kerry of betraying American POWs during the Vietnam War.

CNNMoney: Sinclair under fire for Kerry filmupdated: Tue Oct 12 2004 10:21:00

Democratic senators are seeking a federal probe of Sinclair Broadcast Group's plans to air an anti-Kerry film next week, just two weeks before the election.

CNNMoney: Anti-Kerry film sparks DNC responseupdated: Mon Oct 11 2004 10:33:00

Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of the largest group of television stations in the nation, plans to air a documentary that accuses Sen. John Kerry of betraying American prisoners during the Vietnam War, a newspaper reported Monday.

Kerry files FEC complaint against swift boat groupupdated: Fri Aug 20 2004 14:39:00

The Kerry presidential campaign filed a complaint Friday with the Federal Election Commission, alleging that ads from an anti-Kerry veterans' group are inaccurate and "illegally coordinated" with Republicans and the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Democrat gets spotlight at GOP conventionupdated: Fri Aug 20 2004 07:42:00

Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.

10 questions with John McCain updated: Mon Jul 19 2004 13:57:00

A frequent thorn in George Bush's side, wooed by John Kerry as a potential running mate, now the Washington maverick speaks out

New Jersey fund-raiser chargedupdated: Tue Jul 13 2004 20:11:00

Real estate developer and political fund-raiser Charles Kushner of Livingston, New Jersey, was charged by federal prosecutors Tuesday with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and interstate promotion of prostitution.

Nader upset over likely exclusion from debatesupdated: Thu Jun 17 2004 18:30:00

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is crying foul over the ground rules for this fall's presidential debates, which will likely leave him sitting on the sidelines again.

FEC to Sharpton: Return $100,000updated: Thu May 13 2004 20:09:00

Federal officials on Thursday ordered Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton to repay the $100,000 in public matching funds that he received this year for his White House bid.

FEC turns back spending limits by independent groupsupdated: Thu May 13 2004 19:37:00

The Federal Election Commission Thursday rejected a proposal to rein in the unlimited fundraising and spending power of independent political groups attempting to influence the outcome of this year's presidential race.

Scene of the crimeupdated: Thu May 13 2004 07:18:00

As you slept, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard Myers landed in Baghdad for a quick meeting with senior military commanders that, while unannounced until shortly before they jumped on the plane, is aimed at quelling the public storm over prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib.

Money Magazine: The Latest Campaign Finance Stir Are 527 groups as nonpartisan as they claim to be?updated: Sat May 01 2004 00:01:00

The McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, enacted in 2002, banned the large unregulated contributions to political parties known as soft money. (So-called hard money--individual donations of up to ...

Bush spending breaks records, not bankupdated: Wed Apr 21 2004 08:32:00

Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.

GOP challenges anti-Bush adsupdated: Thu Apr 01 2004 09:36:00

The Republican National Committee has launched a wide-ranging legal assault on more than two dozen political groups working to defeat President Bush, with hopes of moving the case to federal court.

RNC opens assault on anti-Bush groupsupdated: Wed Mar 31 2004 19:46:00

The Republican National Committee launched a wide-ranging legal assault Wednesday on more than two dozen political groups working to defeat President Bush.

FEC staff recommends funding for Sharptonupdated: Wed Mar 10 2004 07:59:00

NEW YORK (CNN) -- An audit by the Federal Election Commission has recommended that the Rev. Al Sharpton be approved to receive public funds for his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Bush campaign to challenge adsupdated: Wed Mar 10 2004 06:52:00

The Bush-Cheney re-election campaign plans to file a complaint Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, charging that a $5.1 million anti-Bush ad campaign in key battleground states violates the new campaign finance reform law, spokesman Terry Holt said.

A look at '527s'updated: Mon Mar 08 2004 19:05:00

Political ad spending has ignited a controversy over whether some groups are circumventing the spirit -- if not the letter -- of new campaign finance laws.

Money matters as race gets under wayupdated: Thu Mar 04 2004 06:02:00

The cash realities of the 2004 campaign hit home Thursday for Democrats when Republicans launched a heavy first round of glossy TV ads, an opening shot that indicates Sen. John Kerry and his allies will have to work overtime to make sure they'll have the money to compete over the next eight months.

Bring on the cash!updated: Mon Feb 16 2004 14:02:00

While Bush and Kerry spar publicly, the real contest is happening behind the scenes as both sides figure out new ways to raise funds. Money still talks loudest for the G.O.P., but the Dems are getting better at finding their voice

Watching the sand flyupdated: Fri Jan 30 2004 09:15:00

Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.

Click to donate to White House hopefulsupdated: Mon Jan 26 2004 08:43:00

With a point and a click, Web-savvy voters can donate to the presidential candidate of their choice as easily as they can buy the latest installment to the saga about the bespectacled wizard wannabe.

Dean nets $15 million in fourth quarterupdated: Thu Jan 01 2004 07:25:00

Democratic presidential hopeful and front-runner Howard Dean raised more than $15 million in the fourth quarter of 2003, his campaign has announced, breaking his previous quarter's total of $14.8 million.


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WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission . . . formally recognized a new party fielding a presidential candidate . . . The FEC ruled the Natural Law Party, which advocates transcendental medit...

Fortune: The mentionables, pirates with cellular phones, the price of politicians, and other matters. THE DAVID DUKE SUPPORT FUNDupdated: Mon Jan 27 1992 00:01:00

The Keeping Up bookmaking department now makes it better than even money that the end of the Presidential Election Campaign Fund is nigh. As heavily hinted in the headline above, support for the ma...

Money Magazine: Are Presidentsworth $1? updated: Wed May 01 1991 00:01:00

Since 1973, Americans have been faced with this question on their federal tax returns: Do you want $1 to go to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund? If you check off yes, $1 of the tax you alrea...

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