Elections Campaign Finance


  • Rubio could see campaign fortunes rise from Iowa finish Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 3:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Marco Rubio's strong third-place finish in Iowa could sound like a starting gun to the Republican Party's top donors. Rubio, a 44- year-old Florida senator, came within striking distance of Trump's second place in Iowa, a surprising result given the celebrity businessman's dominance in polls. Rubio moves on to New Hampshire, which weighs in Tuesday,...

  • Super political action committees, or super PACs, helping White House hopefuls like Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton received big checks recently from obscure corporations or from nonprofits that don't have to disclose their donors' names. A super PAC backing Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida, benefited from companies with spectral names like " IGX LLC"...

  • Here's what Trump is spending on his campaign Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 12:59 PM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump throws hats into the audience after giving a speech.

    Donald Trump is funneling big money into his presidential campaign even as his GOP and Democratic rivals spend considerably more.

  • Rival donors back these two GOP hopefuls Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 8:22 AM ET
    Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz

    The steady rise of Ted Cruz has unleashed a new counter-establishment of conservative donors, campaign finance reports show. The NYT reports.

  • An Associated Press review of campaign finance records found the change— which doubled the maximum annual allowable donation from $500 to $1,000— has helped flood candidates campaign accounts with money. According to the AP's review, 1,267 individuals kicked in $1,000 checks to Baker, a haul of more than $1.2 million. Karyn Polito, pulled in $580,000 in $1,000...

  • Goldman loan helped ease Cruz's 2012 Senate bid Wednesday, 13 Jan 2016 | 8:00 PM ET
    Ted Cruz speaks during a campaign stop at King's Christian Bookstore in Boone, Iowa January 4, 2016.

    A loan from Goldman Sachs that helped Ted Cruz's 2012 Senate bid was not disclosed in campaign finance reports. NYT reports.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 7- Former American International Group Chief Executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg has donated $10 million to Right to Rise, the Super PAC backing Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the group's fundraising. The group backing Bush has led in spending on...

  • Why $1 billion in tax payments vanished Monday, 21 Dec 2015 | 8:47 AM ET
    Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader

    In the span of a mere 11 days this month, $1 billion in future federal tax payments vanished. Here's why. The NYT reports.

  • Donald Trump latest: 'Super PACs are a scam' Monday, 26 Oct 2015 | 12:13 PM ET
    Donald Trump

    The Presidential hopeful said Super PACs are "very unfair to a person like me who has disavowed all PAC's & is self-funding."

  • Trump files his first campaign finance report with FEC Friday, 16 Oct 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Trump files his first campaign finance report with FEC

    Trump files his first campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission.

  • The missing debate candidate (Hint: Not Biden) Wednesday, 14 Oct 2015 | 10:55 AM ET
    Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig.

    One democratic candidate has an important message and deserved to be on the podium, but he couldn't get a spot, says Kabir Sehgal.

  • Marco Rubio close to locking up megadonor: Report Tuesday, 13 Oct 2015 | 12:59 PM ET
    Sheldon Adelson

    Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is leaning toward supporting Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination, Politico reported.

  • How Trump confounds the money-in-politics debate Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 10:21 AM ET
    Donald Trump

    Donald Trump's avowals of financial-political independence have, at once, reignited and confounded the debate on campaign finance reform.

  • Koch launches broadside against corporate cronyism Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 | 1:30 PM ET
    David and Charles Koch

    Industrialist and conservative donor Charles Koch challenged conservatives to end "corporate cronyism", even if it helps his businesses.

  • Clinton rakes in Wall Street cash amid tough talk Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 12:33 PM ET
    Hillary Clinton speaks to guests at the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame dinner on July 17, 2015, in Cedar Rapids.

    Already among the top donors to Hillary Clinton's political career, megabank employees have funneled big money into her campaign.

  • Senator calls for a crackdown on 'dark money' Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 1:11 PM ET
    Money Politics Government

    If Congress won't get tough on "dark money" in elections, President Obama should, says Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

  • These are the world's 'fastest start-ups' Monday, 15 Jun 2015 | 10:35 PM ET
    These are the world's 'fastest start-ups'

    Matt McDonald, partner at Hamilton Place Strategies, discusses the findings of its latest report which revealed that modern presidential campaigns raised money more quickly than Silicon Valley start-ups.

  • Fear & loathing of Rand Paul's 'bash the Fed' stance Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 11:01 AM ET
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul

    The "audit the Fed" issue raised by Rand Paul is likely to come up for other 2016 presidential hopefuls, Politico's Ben White says.

  • Want money out of politics? Stamp it Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 1:03 PM ET
    Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, holds up a one-dollar bill he stamped with the words 'Not to be used for bribing politicians.'

    Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's, presented one way of helping filter "big money" out of U.S. politics on Tuesday.

  • Jeb Bush launches 'Right to Rise' PAC Tuesday, 6 Jan 2015 | 11:14 AM ET
    Jeb Bush

    Jeb Bush takes another step toward a bid for the GOP presidential nomination, launching the Right to Rise PAC.