Campaign Finance


  • Wall Street backs GOP horses—with loads of cash Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 9:00 AM ET
    Elliott Management founder and CEO Paul Singer speaks during the SkyBridge Alternatives conference in Las Vegas, May 9, 2012.

    Wall Street is spending more on the midterms than ever before—particularly in support of the GOP—but it's not from whom you might think.

  • In Kansas, funding of TV ads most mysterious Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Political advertisers are a mystery in Kansas more than in any other state. Kansas has seen the greatest number of ads for state-level political office, such as lieutenant governors and state treasurers, from groups that do not disclose their donors. Kansas, however, is hardly alone.

  • Cianci took workers' campaign cash despite pledge Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Ex-Mayor Buddy Cianci accepted campaign contributions from dozens of city employees in his comeback bid for City Hall despite saying he hadn't and pledging he wouldn't, according to campaign finance reports. Their donations ranged from $50 to $1,000, the maximum amount. One city employee, Kevin McHugh, an assistant city solicitor, was...

  • Republican Fung has big money lead over Raimondo Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung has a big money edge over Democrat Gina Raimondo thanks to an infusion of public matching funds, new campaign finance filings show, but at least two outside groups are poised to air TV ads on her behalf. Fung, the mayor of Cranston, has $911,000 on hand, compared to Raimondo's $334,000, according to...

  • Cotton raises $3.8M in 3rd quarter for Senate bid Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas Republican U.S. Tom Cotton's campaign on Tuesday said he's raised nearly $4 million over the past three months as he heads into the final weeks of his bid for a U.S. Senate seat. Cotton's campaign didn't say how much he had spent or how much cash on hand he has for his Senate bid.

  • WASHINGTON/ TOPEKA, Oct 8- The Republican Party is making an 11th- hour push to hold a historically conservative U.S. Senate seat in Kansas, where some polls show independent Greg Orman pulling ahead of incumbent Pat Roberts just weeks before the Nov. 4 election. Republicans, who hope to wrest Senate control from Democrats, have raised money and sent top strategists...

  • Court hears ex-lobbyist's illegal fundraising case Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A former Nevada lobbyist asked an appeals court Monday to toss out his conviction for illegal campaign fundraising for Sen. Reid, a Nevada Democrat, was not accused of any wrongdoing, although he was required to amend his FEC reports. Whittemore's legal woes began Feb. 19, 2007, when he met with Senate Majority Leader Reid at the Four Seasons Hotel in...

  • Shhhh! Tech and DC lobbyists quietly shack up Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 12:10 PM ET
    President Barack Obama (3R) and Vice President Joe Biden meet with executives from leading technology companies, including Apple, Twitter, and Google in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on December 17, 2013 in Washington.

    Silicon Valley’s relationship with Washington is becoming much cozier, but the tech industry is not eager to show it. NYT reports.

  • U.S. companies offer more political spending detail -study Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 12:01 AM ET

    BOSTON, Sept 24- Top U.S. companies are reporting more detail about their political contributions, according to a survey by the Center for Political Accountability, a trend that won praise from the group, which pushes for greater transparency.

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Sept 19- Brazil's financial markets have rallied on the prospect of environmentalist Marina Silva unseating President Dilma Rousseff in next month's election, but political donations show plenty of companies may be wary of a new administration.

  • Gov. Walker slams funding allegations: 'Case over' Friday, 20 Jun 2014 | 2:12 PM ET

    Court documents released Thursday alleged that Walker coordinated fundraising with outside conservative groups during a recall election.

  • WASHINGTON, May 8- The U.S. In a unanimous vote, the FEC, which enforces U.S. campaign finance laws, said a political committee could accept donations in bitcoins up to an individual limit of $100 for each election cycle and could also purchase bitcoins.

  • Top court could greenlight more $$$ in politics Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 | 1:16 PM ET

    A new case before the Supreme Court seeks to raise limits on political donations.

  • GOP Plans Probe of IRS on 'Tea Party' Targeting Friday, 10 May 2013 | 11:42 AM ET

    Republicans denounce the IRS after it apologized for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election.

  • Honoring Victims, Searching for Suspects     Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 | 2:18 PM ET

    At this hour, President Obama is visiting victims of the Boston terror attack, reports CNBC's Scott Cohn.

  • Austan Goolsbee, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, warns that growth will go down and unemployment will go up as a result of these forced budget cuts.

  • US Court Upholds Controversial Wisconsin Union Law Friday, 18 Jan 2013 | 2:31 PM ET
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker greets supporters at an election-night rally June 5, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
  • What Happens Next     Friday, 21 Dec 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    The very latest on fiscal cliff talks, with CNBC's John Harwood, Steve Liesman & Larry Kudlow.

  • You're a Mean One, Fiscal Grinch     Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 2:15 PM ET

    The House is expected to vote on Speaker Boehner's "Plan B" budget proposal tonight, reports CNBC's John Harwood.

  • Efforts to Curb Social Spending Face Resistance Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    Emboldened by gains in Congress, Democrats appear less willing to compromise in “fiscal cliff" talks on cuts to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security, The New York Times reports.