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The NRA offers one of the most prominent examples of how that this massive deregulation of campaign finance law has reshaped politics. ... dollars from the firearms industry," Spaulding said, but it's difficult to know exactly how much money the gun industry funnels into political campaigns through the NRA.
Former Utah AG John Swallow wants suit over campaign contributions tossed ... Jeremy Johnson in 2015 for allegedly breaking a campaign finance law that bans the use of so-called straw donors to bankroll campaigns -- said the regulation at issue is the permissible exercise of the FEC's broad authority.

Gerrymandering -- the drawing of electoral maps to favor one political party -- has been front and center in Pennsylvania politics for weeks after the state ... Wolf also called for campaign finance reform, such as limiting contributions to candidates, placing restrictions on political action committees, ...
That is because the group, named for the first three digits of pi, is taking advantage of a widely used and controversial campaign finance apparatus: a ... for the first time, money from the nonprofit will be used to buy political ads that help candidates who are often scientists running their inaugural campaigns. Science
State campaign finance records show Dombrowski and two companies he controls made the campaign contributions on March 21. That's the same day McCarthy told the Chicago Tribune in an exclusive interview that he would run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who fired him as the city's top cop in 2015.

Jim Renacci failed to disclose nearly $50,000 in political contributions while registered as a Washington lobbyist starting in the late 2000s, according to an Associated Press ... 31, 2008, when he'd given two $2,300 contributions and a $12,500 contribution to campaign funds supporting Arizona U.S. Sen.
The rating comes as supporters of campaign finance reform are renewing efforts to amend the Oregon Constitution to allow such limits. Oregon, Alabama ... David Delk, chair of the Oregon Progressive Party, says unlimited political contributions can reduce voters' faith in the democratic process. The ...
Weber, who is running for re-election this year, also didn't report by the required deadline contributions her campaign committee made to other political groups: $34,000 to the California Democratic Party; $2,000 to Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, a Los Angeles Democrat who resigned ...
"There have been no contributions requested, submitted or received from any public officials," he said. "Our campaign welcomes support from everyone in this district, but Dr. Joyce is running his own race and running his own campaign. Dr. Joyce is not encumbered by any political caucus or outside ...
Government watchdog Common Cause files complaints accusing political consulting firm Cambridge Analytics of violating U.S. election law by having ... "We are a nation of laws and our campaign finance laws must be enforced by the FEC and the Justice Department in order to safeguard the integrity of ...
Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen's $130,000 payout to adult actress Stormy Daniels for her silence over an alleged affair with President Donald Trump violated election law, according to a former top U.S. election official. During an interview on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper Sunday, ...
"There have been no contributions requested, submitted or received from any public officials," he said. "Our campaign welcomes support from everyone in this district, but Dr. Joyce is running his own race and running his own campaign. Dr. Joyce is not encumbered by any political caucus or outside interest ...
The complaint says Remember Mississippi violated its certification as a super PAC by organizing and funding three campaign events that constituted "unreported and excessive in-kind contributions" to McDaniel. It said the events were fish fries in March 9 in Tupelo and March 10 Ellisville and a gathering ...
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is under investigation by a grand jury for how his office handled several campaign finance complaints, the Denver District Attorney's Office has confirmed. In an election year, the investigation is unavoidably tinged with political appearances, as the Republican ...
The group launched a national "Fix Politics Now" campaign last week in Philadelphia, urging congressional candidates to support measures including ... increased disclosure of political contributions and expenditures, banning lobbyists from contributing to or bundling for congressional campaigns and ...
Local Republicans won't have to reorganize because the party, unlike its liberal counterpart, is not a political action committee, he said. Now that the county Democrats aren't either, the organization won't be allowed to make campaign contributions. Once the state finishes looking into the complaint against ...

Lawmakers continue to debate major changes to political money regulations as part of a year-end spending package, despite opposition from numerous congressional Democrats and campaign finance watchdog groups. Even with congressional primaries already underway, the proposals could play out in ...
The state Attorney General's office has accused Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held of directing on-duty deputies to collect political contributions for his 2015 re-election campaign. Sheriff Held, 43, of Claridge, was charged Monday with theft of services, theft by unlawful taking and conflict of interest ...
SALEM -- More than a dozen current and former Oregon politicians and political groups have spent money out of their campaign accounts with ... Some critics say the organization has too much sway with lawmakers and have called on politicians to reject or return campaign contributions from the NRA.
Soros contributions to LaHood DA challenger nears $1 million ... Soros' latest effort to swing the race in Gonzales' favor comes after he kicked in more than $60,000 to the campaign in January, bringing the political ... Gonzales received another $15,000 in individual contributions and spent $34,000.
Point Counterpoint: Limiting campaign finance does more harm than good for American democracy ... Believe it or not, campaign finance used to be a nonpartisan political issue. I bet most ... The College Democrats will inevitably point out that since the Citizens United case, money has flooded into politics.
“The resources expended in these arenas comes from the generous contributions of NRA members — above and beyond their regular dues.” America's woefully inadequate campaign finance disclosure laws make it hard to determine who exactly pays for the Political Victory Fund's attack ads, but past ...
One host, Steven J. Weiss, had been appointed by Mr. Cuomo to the New York State Housing Finance Agency in 2011 and the state board of the ... “The purpose of the order is to prohibit employees and board members who serve at the pleasure of the governor from making political contributions,” said ...
Online organizing and the rise of all-volunteer, but potentially highly influential, groups have drawn a finer line between personal activism and organized political campaigns, and staff at the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement called this "an emerging issue in campaign finance" on Friday.
More than 17 years ago, the NRA's Political Victory Fund gave $500 to State Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, who last week declined to comment when reporters asked him what to do to stop mass shootings. It was a drop in the bucket of Bean's 2000 campaign, which raised more than $223,000.
The Massachusetts Democratic Party joined the lawmakers in filing the complaint with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which asks the ... Craney said the group has a "longstanding practice to work with OCPF on all our advocacy and educational campaigns before they are published.".
Several of the key reforms are financial. The maximum personal donation will climb to $200 (up from $100) and contributions of $75 or more will require disclosure (up from $25). Political parties will be barred from contributing more than $2,000 to a candidate. And instead of connecting the thresholds to the ...
The first political ad for House Speaker Beth Harwell's gubernatorial campaign began hitting airwaves over the weekend. Sort of. Unlike recent ads ... Campaign finance officials would be the arbiter of whether the ad is considered an independent expenditure or a contribution. In a separate email, Beth ...
But many are also asking can anything change with the National Rifle Association having such a strong influence on politics? National reports say the NRA has ... Tennessee's two Senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, also accepted NRA Political Victory Fund Campaign Contributions. Alexander's ...
Diane Black is coming under fire for receiving more than $200,000 in campaign contributions from people affiliated with a Tennessee-based trucking company and her efforts to continue a ... "Diane does her best to help all constituents that walk through her door, regardless of their politics — that's her job.
It would also increase the pressure to cooperate on Gates' co-defendant Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, who has pleaded not guilty to Mueller's indictment and is preparing for a trial on alleged financial crimes unrelated to the campaign. Gates pleaded not guilty on October 30 alongside ...
CHEYENNE — A package of election law reforms meant to strengthen campaign finance reporting requirements took a significant step forward ... of progressive organizations in Wyoming, had been lobbying the Legislature for the last year to clarify which types of political spending were required to be ...
Moreover, in the case of the NRA, the FBI is now investigating whether illicit funds were spent in support of Trump's political campaign. We have long warned that our broken system of campaign finance disclosure creates opportunities for foreign governments to illegally influence American elections, ...
The latter category includes spending on issue-oriented campaigns that may benefit a particular candidate but isn't tied directly to the candidate's campaign. One reason for the relatively small amount of direct spending on federal candidates may be that much of the battle over gun regulation is being fought ...
Y., has vowed to no longer accept campaign contributions from corporate PACs, she announced Tuesday. With the ... “Because of the corrosive effect of corporate money in politics, I've decided from this point on I am no longer accepting corporate PAC checks into my campaign,” Gillibrand said in a video ...
The mayor will direct the commission — whose members he will appoint — to lower the limits for allowable campaign contributions to political ... “We need a charter revision commission, we need to go at the specific idea that one of the things that most discourages people is money in politics,” Mr. de Blasio ...
Campaign finance reports show Lindberg, founder and chairman of Durham-based Eli Global, gave more than $3.4 million to North Carolina ... North Carolina's newest and biggest political spender is a private investment firm founder and a virtual unknown in state politics who's saying little for now about his ...
Many of these stories and opinion pieces include claims that the cost of political campaigns corrupts our democracy, discourages individuals from running for ... There have been suggestions that candidates for Anne Arundel County Council should receive public funds but accept contributions only from ...
Since the passage of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) of 1971, congressional action and court rulings have interacted to shape the rules of the road. ... These voluntary organizations have been a significant source of direct contributions, especially to congressional campaigns, for nearly 40 years.
Rand Paul accepted bitcoin campaign contributions during his 2016 presidential bid, according to The New York Times, and before that, Jared Polis ... The same year, the Federal Election Commission announced that it would allow individuals to contribute to political campaigns using the virtual currency.
A vendor sells hats to supporters before a campaign rally for then-candidate Donald Trump in Newtown, Pa. While sales of ... Where the Watergate reforms established a single regulated system used by all candidates to finance their political campaigns, there are now three separate systems. Candidates ...
State officials have submitted campaign finance reports that were due Wednesday covering 2017, the last reports before reforms the Legislature passed ... Mississippi politicians in recent years — in a practice some called "legalized bribery" — spent special interest money run through their campaigns on ...
Montgomery County's new public campaign finance system distributed nearly $800,000 in January, well over the previous monthly high of $333,000 last October, the county's Department of Finance reported Thursday. That brings to $1.81 million the total funds distributed since last July—when the system ...
Wynn, the owner of a chain of hotels in Las Vegas, stepped down from the finance chair position after allegations of sexual misconduct were levied ... Wynn contributed to a host of Republican campaigns in 2016, including Senator Marco Rubio's presidential campaign and Political Action Committee, but ...
The email blast made clear: Forest raised the money, though it went to an outside group called Truth & Prosperity. These political action committees have rules forbidding coordination with candidates. Did this not violate them? It did not, according to attorneys who specialize in campaign finance.
The list includes attorney and long-time Bredesen adviser Dick Lodge as finance chief over fundraising efforts, as well as Lodge's wife, Gina Lodge, a businesswoman and former state Human Services commissioner under Bredesen's gubernatorial administration, as campaign treasurer. Other long-time ...
According to campaign finance reports, Forest's election committee raised $631,515 between the end of the 2016 elections and last December, and has ... a contribution, but directly raising funds for the Super PAC is a level of intimate coordination that risks unacceptable political pressure and corruption,” ...
Attorney Zahra Karinshak's campaign announced she has raised more than $135,000 in campaign contributions since she announced her candidacy in August. She is the only Democrat listed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission who is running for the seat, ...
Their death is a result of the United States moving into a post-television era where the assumptions that defined much of the law on money in politics are ... was willing to say that contributions to candidates and other entities met this standard, it did not see how expenditures by candidates, political parties, ...


 

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