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  • Md. won't enforce $10K donor limit after ruling

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland elections officials say they will no longer enforce a $10,000 limit on donors' contributions to state candidates during a four-year election cycle, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. A State Board of Elections memo distributed Friday states that while a...

  • John Cornyn spent nearly $5.5 million beating back Republican primary challenger Steve Stockman

    Few people thought Rep. Steve Stockman would pose a serious challenge to Sen. John Cornyn in a Texas Republican primary race early last month. Stockman, after all, was perhaps best known in Congress for his occasional outlandish statements, such as, "If babies had guns, they wouldn't be...

  • Pro-Clinton super PAC raises almost $6M

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The super PAC urging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president said Thursday that it raised $1.7 million in the first three months of the year, almost all of it from small-dollar donors. But the group had a number of bold-faced names who had given $25,000, including...

  • Ready For Hillary adds thousands of donors in first fundraising quarter

    Hillary Clinton isn't running for president yet -- but new fundraising numbers released Thursday by the super PAC Ready For Hillary suggest an increasing number of Democrats are eager for her to enter the race. Ready For Hillary added more than 22,000 new donors from January through March and...

  • Yet another Justice Department lawyer and Obama campaign donor handling a political hot potato case

    Remember Barbara Bosserman, the Department of Justice attorney and long-time Obama donor who is running the official "investigation" of the IRS? It turns out that another Justice Department attorney who is also an Obama campaign donor is in the key role of another politically sensitive...

  • As Scott Brown prepares to announce Senate bid, Jeanne Shaheen posts strong fundraising

    If former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has in recent weeks elevated the profile of the New Hampshire Senate race while moving toward a Republican bid, he has also helped bring Democratic donors' attention -- and money -- to incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.

  • McCutcheon v. FEC won’t have ‘tremendous impact,’ SMU professor says

    DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – A recent Supreme Court opinion abolishing aggregate political contribution limits will not have a “tremendous impact” on the Texas political landscape, says one political science professor. While critics such as Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen,...

  • Sen. Warner campaign says it has nearly $9 million

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Warner has nearly $9 million to spend on his re-election campaign, which has yet to begin in earnest, the Democratic senator and former governor's campaign announced Wednesday. Warner raised nearly $2.7 million during the first three months of this year,...

  • FEC says it's powerless against 'scam' PACs that may have cost Allen West his seat

    Political operatives are profiting by using misleading pleas to raise money from people who think they're giving to well-known candidates who don't actually benefit at all. Their donors are often elderly retirees, campaign finance records show. But "scam" PACs have little to fear from the...

  • 2 Obama fundraisers after grieving Fort Hood deaths, one at $17 million home

    The White House won some negative headlines for scheduling a fundraiser during President Obama's trip Wednesday to Texas to mourn the shooting deaths at Fort Hood U.S. Army base, but he's actually attending two, one with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at a $17.1 million home.

  • McCutcheon decision shows Supreme Court split on individual free speech versus 'collective voice'

    In its recent ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court struck down yet another provision of federal campaign finance law as a violation of the First Amendment's free speech guarantee.

  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outpaces Republicans in fundraising again

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its best fundraising month of the midterm election cycle so far in March, bringing in $8.1 million and outpacing Republicans, who raised short of $6.4 million for Senate races during the same period.

  • NRSC has best fundraising month of 2014 cycle

    The National Republican Senatorial Committee has posted its best fundraising month of the midterm election cycle so far, the committee confirmed Tuesday. Sen. Rob Portman, the NRSC vice chair for finance, announced at a weekly lunch among Republican senators that the committee raised nearly...

  • Campaign finance laws show incumbents are well-protected

    The recent Supreme Court decision over-ruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the Left. That is what often happens whenever the high court rules that the First Amendment means what it says -- free speech for...

  • Business-Industry PAC welcomes Supreme Court's recent campaign finance decision

    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Business-Industry PAC is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down overall campaign contribution limits, believing the opinion was the right decision for free enterprise and speech. U.S. Supreme Court On Wednesday, the Supreme Court,...



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