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Clinton super PAC counters Trump with cute kids

The main super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton is using a classic political ad tactic in its latest anti-Donald Trump spot: cute children.<p>Priorities USA Action’s latest 30 second ad, which will hit the airwaves Tuesday, opens with shots of a diverse group of children reciting the Pledge of …

Millions From Maxed-Out Clinton Donors Flowed Through Loophole

By Bill AllisonBill Allison<p>August 26, 2016<p>When the Democratic National Committee announced its $32 million fundraising haul last month, it touted the …

Liberals

Outside groups dominating Senate contests this cycle, report finds

Outside groups have aired almost half of all political ads for Senate races this election cycle, an all-time high at 49 percent. Entities not …

Elections

2016 money chase: Where the contenders stand

The major 2016 presidential contenders have not declared their candidacies officially, but a slew of politicians — largely on the Republican side— have jumped into the money race in recent weeks as they weigh their options.<p>Many, including former Florida governor Jeb Bush, will benefit from …

U.S. Politics

2016 cash race: It's on

Prospective presidential candidates and their supporters are spending money like it’s 2016.<p>Groups allied with 15 of the top presidential prospects have raised $89 million and spent $87 million this election cycle as they gear up for 2016, with a focus on building campaign infrastructure and making …

Blurred Lines: The Covert Funding of the 2016 Campaign

To any logical observer, Jeb Bush is testing the waters to run for the presidency.<p>The former two-term Republican governor of Florida has written on …

Government

CLIP: Campaign Finance: Mega-Donors & Super PACs | C-SPAN Classroom

<b>OVERVIEW:</b><p>Kenneth Vogel talked about campaign spending strategies for the 2016 presidential race, focusing on the largest donors and the political …

OnPolitics | USA TODAY's politics blog

Dems on FEC open to new regs on donors, Internet

Claiming that thousands of public comments condemning “dark money” in politics can’t be ignored, the Democrat-chaired Federal Election Commission on …

Net Neutrality
Government

Obama bundlers slow to back Clinton super PACS

WASHINGTON — Only a tiny fraction of the fundraisers who helped President Obama secure a second term have made significant contributions to the committee backing a potential run by Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, a USA TODAY analysis shows.<p>Of the 769 individuals and couples who raised money for …

Elections

Is Jeb Bush Buying the Nomination?

Will the sight of the former Florida governor raking in cash, and crowding out his rivals, convince Republicans of the need for campaign-finance reform?<p>Reading about the 2016 presidential campaign, it’s easy to forget that America considers itself a democracy. Here are a few recent headlines, …

How a controversial super-PAC is pushing blacks and Latinos to vote GOP

As Republican Gov. Scott Walker fights a tough reelection battle in Wisconsin, a controversial Iowa-based super-PAC has begun a campaign to persuade …

EDITORIAL: The return of Citizens United

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>How did a robust and skeptical state like Colorado, with a century-long history of electing conservatives and Republicans, turn so …

This map shows where politicians raise their money in DC

There's more money in American politics than ever before. On average, winners of House of Representatives seats raised $1.6 million each in 2012, while victorious senators raised an average of $10.4 million that year. The consequence is that even when they're in DC — especially then, really — …

Dems relying on big donors to win

Updated 09/24/14 12:42 PM EDT<p>Democrats love to cast Republicans as the party of big money, beholden to the out-of-touch billionaires bankrolling their campaigns.<p>But new numbers tell a very different story — one in which Democrats are actually raising more big money than their adversaries.<p>Among the …

Crossroads takes page out of AARP's playbook

Crossroads GPS, an arm of the Karl Rove-founded political action committee American Crossroads, has dipped its toes into the key Arkansas U.S. Senate …

Retirement

How Much Has Citizens United Changed the Political Game? - The New York Times

<b>It helps first</b> to understand what Citizens United did and didn’t do to change the opaque rules governing outside money. Go back to, say, 2007, and pretend you’re a conservative donor. At this moment, you would still have been free to write a check for any amount to a 527 — so named because of the …

Super PACs make mockery of campaign finance reform

When a candidate for office gets handed $6.5 million in public money to run a campaign over about four months, it seems that should be enough, right? …

Elections