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Another 'Unprecedented' First for Trump & Co.

Donald's campaign has paid out $8.2M to his family businesses

(Newser) - The word "unprecedented" has been used many times in association with Donald Trump's presidential run, and now Politico has another to add to the list. The site found the GOP nominee's campaign has paid $8.2 million out to his own family's businesses, or about 7%... More »

Trump Is Closing the Fundraising Gap

Sanders-style small donations are making a big difference

(Newser) - After a week full of headlines likely to have Donald Trump's advisers tearing their hair out, there's a bright spot for his campaign: He's narrowing the fundraising gap with Hillary Clinton, helped by a Bernie Sanders-style flood of small donations, NPR reports. The Trump campaign says it... More »

Trump Campaign's Cash: $1.29M, to Hillary's $42M

Clinton outraised him 9 to 1 in May

(Newser) - Donald Trump's campaign is so low on cash it wouldn't be considered a high roller at one of his casinos, according to financial disclosures released late Monday. The Trump campaign began June with just $1.29 million in cash, compared to $42 million for Hillary Clinton's well-heeled... More »

Congressman's Campaign Paid for $1.3K in Video Games

Duncan Hunter says it was a mistake

(Newser) - More than $1,300 in video game purchases appearing on US Rep. Duncan Hunter's 2015 campaign report prompted the FEC to send a letter to the California Republican asking for an explanation, the Hill reports. The charges made to Steam Games between Oct. 13 and Dec. 16, which bear... More »

Calif. Plan: Make Politicians Wear Donor Names

Republican wants to take financial transparency to a NASCAR level

(Newser) - NASCAR drivers have their sponsors' names and logos stitched into the very fabric of their clothes—making it very apparent who's paying the freight—and a California Republican legislator thinks that level of transparency is a good idea for politicians, as well. John Cox says he's "ridiculing... More »

Latest Campaign Finance Reports Hold Surprise Winners, Losers

In one way, Rubio had a great month

(Newser) - John Kasich, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump, the final three Republican candidates running for president, began this month with drastically different campaign fortunes, new fundraising reports show. In one month, Cruz raised what Kasich has collected over the entire course of his long-shot bid. Trump has raised relatively little money... More »

What Jeb Bush Spent $130M On

$50K on Vegas hotels, $5K on pizza

(Newser) - Some $130 million later, Jeb Bush is out of the running for president, but at least he had fun. He should have, anyway, according to campaign finances cited by the New York Times . In between dinners at the Yale Club and Nantucket's Westmoor Club, Bush and his aides stayed... More »

Cruz Didn't Disclose Up to $1M in Campaign Loans

He says he'll amend the 'filing error' as necessary

(Newser) - Banks loaned Ted Cruz as much as $1 million during his first Senate campaign in Texas back in 2012, but you wouldn't know it from campaign finance reports. While Cruz eventually disclosed the loans from Citibank and Goldman Sachs—each valued at $250,000 to $500,000—to Senate... More »

Pilot Who Landed at US Capitol Made No Secret of Plans

Doug Hughes said cops probably wouldn't shoot 'mailman in flying bicycle'

(Newser) - At least two people tried to warn the Secret Service about Doug Hughes' plan to land his gyrocopter on the lawn of the US Capitol and deliver 535 letters to members of Congress. A friend of the 61-year-old mailman left a message with a Secret Service agent because "my... More »

This Could Be Priciest Senate Race Ever

Kay Hagan, Thom Tillis face off in $103M campaign

(Newser) - When you're seeing three Senate campaign ads every five minutes, you might guess there's a fair bit of money going into the race—and you'd be right. The race between North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis could be the priciest Senate campaign... More »

Scott Walker Is a Campaign Criminal, Say Prosecutors

They say he raised funds illegally with conservative groups

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took part in a nationwide criminal scheme to coordinate fundraising with conservative groups, prosecutors said in court documents unsealed today. No charges have been filed against Walker or any member of his staff. The documents were filed in December as part of an investigation into alleged... More »

Senate Dems: We Need an Amendment on Campaign Cash

Schumer says Supreme Court rulings have gone too far

(Newser) - Senate Democrats think the Supreme Court has made a mess of campaign finance rules, and they plan to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment this year to remedy the problem, reports Roll Call . Chuck Schumer announced the future vote today, arguing that decisions such as Citizens United , which unleashed huge... More »

NY Rep Grimm Turns Himself In to Feds

Michael Grimm investigated over campaign funds

(Newser) - US Rep. Michael Grimm has turned himself in to the FBI over charges linked to his New York City restaurant, the Washington Post reports. The Staten Island Republican—who is a former member of the FBI himself—has faced an ongoing federal investigation into his campaign finances. The expected indictment,... More »

What the New Campaign Finance Ruling Means

Republicans cheer, liberals sulk in wake of McCutcheon v. FEC

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today struck down longstanding rules capping the total money individuals can donate to politicians, parties, and certain PACs. What does it mean and who does it benefit? Here's a taste of the reaction pouring in from pundits, advocates, and leaders:
  • The court "pressed ahead with
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Supreme Court Strikes Cap on Political Donations

Decision, split 5-4, will allow individuals to donate as much as they want overall

(Newser) - The Supreme Court dealt yet another blow to campaign finance rules today, ruling that it is unconstitutional to cap the total amount a person could give to candidates, political parties, and PACs. Watergate-era laws have long constrained how much any one person could give; for the 2013-2014 cycle, for example,... More »

The 'Sheldon Primary' Is What's Wrong With Politics

Dan Balz laments the influence of the super-rich mega-donors on elections

(Newser) - If you want to know why Americans are so disgusted with the political system, take a gander toward Las Vegas, where would-be Republican presidential candidates are lining up to kiss the ring of Sheldon Adelson . "Adelson has become a symbol of the new system of financing presidential elections,"... More »

IRS Targets Secret Campaign Cash

Administration looks to limit big-spending groups' political activity

(Newser) - The IRS and Treasury Department are looking to crack down on 501(c)4 groups—tax-exempt organizations that spent a reported $309 million in last year's election without having to reveal their donors. The groups (which the IRS code defines as promoting "the common good and general welfare") are... More »

High Court's Jammed Term: Campaign Finance, Abortion

ObamaCare, affirmative action once again on docket

(Newser) - The Supreme Court begins its new term today, and once again, there are plenty of headline-grabbing cases on the docket, the New York Times notes. In fact, says an expert, "this term is deeper in important cases than either of the prior two terms." A number of court... More »

Dead People Have Donated $586K to Politicians

And some people want those donations to be unlimited

(Newser) - Last week, someone noticed that a super PAC loyal to Mitch McConnell had gotten a $100,000 contribution from GOP mega-donor Bob Perry on June 3, which seemed odd given that Perry died back on April 13. The PAC later said there had been a clerical error, and that it... More »

Supreme Court to Consider Campaign Donation Limits

Case challenges the limit on how much an individual can give

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to a campaign finance law that limits how much an individual can give to political campaigns. The justices today decided to hear an appeal from Shaun McCutcheon of Alabama and the Republican National Committee. They're arguing that the "aggregate limit" is... More »

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