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House Republicans balk at proposal to ease ban on earmarks

The House Republican Caucus sidestepped a proposal Wednesday that would have lifted a five-year-old ban on congressional earmarks, the special local “pork barrel” projects that can be slipped into budget bills with little public notice.... Read more»

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Arizonans reluctant to open wallets for Trump, Clinton campaigns

Arizonans head to the polls Tuesday to cast actual ballots for president, but if they were voting with their pocketbooks the results wouldn’t be pretty for either of the major parties’ nominees.... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton wrong about Wall Street attacks

Hillary Clinton claimed she is “the only candidate” in the presidential campaign “on either side” who has been attacked in advertising funded by “Wall Street financiers and hedge fund managers.” ... Read more»

Presidential campaigns have drawn almost $4 million from Arizona donors

With just two weeks until the Arizona primary, recent numbers from the Federal Election Commission show Arizonans gave just under $4 million to 20 Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns through the end of January. ... Read more»

Factchecking Clinton’s Wall Street claim

Hillary Clinton claims Bernie Sanders “took about $200,000 from Wall Street firms” through the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. ... Read more»

Analysis: Retention elections for Supreme Court?

Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz suggested holding retention elections that could knock Supreme Court justices off the bench. Sounds good, right?... Read more»2

Secretive nonprofits flourished — and succeeded — in 2014 state elections

Groups that don't disclose donors were more successful with TV ads than other political advertisers. ... Read more»1

Secretary of state candidates seek more dark money disclosure

Democrat Terry Goddard and Republican Michele Reagan say they want Arizona to have laws taking a harder line with so-called dark money groups, shadowy nonprofits that for now can spend money on behalf of campaigns without disclosing sources of their funding. ... Read more»

IRS pushes back new rules for dark money groups

The agency has pushed back indefinitely a hearing on new regulations for social welfare nonprofits that spend money on politics. ... Read more»

Who’s bankrolling secretive liberal group America Votes?

Even as top Democrats denounce Charles and David Koch's political "dark money" organizations, party operatives have built a secretive nonprofit network of their own — albeit a much smaller one. A dozen donors account for 60 percent of a Democratic nonprofit’s receipts — most of the $12.7 million the group raised during its last fiscal year.... Read more»3

Nearly $100 million in campaign cash sits idle

As Sen. Evan Bayh prepared to quit Congress, he called on all Americans to embrace a “spirit of devotion to the national welfare beyond party or self-interest” and declared his “passion for service to our fellow citizens is undiminished.” Four years later, the Indiana Democrat controls nearly $10 million in surplus campaign cash he could, by law, invest in charities — something other former politicos have done.... Read more»

What the FEC's Bitcoin ruling means

The Federal Election Commission today unanimously ruled that federal political committees may accept a limited amount of Bitcoin to fuel their election efforts, but some questions are still unanswered about how political committees may use digital currency. ... Read more»

Dark money group sues IRS over targeting, disclosure

Freedom Path was launched by backers of Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and ran ads supporting Hatch and other Republicans in 2012. It said it suffered damages because the IRS flagged its application for extra scrutiny and disclosed its pending application to ProPublica.... Read more»

12-plus states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

A Supreme Court ruling eliminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states. ... Read more»

McCutcheon ruling leaves room for legislative action

Court suggests regulatory moves in campaign finance decision that could mitigate potential corruption, but gridlock makes intervention unlikely. ... Read more»

Who controls the Kochs' political network? ASMI, SLAH and TOHE

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes. ... Read more»

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