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President Donald Trump walks down the stairs after arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for a visit to Honeywell International’s mask-making operation in Phoenix May 5, 2020. Honeywell added manufacturing capabilities to produce N95 face masks in support of the government’s response to COVID-19.

Government watchdog groups say they have not been able to get a full accounting of the expenses related to the president’s use of Air Force One, despite years of trying. Read more»

The president has to travel on Air Force One for security reasons, but when the trip is for campaigning some of the cost – about $140,000 an hour – is supposed to be reimbursed by political parties.

Campaigns and political parties are supposed to reimburse the government for political use of Air Force One – at an estimated cost of more than $140,000 an hour -- but local government can be stuck with the bill. Read more»

This graphic was constructed based on a Center for Public Integrity analysis of organizations listed in the IRS business master file that were recognized in 2012, omitting some common, generic words such as 'association,' 'club' and 'inc.'

Trevor Potter — a Republican lawyer and president of the Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for stronger campaign finance regulations — says that the Internal Revenue Service is right to be on the lookout for organizations with a “significant amount of political activity.” Read more»

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

When the FCC passed a rule earlier this year to require TV stations to post political ad buying information online, public interest groups welcomed the policy as a means to get an unprecedented look at how billions of campaign dollars flow around the country. Read more»