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Press advocates called the new policy that pushed reporters off the House floor this week 'very troubling,' but Republican lawmakers insist the proposal is merely an additional safety measure.

As state and national press advocates reacted Friday to what they called “invasive” background checks for media at the Arizona Legislature, state House Republicans were refusing to back down on an issue they insist is being blown out of proportion. Read more»

Traditional campaign materials are a tiny part of the cost of running for office. Consultants’ fees were the biggest part of the $5.5 million already spent on 2016 congressional races in Arizona, according to the latest FEC filings.

With more than a year until the election, congressional candidates in Arizona have already spent $5.5 million on their campaigns – for everything from consultants to coffee mugs, according to the latest FEC filings. Read more»

The nonprofit fundraising arm of Arizona State University gave $100,000 to a shadowy political group that spent at least $2.4 million on TV ads attacking state candidates who sided with the solar industry during last year's election. Read more»

The campaign of Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, shown in a 2012 file photo, took 'full and ultimate responsibility for the unintentional inaccuracies' that led to a Federal Election Commission fine. The campaign discovered and reported the error.

The Federal Election Commission has fined Rep. Trent Franks’ campaign committee $14,000 for failing to report spending of more than $300,000, mostly on mailings, from 2009 to 2011. Read more»

A breakdown of presidential campaign donations by state – for those donations that were linked to a state. But the largest share of funds came from donations less than $200, which do not have to be itemized for the Federal Election Commission and could not be linked to a specific state.

Arizona was fairly giving this election season, kicking in at least $16 million to presidential candidates, according to the Federal Election Commission. “At least” being the operative phrase. The FEC does not require campaigns to detail the source of every nickel and dime donated to a candidate, even though unitemized “small gifts” accounted for $372.5 million of the $1.3 billion donated to presidential campaigns in the last election. Read more» 1

Many of the television ads in the high-profile Arizona race have come from outside groups, like this VoteVets ad attacking Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa.

Political ads peppering Arizona airwaves in this contentious election season have cost at least $29.4 million, based on newly mandated electronic filings to the Federal Communications Commission. Read more»

Global corporations from Spain to Ireland to Singapore are spending millions to influence the outcome of the high-stakes US presidential and congressional elections. Read more»

Herman Cain’s strategy to buy books from himself sure looks like money laundering. It’s time for an investigation. Read more»

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Washington, D.C. The building is located across the street from Lafayette Park and the White House.

Everybody knows money talks in politics, but people—and particularly the press—rarely pay attention to exactly how. It can define potential alternatives, invent arguments, inundate with propaganda, and threaten with merely hypothetical opposition. Read more»

Apparently, some politicians think business can only get done when The Boss is present.

As Bruce Springsteen belted out his working-class anthems on the floor of the Verizon Center last May, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, was raising money in the privacy of a luxury suite overlooking the stage. Read more» 1

A payday loan shop in Raeford, North Carolina.

The influential $42 billion-a-year payday lending industry, thriving from a surge in emergency loans to people struggling through the recession, is pouring record sums into lobbying, campaign contributions, and public relations – and getting results. Read more»