Big bucks an indicator of outside groups’ influence
April 16th, 2014
12:34 PM ET
1 day ago

Big bucks an indicator of outside groups’ influence

Washington (CNN) - They've become some of the most important players in campaign politics over the past four years, and brand new fundraising figures indicate that the influence of outside groups is not diminishing.

In fact, the numbers suggest that these organizations, which are free of many of the fundraising rules that keep checks on candidates and party committees, will have a major impact on the 2014 Senate, House and gubernatorial elections, which are shaping up to be the most expensive midterms ever.

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Filed under: 2014 • Campaign finance • Fundraising
Christie: Sky's the limit for campaign donations
April 16th, 2014
09:41 AM ET
1 day ago

Christie: Sky's the limit for campaign donations

(CNN) - Chris Christie says that limiting campaign donations is "ridiculous," and is calling for a 48-hour reporting period for disclosing contributions.

New Jersey's Republican governor said at a town hall in Somerset Tuesday that rules limiting the amount someone can give to a campaign doesn't "stop money from getting into politics anyway."

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Campaign finance • Chris Christie
April 6th, 2014
03:58 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Sunday Chatter: Fort Hood, damning CIA report, campaign finance and Obamacare

The Sunday political talk shows covered all the top political news of the week, ranging from the deadly shooting at Fort Hood, to a report about interrogation methods at the CIA, to the Affordable Care Act.

If you missed any of the Sunday political chatter, we've got you covered:

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Filed under: Campaign finance • CIA • Fort Hood • Obamacare • Uncategorized
April 3rd, 2014
09:18 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Inside Politics: Could more money (and transparency) be a good thing?

Here's what we're watching Thursday Inside Politics:

Turns out money is the same thing as speech in the eyes of the U.S. Supreme Court.

SCOTUS campaign finance in a nutshell: After the Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC yesterday, you can't just give as much money as you want to any candidate. Those limits are still set at $5,200 every two years. But there's now no limit on how much total you can give to all candidates. The old limit was $123,000 every two years. As Jeffrey Toobin put it on CNN just after the decision, essentially, in the eyes of the court, corporations are people and money is speech.

John Roberts’ majority ruling: “Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the First Amendment vigorously protects. If the First Amendment protects flag burning, funeral protests and Nazi parades - despite the profound offense such spectacles cause - it surely protects political campaign speech despite popular opposition.”

Stephen Breyer’s dissent: The decision “creates a loophole that will allow a single individual to contribute millions of dollars to a political party or to a candidate’s campaign. Taken together with Citizens United v. FEC, today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.”

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April 2nd, 2014
07:05 PM ET
2 weeks ago

Supreme Court allows more private money in election campaigns

Washington (CNN) - If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can.

The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on how much money people can donate in total in one election season.

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Filed under: Campaign finance • Supreme Court
Reid campaign paid granddaughter for gifts to supporters
March 25th, 2014
08:17 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Reid campaign paid granddaughter for gifts to supporters

(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign committee said Tuesday it had done nothing improper when it spent nearly $17,000 in campaign funds on hundreds of items from a jewelry company owned by Reid’s granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid.

Those items - coasters, picture frames and other trinkets with themes from Reid’s hometown of Searchlight, Nevada - were given to staff members and campaign supporters as thank you gifts, according to a Reid aide. Each item is valued at about $50.
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Filed under: Campaign finance • Capitol Hill • FEC • Harry Reid
High court divided over political donor limits
October 8th, 2013
12:08 PM ET
6 months ago

High court divided over political donor limits

Washington (CNN) - A free-speech legal fight over the fuel of partisan politics - the billions at stake in federal campaign donations - produced a predictably divided Supreme Court on Tuesday.

A spirited hour of oral arguments left in doubt whether current aggregate limits on direct campaign contributions by individuals - in the Federal Election Campaign Act - will be upheld.

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Filed under: Campaign finance • Supreme Court
Companies shed more light on their political donations
September 26th, 2013
01:28 PM ET
7 months ago

Companies shed more light on their political donations

New York (CNNMoney) - Here's one of corporate America's worst-kept secrets: Companies are propping up politicians' campaigns with huge stacks of cash.

But a new study shows that more publicly-traded firms are being more upfront than ever about who they're backing and how much they're paying.

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Filed under: Campaign finance
Justices reject campaign finance appeal over corporate contributions
February 25th, 2013
10:29 AM ET
1 year ago

Justices reject campaign finance appeal over corporate contributions

Washington (CNN) – The congressional ban on direct campaign contributions to federal candidates by corporations will stay in place after the Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from a campaign supporter of Hillary Clinton.

The justices last week accepted for a review a separate appeal over individual donation limits. That case will be argued in the fall, with an expected ruling some months later.

The case denied Monday is Danielczyk v. United States (12-579).


Filed under: Campaign finance • Fundraising • Supreme Court
High court to hear contentious campaign finance case
February 19th, 2013
11:17 AM ET
1 year ago

High court to hear contentious campaign finance case

Washington (CNN) – The Supreme Court will wade once again into the politically tricky issue of campaign finance laws, agreeing to hear a challenge to individual donation limits in federal election campaigns.

At issue is whether strict limits on direct campaign contributions by individuals– in the Federal Election Campaign Act– violate the First Amendment. Oral arguments will be held in the fall.
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Filed under: Campaign finance • Fundraising • Supreme Court
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