Reid says his granddaughter is being harassed
March 27th, 2014
01:41 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Reid says his granddaughter is being harassed

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says his granddaughter Ryan Elisabeth Reid has received “harassing phone calls” and “negative attention on the internet” since word surfaced that Reid’s campaign paid thousands of dollars last year for items from a jewelry store she owns that were given to supporters as gifts.

“As a grandparent, I say enough is enough,” Reid said in a statement.

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Filed under: FEC • Harry Reid • Nevada
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
December 17th, 2013
08:59 AM ET
4 months ago

Report: Chinese hackers attacked crucial government election website

Washington (CNN) - Chinese hackers tapped into the Federal Election Commission's website during the federal government shutdown in October, a report released Tuesday by an investigative news organization says.

The report from the Center for Public Integrity, one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations, indicates that hackers crashed the FEC's computer systems, which compiles federal election campaign finance information like contributions to parties and candidates, and how those billions of dollars are spent in each election by candidates, political parties, and independent groups such as political action committees.

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Filed under: FEC
O'Donnell reaches out for support in legal battle
October 19th, 2013
02:46 PM ET
6 months ago

O'Donnell reaches out for support in legal battle

Failed Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell reached out to supporters on Saturday with an impassioned plea as she decides whether to accept a settlement in a Federal Election Commission investigation into her use of campaign funds.

"I'm going to be straight forward and candid in this email - probably more candid and vulnerable than my political advisers would like!" O'Donnell said in a message to the supporters of her political action committee ChristinePAC. "I am facing a major decision and you play a large part in this decision."
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Filed under: Christine O'Donnell • FEC
August 7th, 2013
02:19 PM ET
8 months ago

First on CNN: Issa expands IRS investigation

Washington (CNN) - House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa demanded Wednesday that the Federal Election Commission turn over records of more than five years of communications with the Internal Revenue Service - a move that significantly expands the California Republican's ongoing probe of alleged federal targeting of conservative groups.

In a letter to FEC Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub - a Democrat - Issa cited CNN reporting on Monday that raises "the prospect of inappropriate coordination between the IRS and the FEC about tax-exempt entities."

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Filed under: FEC • IRS
Same-sex couples' campaign cash will be treated equally
July 25th, 2013
03:25 PM ET
9 months ago

Same-sex couples' campaign cash will be treated equally

(CNN) – Campaign donations from married same-sex couples will fall under the same rules as those from heterosexual pairs, the federal board that regulates elections ruled Thursday.

The 5-0 Federal Election Commission decision came after last month's Supreme Court ruling that struck down key portions of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Before it was deemed unconstitutional, the measure prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages.
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Filed under: FEC • Same-sex marriage
The $7,000,000,000 campaign
February 1st, 2013
10:11 AM ET
1 year ago

The $7,000,000,000 campaign

Washington (CNN) – The 2012 campaign was expensive. Like, twenty-eight Boeing 787s expensive. Or seventy private islands expensive. Or 50 billion polio vaccines expensive.

In total, candidates, parties and outside groups spent $7 billion during the 2012 election cycle, a record breaking – though not surprising - figure for campaign expenditures, according to the Federal Election Commission.
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Filed under: 2012 • FEC
Hillary Clinton's campaign debt finally paid off
January 22nd, 2013
08:41 PM ET
9 months ago

Hillary Clinton's campaign debt finally paid off

Washington (CNN) – More than four years after suspending her 2008 presidential bid, now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has finally paid off her campaign debt.

Clinton's presidential organization spent the final day of 2012 paying down the remaining debt, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission late Tuesday.

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Filed under: FEC • Hillary Clinton
Pro-Romney super PAC spent $21.2 million in August
September 20th, 2012
05:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Pro-Romney super PAC spent $21.2 million in August

Washington (CNN) - The major super PAC backing Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, spent almost $21.2 million last month – three times more than the $7 million it raised. The figures were contained in the group's monthly report filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.

Overall the group reported it has just under $6.3 million cash on hand.
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Filed under: 2012 • FEC
Obama campaign pressures Crossroads GPS to disclose donors
June 19th, 2012
09:48 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama campaign pressures Crossroads GPS to disclose donors

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign filed a complaint Tuesday, claiming a conservative group founded by Karl Rove is in violation of election law by not disclosing its donors.

In a letter to the Federal Election Commission, a lawyer for Obama's campaign argued that Crossroads GPS is a political committee–not a charitable organization–and therefore should meet disclosure requirements.
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Filed under: 2012 • Crossroads GPS • FEC • President Obama
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