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Kenneth Doyle


Representative Michele Bachmann, a Republican from Minnesota, speaks during the Unity Rally 2012 at The River Church in Tampa, Florida.

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Representative Michele Bachmann, a Republican from Minnesota, speaks during the Unity Rally 2012 at The River Church in Tampa, Florida.

Bachmann Campaign Fined

A Bloomberg BNA Money and Politics Report: The 2010 congressional campaign committee of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has agreed to pay an $8,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission for problems in reporting a total of over $400,000 in receipts...

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker leaps from a mobile billboard during part of the FixGunChecks.org truck tour stop.

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker leaps from a mobile billboard during part of the FixGunChecks.org truck tour stop.

Gun-Control Group Files FEC Report Listing Donors

Donors funding many of the current political ads that boost or attack candidates are being kept under wraps. But a group sponsoring a new ad campaign calling for gun-control plans from President Obama and Mitt Romney has opted for disclosure....

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, right, Rep. Keith Ellison, left, and Rep. Steve Israel, speak about theDISCLOSE act on Capitol Hill.

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, right, Rep. Keith Ellison, left, and Rep. Steve Israel, speak about theDISCLOSE act on Capitol Hill.

Senate to Vote on Disclosure of Political Ad Funding

Campaign finance reform groups expect a Senate vote this morning on a motion to advance legislation requiring disclosure of donors to groups that are spending millions of dollars on political ads in the run-up to the 2012 elections. Reformers aren’t...

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President Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry in this file photo.

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President Barack Obama checks his BlackBerry in this file photo.

Texting: The New Way for Campaigns to Draw Contributions

Get ready to start texting campaign contributions to President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. In a rare show of bipartisanship, the six-member Federal Election Commission has unanimously approved an advisory opinion that will, for the first time, allow...

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President Barack Obama at Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Copper Mountain Solar complex in Boulder City, Nevada.

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President Barack Obama at Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s Copper Mountain Solar complex in Boulder City, Nevada.

FEC Deadlocks on Disclosure for Ads Targeting ‘White House’

Campaign reformers claimed a major victory when federal courts ruled this spring in a case spearheaded by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) that shadowy groups sponsoring political ads known as “electioneering communications” had to disclose their donors. Since then, however,...

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President Barack Obama after speaking at the University of Iowa.

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President Barack Obama after speaking at the University of Iowa.

Obama Campaign Fights Bid to Keep Political Ad Donors Secret

Many political groups spending millions of dollars on candidate-centered television ads in this year’s campaign want to keep their donors secret. But they face a dilemma due to recent court rulings that require disclosure of those funding “electioneering communications.” Campaign...

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