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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference at the Capitol March 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. A group of Democratic senators held a news conference to announce new legislation "to blunt the worst effects" of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference at the Capitol March 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. A group of Democratic senators held a news conference to announce new legislation "to blunt the worst effects" of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

Obama and the FEC: Six Vacancies, No Nominations

With the expiration of Republican Caroline Hunter’s term today, every member of the Federal Election Commission is serving under an expired term. Rather than replace any of the commissioners, who have been deadlocked along party lines for years trying to enforce election...

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) hold a news conference to propose new campaign finance legislation at the Capitol on April 23, 2013.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) hold a news conference to propose new campaign finance legislation at the Capitol on April 23, 2013.

Murkowski, Wyden Team Up: Bipartisan Disclosure Bill

For the first time since Sens. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, and Russell Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, teamed up to push through a 2002 law that banned corporate, union and unlimited individual donations to the political parties, a new campaign finance bill has...

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Campaign Finance Reformers Cheer Court for What It Doesn’t Do

Advocates of stronger campaign finance regulations haven’t had much to cheer about when it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Republican-appointed majority voted, 5-4,  to overturn decades worth of legislation and precedents in its Citizens United decision in 2010, and then...

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David Gill answers a questions during a debate with Rodney Davis for the 13th Congressional District in Normal, Ill.

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David Gill answers a questions during a debate with Rodney Davis for the 13th Congressional District in Normal, Ill.

Unsuccessful Democratic Candidate Sues IRS Over Regulating Non-Profits

An unsuccessful Democratic congressional candidate and a watchdog group have sued the Internal Revenue Service for failing to regulate nonprofit groups that spend millions on campaign ads without disclosing their donors. The lawsuit was filed today in U.S. District Court by...

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Americans for Prosperity Group activists attend a rally in Manhattan on Sept. 20, 2012 in New York City.

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Americans for Prosperity Group activists attend a rally in Manhattan on Sept. 20, 2012 in New York City.

Anti-Obama Nonprofit Calls Out Pro-Obama Nonprofit: ‘Hypocrisy’

President Barack Obama has made it clear that he despises the tax-exempt nonprofit groups that play in politics. Yet now his own campaign is becoming one of them. The nonprofit Americans for Prosperity — a frequent target of Obama’s criticism...

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Participants in the Occupy Wall Street protest, masked as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, take part in a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the movement in New York, Sept. 17, 2012.

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Participants in the Occupy Wall Street protest, masked as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, take part in a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the movement in New York, Sept. 17, 2012.

Romney’s Wall Street Romp — Obama’s Courthouse Stomp

Wall Street outdid the legal profession in raising money for Republican Mitt Romney, making him the first major-party presidential nominee in at least two decades who didn’t rely on lawyers as his biggest source of funding. The BGOV Barometer shows...

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The Federal Election Commission chairwoman, Democrat Ellen Weintraub (L), and the vice chairman, Republican Donald McGahn (R), shown here in 2008 in different roles.

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The Federal Election Commission chairwoman, Democrat Ellen Weintraub (L), and the vice chairman, Republican Donald McGahn (R), shown here in 2008 in different roles.

FEC `On the Roof:’ Balking Blocs

The Federal Election Commission chairwoman for 2013 will be Democrat Ellen Weintraub, and the vice chairman will be Donald McGahn, a Republican. These are the two leaders of the two FEC blocs that have prevented the commission from taking any...

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Rep. Chip Cravaack, left, R-North Branch, listens as Democratic challenger Rick Nolan makes a point during a candidates’ debate in the Duluth Playhouse on Oct. 9, 2012, in Duluth, Minn.

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Rep. Chip Cravaack, left, R-North Branch, listens as Democratic challenger Rick Nolan makes a point during a candidates’ debate in the Duluth Playhouse on Oct. 9, 2012, in Duluth, Minn.

Outside Groups Rival Parties in Spending in Closest House Races

Outside groups are spending as much as the national party committees in the closest U.S. House races, and together they’ve outspent the candidates in almost half of those contests, according to a report released today. Super-PACs and non-profit groups spent...

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