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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announces that he will run for Governor as a Democrat on Nov. 4, 2013 at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announces that he will run for Governor as a Democrat on Nov. 4, 2013 at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Crist Checks Reid’s Box with Cash

Charlie Crist has been busy lately. He’s running to unseat Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott and promoting a just-released book chronicling his odyssey from lifelong Republican to independent to Democrat. He’s also been cutting a lot of campaign checks to...

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The Bitcoin Wallet smartphone app.

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The Bitcoin Wallet smartphone app.

Contribute a Bitcoin: Virtual Currency Experiments in Campaign Finance

Bitcoin enthusiasts are developing their influence in Washington, as Bloomberg News reported today, and naturally that means starting some super-PACs. The virtual currency is decentralized, automated and limited — qualities that appeal to entrepreneurs and fans of Ron Paul, the...

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This photo taken with a cellphone shows Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla., leaving court in Washington, on Nov. 20, 2013, after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year's probation.

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This photo taken with a cellphone shows Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel, R-Fla., leaving court in Washington, on Nov. 20, 2013, after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year's probation.

Florida: Radel Challenged by Kreegel Seeking Rematch

Florida Rep. Trey Radel, absent from Congress since pleading guilty in November to a cocaine possession charge, has drawn opposition in the Republican primary elections. Paige Kreegel, a former state legislator whose backers formed a super-political action committee that has...

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New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner in Harlem on September 10, 2013 in New York City.

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New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner in Harlem on September 10, 2013 in New York City.

FEC Approves Request to Alert on Political Refunds

It may be too late for Anthony Weiner supporters, but the Federal Election Commission is making it easier for donors to hold political candidates accountable. The FEC ruled by a 5-1 vote last week that political donors’ data can now...

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A twenty-five bitcoin.

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A twenty-five bitcoin.

Buddy, Can You Spare a Bitcoin? — OK for Campaigns, FEC Says

So the question was raised: Can a political committee accept Bitcoins as an in-kind contribution? And the answer from the Federal Election Commission’s lawyers is yes — they’ve offered a draft opinion for the FEC to consider. The Conservative Action...

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $278.4 Million

That’s how much the six major national political party committees — three Democratic and three Republican — raised in campaign funds this year through September. The three Democratic committees combined raised $144 million compared with $134.4 million for the three...

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Sheldon Adelson arrives to hear Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers foreign policy remarks on July 29, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel.

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Sheldon Adelson arrives to hear Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers foreign policy remarks on July 29, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Adelsons Help RNC Top DNC in June Fundraising

Billionaire casino executive Sheldon Adelson helped the Republican National Committee raise more money than the Democratic National Committee in June. Adelson, the world’s 17th richest person according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, gave the annual maximum $32,400 donation to the RNC last...

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President Barack Obama thanks campaign volunteers at the "Obama For America" Orlando field office on Oct. 28, 2012

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President Barack Obama thanks campaign volunteers at the "Obama For America" Orlando field office on Oct. 28, 2012

Obama Campaign Rents Mailing List to Obama Nonprofit

President Barack Obama’s supporters have made money by renting information to themselves. Obama’s re-election committee, Obama for America, raised $662,689 by selling equipment and renting its mailing list to Organizing for Action, the nonprofit created out of the campaign apparatus. The...

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