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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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A customer looks at a life-size photographic  Cutout of Vice President-elect Joe Biden at Political Americana's inaugural store near the White House on Dec. 12, 2008.

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A customer looks at a life-size photographic Cutout of Vice President-elect Joe Biden at Political Americana's inaugural store near the White House on Dec. 12, 2008.

Biden Presidential Campaign Agrees to Pay $50,000 FEC Fine

The Federal Election Commission has fined Vice President Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign $50,000 for failing to keep track of $1.1 million of excess contributions to his White House run. Under federal election law, a committee can use contributions in...

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Ohio State Rep. Josh Mandel holds up a pair of shoes he campaigned in during the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

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Ohio State Rep. Josh Mandel holds up a pair of shoes he campaigned in during the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Ohio ‘Super-PAC’ Ad Promotes Mandel Against Senator Brown

An Ohio-based political committee that can accept unlimited donations is airing a television ad promoting state Treasurer Josh Mandel, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown is defending. Mandel “served our country with two tours...

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Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning makes calls to potential voters from his campaign office in Omaha, Neb., on May 14, 2012.

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Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning makes calls to potential voters from his campaign office in Omaha, Neb., on May 14, 2012.

Nebraska U.S. Senate Race TV Ads: $5 Million and Counting

Nebraska voters are choosing nominees today for a U.S. Senate seat in a state that’s already seen more than $5 million in television ads. That’s a lot of attack ads for the 1.8 million residents of the nation’s 14th-least populous...

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Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

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Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

FEC Offers Senator Feinstein Some Financial Relief

Though not all she asked for. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, whose campaign committee was drained of millions of dollars by her former treasurer, will be able to go back to some of her donors for replacement checks. The Federal Election Commission...

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Sen. Richard Lugar, left, and Richard Mourdock, center, during a debate on April 11, 2012, in Indianapolis.

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Sen. Richard Lugar, left, and Richard Mourdock, center, during a debate on April 11, 2012, in Indianapolis.

Lugar Targeted by Bopp ‘Super-PAC’ in Indiana Race

The Indiana Republican lawyer whose legal challenges of campaign finance regulations helped spawn so-called super-PACs is using his own to try to oust Republican Senator Richard Lugar. James Bopp Jr. is the custodian of record for USA Super PAC, which...

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Newt Gingrich, with his daughter Jackie Gingrich Cushman, after he announced he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on May 2, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia.

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Newt Gingrich, with his daughter Jackie Gingrich Cushman, after he announced he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on May 2, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia.

Newt, By the Numbers

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich formally withdrew from the Republican presidential contest today. Here’s a look at the numbers: 2: The number of Republican primaries and caucuses where Gingrich won the popular vote. Gingrich carried only Georgia, the state...

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