campaign finance


Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley walk on stage at the Democratic presidential debate.

'Burn rate' a snapshot of campaign health

Oct 16, 2015
How fast candidates spend can matter as much as how much money they raise.
Posted In: 2016 election, campaign finance, fundraising, burn rate
One way to raise money? Enter a Faustian pact with your shadowy overlords.

Need to raise money for a presidential campaign?

Sep 4, 2015
Try a Faustian pact with an eccentric billionaire.
Posted In: 2016 election, campaign finance, presidential candidates
A still of businessman Joe Ricketts, a billionaire and active political donor.

The 'bring your own billionaire' election

Aug 4, 2015
If you're running for president, it helps to have someone wealthy by your side.
Posted In: 2016 election, campaign finance, billionaires
David Koch.

Koch brothers' 2016 war chest is $889 million

Jan 27, 2015
They are funding a network of political groups gearing up to influence election.
Posted In: campaign finance, Koch brothers, fundraising
Tom Steyer speaks at Global Green USA's Millennium Awards.

Outside groups are moving onto political parties' turf

Nov 3, 2014
Not just with advertising, but with organizing and messaging, too.
Posted In: campaign finance, super PAC, midterm elections, swing state

The numbers for November 3, 2014

Nov 3, 2014
Midterms are coming, oil is down and Taylor Swift is up. Let's do the numbers.
Posted In: midterm elections, campaign finance, big oil, spotify, Taylor Swift, Facebook

Some consultants see a payday in super PACs

Oct 20, 2014
Consultants create super PACs to raise money and use that money to pay themselves.
Posted In: super PAC, campaign finance, campaign spending

How big donors affect American politics

Sep 5, 2014
Kai Ryssdal talks to Ken Vogel about his book "Big Money."
Posted In: campaign finance, Koch brothers, authors

Anti-Bloomberg ad signals new political trend

Aug 29, 2014
You don't have to be a candidate to be the target of an attack ad.
Posted In: elections, campaign finance, Citizens United, NRA, Michael Bloomberg

No deluge of campaign cash after limits end

Jul 24, 2014
Lobbyists are among the small number of donors affected by the decision.
Posted In: campaign finance, Supreme Court, lobbying