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The business behind political donations made online

by Kimberly Adams Sep 10, 2019
With more and more people donating to campaigns online, there’s more competition for who gets a slice of the fees attached to those donations.
Democratic presidential candidates on stage at the second round of primary debates in July in Detroit.
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To demonstrate staying power, Democratic candidates need to win debates and donations

by Andy Uhler Jun 26, 2019
20 Democratic candidates take the debate stage in Miami as a critical quarter of fundraising comes to an end.
A sign advertises the first Democratic presidential primary debates for the 2020 election, which take place June 26 and 27 in Miami, Florida.
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Campaign finance

The campaign finance of women's suffrage

by Kimberly Adams Jun 4, 2019
Behind the political struggle was a well-financed lobbying operation.
3rd May 1913:  Grand Marshal Inez Milholland Boissevain (1886 - 1916) leads a parade of 30,000 representives of the various Women's Suffrage associations through New York City.
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Can the internet save Congress from “call time”?

by Kimberly Adams Mar 4, 2019
Members want to rely on recurring small-dollar online donations to avoid spending time “dialing for dollars.”
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When not donating is the best way to get what you want

by , and Sep 6, 2016
Pay-to-play rules mean Wall Street would rather not donate in local elections.
A small group of protesters shout as people wait to enter a campaign event where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was set to speak. 
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Is this man our next Treasury secretary?

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Aug 31, 2016
Steven Mnuchin is a Wall Street financier and Donald Trump's national campaign finance manager.
Steve Mnuchin speaks onstage at City Harvest: An Event Of Practical Magic on April 24, 2014 in New York City. 

 
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Why presidential candidates don't want your money

by Kimberly Adams Jul 4, 2016
Experts say a fund to publicly finance the campaign is now largely irrelevant.
Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a campaign rally at Sacramento City College on June 5, 2016 in Sacramento, California.
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No votes or donations, but DREAMers still play election role

by Kimberly Adams May 27, 2016
Undocumented immigrants have a lot at stake in the election, but can't donate cash.
Carlos Martinez can't vote or donate to campaigns, so he instead focuses on non-partisan voter outreach, encouraging those who can to vote.
Natalí Faxas

With Trump the nominee, where will big donors go?

by , and May 4, 2016
They'll sit this one out or move down ballot, most likely.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrives at Trump Tower in Manhattan following his victory in the Indiana primary on Tuesday.
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Clinton is election's big spender, but not $90k-for-a-playlist big

by Donna Tam Mar 7, 2016
The presidential hopeful’s campaign gets thrashed on Twitter for some misinformation about her campaign spending.
 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a Democratic Presidential Town Hall at on Feb. 3. 
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