SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Money is being stockpiled by leading state legislators under specialized political committees that can collect five-times as much cash per donor as standard campaigns and...
DUBLIN, N.H. (AP) — Participants are marking the 20th anniversary of Doris "Granny D" Haddock's walk across the United States to draw attention to the need for campaign finance reform.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is one of only five states to have absolutely no limits on how much money can be donated to political campaigns.
But lawmakers took a step to change that Thursday,...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Months after a governor's race that shattered state fundraising records, Oregon lawmakers want to rein in rampant spending from large donors and political action...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has had its share of notable corruption cases over the years, including when the governor who succeeded Bill Clinton was convicted in a Whitewater-related probe...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown unveiled a $23.6 billion budget proposal for the next biennium on Wednesday, saying she wants to boost education funding, push campaign finance reform, ensure continued access to health insurance coverage and fund legal counseling for immigrants facing deportation.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on J.B. Pritzker's election as Illinois governor (all times local):
Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker says voters trust him to clean up government, end conflicts of interest and reform campaign finance laws.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The race for Oregon governor took an unexpected turn Tuesday when the candidate of the state's third-largest party withdrew and threw his support behind Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.
Patrick Starnes of the Independent Party said he backs Brown because she supports campaign finance reform. Starnes had made reform his centerpiece. Brown, who's facing Republican candidate Knute Buehler, said she was "totally honored and very tickled" by Starnes' endorsement.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Montana's campaign finance reform law by rejecting a group's claims that it is vague and overly broad.
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in an order Wednesday that the 2015 state law to increase campaign reporting and disclosure meets constitutional muster.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — This year's Illinois governor's race between uber-wealthy candidates could be the costliest in U.S. history and perfectly illustrates the need for a campaign finance system that isn't so rigged in favor of the rich, say critics pushing for a system that would match small donations with public funds.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho legislative panel reviewing possible campaign finance reforms rejected a proposal Wednesday to lift the state's campaign contribution limits.
Instead, the 10-member bipartisan committee unanimously agreed that Idaho's modest contribution limits to candidates and political action committees should remain in place.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers say low turnout at task force meetings on campaign finance reform may be a sign of dwindling support for changes in the law.
Two meetings the Government Accountability Task Force held in Sioux Falls and Rapid City this week were poorly attended, the Argus Leader reported .
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, the first official candidate for a vacant Senate seat is promising to work to clean up Albany, and there's a renewed push to provide free feminine hygiene products in schools and emergency shelters.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold launched a new nonprofit political advocacy group Wednesday focused on voters' rights, campaign finance reform, protecting the independence of the U.S. Supreme Court and abolishing the Electoral College.
Feingold told The Associated Press that the goal of his group, called LegitAction, is to connect local activists with the larger movement and not be distracted by more trivial, daily controversies surrounding President Donald Trump.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Senate majority leader and longtime open government advocate Peter Wirth says the time might be right for an overhaul of the state's campaign finance laws.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said both he and Donald Trump are change agents, defended himself from charges that he's in the pocket of special interests by saying "I am the working man" and accused the signature campaign finance reform championed by his challenger Russ Feingold as a "spectacular failure" in a debate Tuesday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A pledge scrawled on Russ Feingold's garage door and featured in a quirky 1992 Senate ad assured Wisconsin residents that he would rely on them — not wealthy out-of-state donors — to bankroll his campaign.
Once the Wisconsin Democrat got to Washington he joined forces with Arizona Republican John McCain on efforts to deflate the influence of special interest money, passing a seminal campaign finance reform law that bears both senators' names.