NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's embattled House speaker is now being accused of violating the state's election laws after spending the past two weeks facing a long list of other scandals...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A lobbyist for a medical marijuana trade group is co-hosting a high-dollar fundraiser for Gov. Mike Parson next week as officials finalize rules for the state's...
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts campaign finance officials have released a new regulation that reduces how much unions and nonprofit groups can contribute to individual candidates.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Texas man has pleaded guilty to creating fake political action committees in 2016 supporting Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders that...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Kennedy is adding his prodigious fundraising talents to a political organization aimed at electing more conservative Republicans to the Louisiana...
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A group with ties to Adam Edelen has unleashed the first TV attack ad in Kentucky's Democratic primary for governor, saying Andy Beshear benefited from deep-pocketed...
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he will announce this month whether he is joining the growing list of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president.
MONROE, N.C. (AP) — Republican and unaffiliated voters can start casting early ballots in the North Carolina special congressional election prompted by findings of ballot fraud.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee senators have voted to double several campaign contribution limits.
The Senate voted Thursday for Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey's bill. It still needs House...
US Rep. Neal reports $523,000 in campaign fundraising
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is outpacing fellow members of Massachusetts' all-Democratic U.S. House delegation in the hunt for campaign dollars.
Out-of-state funding boosts Collins’ coffers
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins has out-raised a liberal crowdfunding effort to unseat her, thanks to out-of-state donors, according to campaign finance reports recently filed...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has approved a bill raising campaign contribution limits in West Virginia political races.
BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an 80-year-old California man defrauded donors by setting up fake political action committees purporting to support campaigns including Sen. Bernie...
Senate passes ban on lawmaker funds for business loans
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers would no longer be able to use their political action committee funds to lend their businesses money under a bill that won initial Senate...
Democratic Virginia delegate announces state Senate bid
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Democratic state delegate has announced her bid to run for state Senate in a closely watched race that could determine partisan control of the upper chamber.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Election Commission is fining a super PAC that supported former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush for accepting over $1.3 million in illegal donations from...
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's elections director and a political action committee that disenfranchised nearly 100 voters by turning their ballots in late have come to an agreement in which most of...
- The Washington TimesPete Buttigieg shuts down political action committeeMay 15, 2019
- The Washington TimesPete Buttigieg shuts down political action committeeMay 15, 2019
- The SunState Limits Campaign Contributions from UnionsMay 14, 2019
- The Santa Fe New MexicanTwo candidates for U.S. Senate from New Mexico reject corporate PAC fundingMay 12, 2019
- The Times-TribuneRODERICK RANDOM: ‘Queen Of Democrats’ Emphatically AbdicatesMay 11, 2019
Uncounted Oregon votes expose election vulnerability
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Days before last November's elections, members of a political action committee in Oregon went door-to-door in Portland and its suburbs and collected filled-in ballots from...
BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's re-election campaign got a big boost from independent expenditure political action committees — also known as super PACs.
Louisiana company accused of illegally giving $100K to PAC
CUT OFF, La. (AP) — A Louisiana company is named in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that says the business broke the law by making a $100,000 contribution to a conservative...
Democrat Elizabeth Warren plans to forgo big-money donors
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she will forgo the chase for campaign money from the biggest donors in her quest for her party's nomination for president.
New PAC backs potential 2020 run by Gov. Jay Inslee
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new political action committee has been created to back a potential presidential run by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.
Officials with Act Now On Climate say they filed...
Illinois medical cannabis growers lobby on license issue
CHICAGO (AP) — Medical marijuana growers in Illinois have formed a political action committee and are spending money in an attempt to limit the market if recreational use of the drug is legalized...
Senate approves bill seeking transparency in political ads
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate has passed a measure that requires political action committees to list the top five donors on political ads.
Tennessee Gov. Lee raised $2.5m, spent $1.8m in inauguration
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prominent businesses, top Republicans and political action committees helped Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee raise nearly $2.5 million for his inauguration last...
House rejects bill spurred by secretary of state race
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House has rejected an attempt to limit fundraising by secretary of state candidates after last year's contentious contest.
New Hampshire is among three states in which the secretary of state is elected by the Legislature. In December, Bill Gardner was nearly ousted after 42 years in office by Colin Van Ostern, who raised $200,000 through a political action committee.
Ex-Senate Republican lawyer charged with stealing from PAC
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former lawyer for state Senate Republicans in Connecticut has been charged with stealing more than $250,000 from a political action committee he oversaw as treasurer.
State law enforcement announced that 56-year-old Michael Cronin was arrested Wednesday on a charge of first-degree larceny.
Oregon fines PAC $95K for turning in ballots late
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon plans to fine a political action committee nearly $95,000 for turning in 96 general election ballots late.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Secretary of State Dennis Richardson's office announced Tuesday the fine against Defend Oregon, saying the ballots its canvassers collected were handed over a day after the Nov. 6 election.
Congressman to refuse corporate donations
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern announced in a town hall held in Massachusetts that he will no longer accept corporate donations.
The Democrat said during the meeting held in Northampton on Saturday that he wants to fund his campaign with "money from regular people."
He says corporate Political Action Committees "don't reflect the values and the interests of the people I represent."
Missouri Sen. Hawley forms leadership PAC
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley has formed a political action committee to help other candidates get elected.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday reported that the Republican created a leadership PAC called Fighting for Missouri.
Bills target money in politics, influence of lobbyists
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker has proposed limiting the influence of lobbyists, restricting when former lawmakers can start lobbying and banning the use of political funds for personal profit.
McAuliffe uses state PAC to help Iowa, NH Democrats
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has dusted off his old state political action committee to accept big donations and cut checks to Democratic parties in early-voting states as he weighs a presidential run, campaign finance records show.
The Latest: Montana governor applauds Supreme Court decision
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on Montana's campaign contribution limits (all times local):
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is calling the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to leave Montana's campaign contribution limits in place a big deal.
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal seeking to strike down caps on contributions to political campaigns in state elections, including to candidates for governor, other statewide offices and the Legislature.
14 former political candidates sued for by watchdog agency
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has filed more than a dozen lawsuits in a crackdown on former candidates who file campaign reports late or not at all.
Billboard near Mar-a-Lago likens Republicans to Soviets
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The next time President Donald Trump travels to his Mar-a-Lago resort, he'll be greeted by a billboard likening the Republican Party to the Soviets.
NRA spent $870K against Evers this fall
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The National Rifle Association spent more than $870,000 campaigning against Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers in this fall's elections.
PAC backing Missouri Gov. Parson gets $1M from mega-donor
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri mega-donor has given $1 million to a political action committee that supports Republican Gov. Mike Parson running to keep his seat.
Prolific political donor Rex Sinquefield donated $850,000 to Uniting Missouri PAC this past week and another $150,000 to the PAC earlier this month.
Parson has not yet said whether he'll run for governor in 2020. But Uniting Missouri PAC Chairman John Hancock says the group hopes he will.
Report: Charter school cash spent on Connecticut elections
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Wealthy individuals with ties to charters schools, including many from outside of Connecticut, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence the state's recent elections, according to a new report compiled by two public policy advocacy organizations.
Report: $24.3M spent in Maine congressional race
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At least $24.3 million was spent in Maine's 2nd Congressional District race this year.
The Sun-Journal reports Federal Election Commission finance filings show outside groups like the Republican-backed Congressional Leadership Fund and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poured in $13.5 million.
Diverse group of PACs supported Rhode Island campaigns
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A wide range of political action committees supported Rhode Island campaigns this year.
The Providence Journal reports that PACs run by unions, large corporations, advocacy groups and other interests all contributed more than $2 million to state campaigns in 2018.
Gov. Jay Inslee raises money for possible White House bid
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's new political action committee has reported $112,500 in donations as the Democrat gears up for a possible presidential run.
Colorado’s Hickenlooper staffs up for possible 2020 bid
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a presidential campaign, including interviews with dozens of potential staffers and hiring a pollster and national fundraiser, according to a person close to the Democrat.
Lawyer for Senate GOP fired over misappropriated donations
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State Senate Republicans in Connecticut say they have fired their lawyer after he said he improperly took tens of thousands of dollars donated to support legislative candidates.
Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano says Michael Cronin was terminated Monday as legal counsel to the Senate Republican Caucus. He said Cronin told him earlier in the day he had "removed without authorization" money from the caucus political action committee.
Malloy to sit on national advisory board of education PAC
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Departing Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will soon sit on the national advisory board for a political action committee that supports education reforms, including public school choice.
MLB to vet campaign contributions more carefully
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will put in place new procedures for vetting political contributions after giving $5,000 to Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican senator from Mississippi, and then asking for the money back following her controversial remarks.
Outside spending on Nevada governor, other races topped $48M
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The close contest for Nevada governor and other competitive state races this year drew at least $48.6 million in outside spending, including about $38 million on ads that filled airways and mailboxes, according to fundraising documents.
Campaign finance reports from 30 political action committees that focused at least some of their efforts on the governor's race show heavy spending on behalf of Democrats, who were able to flip the top job for the first time in two decades.
Arkansas Ethics Commission dismisses radio ad complaint
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Ethics Commission dismissed a complaint by the state's Republican party that a political action committee inappropriately ran a midterm election radio ad that was called racist by both parties in a U.S. congressional race.