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...
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.
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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.
Review: $12.5 million in outside cash spent on election
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut voters were inundated with political mailers and advertising this year, much of it courtesy of vaguely named groups such as Change Connecticut and Connecticut Values.
Top spending Massachusetts PACs linked with labor unions
BOSTON (AP) — Eight of the top ten Massachusetts political action committees that spent thousands in the months leading up to Election Day were representing the interests of labor unions.
The top-spending PAC from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 was the 1199 SEIU MA PAC, associated with the union representing tens of thousands of health care workers throughout the state. The union reported spending more than $428,000 according to the state Office and Campaign and Political Finance.
Howard Dean’s brother to step down as PAC leader
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The brother of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is stepping down as leader of a progressive political action committee and will continue as a special adviser.
Jim Dean of Democracy for America announced his decision Wednesday. He said his successor will be Yvette Simpson, a former Cincinnati City Council member, effective Jan. 1, 2019. She had worked on recruiting and supporting a slate of federal candidates for the midterm election.
Outdoor retailers say 1st foray into elections was success
DENVER (AP) — An outdoor industry retailers group says its first venture into electoral politics was a success.
The political director of the Outdoor Industry Association, Alex Boian (BOY'-an), said Thursday the group endorsed 23 candidates for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House or governor in the mid-term elections, and 20 won.
The association also made campaign contributions through its political action committee but the amounts weren't immediately available.
House candidate’s ‘party before country’ gaffe appears in ad
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Democratic congressional candidate in Michigan who blundered by telling thousands of supporters that she puts "party before country" will see her gaffe repeated in a weeklong TV ad backed by a Republican group that is hoping to tip the scales in the hotly contested race.
Petitioner for marijuana ballot measure in Ontario forms PAC
ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — A chief petitioner of the effort to get a measure on the ballot seeking to lift the ban on recreational sales of marijuana in Ontario, Oregon, has formed a political action committee.
Hawley’s campaign to donate money from controversial PAC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Josh Hawley's Senate campaign will donate a $2,500 contribution from a political action committee accused of scamming donors by claiming to support police officers.
Campaign spokeswoman Kelli Ford said the money from the Police Action Fund will be contributed to the Missouri Sheriffs' Association and the Missouri Police Chiefs Association.
Political action committee reports donation from Idaho tribe
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal political action committee created in July reports that it received a $25,000 contribution from the Coeur d'Alene Tribe but has spent no money.
Strength and Progress posted its quarterly report Monday to the Federal Election Commission's website. The super PAC has said it will spend money on Native American issues nationally.
Ads pick up in Mississippi special election for US Senate
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Candidates and political action committees are increasing advertising ahead of the crowded Nov. 6 special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi.
Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith released a TV ad Tuesday showing her in blue jeans and boots at her family's cattle auction in Brookhaven. She relates cattle ranching to serving in Washington and says: "You can't be afraid to put your boots on and clean up the mess."
PAC won’t end ad saying black men will face rape accusations
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political action committee said Friday that it won't pull radio ads in hotly contested races in Arkansas and Missouri that suggest African American men will face rape accusations if Democrats win midterm elections.
The Latest: Missouri version of radio ad avoids ‘lynching’
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on a radio ad that suggests white Democrats will lynch African-Americans if they win in midterm elections next month (all times local):
The Missouri version of a radio ad that suggests Democratic victories in midterm elections endanger African-American men and boys does not refer to lynchings as an ad in Arkansas does.
Radio ad in Arkansas suggests ‘lynching’ if Democrats win
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican congressman in central Arkansas and his challenger on Thursday condemned a political action committee's radio ad that suggests white Democrats will lynch black Americans if they win the midterm election next month.
Pfizer PAC agrees to $40K settlement on political donations
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A political action committee for employees of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed to pay about $40,000 to the state after elections officials say it violated campaign laws by making donations during General Assembly sessions.
The state elections board agreed Wednesday to the settlement with the Pfizer Inc. PAC.
Barrasso outraises Trauner as Wyoming Senate election nears
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso has increased the fundraising gap between himself and Democratic opponent Gary Trauner.
Campaign finance reports show Barrasso received a large influx of outside money from political action committees along with steady fundraising efforts throughout the year. He has more than $4 million in cash on hand.