Stories by Alex Knott:
Oct. 17, 2011
Political campaigns have figured out what direct marketers have long known: There's good money in your email address and contact information.
Oct. 5, 2011
The Federal Election Commission said today that it is changing its rules for a new type of political action committee that is a hybrid of a super PAC and a traditional hard money committee.
Oct. 4, 2011
More than 25 percent of House Members serving their first full term in Congress have already set up their own political action committees, making the term "leadership PAC" a bit of a misnomer.
Sept. 29, 2011
A Federal Election Commission audit released today found several reporting irregularities with one of the many committees managed by the recently indicted Kinde Durkee. The agencys audit is expected to be the first of many such investigations into committees controlled by the prominent Democratic campaign treasurer.
Sept. 26, 2011
Several political pundits predict that President Barack Obamas 2012 campaign could report spending $1 billion by Election Day. If he does, it will only be a small fraction of the amount an off-beat White House hopeful named Lee Mercer claims to have spent on his own campaign so far.
Sept. 14, 2011
Foreign countries are spending less to lobby Americas federal government, according to a new report released by the Department of Justice.
Sept. 6, 2011
A campaign treasurer who has handled the finances of top California Democrats will remain in custody until she next appears in a federal courtroom on Friday, following an initial brief appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jay C. Gandhi late Tuesday.
Sept. 2, 2011
The Federal Election Commission ruled Friday that a Guyana-born American citizen could file papers and raise money to run for president of the United States. But the agency also told the prospective candidate, Abdul Hassan, that his campaign may not receive federal matching funds because he was not born in America.
Sept. 1, 2011
The Federal Election Commission told Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) Thursday that she can use campaign funds to pay for better security at her family home following Januarys assassination attempt.
Aug. 26, 2011
The Federal Election Commission is showing signs that it might allow a Guyana-born American citizen to file papers and raise money to run for president of the United States.
Aug. 24, 2011
Members and candidates vying for Congress in 2012 raised funds at a record-setting pace for a nonelection year, collecting more than $285 million during the first six months of 2011, according to a Federal Election Commission analysis released Wednesday.
Aug. 20, 2011
You dont have to tell Sen. Joe Lieberman that Wall Street can be risky these days. The Connecticut Independent reported losing nearly $188,000 of campaign money in the stock market during the last two and a half years.
Aug. 5, 2011
Though revenue has dropped in federal lobbying during recent quarters, some firms have adapted to the market and are finding ways to significantly increase their take during K Street's downturn.
July 25, 2011
Several House lawmakers have made their spouses and other relatives the highest-paid workers on their campaigns over the past few years.
July 21, 2011
The Federal Election Commission ruled that former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) will have to pay the government almost $2.3 million following an audit of his 2008 presidential bid.
July 19, 2011
The campaign of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards may have to pay almost $2.3 million in penalties and primary matching funds following an audit of his 2008 White House bid.
July 14, 2011
A Guyana-born American citizen with virtually no political background is asking the Federal Election Commission whether he can run for president of the United States.
June 30, 2011
The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that comedian Stephen Colbert's super political action committee may raise and spend unlimited funds while also receiving airtime from his network, Comedy Central, but it avoided a broader expansion of airtime donations.
June 29, 2011
Stephen Colbert returns to Washington on Thursday to stir up trouble, this time at the Federal Election Commission.
June 27, 2011
In a closely watched ruling that could have implications for state and federal public financing systems, the Supreme Court on Monday struck down a portion of an Arizona law that had offered additional public funds to candidates running against well-funded opponents.
June 24, 2011
The Federal Election Commission released two major draft opinions on Friday to address questions surrounding the operation of new super political action committees, which can raise and spend unlimited funds.
June 16, 2011
A federal judge on Thursday ruled in favor of the Federal Election Commission on the issue of disclosure in a case similar to the landmark Citizens United campaign finance ruling.
June 15, 2011
Super PACs can already collect unlimited funds to spend on campaign ads in support of a candidate. A preliminary injunction issued Tuesday lets them also act like conventional political action committees and donate up to $5,000 to the same candidates campaign, so long as the funds are kept separate.
June 15, 2011
After almost 18 months of discussions, memorandums and regulatory debates, the Federal Election Commission failed Wednesday to begin its process for updating regulations in light of the Supreme Courts 2010 decision in Citizens United.
June 15, 2011
The Republican leader and the Democratic leader in the Senate saw their investments bear fruit last year, one making money in land, the other making money in stocks.