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Alex Knott


Alex Knott is the editor for CQ MoneyLine and contributes stories to various CQ Roll Call Group publications. Before joining CQ, Alex worked as the political editor for the Center for Public Integrity. During his seven years at the center, he wrote stories and coordinated projects about the environment, contracting and money in politics. Alex also co-authored and contributed editorial content to six books. One of these included "The Buying of the President 2004," a New York Times bestseller that he also supervised. In all, Alex has worked at nearly a two dozen other publications based in the Washington area and has received seven national journalism awards. Alex studied journalism at the University of Maryland.

Knott no longer works at Roll Call.

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Stories by Alex Knott:

Wave of Super PACs File With FEC

June 14, 2011

The Federal Election Commission has seen a surge in the creation of super PACs and other groups planning to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money during the upcoming elections.

Lee Opens Pair of Leadership PACs

June 13, 2011

Sen. Mike Lee may be a freshman, but he has a rare distinction in fundraising. Not only did the Utah Republican open a leadership political action committee shortly after being elected, he created two.

Delaware Man Admits to Reimbursing Employees’ Campaign Donations

June 9, 2011

A Delaware businessman pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of violating campaign finance laws and two counts of filing false information on his income taxes.

Judge Reaffirms Ruling Allowing Corporate Campaign Donations

June 7, 2011

A federal judge in Virginia reaffirmed his ruling Tuesday that may allow corporations to donate money to candidates for Congress and the White House for the first time in more than a century.

FEC Ends Investigation of O’Donnell, but FBI’s Continues

June 2, 2011

The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint against former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, but an unrelated FBI probe into the Delaware Republican’s campaign spending is ongoing, her lawyer said Thursday.

Obama Counsel Bob Bauer Leaving White House

June 2, 2011

The White House announced Thursday that Bob Bauer, one of the nation’s top election law attorneys, would leave his job as White House counsel to reprise his role helping the president and other Democrats on the ballot in 2012.

Campaign Finance Experts See Few Implications for Virginia Ruling

May 28, 2011

Campaign finance experts are saying privately that despite outrage over a judge's decision this week that corporations could donate money directly to federal candidates, the verdict would probably not have any real effects on the 2012 elections.

Judge OKs Corporate Donations to Federal Candidates

May 27, 2011

A federal judge ruled Thursday that corporations should be allowed to give donations directly to candidates for Congress and the White House, a decision that runs counter to campaign finance rules that have been in place for more than a century.

FEC Falls Short on Enforcement, Commissioner Says

May 26, 2011

New statistics show that the Federal Election Commission has become “less aggressive” at enforcing the nation’s campaign finance laws than it was a few years ago, the most senior member of the agency said Thursday.

GOP Seeks Savings in Phasing Out Election Commission

May 25, 2011

After some limited Democratic opposition, the House Administration Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would remove funding from the Election Assistance Commission and transfer much of its responsibilities to the Federal Election Commission.

Democrats Test GOP’s Plan at FEC

May 19, 2011

Less than a week after Republicans said they would use federal lawmakers, candidates and party officials to raise unlimited money for an election advertisement fund, Democrats filed a request with the Federal Election Commission to see if that type of fundraising is legal.

New PAC May Test Finance Rules

May 17, 2011

Republican campaign law guru James Bopp Jr. is trying to pioneer a new way to fund political campaigns by having federal lawmakers, candidates and parties encourage donors to make unlimited contributions to a new group that can spend the money in their elections.

Many Finance Members Accepted Donations From Top Oil Companies

May 12, 2011

Hammered by Democrats who want to eliminate some of their tax breaks, oil companies have poured considerable sums into Republican campaign coffers and lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill.

Stephen Colbert Files FEC Request for Colbert PAC (VIDEO)

May 12, 2011

Comedian Stephen Colbert formally asks the Federal Election Commission for a media exemption to allow his show to "cover" his new Colbert PAC.

Lobbyists-for-Hire Are Losing Market Share

May 10, 2011

Over the past decade, many corporations, unions and other groups spent more money on in-house teams of lobbyists, shifting away from hiring outside firms to do their advocacy.

Lobbying Spending Drops in Most Sectors

April 26, 2011

Divided government has not been so kind to K Street as lobbying expenditures plunged in most sectors in the first quarter of this year.

Van Hollen Sues FEC for More Disclosure

April 21, 2011

Rep. Chris Van Hollen filed a lawsuit in federal district court Thursday against the Federal Election Commission, questioning its implementation of disclosures rules for nonprofits that run political advertisements.

House GOP Freshmen Show Fundraising Strength

April 20, 2011

House Republican freshmen dominated their Democratic counterparts in first-quarter fundraising, pulling in more than twice the funds on average.

Boehner Leads House in Fundraising With $2.4M

April 18, 2011

Retaking control of the House paid off for Republicans during the first quarter as most Members’ campaign fundraising soared over their Democratic counterparts.

FEC Launches Audit of Obama’s 2008 Campaign

April 16, 2011

The Federal Election Commission has launched an audit into President Barack Obama’s record-breaking 2008 campaign, individuals familiar with the campaign told Roll Call on Friday.

Election Assistance Commission May Be Closing

April 13, 2011

House Republicans may have found a way to trim $14 million from the federal budget: eliminate the Election Assistance Commission.

Campaign Lawyers Reject Idea FEC Is Broken

April 8, 2011

Campaign finance reform advocates say the Federal Election Commission is “broken” and unable to enforce campaign finance laws, but most Republicans and even some Democratic experts say the agency is working just the way it ought to.

More FEC Terms Expire, but Replacements Unlikely

April 4, 2011

By the end of this month, five of the six commissioners’ terms at the Federal Election Commission will have expired, providing President Barack Obama the opportunity to profoundly change the leadership at the federal agency that administers and enforces the nation’s campaign finance laws.

Obama FEC Filing Confirms No Public Funds for Re-Election

April 4, 2011

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign may have just started today, but it has already put out a subtle hint that it won’t accept federal funds for the 2012 general election.

GAO: K Street Largely Complying With Disclosure Rules

April 1, 2011

Most of K Street is complying fully with the lobbying disclosure laws that went into effect four years ago, a new Government Accountability Office report shows, but some lobbyists are missing forms and donít understand some aspects of the law.

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