Stories by Alex Knott:
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 2, 2011
The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint against former Senate candidate Christine ODonnell, but an unrelated FBI probe into the Delaware Republicans campaign spending is ongoing, her lawyer said Thursday.
June 2, 2011
The White House announced Thursday that Bob Bauer, one of the nations 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.
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.
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.
May 26, 2011
New statistics show that the Federal Election Commission has become less aggressive at enforcing the nations campaign finance laws than it was a few years ago, the most senior member of the agency said Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 20, 2011
House Republican freshmen dominated their Democratic counterparts in first-quarter fundraising, pulling in more than twice the funds on average.
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.
April 16, 2011
The Federal Election Commission has launched an audit into President Barack Obamas record-breaking 2008 campaign, individuals familiar with the campaign told Roll Call on Friday.
April 13, 2011
House Republicans may have found a way to trim $14 million from the federal budget: eliminate the Election Assistance Commission.
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.
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 nations campaign finance laws.
April 4, 2011
President Barack Obamas re-election campaign may have just started today, but it has already put out a subtle hint that it wont accept federal funds for the 2012 general election.
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 don’t understand some aspects of the law.