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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:

Obama Campaign Racks Up Large Legal Fees

March 30, 2011

President Barack Obama was not on the ballot in 2010, but his campaign committee outspent all other presidential campaigns last year on legal fees, refunds to contributors and payments to the Treasury Department for unusable donations.

High Court Allows Coordinated Campaign Spending Limits

March 21, 2011

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review limits on coordinated election spending between national party committees and federal candidates, meaning the restrictions will remain in place.

Members Take Cash, Check or Fine Wine

March 16, 2011

Rep. Mike Thompson often holds fundraising events that are BYOB. Since 2001, donors attending his parties and other contributors have given the California Democrat more than 800 gifts of wine worth about $340,000.

Staffers Strike Gold in Campaign Seasons

March 11, 2011

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor may have campaigned on cutting spending, but a couple of his campaign staffers were among the highest-paid by campaigns, parties and political action committees during the 2010 election cycle.

Members Miss FEC Filings, Face Fines

March 2, 2011

At least 680 campaigns have failed to file more than 900 required filings total since 2000, according to a Roll Call study of campaign finance records. As a result, the FEC has fined these campaigns more than $2 million during the past decade.

FEC Has Many Queries for Members

Feb. 25, 2011

A handful of Members of Congress have among them received hundreds of complaints from the Federal Election Commission about inaccuracies in their campaign finance reports over the past several years, far beyond the average of most campaigns.

High Court Lets Stand State Referenda Disclosure Rules

Feb. 24, 2011

Organizations spending money to sway state ballot measures can be required to disclose their finances following a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week not to weigh in on the case of Human Life of Washington Inc. v. Brumsickle.

FEC Allows Brown Campaign to Buy Senator’s Book

Feb. 18, 2011

The Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday that Sen. Scott Brown may use campaign funds to pay for activities related to the promotion of his autobiography.

Budget Issues Dominate K Street’s Work

Feb. 14, 2011

The release of President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget request Monday was a call to arms on K Street, where lobbying for a piece of the federal budget is a priority for clients.

K Street Donors Not So Kind to Members’ Charities

Feb. 9, 2011

Lobbyists appear to be significantly cutting back on the money they give to support the favored charities of Members of Congress, one of the long-standing ways firms have curried favor with powerful Members.

GOP 2010 Joint Committee Got Large Checks

Feb. 7, 2011

As Congressional Republicans headed into the last few weeks before Election Day, they opened a special joint fundraising committee to collect large checks from corporate CEOs in an effort to pick up as many Democratic seats as possible.

Lobby Dollars Dip for First Time in Years

Jan. 31, 2011

For the first time in almost a decade, total lobbying revenues did not increase last year, with the recession pinching K Street budgets and major legislative initiatives such as health care reform winding down.

Brown Asks to Use Campaign Funds to Buy Copies of Autobiography

Jan. 25, 2011

Sen. Scott Brown’s campaign is asking the Federal Election Commission whether it can use committee funds on an upcoming book about his life.

Robin Carnahan Pursues Legal Defense Fund

Jan. 10, 2011

Former Democratic Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan may have lost her bid against Republican Roy Blunt in November, but her midterm-related battles are far from over.

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