July 22, 2014

Alex Knott

Bio:

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:

Campaigns Make Cash Off Donor Contact Information

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.

FEC Relaxes Donation Rules for Hybrid PACs

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.

New Members Rush to Start Their Own PACs

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.

FEC Audit Finds Durkee Understated Committee’s Funds

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 agency’s audit is expected to be the first of many such investigations into committees controlled by the prominent Democratic campaign treasurer.

Obama’s Campaign Spending Places Third Behind $72 Billion Candidate

Sept. 26, 2011

Several political pundits predict that President Barack Obama’s 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.

Lobbying by Foreign Countries Decreases

Sept. 14, 2011

Foreign countries are spending less to lobby America’s federal government, according to a new report released by the Department of Justice.

California Embezzlement Case Might Touch Many Campaigns

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.

FEC Allows Presidential Campaign for Foreign-Born Man

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.

FEC OKs Giffords’ Campaign Funds for Home Security

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 January’s assassination attempt.

FEC Drafts Opinions for Guyana-Born Man About Presidential Run

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.

Election Fundraising Sets Records in First Half of 2011

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.

Market Plunge Could Affect Campaigns

Aug. 20, 2011

You don’t 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.

Some Lobbyists Buck the Odds in 2011

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.

House Spouses Make Good Money From Campaigns

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.

FEC Orders Edwards to Pay Back $2.3 Million

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.

FEC May Bill John Edwards $2.3 Million

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.

Guyana-Born Man Asks FEC If He Can Run for President

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.

FEC Upholds Colbert PAC, but With Limits

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.

FEC Steels Itself for Colbert

June 29, 2011

Stephen Colbert returns to Washington on Thursday to stir up trouble, this time at the Federal Election Commission.

Supreme Court Overturns Arizona Campaign Finance Law

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.

FEC Seeks to Clarify Rules for Super PAC

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.

Court Backs FEC on Disclosure

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.

Judge: Super PACs May Donate to Candidates

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 candidate’s campaign, so long as the funds are kept separate.

Citizens United Rules Stall at FEC

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 Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United.

Reid, McConnell Both Getting Wealthier

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.

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