| Nov 1, 2012
| 3:42 PM
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Super-PAC "Independence USA" poured an additional $2.35 million into a television advertising campaign to defeat Democratic Rep. Joe Baca of Rialto. Baca is being challenged by fellow Democrat, state S en. Gloria...
| Apr 20, 2012
| 4:39 PM
The Brad Sherman campaign raised questions about a super PAC's using the same consultant as the Berman campaign, saying that was evidence of possible illegal collusion. A Berman spokesman said the campaign no longer uses the consultant....
| Apr 5, 2012
| 9:04 PM
WASHINGTON — As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama vowed to squelch the role of special interests in financing the party conventions — so he barred corporations and lobbyists from contributing money to this year's national convention in...
| Jan 1, 2012
Political committees unfettered by donation limits are dominating the last weeks of the presidential nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, funding aggressive attack campaigns that are swamping the efforts of the candidates themselves.
| Mar 18, 2012
| 7:17 PM
A "super PAC" that has spent more than $35 million on behalf of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has accepted donations from federal contractors despite a 36-year-old ban against such companies making federal political expenditures.
| Mar 21, 2012
Billionaire political patrons filled the coffers of the presidential "super PACs" last month, spotlighting once again the enormous influence a tiny cadre of wealthy donors is having on the 2012 race.
The biggest donations came from casino magnate Sheldon...
| May 15, 2012
| 5:58 PM
WASHINGTON — Advocacy groups spending millions of dollars to influence the 2012 election now face the prospect of having to reveal their secret donors, after a federal appellate court panel refused to block a lower-court order requiring the...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 8:09 PM
Trevor Potter is an unlikely repeat guest for a late-night comedy show. As the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, the courtly Washington lawyer is a leading expert on campaign finance law — not the kind of material that generates...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 1:22 PM
It was perhaps inevitable that Stephen Colbert -- fake conservative, cable TV personality, and the most famous Charlestonian since that guy from Hootie and the Blowfish -- would return to South Carolina to make a little mischief before the state's...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 11:28 PM
The new role that the super-rich play in electoral politics began to emerge with greater clarity Tuesday as recently formed "super PACs" publicly reported their donors and expenses for 2011.
Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney's...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 6:21 PM
President Obama's first campaign ad of 2012 decried "secretive billionaires attacking" him through conservative nonprofit groups that do not reveal their contributors.
But two Democratic nonprofit groups that do not disclose their donors made payments...