Newspaper publishers lobby for government aid amid ‘existential crisis’

(Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Newspapers are asking for government assistance as the ailing industry struggles to overcome plummeting advertising revenue amid

Watchdog calls for investigation into Mississippi congressman’s campaign spending

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) The Campaign Legal Center is asking ethics officials to investigate campaign spending

Amid coronavirus outbreak, not all congressional stock trades are created equal

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images) While the nation is immobilized by the coronavirus pandemic, a handful of lawmakers are defending their stock

Senate Intel chair unloaded stocks in mid-February before coronavirus rocked markets

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) As the coronavirus outbreak began to spread across the

Super PACs outmaneuver outdated rules to leave voters in the dark

(Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) March 15-21 is Sunshine Week, a national initiative celebrating open government and access

Trump’s nominee to restore FEC criticized for ‘dark money’ history

Trey Trainor (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP) Senate Republicans will consider advancing President Donald Trump’s GOP nominee to the Federal

Bloomberg’s half-billion dollar investment failed to pay dividends

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Michael Bloomberg dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary Wednesday after his half-billion dollar campaign fell flat

Pro-Warren super PAC tops outside spenders –– and Super Tuesday voters don’t know its donors

(Mario Tama/Getty Images) No presidential candidate has received more super PAC support this cycle than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). That’s

Bernie Sanders favored by donors in key Super Tuesday states

Sen. Bernie Sanders greets supporters as he arrives at a campaign rally in Santa Ana, California ahead of Super Tuesday

Warren, Biden likely to see biggest fundraising boost from Buttigieg exit

(SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg suspended his campaign Sunday, ending an unexpectedly successful

The 2020 Democratic primary is already the most expensive ever

(Ethan Miller/Getty Images) With only a sprinkling of delegates pledged to presidential contenders, the 2020 Democratic primary is already the

‘Dark money’ trail leads to GOP meddling in North Carolina Democratic primary

Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) (Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images) Senate Republicans bankrolled a super PAC that spent millions attempting to take down

Super PACs backing Warren and Klobuchar won’t disclose donors until long after Nevada

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) (Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Ahead of the critical Nevada caucuses Saturday, Sens.

Why corporate PACs have an advantage

(Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images) To increase their Washington clout, powerful corporations and trade associations often use affiliated PACs to

Who will pick up Andrew Yang’s donors?

(Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang suspended his presidential campaign this week after poor results in Iowa and New

Sinking in the polls, Joe Biden also has a donor problem

Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Former Vice President Joe Biden is

Michael Bloomberg obliterates self-financing records months into presidential bid

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Less than two months into his presidential campaign, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg poured $200 million of

Super PAC donors got special access to President Trump, recording shows

Lev Parnas arrives to attend the Senate impeachment trial (Zach Gibson/Getty Images) A 90-minute recording released over the weekend shows

‘Dark money’ groups target key senators during impeachment

Republicans for the Rule of Law via YouTube Influential “dark money” groups are hitting senators in their home states with

Senators overseeing impeachment trial got campaign cash from Trump legal team members

Ken Starr (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Some members of President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team are campaign donors to jurors in

Lobbying spending in 2019 nears all-time high as health sector smashes records

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Federal lobbying spending surpassed $3.47 billion last year, a nine-year high, as influential industries tried to

Candidates and outside groups often coordinate, most recently in Michigan

Republican Michigan Senate candidate John James speaks at a Donald Trump rally in December 2019. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY /

Billionaires spent big following Citizens United — expect them to spend more in 2020

Michael Bloomberg said he is willing to spend up to $1 billion to support the Democratic presidential nominee if he

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst denounced ‘dark money’ as her campaign privately embraced it

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Around the same time that Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)

Millions of political ad dollars fuel Trump impeachment fight

(Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Political candidates and groups shelled out millions on impeachment-related TV ads before the House impeached President Donald

Anti-impeachment Rep. Van Drew to flip to GOP after taking six figures from Democratic colleagues

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Anti-impeachment Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.) is expected to switch parties from Democrat

Corporate PAC cash takes a winding route to Democratic Senate challengers rejecting it

Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon (Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images) Democrats’ narrow path to taking the

‘Dark money’ groups drove support for IRS rule eliminating donor disclosure

(ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images) A proposed Trump administration rule to exempt some “dark money” groups from disclosing their donors

GOP Senate appointee Kelly Loeffler has extensive history of giving to Republicans — and a few Democrats

Atlanta Dream owner Kelly Loeffler (right) speaks with veteran NBA player Dwight Howard (left) during a WNBA game (Rich von

Democratic drop-outs spent at least $74M pursuing unsuccessful 2020 bids

(Mark Makela/Getty Images) Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) became the latest 2020 Democrat to drop out of the presidential race Tuesday,

Koch network makes first jump into 2020 races, defending GOP senators

CEO and Chairman of Stand Together Brian Hooks with Charles Koch (Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Stand Together) The Charles Koch-backed

Karl Rove-linked ‘dark money’ group raised, spent big ahead of 2018 midterms

Screencap from a video posted in One Nation’s Youtube feed. One Nation, a “dark money” group that primarily backs Senate

Liberal ‘dark money’ operation behind ads urging Republicans to support impeachment

Screencap from a video posted in Defend American Democracy’s Youtube feed. A veterans group urging Republican lawmakers to “put country

Elise Stefanik raises her profile — and her opponent’s — amid impeachment inquiry

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) has emerged as a key figure in the impeachment

Big Pharma bankrolled conservative groups that pushed industry message to Trump, tax returns show

(NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images) The pharmaceutical industry’s largest trade association gave millions of dollars in grants to a number

2020 presidential candidates top $100M in digital ad spending as Twitter goes dark

President Trump leads all other candidates when it comes to digital ad spending (Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Digital

Big-dollar donors helped Deval Patrick lay groundwork for presidential campaign

Deval Patrick, Former Governor of Massachusetts (Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is making a

Bloomberg brings the biggest bucks to the Democratic presidential primary

Michael Bloomberg (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images) Michael Bloomberg, one of the richest men in the world, is expected to enter the

Maxine Waters’ blue seat isn’t up for grabs — but the lucrative chance to challenge her is

House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (Tom William/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) Earlier this year, Navy veteran Joe

How are presidential candidates spending their campaign cash?

Elizabeth Warren spends more than any of her fellow 2020 presidential candidates on salaries (Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Campaigning for president

Which agencies attract the most lobbyists?

The Treasury Department (pictured) is consistently one of the most lobbied federal agencies. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) From the White House

Trump launches joint fundraising committee with vulnerable GOP senator

U.S. Senator David Perdue of Georgia (via flickr – Gage Skidmore) President Donald Trump this week formally set up a

Big Pharma continues to top lobbying spending

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Reps. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) (L) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) reveal House Democrats’ bill to