Dozen Megadonors Gave $3.4 Billion, One in Every 13 Dollars, Since 2009

A new study shows the role of the super rich in politics since the Supreme Court loosened restrictions on political spending more than a decade ago.

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Ray McGuire Wants to Show He’s Not Just the Wall Street Candidate

Mr. McGuire has landed endorsements from Representative Gregory W. Meeks and three hip-hop giants as his campaign for New York mayor enters a crucial phase.

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Fund-Raising Surged for Republicans Who Sought to Overturn the Election

The lawmakers, who encouraged their followers to protest in Washington on Jan. 6, have capitalized on the riot to draw huge campaign donations.

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Dark Money in the New York Mayor’s Race

This year’s election is shaping up to be the city’s first in which super PACs play a major role.

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Democrats Aim to Revive a Campaign Finance Watchdog

Republicans denounced the proposed overhaul as an attempt to mount a partisan takeover of what critics consider a moribund Federal Election Commission.

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Outside Money Floods Mayor’s Race, Raising Ethics Concerns

For the first time since the Supreme Court allowed unlimited spending in elections, candidate super PACs are flooding money into a New York mayoral election.

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Top Bidder for Tribune Newspapers Is an Influential Liberal Donor

The Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss helped build a sophisticated behind-the-scenes operation that attacked Republicans and promoted Democratic causes.

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G.O.P. Group Warns Donors Not to Opt Out of Monthly Donations

The National Republican Congressional Committee says to donors who opt out of recurring monthly donations: “We will have to tell Trump you’re a DEFECTOR.”

#campaign-finance, #national-republican-congressional-committee, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #winred

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Mitch McConnell Digs In Against Campaign Law Changes Again

The top Senate Republican, who has spent his career fighting campaign finance limits, has taken a lead role in challenging Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill.

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G.O.P. Group Warns of ‘Defector’ List If Donors Uncheck Recurring Box

The National Republican Congressional Committee says to donors who opt out of recurring monthly donations: “We will have to tell Trump you’re a DEFECTOR.”

#campaign-finance, #national-republican-congressional-committee, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #winred

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How Trump Steered Supporters Into Unwitting Donations

Online donors were guided into weekly recurring contributions. Demands for refunds spiked. Complaints to banks and credit card companies soared. But the money helped keep Donald Trump’s struggling campaign afloat.

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Democrats Splinter Over Strategy for Pushing Through Voting Rights Bill

President Biden and leading congressional Democrats have made the far-reaching bill a top priority, but some proponents believe it needs major changes.

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Here’s How Democrats’ Voting Rights Law Would Work

The expansive measure would set a nationwide floor on ballot access, nullify many voting restrictions, change the way political districts are drawn and rein in campaign donations.

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5 Takeaways From the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race

As Andrew Yang appears to be solidifying his role as the front-runner in the contest, his Democratic rivals have begun to focus their lines of attack on him.

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How a Sham Candidate Helped Flip a Florida Election

The candidate and the man who prosecutors say recruited him to play spoiler in a Florida Senate race last year were both arrested this week.

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A Super PAC for Shaun Donovan Got $1 Million From His Father

Super PACs for two candidates raised millions of dollars to help their chances in the New York City mayor’s race. One, for Shaun Donovan, was bankrolled by his father.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #mcguire-raymond-j, #new-york-city, #political-action-committees

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Courting Unions and the Latino Vote: 5 Takeaways From the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race

Eric Adams won three big labor union endorsements, confirming his status as a top contender, and Loree Sutton dropped out of the race.

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Trump, Hungry for Power, Tries to Wrestle Away G.O.P. Fund-Raising

Angry at his critics in the party and seeking to keep his options for raising money open, the former president is trying to take charge of the online fund-raising juggernaut he helped create.

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Inside the Big-Business Plan to Influence New York’s Mayoral Race

Stephen Ross, the head of the Related Companies, is organizing a meeting of business leaders to “help us get this mayoral election right.”

#campaign-finance, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #political-action-committees, #primaries-and-caucuses, #real-estate-commercial, #related-cos, #ross-stephen-m

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Inside the Lincoln Project’s Secrets, Side Deals and Scandals

A civil war broke out in the group as it antagonized Donald Trump, with leaders splintering over financial arrangements and revelations of online harassment by a top official.

#campaign-finance, #conway-george-t-iii, #lincoln-project, #political-action-committees, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schmidt-steve, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weaver-john-1959

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Targeting State Restrictions, House Is Set to Pass Landmark Voting Rights Expansion

The omnibus voting, ethics and campaign finance bill would roll back barriers to voting enacted by Republican statehouses, but it faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

#absentee-voting, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

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Mississippi Congressman Faces Allegations of Misusing Campaign Funds

The House Ethics Committee is investigating Representative Steven M. Palazzo after a preliminary inquiry found he engaged in a “concerning pattern” of spending campaign funds on his waterfront house.

#campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #house-committee-on-ethics, #house-of-representatives, #mississippi, #office-of-congressional-ethics, #palazzo-steven, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How to Keep Extremists Out of Power

Every political reform proposal must be judged by its ability to fuel or weaken extremist candidates.

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Super PACs Are Raising Millions to Sway the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race

Groups representing big business are already working to influence the contest, while a new organization hopes to push the crowded field of candidates to the left.

#campaign-finance, #elections-mayors, #justice-democrats, #mcguire-raymond-j, #new-york-city, #political-action-committees, #politics-and-government, #working-families-party

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Corey Johnson Exited the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race. Will He Run for Comptroller?

Mr. Johnson, the New York City Council speaker, said he expected to decide in the next two weeks whether to run to be the city’s fiscal watchdog.

#campaign-finance, #city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-comptrollers, #johnson-corey, #new-york-city

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Stacey Abrams and Lauren Groh-Wargo: How to Turn Your Red State Blue

It may take 10 years. Do it anyway.

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Lev Parnas, Giuliani Associate, Faces New Fraud Accusations

The Securities and Exchange Commission claimed in a lawsuit that Mr. Parnas and a business partner duped investors in a start-up called Fraud Guarantee.

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Trump’s Sleight of Hand: Shouting Fraud, Pocketing Donors’ Cash for Future

With breathless, often misleading appeals, the former president promised small donors that he was using the money to fight the election results, but in fact stored much of it for future use.

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As Trump Raked In Cash Denying His Loss, Little Went to Actual Legal Fight

The picture that emerged in new campaign finance reports was of Donald J. Trump waging a public relations effort to falsely argue that he had won the election rather than mounting a serious legal push.

#actblue, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #philanthropy, #powell-sidney-attorney, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #winred

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Trump Raised $255.4 Million in 8 Weeks as He Sought to Overturn Election Result

The former president’s fund-raising slowed significantly after the Electoral College delivered its votes to make Joseph R. Biden Jr. the 46th president.

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Democratic Party Enters 2021 in Power — and Flush With Cash, for a Change

The Democratic National Committee has a roughly $75 million war chest, raising the party’s hopes of keeping power in 2022 and accelerating a Democratic shift in the Sun Belt states.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #harrison-jaime-r-1976, #perez-thomas-e, #presidential-election-of-2020

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How Alvin the Beagle Helped Usher in a Democratic Senate

Senator Raphael Warnock was sworn in this week as Georgia’s first Black senator, and he arrived with a canny canine assist.

#campaign-finance, #georgia, #political-advertising, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warnock-raphael-g

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Rivals Mock Andrew Yang: 5 Takeaways From the Mayor’s Race

Andrew Yang’s visit to a “bodega” drew digs from other contenders, and his entry in the New York City’s race seemed to shake up the contest.

#bodegas, #campaign-finance, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #torres-ritchie-1988, #yang-andrew-1975

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Cash Is Pouring Into the N.Y.C. Mayoral Race. Here’s Who Has the Most.

Eric Adams and Scott Stringer, two of the best-known candidates, continue to far outpace the rest of the Democratic field in raising money.

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Examining Kelly Loeffler’s Ties to the NYSE After the Capitol Rampage

One company may have a harder time than most separating itself from the controversy at the Capitol.

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McGuire, Wall Street Favorite, Raises $5 Million and Jolts Mayor’s Race

New York’s business community is coalescing behind Raymond J. McGuire, an ex-Wall Street executive, but the support may turn off some left-leaning voters.

#campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #high-net-worth-individuals, #mcguire-raymond-j, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses

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How Sheldon Adelson’s Death Could Affect the GOP’s Future

The death of Mr. Adelson, who spent over half a billion dollars to help Republicans, may complicate their efforts to regain control of Congress. “A next generation of Sheldon-level giving does not readily exist,” one strategist said.

#adelson-sheldon-g, #campaign-finance, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Republican Fund-Raising May Be Affected by Sheldon Adelson’s Death

The death of Mr. Adelson, who spent over half a billion dollars to boost Republicans, may complicate their efforts to regain control of Congress. “A next generation of Sheldon-level giving does not readily exist,” one strategist said.

#adelson-sheldon-g, #campaign-finance, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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IBM Doesn’t Donate to Politicians. Other Firms Should Take Note.

As companies put their donations to candidates on hold, they should reassess political giving entirely, making the halt permanent.

#campaign-finance, #international-business-machines-corporation, #krishna-arvind, #lobbying-and-lobbyists

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Superheroes and an Indoor Fund-Raiser: 5 Takeaways From the Mayor’s Race

With a big fund-raising deadline this week, the New York City mayoral candidates are under pressure to reach benchmarks that would qualify them for matching funds.

#adams-eric-l, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #sutton-loree-k

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Major Technology Companies Join List of Biden Inaugural Donors

The inaugural committee did not disclose how much it has raised so far for the event, which is to be scaled down because of the pandemic.

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Companies That Donated to Senators Planning Election Results Challenge Face Questions

Awkward questions for the companies that donated to senators planning to challenge the 2020 election results.

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Democrats in Georgia Runoffs Bring in Record Haul

The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock and Jon Ossoff each raised more than $100 million, according to campaign filings, signaling Democrats’ optimism heading into the Jan. 5 contests.

#campaign-finance, #federal-election-commission, #georgia, #loeffler-kelly-l, #ossoff-jon, #perdue-david-a-jr, #politics-and-government, #warnock-raphael-g

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5 Takeaways From the Mayor’s Race: A Subway Pledge and Police Scrutiny

Some New York City candidates vowed to reform the Police Department — or to ride the subway more often than Mayor Bill de Blasio.

#adams-eric-l, #campaign-finance, #elections-mayors, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #primaries-and-caucuses, #stringer-scott-m, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wiley-maya

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Trump’s Future: Tons of Cash and Plenty of Options for Spending It

When President Trump departs the White House, he will have a huge pile of cash to fuel his future ambitions. He can hold rallies, hire staff and even lay groundwork for a potential 2024 run.

#campaign-finance, #mcdaniel-ronna-romney, #political-action-committees, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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Biden’s Inaugural Will Be Mostly Virtual, but Money From Donors Will Be Real

The president-elect’s allies have begun an ambitious fund-raising campaign for the celebration of his swearing-in. Big donors will get “virtual signed photos” — and a chance to generate good will.

#bank-of-america-corporation, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #boeing-company, #campaign-finance, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ford-motor-co, #google-inc, #harris-kamala-d, #inaugurations, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j

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Got $1 Million to Spare? You Can Buy an Ambassadorship

The donor-diplomat has a long and sordid history in American politics. Joe Biden should finally end it.

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NYC Mayor’s Race Highlights: Yang and Rose to Run

As Kathryn Garcia and Shaun Donovan officially launched their campaigns last week, two newcomers, Andrew Yang and Rep. Max Rose, seemed poised to soon join them.

#campaign-finance, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #new-york-city, #rose-max-1986, #ross-stephen-m, #yang-andrew-1975

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Rep. Max Rose Moves Toward Entering New York City Mayor’s Race

The Staten Island Democrat, coming off a re-election loss, filed paperwork indicating that he is set to enter an already crowded field.

#campaign-finance, #campaign-finance-board-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #rose-max-1986

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As His Term Ends, Trump Faces More Questions on Payments to His Hotel

A civil case being pursued by the attorney general for the District of Columbia has brought renewed attention to what limits there should be on a president’s ability to profit from the office.

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