Latest Campaign finance News

GOP unveils fundraising tool to rival Democrats' ActBlue

Jan. 22, 2019 9:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party believes it finally has its answer to the Democratic fundraising behemoth ActBlue. GOP groups are lending their support to a new donor platform called Patriot Pass, which they say will help the party match and even surpass the organization that sent more than $700...

UN experts: Fuel from Iran is financing Yemen rebels' war

Jan. 19, 2019 1:19 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fuel is being shipped illegally from Iran to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen to finance their war against the government, and both sides are violating international law with their military campaigns and arbitrary detention of rivals, U.N. experts said in a new report. The experts...

McAuliffe uses state PAC to help Iowa, NH Democrats

Jan. 17, 2019 3:30 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has dusted off his old state political action committee to accept big donations and cut checks to Democratic parties in early-voting states as he weighs a presidential run, campaign finance records show. McAuliffe's PAC raised more than $300,000 in...

Now a 2020 candidate, Gillibrand builds campaign on gender

Jan. 16, 2019 4:06 PM EST

TROY, New York (AP) — A day after she jumped into the presidential race from a glimmering Manhattan television studio, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand returned Wednesday to her upstate New York hometown to preview a campaign that is expected to put gender front and center. Speaking outside a Troy diner she said is...

After FBI raid, Scranton mayor denies wrongdoing

Jan. 16, 2019 1:39 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania mayor whose house was raided by the FBI last week says through his lawyer that he believes the investigation has to do with campaign finance. Paul Walker, a lawyer for Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright, says the Democrat "vehemently denies wrongdoing" and believes the FBI...

Justices leave in place Montana campaign contribution limits

Jan. 14, 2019 10:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place Montana's limits on contributions to political campaigns. The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from opponents of contribution limits. They wanted the court to review an appellate ruling that held the limits are a reasonable way to try to prevent...

2020 Democratic primary set to intensify

Jan. 14, 2019 9:20 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After months of speculation and secrecy, the 2020 presidential primary season is about to explode. With several Democrats already in the race, a half dozen more are locking down final travel, staffing and strategy to launch White House bids in the coming weeks. While plans may...

Warren makes first campaign trip to New Hampshire neighbors

Jan. 12, 2019 5:45 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren floated a likely presidential bid in New Hampshire, visiting the early primary state Saturday to deliver a message of economic populism and clean government. The Massachusetts Democrat brought her populist platform to about 450 prospective voters at Manchester...

Inslee pitches to Nevada outside 2020 spotlight on DC

Jan. 12, 2019 3:32 PM EST

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — The Democratic presidential sweepstakes might seem like a tale of Joe Biden and the Seven Senators, but there are plenty of governors and mayors looking for a chance to steal the spotlight from the former vice president and other headliners. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee pitched...

With Trump's nominee in limbo, envoy post in UAE stays empty

Jan. 12, 2019 1:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, no U.S. ambassador was there to welcome him. The post has been vacant for nine months. The Republican donor President Donald Trump chose for the job, John Rakolta Jr., hasn't been approved by the Senate....