Rachel Baye

Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Rachel Baye is a reporter for the Center’s Consider the Source project. Before joining the Center as an American University fellow, she spent two years at The Washington Examiner covering Washington, D.C.’s Maryland suburbs and education. Rachel has a master’s degree in journalism and public affairs from American University and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, where she led the school’s award-winning student newspaper. She has also held internships at Philadelphia’s public radio station, WHYY, and with CNN’s investigative team.

Two giant D.C.-based players dominated political giving in 2014 state-level elections.

The individuals, unions, trade groups and others who gave the most.

Democrat's belated win in Vermont race reinforces trend of TV ad war winners taking governors' mansions

The IRS bans charities from participating in elections, but some groups pushed the envelope in 2014.

Three out of four races won by top spending candidates and their allies

More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.

Thirty-six seats are at stake in the U.S. Senate and 36 governorships are also up for election on Nov. 4.

More than 6,300 state offices are at stake this election. See who is trying to shape the message in the top races.

If you watch TV you've seen an unbelievable number of political ads asking for your vote. Do you know who is paying for those ads, and why?

Lax laws allow candidates to work so closely with outside groups, contribution limits become almost irrelevant.

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

A Wisconsin probe into recall campaigns highlights murky rules nationwide about how much candidates and outside groups can coordinate.

In the 50 states and DC, whether high court judges are appointed or elected depends.

Judicial elections are often criticized for corrupting influence, but appointment process has problems too.

Ads intended to influence elections often not reported because sponsors claim they are about issues.

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

An upstart battles a giant.

Nearly one-fifth of upper chamber members say they support e-filing campaign finance reports — but won't be this week.

Cuccinelli slams McAuliffe for accepting out-of-state cash while raking in millions from governors association.