Meet 10 super PACs that rely on grassroots donors, not billionaires

By Michael Beckel and Sarah Whitmire

Meet 10 super PACs that raised big bucks from grassroots donors, not billionaires, in 2013.

Zombie super PACs face termination

By Dave Levinthal

Federal regulators put hundreds of obscure political committees on notice for disclosure failures.

Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Nonprofits spend money on campaigns despite benefactors' warnings

By Julie Patel

Despite warning, four nonprofits spent money on 2012 elections.

Transfers allow nonprofits to spend more money on campaigns, experts say

By Julie Patel

Groups move money to maximize amount that can be used to advocate for or against candidates.

Credit union overseer cozies up to industry execs

By Daniel Wagner

Credit union regulator Rick Metsger cozies up to industry execs at D.C. conference.

What makes a good U.S. ambassador?

By Michael Beckel

Former diplomats offer advice as Obama faces criticism for elevating numerous campaign bundlers with limited overseas experience.

Next up: 'Citizens United v. IRS'?

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative group promises to 'pull out all the stops' to fight proposed nonprofit regulations.

Tea party operative likely behind mysterious web blitz

By Daniel Wagner

The campaign against government crackdown on online payday lenders is likely created by a consultant to Sen. Ted Cruz.

FEC to Claire McCaskill: Show us your money

By Dave Levinthal

Missouri Democrat says missing campaign finance report was lost in the mail

Retailers band together to fight health reform law

By Erin Quinn

Companies, trade groups band together to lobby on issues of common interest.

The mysterious online war against a payday lending crackdown

By Daniel Wagner

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

Troubled FEC hangs 'help wanted' sign

By Dave Levinthal

Elections agency seeks staff to address computer woes and paperwork backlog.

GOP megadonor Harold Simmons bankrolled liberal causes

By Dave Levinthal

The charitable foundation of the late Harold Simmons contributed big bucks to Planned Parenthood, other left-leaning causes in 2012.

Newest senator not afraid to e-file

By Michael Beckel

Montana Democrat John Walsh will co-sponsor the Campaign Disclosure Parity Act and file his own financial reports electronically.

American Crossroads revs up attacks on Dems

By Michael Beckel

Karl Rove's deep-pocketed group kicks into action after largely dormant 2013.

Dems introduce plan for public financing of campaigns

By Michael Beckel

Bill would provide matching funds to candidates who limit size of contributions.

Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Democrats easily outpace Republicans in super PAC fundraising race

By Michael Beckel

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Pro-Vitter super PAC fueled by energy interests

By Julie Patel and Erin Quinn

A super PAC backing Sen. David Vitter's run for governor got most of its money last year from energy interests, new documents show.

Pro-gay marriage Republican group boosted by Karl Rove’s super PAC

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer's 'American Unity' super PAC received $53,000 from American Crossroads last year.

Pop-up pro-Clinton group fades after scrutiny

By Michael Beckel

Pro-Clinton super PAC linked to man sought by investigator regarding financial problems.

GOP governors group dwarfs Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder and John Dunbar

This year features 36 governors' races; Republicans enter with a big fundraising advantage over Democrats.

Exelon amends reports concerning contributions to trade groups

By Michael Beckel

Nuclear giant says its political contribution reports overstated numerous payments to politically active nonprofits.

Beltway allies powered pro-Cheney super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Group backing daughter of former VP Dick Cheney for Wyoming U.S. Senate seat funded by Washington power players.

Obama to lament DeVry grad's student debt

By Daniel Wagner

Graduates of for-profit company’s schools default at much higher rates than national average.

Do senators fear the Internet?

By Rachel Baye

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

RGA raises $50 million going into election year

By Ben Wieder

The top outside political spender of 2012 is preparing for a busy 2014, with 36 gubernatorial races this year.

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