44: The Obama Presidency



The Green Zone

New lobbying totals show mixed spending

Health-care companies and energy firms spent record amounts of money on lobbying in Washington during the first nine months of the year as Congress wrangled over legislation vital to their industries, according to new data released Friday.

Posted on October 30, 2009 at 06:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

White House refutes allegation that big donors get special access to White House

The White House fought back hard Wednesday morning against the suggestion by top Republicans that money can buy untoward access to his administration.

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 02:23 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama heads to Fla. for 28th fundraiser and to address troops

President Obama is scheduled to headline a Miami Beach dinner Monday night to raise money for Democratic congressional candidates, continuing a run of intense political activity leading up elections this year and next.

Posted on October 26, 2009 at 11:31 AM ET | Comments (25)

RNC Survey in Virginia Suggests Draft, Welfare Expansion on 'Obama Agenda'

The Republican National Committee has sent some Virginia voters a questionnaire suggesting that the president and Congressional Democrats want to expand welfare benefits and reinstitute the military draft -- while raising the budget deficit well beyond what is projected by nonpartisan experts.

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 08:00 AM ET | Comments (62)

Obama Addresses Democratic Governors' Fundraiser

President Obama told a group of Democratic governors Thursday afternoon that his economic stimulus plan has helped stabilize the national economy and that his plans for health care reform, expanding educational opportunities and investing in clean energy will point the way to a more prosperous future.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 04:42 PM ET | Comments (4)

DNC, Obama to Donate Arrested Fundraiser's Money

President Obama and the Democratic National Committee will donate to charity more than $60,000 that came from a prominent financier arrested this week on bank fraud charges, officials said Thursday.

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 01:29 PM ET | Comments (25)

DNC Outraises RNC in July, but Republicans Retain Cash Edge

Reversing an earlier trend, the Democratic National Committee outraised the Republican National Committee in July, but the RNC continues to hold a cash edge as the parties arm themselves for electoral battle.

Posted on August 20, 2009 at 04:17 PM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Expands Lobbying Ban

The White House announced this afternoon it is bolstering its restriction on lobbying for stimulus funds by expanding the ban on communications with administration officials to include not only federally registered lobbyists but also consultants and other individuals who seek to exert influence over the spending process.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 06:49 PM ET | Comments (5)

DSCC Cashing In On Obama

The DSCC plans a June 18 fundraising dinner with guest star Barack Obama.

Posted on May 20, 2009 at 02:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama FEC Choice Draws Mixed Reviews

President Obama's first nomination to the Federal Elections Commission has prompted a divided reaction from campaign finance reformers, many of whom are disappointed that the new Democratic president has not pushed for more dramatic reforms from the troubled panel.

Posted on May 4, 2009 at 04:56 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama and Biden Release Tax Returns

By Michael D. Shear Barack Obama's successful quest for the White House powered the sales...

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 05:24 PM ET | Comments (44)

Grover Norquist on Tea Parties, Today at 2

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, will be online Wednesday, April 15, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss today's national tea party tax protests, which have been billed as part of a nationwide protest against the Obama administration's economic policies.

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 10:56 AM ET | Comments (16)

FEC Rules Obama's Oprah Appearance Didn't Violate Rules

Oprah Winfrey's hosting of Barack Obama on her show last year did not amount to a political donation to the candidate, the Federal Election Commission has ruled.

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Headlining Two Fundraisers Tonight

President Obama is scheduled to headline his first political fundraisers since becoming president tonight.

Posted on March 25, 2009 at 06:34 PM ET | Comments (5)

New Lobbying Restrictions from Obama

By Dan Eggen President Obama announced guidelines Friday aimed at preventing waste and limiting the...

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 07:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Liberal PAC Plans New Campaign Against Incumbent Dems

A new effort by a left-leaning political action committee targets Democratic incumbents who are perceived as selling out their constituents.

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 04:20 PM ET | Comments (7)

Layoffs Hit NARAL, ACLU

The combination of a nationwide recession and the election of a president who supports abortion rights and used to work as a civil rights lawyer has delivered a one-two punch to two of the nation's best-known liberal nonprofit groups: NARAL Pro-Choice America and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 03:35 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Transition Raised $3.8 Million After Election

President-elect Barack Obama raised more than $3.8 million from private donors in the six weeks following the November election to help pay for his transition activities, according to figures released today.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 02:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Won't Seek Recovery of Millions She Loaned Campaign

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has formally given up hope of recovering about $13 million she loaned her failed presidential campaign, according to campaign finance reports filed today.

Posted on December 22, 2008 at 06:14 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Raised Half a Billion Online

Barack Obama raised half a billion dollars online in his 21-month campaign for the White House, dramatically ushering in a new digital era in presidential fundraising.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 08:00 PM ET | Comments (37)

Wright Ad May Be Too Little, Too Late

Ads paid for by the National Republican Trust political action committee, may be too little, in terms of the size of the ad buy, and come too late in the election to have much of an impact.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 06:48 PM ET | Comments (10)

In Past Two Weeks, Large Donors Gave Obama $11 Million

Over the past two weeks, the campaign has raised $11 million in large donations of $1,000 or greater.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 05:15 PM ET | Comments (17)

California GOP Files FEC Complaint Over Obama Visit to Grandmother

The California Republican Party complaint objected to the visit Sen. Barack Obama recently made to see his dying grandmother, calling it a personal rather than campaign expense.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 05:10 PM ET | Comments (105)

Clinton's Continuing Debt to Mark Penn

As the Obama campaign has helped Clinton retire her primary campaign debt, the amount owed to former chief Clinton strategist Mark Penn's firm has not changed by a single penny since July.

Posted on November 1, 2008 at 01:14 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Campaign to Return Aunt's Donations

The Obama campaign will return the low-dollar donations made by Obama's aunt, who has been living in the United States illegally, according to a published report.

Posted on November 1, 2008 at 12:16 PM ET | Comments (557)

Study: Campaign Financing Not an Issue for Voters

A new USA Today/Gallup poll reports the majority of Americans aren't even sure which candidate is taking public -- and which private -- money.

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 11:58 AM ET | Comments (5)

Questions Raised About a Major McCain Donor

The Chicago Tribune today raised questions about the foreign connections of a major contributor to Sen. John McCain.

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 04:21 PM ET | Comments (24)

Obama Outspent McCain 4 to 1 in First Half of Oct.

Obama and the Democratic Party spent more than $100 million during the first two weeks of this month -- four times more than rival McCain and the Republican Party.

Posted on October 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (25)

Small Donations Create Big Obama Donors

The Obama campaign's United Way approach transforms donors who give in small increments into larger donors before they know it.

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 12:44 PM ET | Comments (7)

A $2 Billion Presidential Race

The price tag on the race for the White House now totals $2.1 billion.

Posted on October 22, 2008 at 12:48 PM ET | Comments (15)

Obama's $175,000 Donor?

Missouri woman says she's "a liberal knee-jerk yellow dog Democrat," but she doesn't love Obama THAT much....

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 08:42 PM ET | Comments (11)

Labor's Boots on the Ground

The AFL-CIO unleashes its get out the vote effort.

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 03:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

McCain Solicits Russian U.N. Ambassador

Sen. John McCain, straining to match Senator Barack Obama's fundraising juggernaut, inadvertently reached out to an unlikely donor: Russia's U.N. ambassador Vitaly I. Churkin.

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 04:39 PM ET | Comments (18)

Obama Shatters Fundraising Record

"In the month of September, we raised over $150 million and added 632,000 new donors for a total 3.1 million donors to date," the campaign announced.

Posted on October 19, 2008 at 08:41 AM ET | Comments (202)

Before the Bailout, Firms Were Big Donors

By Matthew Mosk Before the financial sector imploded, Wall Street firms made some substantial investments...

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 10:25 AM ET | Comments (24)

To Avoid Being 'Depressed,' Palin Skimps on Campaign News

By Juliet Eilperin GREENSBORO, N.C. -- No wonder GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin harbors...

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 08:45 AM ET | Comments (159)

McCain Bundler Accused of War Profiteering

There is more trouble this week for Harry Sargeant, the Florida fundraiser who has been bundling checks for Republican Sen. John McCain.

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 03:26 PM ET | Comments (7)

Outside Groups Step Up Expenditures

Outside groups have not been a huge factor in the presidential campaign to date, but they are still out there making noise.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 01:25 PM ET | Comments (7)

Analyst: Campaign Ads Sapping Market Confidence

By Matthew Mosk Looking for someone to blame for the global economic crisis? How about...

Posted on October 13, 2008 at 05:04 PM ET | Comments (20)

Questions About Online Controls Follow News of Fake Obama Donors

The number of fake names attached to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign contributions continues to inch up as news outlets and political researchers page through thousands of pages of donor listings.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 06:58 PM ET | Comments (68)

FEC Complaint Filed Against Group That Ran Ayers Ad

Democracy 21 is alleging that the American Issues Project initiated an attack in violation of McCain-Feingold restrictions.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 11:36 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Follows Debate with Fundraiser at Gore's

By Robert Barnes NASHVILLE -- Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama followed his debate at Belmont...

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 11:22 PM ET | Comments (18)

Palin Talks About the Market Slump at Fla. Fundraiser

Palin addresses the financial crisis in remarks at a fundraiser.

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 04:29 PM ET | Comments (17)

FEC Queries McCain Campaign on 'Excessive Contributions'

The FEC sent a letter to McCain's campaign treasurer demanding information about "contributions that appear to exceed the limits."

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 01:11 PM ET | Comments (42)

RNC to File FEC Complaint on Obama Fundraising Practices

A lawyer for the Republican National Committee today said the party will ask the Federal Election Commission to look into the source of thousands of small-dollar contributions to the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama.

Posted on October 5, 2008 at 02:14 PM ET | Comments (345)

RNC Raised $66 Million in September

The record sum should allow Sen. John McCain to compete with his well-funded rival for the presidency.

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 08:04 PM ET | Comments (6)

McCain Got Palin Fundraising Bounce

McCain brought in more than $47 million last month, his campaign tells the FEC.

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 06:17 PM ET | Comments (63)

Another Swift Boat Vet Bows Out of Obama Attacks

By Matthew Mosk Another veteran of the Swift Boat campaign against John Kerry has indicated...

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 05:37 PM ET | Comments (74)

Obama Raised $66 Million in August

Democrat Barack Obama again shattered the monthly record for presidential fundraising, bringing in $66 million in August.

Posted on September 14, 2008 at 11:50 AM ET | Comments (206)

Biden Releases His Tax Returns

Sen. Joseph Biden released 10 years of his tax returns this morning.

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 11:35 AM ET | Comments (29)

Palin Questioned Legislators' Per Diems

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin charged taxpayers a per diem for her meals and incidental expenses as governor but opposed a similar perk for state legislators.

Posted on September 10, 2008 at 01:49 PM ET | Comments (26)

Obama Broke Money Record

Sen. Barack Obama broke his monthly fundraising record of $55 million in August, sources said today, but the campaign remains tight lipped about its total haul.

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 05:47 PM ET | Comments (86)

McCain Ads Are Hybrid Vehicles

A loophole in the public financing laws allows McCain to evenly split the cost of his ads with the Republican Party.

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 05:01 PM ET | Comments (60)

Obama Raises Record $10 Million Since Palin Speech

Updated 8:27 p.m. By Matthew Mosk For a week, Sen. John McCain's campaign has been...

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 05:15 PM ET | Comments (157)

Swift Boat Funders Go Their Separate Ways

Harold Simmons and T. Boone Pickens have chosen different paths during election 2008.

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 09:03 PM ET | Comments (7)

McCain Raises Record $47 Million, Thanks to Palin

The presumptive Republican nominee has raised $10 million since selecting Palin as his running mate.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 05:07 PM ET | Comments (69)

Palin Was a Director of Embattled Sen. Stevens's 527 Group

Palin's name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.," a group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 01:26 PM ET | Comments (214)

McCain Gets $7 Million Bounce from Palin Pick

The flood of money comes just before McCain enters the public financing system.

Posted on August 30, 2008 at 02:55 PM ET | Comments (448)

Obama Campaign Manager Rallies Finance Team

"The mood was fantastic," said one attendee.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 02:52 PM ET | Comments (9)

Clinton Regales Her Financiers

By Matthew Mosk DENVER -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton held a private luncheon with her...

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 06:13 PM ET | Comments (7)

Clinton Bundler Joins Obama Camp

Weldon Latham raised nearly half a million dollars for Clinton and is now preparing to do the same for Obama.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 02:11 PM ET | Comments (6)

McCain Holds Celeb-Packed Fundraiser

McCain rubbed elbows with a chorus of television and movie stars at a fundraiser in the heart of Hollywood Monday night.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 01:04 PM ET | Comments (37)

For Money Men, a Convention with a Different Goal

For many of Obama's finance committee members, catering to donor -- and potential donor -- needs is a key part of having a successful convention.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 05:32 PM ET | Comments (25)

Clinton Advisers Skipping Obama Speech

A number of Sen. Hillary Clinton's top advisers will not be staying in Denver long enough to hear Barack Obama accept the nomination for president.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (592)

McCain Targets Obama's Glass House

John McCain ad attempts to drag back into the news Obama's dealings with a corrupt fundraiser.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 07:55 PM ET | Comments (114)

Obama Strong with Major Donors, Too

Obama took in at least $12 million of his $51 million July haul from major donors.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 05:54 PM ET | Comments (5)

RNC Victory Fund Donors Stay Cloaked

The public will have to wait until two weeks before Election Day to learn the identities of the large donors who are ponying up as much as $70,000 to support McCain's presidential bid.

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 06:48 PM ET | Comments (20)

DNC Pushes FEC on McCain Loans

Updated 1:29 p.m. By Matthew Mosk The Democratic National Committee is preparing a vigorous legal...

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 10:14 AM ET | Comments (32)

ActBlue Collects $42 Million for Democrats

Republicans have tinkered with a counterpart to ActBlue, but have yet to find much success.

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 12:30 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Raised $51 Million in July

Almost doubles McCain's haul for the month

Posted on August 16, 2008 at 11:58 AM ET | Comments (250)

McCain's July Haul: $27 Million

McCain finished July with about $21 million in the bank, after raising $27 million.

Posted on August 15, 2008 at 10:40 AM ET | Comments (45)

FEC Staff Says McCain Bank Loans Legal

Staff attorneys for the Federal Election Commission have recommended that the commissioners accept Sen. John McCain's position that he was legally entitled to withdraw from public matching funds during the primary.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 05:07 PM ET | Comments (21)

Obama Tops in Donations from Troops

Report says that Obama received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas as McCain.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (257)

Labor Groups File Complaint Against Wal-Mart

The groups allege that Wal-Mart engaged in unlawful federal election activity by using mandatory meetings to discuss political issues and candidates.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 12:30 PM ET | Comments (17)

McCain's Reed Fundraiser Takes Him Full Circle

John McCain to hold a fundraiser with Ralph Reed, whose career his investigations helped undo.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 03:58 PM ET | Comments (43)

Bush Bundlers Raise Nearly $26 Million for McCain

Campaign Money Watch reports that 124 fundraisers have raised money for both Bush and McCain.

Posted on July 22, 2008 at 12:15 PM ET | Comments (26)

Hillary Donors Gave Obama $1.8 Million in June

More than 2,200 Clinton donors became first-time Obama donors in June.

Posted on July 21, 2008 at 06:50 PM ET | Comments (585)

Once a Swift Boat Ad Funder, Now Giving Millions to Energy Ads

Pickens says he will devote $58 million to the ad campaign.

Posted on July 21, 2008 at 12:48 PM ET | Comments (22)

McCain's Burn Rate Shoots Up

Republican Sen. John McCain spent more money in June than he took in.

Posted on July 19, 2008 at 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Raised $52 Million in June

The number is the second-highest monthly total ever for a presidential campaign.

Posted on July 17, 2008 at 08:33 AM ET | Comments (240)

Clinton Offers Donors Option to Redirect Their Funds

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is giving donors to her general election fund an option: either take the money back, or contribute it to her 2012 Senate re-election coffer.

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 06:17 PM ET | Comments (57)

McCain Lists Top Bundlers

The list includes 63 people who have raised in excess of $500,000 for the campaign.

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 04:54 PM ET | Comments (17)

Obama <3 Wilco

Updated 11:20 a.m. By Perry Bacon Jr. and Paul Kane CHICAGO -- Fans of the...

Posted on July 12, 2008 at 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Plans to Spend $200 Million Before GOP Convention

Campaign also announces it raised just over $22 million during the month of June.

Posted on July 10, 2008 at 02:36 PM ET | Comments (24)

For FEC, It's Back to Full Strength

After a seven-month hiatus, the FEC resumes functioning with the full six commissioners.

Posted on July 10, 2008 at 11:39 AM ET | Comments (6)

Clinton and Obama Reach Out to Women Donors

Donors had to provide at least $250 to attend the NY event, but could raise up to $23,000.

Posted on July 10, 2008 at 11:25 AM ET | Comments (23)

In N.Y., Obama Belatedly Makes the Ask for Clinton

By Perry Bacon Jr. NEW YORK -- Stevie Wonder's song "Signed, Sealed, Delivered " was...

Posted on July 10, 2008 at 09:34 AM ET | Comments (22)

Obama and Clinton, Together Again

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton will make three joint fundraising appearances next week.

Posted on July 5, 2008 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Indian Americans Take Note of Obama, Thanks to Hanuman

A surprise revelation during an off-the-cuff exchange in Albuquerque, N.M., has turned Barack Obama into the talk of the Indian news media.

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 07:12 PM ET | Comments (40)

Obama Aide Warns Against "Shadowy Outside Groups" in Fundraising Pitch

In the Obama campaign's latest online fundraising innovation, campaign manager David Plouffe today e-mailed the Obama throng a video pitch.

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 05:53 PM ET | Comments (98)

McCain Says He Expects to Be Outspent

"We are probably going to be outraised in this campaign," McCain told supporters in Minneapolis, Minn. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on June 20, 2008 at 10:28 AM ET | Comments (71)

McCain Sharpens Attack on Obama Over Public Financing

"This is a big, big deal," the Arizona senator said. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on June 19, 2008 at 03:26 PM ET | Comments (146)

McCain Raises Money the Hard Way

By the count of some reporters who trail him daily, McCain has attended more than 90 fundraisers since March 5. --Michael D. Shear

Posted on June 19, 2008 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (52)

Obama Opts Out of Public Financing

Barack Obama says it's time for his supporters to "declare your independence from a broken system." --Shailagh Murray

Posted on June 19, 2008 at 09:07 AM ET | Comments (575)

Obama Fundraiser Set for Kennedy Homestead Tonight

Barack Obama is heading to Hickory Hill -- the famed Kennedy homestead in McLean, Va. -- for a party that costs $28,500 per person to attend tonight. --Anne E. Kornblut

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Campaign Plans Fundraisers in China

The events are scheduled to raise money from American citizens in Shanghai and Bejing. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on June 10, 2008 at 03:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Quietly Spending on TV in Swing States

John McCain has begun trying to woo Hillary Clinton supporters in key swing states. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on June 2, 2008 at 01:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bush Plans Fundraisers for McCain

President Bush is finally hitting the campaign trail for presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain. --Michael Abramowitz

Posted on May 23, 2008 at 03:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

FEC Nominations Start to Move in the Senate

The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration this morning approved the nomination of three new members to the Federal Election Commission.

Posted on May 22, 2008 at 02:27 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Raises $31 Million in April, Clinton Reports $22 Million

Obama and Clinton continued to raise vast sums. --Garance Franke-Ruta and Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on May 20, 2008 at 08:51 PM ET | Comments (38)

Obama: 'Be Nice to Clinton Supporters.'

Confident of winning the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama tells supporters to be generous with those who supported his opponent. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on May 18, 2008 at 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Controversial FEC Nominee Withdraws

Controversial Federal Election Commission nominee Hans von Spakovsky has withdrawn his name from consideration for the post. --Ben Pershing

Posted on May 16, 2008 at 06:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hillraisers Still 'In It to Win'

Clinton supporters say they are not delusional. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on May 14, 2008 at 07:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Judge Rebuffs DNC Lawsuit Against McCain

Judge John Bates said the DNC failed to wait 120 days for the Federal Election Commission to contend with the complaint, as the law requires. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on May 14, 2008 at 06:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

With the FEC Inactive, the Complaints Fly

If the Federal Election Commission weren't paralyzed, its members would be pretty busy today, thanks to a slew of complaints surrounding presidential campaign ads and financing activities. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on April 28, 2008 at 05:26 PM ET | Comments (10)

A Hillary Fundraiser Jumps Ship

A major Hillary Clinton fundraiser has joined Barack Obama's finance committee. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on April 25, 2008 at 02:28 PM ET | Comments (335)

Campaign Finance Reform Group Targets McCain

Tonight, as McCain is joined at the Willard Hotel by a crowd of Washington lobbyists who will be donating to his presidential campaign, the Public Campaign Action Fund will protest the senator who was once an ally. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on April 8, 2008 at 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Flush Obama Campaign Pulls Out All the Stops

Sen. Barack Obama's copious cash flow means he can compete as aggressively in the final Democratic contests as he did in the early days of the primary campaign. --Shailagh Murray

Posted on April 3, 2008 at 07:26 PM ET | Comments (32)

Obama Nets $40 Million in March

The March numbers mean that Sen. Barack Obama has raised nearly $130 million so far this year and $240 million over the duration of his presidential campaign. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on April 3, 2008 at 10:46 AM ET | Comments (32)

ActBlue Reports Raising $21 Million

By Matthew Mosk There have been plenty of signs of the huge advantage Democrats appear...

Posted on March 14, 2008 at 07:35 PM ET | Comments (12)

McCain's Lobbyist Problem Presents Fundraising Tool

By Mary Ann Akers Borrowing a page from Hillary Rodham Clinton's playbook, Sen. John McCain...

Posted on February 21, 2008 at 03:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

FEC Poses Fresh Problem for McCain

Just when things seemingly couldn't get worse for John McCain, now comes a letter from the Federal Election Commission alerting him to the possibility that he may not be able to withdraw from the presidential public financing system. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on February 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pro-Clinton 527 Releases First TV Ad

By Matthew Mosk A new independent group has started raising substantial amounts of money to...

Posted on February 20, 2008 at 02:31 PM ET | Comments (67)

A New Online Fundraising Record on the Horizon

At the rate that Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton are raising money on the Internet, February is poised to set a new record in online fundraising. --Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on February 11, 2008 at 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton Loaned her Campaign $5M

Sen. Hillary Clinton will announce today that she has loaned her campaign $5 million, a financial turn of events few could have predicted from the candidate who has for months been the Democratic primary money leader. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on February 6, 2008 at 04:16 PM ET | Comments (200)

Track the '08 Money Chase

New on postpolitics.com: Fourth-quarter fundraising data for nearly ever presidential campaign is now available. See...

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 12:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Independent Groups Dole Out Lumps of Coal

Thus far the ads have been aimed at promoting candidates, not tearing them down. That's about to change. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on December 24, 2007 at 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Who Are the Money Men?

Two separate reports published today offer insights into the variety of people who have written checks to presidential candidates this past year. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on December 20, 2007 at 02:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

FEC Matching Funds on the Way

The Federal Election Commission will make more than $19 million available in January to presidential candidates. --Matthew Mosk

Posted on December 20, 2007 at 01:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

At Least a $20 Million Third Quarter for Obama

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama raised at least $20 million during the past three months.

Posted on October 1, 2007 at 02:14 PM ET | Comments (16)

Race to the Bottom Line

As another fundraising quarter closes, a race to temper expectations.

Posted on September 25, 2007 at 06:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raking in Cash from Record Numbers

As a fundraising quarter draws to a close, the Obama campaign boasts of thousands of new donors.

Posted on September 24, 2007 at 05:38 PM ET | Comments (10)

Clinton Says 'Let's Do Lunch'

Hillary Clinton will invite one lucky supporter to lunch at her D.C. house, and Bill Clinton promises to stop by too.

Posted on September 7, 2007 at 11:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Bundle of Trouble for Edwards Donor

Geoffrey Fieger, former defense for Jack Kevorkian, was indicted recently for channeling $127,000 in illegal contributions into John Edwards's 2004 presidential campaign.

Posted on August 27, 2007 at 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Going Red to Blue, By Way of Green

Some states in the Bush column in '04 have raised more money for Democrats this time around.

Posted on August 23, 2007 at 01:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

GOP Searching For Internet Dollars

Democrats are miles (and millions) ahead in terms of online fundraising, but Republican strategists are launching a new effort to try and catch up.

Posted on August 14, 2007 at 10:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

Romney's Riches Finally Go Public

Romney has as much as $250 million, but where has it been invested? Campaign is finally poised to say.

Posted on August 13, 2007 at 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colleges a Cash Cow for Dems

The Ivory Tower turns green for Democratic candidates.

Posted on August 10, 2007 at 01:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fundraising With The Rich and Famous

Clinton's summer push includes events in the Hamptons, Nantucket and the Vineyard. Obama with Oprah and the Oracle of Omaha.

Posted on August 1, 2007 at 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tennesseans Boost Thompson's Bid

Texans are also heavy contributors to unannounced candidate.

Posted on July 31, 2007 at 02:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Hollywood Loophole

Musicians and actors can work for candidates without running afoul of the law under new FEC ruling.

Posted on July 30, 2007 at 02:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Touts Reform In Iowa

Sen. Barack Obama today emphasized his promise to bring ethics reform to Washington.

Posted on July 30, 2007 at 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bundlers By Another Name

New site IDs Clinton's Hillraisers, Giuliani's Team Captain's and Romney's Statesmen.

Posted on July 27, 2007 at 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Labor, Big Money

Jimmy Hoffa roll over: there's a new labor powerhouse when it comes to political money.

Posted on July 25, 2007 at 02:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two Sides of The Clinton Coin

When it comes to fundraising, it seems neither party can get enough of the Clintons....

Posted on July 25, 2007 at 06:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wall Street's Bullish On Democrats

"Follow the money," specifically the amount of it pouring into presidential candidates' coffers from Wall...

Posted on July 24, 2007 at 10:14 AM ET | Comments (5)


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