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Super PACs have raised millions for 2020 presidential race

Super PACs focused on the 2020 presidential race have collectively raised nearly $18 million through June 30, according to a new Issue One analysis of federal campaign finance filings.  All the while, these groups — which are allowed to collect unlimited amounts of money from individuals, labor unions, and companies — combined to spend $3.6 million, including expenditures on political

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Four critical leadership PAC reporting tips

By midnight on Wednesday, all leadership PACs will have filed their first campaign finance reports of 2019. These reports will detail the fundraising and expenditures of lawmakers’ leadership PACs between January 1 and June 30. According to Issue One’s research, nearly every member of Congress — 86 percent — operates at least one leadership PAC today, including 42 freshman House

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5 things we learned from the latest round of 2020 campaign finance reports

Congressional and presidential candidates alike filed their latest batch of campaign finance reports on Monday, detailing their fundraising and expenditures between April 1 and June 30. Here are some key numbers to know, based on an Issue One review of these new filings. $1.1 million The median amount of money raised during the second quarter by a sitting senator running

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Cross-partisan coalition urges all presidential candidates to disclose their big-money campaign fundraisers

Issue One and 15 other organizations from across the ideological spectrum have again joined to urge all Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to publicly disclose information about their top campaign fundraisers on a regular basis during the 2020 presidential election. Presidential candidates have long utilized individuals known as “bundlers” to help them raise the funds necessary to wage competitive campaigns,

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FEC poised to approve proposal offering cybersecurity services to campaigns

At a public meeting of the Federal Election Commission today in Washington, D.C., the commissioners discussed two issues related to foreign interference in U.S. elections. Since September 2018, a bipartisan group called Defending Digital Campaigns has been seeking the FEC’s permission to offer cybersecurity services to federal candidates and party committees, from across the ideological spectrum, at free or reduced

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5 things we learned from the first round of 2020 campaign finance reports

Amisa Ratliff contributed to this report. On Monday, congressional and presidential candidates alike filed their first major campaign finance reports of 2019, detailing their financial activities between January 1 and March 31. Here are some key numbers to know, based on an Issue One review of these new filings. $936,000 The median amount of money raised during the first quarter

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Broad cross-partisan coalition urges presidential candidates to disclose their big-money campaign fundraisers

Issue One was joined today by 15 other organizations from across the ideological spectrum in urging all Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to publicly disclose information about their top campaign fundraisers on a regular basis during the 2020 presidential election. Presidential candidates have long utilized individuals known as “bundlers” to help them raise the funds necessary to wage competitive campaigns,

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The continuing “Price of Power”: How the political parties leaned on legislative leaders for cash during the 115th Congress

 By Michael Beckel and Amisa Ratliff One of the open secrets in Washington is that the Democratic and Republican parties both lean on their most powerful legislators to raise extraordinary amounts of campaign cash, often under the guise of paying “party dues.” The more influential the role, the more money party leaders expect legislators to raise. And to meet these

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In 2018 midterms, liberal dark money groups outspent conservative counterparts for first time since Citizens United

Total dark money spending since Citizens United nears $1 billion. The 2018 midterm election marked the first time liberal dark money groups outspent their conservative counterparts since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in January 2010, according to a new Issue One analysis of data from the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Combined, dark money groups spent approximately $150 million

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“Why We Left Congress”: Excerpts of Our Conversation with Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN)

Congressman Rick Nolan (D-MN) has had an unconventional career in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected to Congress in 1974 and went on to serve three terms representing Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. After 32 years out of office, he was again elected to Congress in 2012, this time representing Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, which encompasses most of

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