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<!– –> Jaime Harrison, former Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Already backed by fundraising money from lobbyists and foreign agents, a former Podesta Group lobbyist launched his campaign to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on May 29. Jaime Harrison, a longtime revolving door member with a lengthy lobbying history, […]

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<!– –> (via Facebook) On Monday, Iraq War veteran Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) joined the crowded Democratic field and became the fourth current Democratic House member to run for president in 2020. Since first joining the House in 2014, Moulton has built an impressive fundraising apparatus that includes a leadership PAC and two joint fundraising […]

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Booker has sworn off corporate PAC contributions, but his biggest donors work in fields whose interests run counter to progressive priorities. Back in 2012, then Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker went on Meet the Press and defended Mitt Romney from criticisms over the Republican presidential candidate’s career at Bain Capital, urging President Obama and […]

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Before the 2018 midterm elections, and now, in the 2020 presidential campaign, multiple Democratic presidential and congressional candidates have publicly sworn off taking money from corporate political action committees. For Beto O’Rourke, denouncing PAC money didn’t hurt his fundraising bottom line. In fact, it may have been an advantage—he raised more money in the first […]

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<!– –>   (Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Over the weekend, White House officials doubled down on controversial plans to nominate two political allies of President Donald Trump to the Federal Reserve board. Trump reportedly plans to nominate one-time pizza chain owner, political commentator and 2012 presidential candidate Herman Cain and longtime conservative economic writer and […]

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<!– –> (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images) What goes up must come down. A fact in physics is sometimes also true with outside spending groups. As super PACs and “dark money” nonprofits are often so reliant on contributions from a handful of wealthy individuals, a powerful group can lose influence quickly if a single donor decides to […]

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<!– –> Washington Gov Jay Inslee (Karen Ducey/Getty Images) As the Democratic base has turned against the idea of super PACs, they have largely stayed out of the crowded primary field. However, one super PAC, Act Now on Climate, laid down some serious early cash in support of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee — spending almost $1.3 […]

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<!– –> (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Before he was indicted on extortion charges, Michael Avenatti appeared to be gaining influence in Washington due to his representation of Stormy Daniels, with a few even considering him a dark horse presidential candidate. In preparation for the 2020 run that never was, Avenatti started his own PAC. The Fight PAC […]

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“The one thing Democratic candidates for president can agree on” writes Politico’s Zach Montellaro, is that “they’re not taking money from corporate PACs.” A new article from Roll Call suggests that political action committees are getting nervous that anti-big money fervor means their influence is declining in the Democratic Party. Beto O’Rourke, who raised more […]

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Arizona Senate candidate Mark Kelly will appear later this month at a high-dollar fundraiser in Washington, D.C. hosted by one of the city’s top corporate lobbying firms. The K Street firm represents major fossil fuel companies, including Exxon Mobil and Chevron; Wall Street banks such as JPMorgan Chase; defense industry giant Lockheed Martin; and the […]

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<!– –> Judge Roy Moore with his wife Kayla (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) Defeated in a surprising upset by Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in 2017, former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore (R-Ala.) is considering running for a rematch in 2020 despite accusations of inappropriate sexual contact with teenage girls when he […]

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<!– –> (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) It’s been nearly three years since she was the shortest-lived vice presidential candidate in history, but a hybrid PAC made in support of Carly Fiorina is alive and well. Carly for America, formed in March 2016, has outlasted the candidate it supported and continued to spend through the end of 2018. […]

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<!– –> Governor of Washington Jay Inslee (right) with Former Vice President Al Gore in 2017 (Jim Bennett/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) Former U.S. House representative and current Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) became the latest Democratic challenger for the 2020 nomination Friday morning. Inslee is an outspoken climate change activist and promises to make environmental […]

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<!– –> Russell Taub A former Republican congressional candidate and major 2018 GOP donor has been indicted for using a super PAC to funnel more than $1 million in contributions to himself.   Rhode Island political consultant Russell Taub was charged last week by the U.S. Justice Department on single counts of wire fraud and […]

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<!– –> (via Flickr – 401(K) 2012) Priorities USA, an influential Democratic super PAC, announced on Thursday it has begun a $100 million early engagement program hitting up to two-and-a-half million voters in four crucial states in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. In a press briefing, Guy Cecil, chairman of the super PAC, […]

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