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 November, 2000
The Recount Finance(14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, November 14, 2000
NPR's Peter Overby reports on the efforts of both parties to finance the recount battle in Florida. Donations for the recount are not governed by campaign finance law. There are no disclosure requirements and individuals can give any amount.


 September, 2000
Campaign Finance Deal (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 25, 2000
Andrea Bernstein of member station WNYC reports from New York City on the deal struck over the weekend between the campaigns of Senate candidates Hillary Clinton and Rick Lazio. They agreed not to accept any soft money or outside contributions between now and Election Day. Advocates of campaign finance reform hope candidates in other races will do likewise and that the deal will encourage Congress to pass reform legislation in the next session.

Schorr On the Media (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend Edition, September 17, 2000

NPR's Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr discusses the relationship of money and politics on the media. He notes that TV stations stand to make some 600 million dollars from the sale of political ads this year, and reminds us of the million dollar rights fee paid by ABC to Monica Lewinsky for her interview during the impeachment scandal.

Campaign Finance (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, September 7, 2000
The way that American elections are financed was a major topic in the presidential primaries, when some candidates saw the subject as a way to cut the frontrunners down to size. But then the frontrunners got nominated, and talk about campaign finances took on a different role in the debate. Now, with Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore the party standard-bearers, the subject is mostly used as a metaphor for issues of character. For NPR News, Peter Overby reports.


 August, 2000
Ohio Supreme Court Election (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, August 29, 2000
Bill Rice of member station WCPN reports on an election for the Ohio Supreme Court that's raising concern about the effect of campaign money on judicial independence. Republicans and business groups are trying to defeat Justice Alice Robie Resnick, a Democrat, because they disapprove of her votes in two close decisions.

Reno Won't Investigate Gore (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, August 23, 2000
Barbara Bradley reports on today's announcement that Attorney General Janet Reno will not appoint a special counsel to investigate Vice President Gore's 1996 campaign fundraising. Gore's campaign spokesman says the vice president is pleased with the announcement. His opponent, Texas Governor George W. Bush says Gore engaged in questionable fundraising activities.

Lavish Parties Open Doors (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, August 17, 2000
NPR's Peter Overby reports on the lavish parties that private corporations and interest groups put on for influential members of Congress at political conventions. Although everyone says no lobbying takes place, critics say that such parties can provide the basis for personal relationships between elected officials and lobbyists, and in the long run, that can pay dividends to special interests.

Delegates Discuss Issues (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, August 15, 2000
NPR's Ina Jaffe spent the day talking with delegates at the Democratic National Convention about a number of issues including campaign finance reform.

Maine's Campaign Finance Legislation Changes (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, August 10, 2000
From Maine Public Radio Charlotte Renner reports on recent changes to Maine's campaign finance legislation.


 June, 2000
Campaign Finance Reform (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, June 29, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports the Senate voted today to crack down on secretive tax-exempt political groups. The bill -- which passed overwhelmingly -- would force full disclosure of so-called "527" political groups. These groups have been able to hide their donors because of a loophole in federal election law whereby they can claim they are not involved in political activity, just issue advocacy. Today's action is the first campaign-finance reform law passed by Congress in decades.

Legislation (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, June 29, 2000
Robert talks to Wisconsin Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, who co-sponsored campaign finance bills with Arizona Republican Senator John McCain.

New Campaign Finance Reform Bill (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, June 28, 2000
Last night, the House of Representatives passed a campaign finance reform bill. NPR's Peter Overby reports that the measure would close a loophole that allowed some tax-exempt groups to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money without disclosure. The bill, which passed by a wide margin, could become law before the November elections.

Gore Probe (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend Edition Saturday, June 24, 2000
Yesterday, Vice President Al Gore released the transcript of his four-hour interview with Robert Conrad who is head of the Justice Department's task force on campaign financing. In April, Mr. Conrad questioned Gore about his 1996 money raising activities. Now, he wants Attorney General Janet Reno to bring in a special counsel to investigate further. NPR's Peter Overby reports.

Gore's 1996 Activities Under Investigation (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, June 24, 2000
NPR's Peter Overby reports that a justice department prosecutor has recommended a special counsel be appointed to investigate Vice President Al Gore's activities during political fundraising in 1996.

Limited Reform (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, June 15, 2000
NPR's Peter Overby reports on the latest maneuvering in Congress over campaign finance reform. Prospects for passage of major reform legislation this year are diminishing, but an increasing number of members now favor more limited reform.

Political Contributors Bill (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, June 15, 2000
Host Bob Edwards talks to Congressman Mike Castle, a Republican from Delaware, who is author of a House bill that would require tax-exempt political groups to publicly disclose their contributors. Castle says the proposal has bipartisan support.


 April, 2000
Campaign Finance (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, April 21, 2000
The latest financial reports from the two major party candidates for president show both campaigns are still raising money at a record clip, even though both secured their nominations more than a month ago. Vice President Al Gore raised about half as much as Texas Governor George W. Bush. But that appears to have been a record for a Democrat, and Gore now has more cash on hand than Bush. NPR's Peter Overby reports.


 March, 2000
Gore's Finance Reform Plans (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, March 28, 2000
NPR's Anthony Brooks reports on Vice President Al Gore's wide-ranging campaign finance reform plan. Yesterday in Milwaukee, the presidential hopeful announced that he wants to eliminate unregulated soft money, and establish a public fund to finance congressional elections.

"Democracy Endowment" (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, March 27, 2000
NPR's Peter Overby reports on the campaign-finance reform speech given today by Vice President Al Gore. Gore called for a $7.1 billion "Democracy Endowment" that would pay for House and Senate campaigns and for free rebuttal time when candidates are attacked in third-party advertisements. He didn't explain how, if the smaller McCain-Feingold finance bill couldn't get out of the Senate, his much bigger proposal would fly.

Finance Reform Analysis (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, March 27, 2000
Robert speaks with Ken Gross, a former associate counsel in charge of enforcement at the Federal Election Commission; and Ronald Brownstein, national political correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. They analyze the policy and political ramifications of Vice President Al Gore's campaign finance proposals announced today in a speech at Marquette University.

McCain - PAC (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, March 16, 2000
Senator John McCain has suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, but he is by no means leaving the national political stage. Next week he will create a new political action committee to help him maintain a high profile this year and beyond. The committee will accept donations of a kind McCain once proposed making illegal. But McCain says it's all in the cause of reform. NPR's Peter Overby reports.


 February, 2000
Online Fundraising
Morning Edition, February 24, 2000

NPR's Mary Ann Akers reports on Republican presidential candidate John McCain's phenomenal success in raising money over the Internet. Even more on-line contributions have been pouring in to McCain campaign headquarters, since Sen. McCain won the Michigan and Arizona primary elections on Tuesday.

Campaign Fundraising
Morning Edition, February 21, 2000

NPR's Peter Overby reports on the sizeable amount of money that George W. Bush has been able to spend on television ads in South Carolina and Michigan, a far greater amount than John McCain. The Federal Election Commission released the latest figures on campaign fundraising and spending yesterday.

Bush Campaign Spending
All Things Considered, February 16, 2000

NPR's Peter Overby reports on the money battle being waged in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination. With so much at stake in South Carolina, both Texas Governor George W. Bush and Arizona Senator John McCain are waging an all-out fight, both in the trenches and on the airwaves.


 December, 1999
Campaign Finance Law
Morning Edition, December 10, 1999
Commentator Kevin Phillips lists several factors that could help lead to campaign finance reform over the next few years.


 November, 1999
Democratic Fundraiser
Morning Edition, November 15, 1999
NPR's Tom Goldman reports from New York on a fundraiser held last night for Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley. The event featured many of Bradley's former basketball teammates and was billed as a kind of New York Knicks reunion.

McCain's Campaign Finance Reform Initiatives
Morning Edition, November 5, 1999
NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports from Peterborough, New Hampshire, on the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain, who is trying to win the Republican nomination for next year's election. While he's considered well behind the perceived front-runner, George W. Bush, New Hampshire voters say that McCain's honesty, integrity and willingness to tackle difficult issues make him an attractive candidate.


 October, 1999
Soft PACs
All Things Considered, October 25, 1999
An emerging gap between tax law and election law has created a new way to raise money for political campaigns. Under these special rules, politicians can raise as much as they want, in contributions of any amount, from any source, and they don't have to disclose any of it. NPR's Peter Overby reports.

Fundraiser Terry McAuliffe
Morning Edition, October 20, 1999
NPR's Peter Overby interviews one of the Democratic Party's most famous fundraisers. Terry McAuliffe has taken in more money for the Democrats than anyone in party history. More recently, McAuliffe came into the spotlight when he guaranteed the mortgage on President and Mrs. Clinton's new home.

McCain-Feingold Bill
Morning Edition, October 20, 1999
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports that Senate leaders say that campaign finance reform legislation is dead for the year. Supporters of the McCain-Feingold Bill failed yesterday to overcome a filibuster by Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell.


 September, 1999
Unregulated Political Contributions
Morning Edition, September 15, 1999
NPR's Peter Overby reports that the House of Representatives passed a bill that bans unregulated contributions to political parties and takes other steps to curb the influence of money in political campaigns. Opponents argued that the measure was an unconstitutional restriction of free-speech rights.

House Debates Campaign Finance Reform
All Things Considered, September 14, 1999
NPR's Peter Overby reports on the campaign-finance reform debate that began today on the House floor. The center-piece of the legislation is the Shays-Meehan bill, which would ban unregulated "soft money," money that goes to the parties, and often finds its way into political campaigns.


 August, 1999
Campaigning on the Internet
All Things Considered, August 16, 1999
NPR's Larry Abramson reports on a dispute over political speech on the Internet. The Federal Election Commission is getting ready to decide whether people whose Web sites criticize candidates have to file official disclosure forms on how much they've spent on the site.

Banning Soft Money?
All Things Considered, August 13, 1999
NPR's Peter Overby reports on the escalating amounts of soft money being raised by the Republican and Democratic parties. The latest development is the creation of Team $1 Million, a Republican Party operation that hopes to get one million dollars from GOP donors over a four-year period.


 July, 1999
Bush's Money Could Be a Problem
Morning Edition, July 21, 1999
Commentator Kevin Phillips says that Texas Gov. George W. Bush should be careful that big money doesn't become a major symbol in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Phillips says that the image of big money could hurt Bush in the election campaign.

Bush to Shun Federal Funds?
All Things Considered, July 13, 1999
NPR's Peter Overby reports Texas Gov. George W. Bush may be the first presidential candidate since Watergate to try to win his party's nomination without the help of federal matching funds. Bush is expected to make a decision within the next two weeks about whether to accept or turn down about 16-million dollars from the federal government.

Female Candidates and Fundraising
Morning Edition, July 13, 1999
NPR's Steven Rosenfeld reports on one of the political skills women must master if they're to be credible candidates for office-fundraising. They're outside traditional fundraising circles, and they frequently look to other women to get their messages across about the need for financing.

Public Financing for Wisconsin Candidates
Morning Edition, July 12, 1999
NPR's Steven Rosenfeld reports on public financing for candidates for statewide office in Wisconsin. It used to be part of the political landscape in the state but didn't catch on. But Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is an advocate. This year the legislature approved his proposal for adding money for campaign financing to the state budget.

Bush Breaks Fundraising Record
Morning Edition, July 1, 1999
Host Bob Edwards talks with NPR's Elizabeth Arnold about Republican hopeful George W. Bush raising more money, and quicker than any presidential candidate in history.


 June, 1999
Bush Fundraiser Garners Millions
Morning Edition, June 23 , 1999
NPR's Peter Overby reports on the fundraiser held last night for George W. Bush in Washington, D.C. The event raised about two million dollars for Bush, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

Money and Politics
All Things Considered, June 23, 1999
NPR's David Welna reports that gambling legislation that was recently approved in Illinois illustrates why there are growing concerns about the influence of campaign contributions from the gambling industry. Contributions by gambling interests to state and local candidates have grown enormously in the last few years. And last week, the National Gambling Impact Study Commission recommended a ban on contributions from gambling interests to state and local officials. But gambling businesses say it's unfair to single out their industry for a ban on political contributions.


 May, 1999
Effect of Women on Campaign Fundraising
Weekend Edition Sunday, May 30, 1999
As the 2000 presidential race heats up, many of those in the front lines of fundraising are, in larger than-ever numbers, women. NPR's Steven Rosenfeld reports on how this trend is likely to change the dynamics of presidential politics.

Hope for Campaign Fundraising Reform?
Weekend Edition Sunday, May 16, 1999
As the 2000 presidential race heats up, many of those in the front lines of fundraising are, in larger than-ever numbers, women. NPR's Steven Rosenfeld reports on how this trend is likely to change the dynamics of presidential politics.


 April, 1999
GOP and Computer Fundraising
Morning Edition, April 5, 1999
An ad in today's San Jose Mercury News by 50 Silicon Valley bigwigs urges Texas Gov. George W. Bush to announce his presidential candidacy. As NPR's Steven Rosenfeld reports, today's development is the latest example of how crucial the Valley is for raising money in the presidential sweepstakes.

California Primary Move Spurs Fundraising
Morning Edition, April 5, 1999
NPR's Elizabeth Arnold reports on the battle over whether to move up the California primary. Hoping to court the attention and the dollars of the presidential candidates, more than a dozen states have pushed up their primaries to earlier dates.


 March, 1999
Political Fundraisers
Morning Edition, March 16, 1999
NPR's Peter Overby reports on the need for early capital to finance political campaigns and political fundraisers who have the influence to solicit large donations from powerful donors.


 February, 1999
Campaign Finance Scandals
Morning Edition, February 23, 1999
NPR's Peter Overby reports that the campaign finance law has suffered severe damage in recent years as fundraising scandals, judicial rulings and creative entrepreneurs have chipped away at its effectiveness.

Funding a Primary
Morning Edition, February 16, 1999
NPR's Steven Rosenfeld reports on how one candidate in the the 2002 race for president, Lamar Alexander, plans to raise the $15 million he says he needs to be competitive in the primaries.


 January, 1999
Campaign Finance Scandals
All Things Considered, January 5, 1999
Bob Smith is in, John Ashcroft is out, and Elizabeth Dole is a maybe. The race for the White House may be two years away, but candidates and prospective candidates are already forming committees and raising money. NPR's Peter Overby reports on how the revised election calendar makes raising early money more important than ever.



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