October 27, 2011 An antiquated requirement for disclosing the financial sources behind political ads may be getting an overhaul. The Federal Communications Commission wants TV and radio stations to post information about their political advertisers online.
UPS was among the top scorers in a new index ranking companies on political transparency and accountability.
October 27, 2011 In the wake of the Citizens United ruling, Congress failed to pass a disclosure law. As it turns out, corporations weren't necessarily happy about the secrecy either. A new index shows most of the country's biggest companies have formal policies and board oversight.
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October 22, 2011 The Occupy D.C. movement on K Street is getting itself educated. NPR's Peter Overby checked in this week as they held a teach-in with Harvard Law School's Lawrence Lessig, who said protesters can take their government back from the influence of big donors by forging an alliance with the Tea Party grassroots.
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October 17, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the GOP presidential race Aug. 13, and went on to raise $17.2 million in the remaining 49 days of the quarter. These fat numbers put Perry at the front of the GOP money race. But when we dissected Perry's FEC report, we found three hidden weaknesses.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry saw his fundraising numbers plummet after his September debate performances.
October 17, 2011 An NPR analysis of contributions week by week found that itemized contributions to Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped 60 percent during the week following his first appearance in a GOP presidential debate, on Sept. 7. That same week, Romney's itemized contributions went up 50 percent. Compare the candidates' weekly fundraising totals in an interactive graphic.
October 17, 2011 President Obama's campaign reported the hefty sum of $61 million cash on hand as of Sept. 30, but at this point in the election contest, that's one of few things that are clear about the race for the White House.
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October 14, 2011 The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee jointly raised $70 million in the third quarter for the president's re-election. The announcement came from President Obama's campaign manager Jim Messina just days ahead of the filing deadline.
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turns to leave a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton on Tuesday after he announced that he will not run for president in 2012.
October 6, 2011 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't choosing sides in the GOP primary race just yet, but his financial backers are already lining up behind Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. But Texas Gov. Rick Perry showed he has the cash to compete too.
October 6, 2011 Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced this week they would not be seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Among the most enthusiastic advocates of a Christie presidential bid were a handful of Northeastern investors. Some of them have already jumped to join Mitt Romney.
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October 5, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry's poll number may be sagging, but his campaign is flush with cash. Perry's campaign says it raised more than $17 million in the third quarter.Perry entered the Republican presidential primary race in mid August with just 49 days left before the quarterly filing deadline. But in that short time he's shot to the top of the money race.
October 4, 2011 Nineteen wealthy Republicans gave presidential hopeful Mitt Romney the maximum legal contribution — and also sent between $100,000 and $1 million each to an independent committee supporting the former Massachusetts governor.
October 4, 2011 With accountants on the presidential campaigns now busily toting up fundraising numbers for the third quarter, the big question is this: How much did Rick Perry raise? On Monday, Reuters cited campaign fundraising volunteers who said Perry's late-breaking bid for the Republican nomination has grossed more than $10 million.
October 4, 2011 The presidential campaigns don't have to file their third quarter disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission until the end of next week. Numbers, however, are leaking out.
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A large earth-mover carries PCB-contaminated soil from the Hudson River in New York to a burial pit at Waste Control Specialists near Andrews, Texas, in October 2009.
September 15, 2011 In his career as governor of Texas, Rick Perry has raised about half his campaign cash from just 204 big donors. One of them, Harold Simmons, has given Perry roughly $3 million of support. And in recent years, Simmons' company has gotten a license to operate a radioactive waste site, despite environmental concerns.
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September 13, 2011 Political contributions from drug maker Merck to Texas Gov. Rick Perry are substantially higher than he said at Monday night's CNN/Tea Party Express debate.
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