July 7, 2012 Some of the heaviest advertisers are groups financed by anonymous donors. They're not organized as political committees, but as "social welfare" organizations. One of those groups, led by GOP strategist Karl Rove, is rivaling the campaigns themselves for ad money spent so far in the election.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/156381618/156416935" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
June 18, 2012 Thursday is the next day when we may hear how the justices rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act — better known as the health care overhaul enacted in 2010.
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney at a campaign event on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Edward Linsmier/Getty Images
May 17, 2012 In the first month since he effectively wrapped up the GOP presidential nomination, Romney and his party raised almost as much money as the president and the Democratic Party.
John Edwards as he entered the Federal Courthouse in Greensboro, N.C., this morning.
Sara D. Davis/Getty Images
May 16, 2012 His attorneys also will not call Edwards' adult daughter to the stand. He's accused of using campaign funds to try to hide his affair and a daughter Rielle Hunter delivered.
Young Buck, in happier times.
May 1, 2012 On today's show, we bring you three Planet Money radio stories.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/151774259/151807396" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Invitations to fundraisers for members of Congress frequently mention which committees they serve on.
Sunlight Foundation/Political Party Time
March 30, 2012 On today's show, we reveal which Congressional committees are a fundraising goldmine. And which committees actually make it harder for Congressmen to raise money.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/149712857/149720439" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
January 31, 2012 A new disclosure report documents how Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry lost his fundraising base. Donors gave up long before Perry dropped out two weeks ago.
January 27, 2012 On the podcast today, we get a glimpse from inside the room where money changes hands. Jimmy Williams used to lobby for the National Association of Realtors. He tells us about the ridiculous issues he's lobbied for, the flow of campaign money he supplied, and how he wants to change the system now.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/145923803/146001006" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Jack Abramoff in 2004. He's the one on the right.
December 20, 2011 The former lobbyist is out of prison and available for interviews. We talk to him — not about his crimes, but about the legal lobbying that goes on every day.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/144028899/144040237" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
President Richard Nixon faced television cameras in the Oval Office on April 30, 1973 to announce the departure of his two closest assistants in the deepening Watergate scandal.
November 16, 2011 The 2012 presidential campaign is already being shaped by new rules for political money. That means corporate involvement in presidential politics on a scale not seen since the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, which ended Richard Nixon's presidency. The key difference: This time, it's legal.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/142314581/142385384" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
November 1, 2011 On today's show, we go inside the rooms in Washington where the daily grind of campaign finance — Congressmen, lobbyists, money — takes place. At least, we try to go inside the rooms.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/141913370/141920436" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
Texas governor Rick Perry speaks on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
August 10, 2011 The Texas governor is widely expected to enter the presidential race this weekend, and once he does, the strength of his Texas-sized fundraising machine will likely reboot the race for the Republican nomination.
August 4, 2011 How's this as an example of just how porous the U.S. campaign finance system is? A recently created company made a $1 million donation to a pro-Mitt Romney political action committee, then went out of business, leaving no fingerprints of who the money came from.
April 29, 2011 Democrats have decided they won't unilaterally disarm in the war for campaign cash even though the leader of their party has publicly opposed certain fundraising tactics, like raising money from donors who remain anonymous.
April 5, 2011 As would-be presidential candidates lay the foundations for their 2012 campaigns, one top priority has been stockpiling cash. And every prospect has been busy doing just that.But just try to find any records of who gave that cash.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor