June 7, 2012 Outside groups are playing a powerful role in the presidential election, and some of them disclose nothing about their donors. That's despite what the author of the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United ruling seemed to anticipate two years ago.
June 7, 2012 Both the Republican and Democratic efforts boasted of receiving many of their contributions from small donors who gave $250 or less. The campaigns use that as a proxy for how much grassroots support each has as well as for a level of excitement they hope will extend into November. Romney's campaign said 93 percent of all donations came from smaller donors while Obama's claimed 98 percent.
June 7, 2012 For the first time in this campaign, the GOP challenger has collected more than the incumbent. Romney and his party brought in more than $76 million. Obama and the Democrats raised about $60 million.
June 6, 2012 An influential Republican in Wisconsin says Gov. Scott Walker's win in Tuesday's recall election shows the GOP governor's action on the state's budget resonated beyond the base. But, says Don Taylor, the chairman of the GOP in Waukesha County, its effect on the presidential election in November is uncertain.
June 6, 2012 Democratic activists in Wisconsin say they're not angry with President Obama for avoiding recall politics. But they worry that the president's absence may have embittered some volunteers the campaign will need for the competitive presidential race in November.
June 5, 2012 The GOP candidate's choice to head his transition team has raised doubts among some on the right. Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt has been running a group that helps states implement key parts of the health care law that Romney vows to ditch.
June 5, 2012 A new Obama campaign ad says Massachusetts had one of the country's worst economic records by the end of Mitt Romney's term as governor in 2007. But the Romney campaign says the overall unemployment rate was still very low. Can both campaigns be right?
June 5, 2012 Much has been said and written about the divisions opened in Wisconsin since Gov. Scott Walker undertook a dual agenda to weaken public worker unions while balancing an out-of-whack budget. Come Wednesday, how does the state heal? Two of the moderate state senators left share ideas and concerns.
June 5, 2012 All U.S. presidential elections are distinctive. But the 2012 contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney will highlight historic firsts dealing with religion, wealth, a changing electorate and the global economy's potential to sway domestic politics.
June 4, 2012 Mitt Romney's choice of former Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt, who supports a key part of President Obama's health care law, has irked some conservatives.
June 4, 2012 In the era of superPACs, political parties and candidates seem to be the last players in the system who must abide by limits on fundraising and spending. Some observers say it's time to get rid of campaign contribution limits, but others worry that would open the door only wider to corruption.