June 18, 2012 A Montana case could lead the Supreme Court to take a second look at Citizens United, a campaign finance decision that politicians have been fighting about since it was handed down in 2010. Recently, some of the criticism has been aimed at Chief Justice John Roberts and his role in the case.
June 13, 2012 Unlike superPACs, which must regularly disclose their donors to the public, politically oriented social welfare groups never have to reveal the identities of their donors. That's where much of the recent campaign money is flowing. And the Supreme Court had nothing to do with it.
June 13, 2012 The reported contribution is coming from a man who previously supported Mitt Romney's GOP primary rival, Newt Gingrich. But Sheldon Adelson has long made it clear that his top priority is defeating President Obama in November. He has said he might spend as much as $100 million on this election.
June 5, 2012 Scott Walker vastly out-raised and outspent his Democratic challenger in the state's recall election, largely on the strength of big donations from out of state. He was helped by a quirk in Wisconsin law, which lets a governor facing a recall vote bypass political donation limits.
June 1, 2012 Think "grass-roots politics," and what's the first thing that comes to mind? How about two dozen multimillionaires with open checkbooks? An NPR analysis of annual IRS filings by Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies shows most of its first $77 million came from donors who gave at least $1 million.
June 1, 2012 Recent court cases have changed the rules about money in federal politics, but there still are rules. Here's a snapshot of fundraising limits and regulations across the political spectrum — ranging from the candidates themselves to the new superPACs.
May 19, 2012 It may seem like a long shot, but that's exactly what Peter Thiel invests in. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, has said his support for Ron Paul is the best chance for now to encourage a libertarian movement.
May 17, 2012 TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts became front-page news Thursday because of a report he was considering a $10 million ad campaign that would attack President Obama over his former pastor. But Ricketts has been quietly funding conservative political causes for the past few years.
May 11, 2012 Some two dozen Americans have given $1 million or more to superPACs in the 2012 presidential campaign. The vast majority of them have been Republicans, but Jeffrey Katzenberg, the head of DreamWorks Animation, has chipped in $2 million to help out the superPAC supporting President Obama.
May 10, 2012 President Obama is attending a fundraiser at the California home of actor George Clooney, along with about 150 guests. Almost anyone can attend, if they pony up $40,000. But for a few sweepstakes winners, the price of admission is about $3. It's the latest innovation in political fundraising.
April 26, 2012 Much of the attention on money in politics this election cycle has been focused on the new superPACs and their wealthy donors. But publicity-shy donors have an alternative: politically active nonprofit organizations, where they can give all they want without disclosing their identity.