May 28, 2012 After winning the 1992 America's Cup race, Bill Koch — the brother of billionaire industrialists David and Charles — treated all 260-plus people on the team, plus their families, to a trip to Hawaii. Now, the lesser known Koch brother has entered the presidential derby big leagues with a $2 million donation to the superPAC supporting Mitt Romney.
May 3, 2012 A new analysis of TV ads so far this election cycle finds that 70 percent of the messages have been negative — a trend spearheaded by the heavily financed superPACs supporting the candidates. At this point in the 2008 election, 91 percent of TV ads were positive.
May 3, 2012 The former House speaker said Wednesday that he's suspending his presidential campaign, and he's ready to help the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, battle President Obama. But Newt Gingrich might have a more pressing problem: His campaign has about $4 million in debt.
April 24, 2012 The White House has been fielding questions lately about President Obama's travel — what's official, what's political and whether taxpayers are getting stuck with the bill. The same issue rolls around every time a president runs for re-election. So how does it break down?
April 20, 2012 Numbers in for March show GOP candidate Mitt Romney raised $12.6 million and President Obama's re-election effort raised $53 million. But the race is changing, now that Romney is finishing up the GOP primary season. He's also just starting to solicit his primary donors to give again.
April 19, 2012 The American Legislative Exchange Council is the group behind voter ID and "stand your ground" laws adopted around the country. But it's a charity under the tax code — and its donors get a tax write-off for their contributions. ALEC says it does no lobbying, but its critics are pushing back.
April 16, 2012 Based on the amounts collected in the previous two months, some of President Obama's supporters had begun to fear that the campaign might face a more daunting challenge than it had expected in reaching its fundraising targets for the 2012 election. March's numbers may reduce some of those anxieties.