August 3, 2012 The presidential campaign air war is already being waged to the tune of $20 million a week. Republican Mitt Romney is benefiting from millions of dollars in ads by so-called social welfare organizations, tax-exempt groups that don't have to disclose their donors.
July 25, 2012 As campaign budgets keep pushing upward, politicians from would-be congressmen to would-be presidents are looking overseas — especially to London. Republican Mitt Romney plans to hold two fundraisers there on his weeklong trip, along with another in Jerusalem.
July 21, 2012 President Obama's campaign committee reported more cash-on-hand than Mitt Romney's in Friday's monthly report. But Obama's campaign spending far outstripped fundraising in June. Meanwhile, financial support for Romney has been flowing in from many different places.
July 16, 2012 Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign says a recently formed arm of the organization collected $140 million during a three-month period this spring, mostly from high-end donors. The analogous arm of President Obama's re-election drive took more than a year to raise $185 million.
June 25, 2012 The justices say a state law cannot supersede its 2010 Citizens United ruling, which let corporations deploy their money to help or attack specific candidates. Montana had argued that a history of corporate-financed corruption in state government should let tough state laws remain in force.
June 19, 2012 Groups such as Crossroads GPS, which has run ads attacking President Obama on many issues, can't make politics their primary purpose. That's because they are classified as social welfare organizations, or 501(c)(4) groups, under the tax code. But political scientists say the line between issue ads and express advocacy has almost been erased.
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.