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.
April 13, 2012 Seven major companies, including Coca-Cola and McDonald's, have dropped their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, which has advocated stringent voter-identification and "stand your ground" laws. But ALEC says it's being targeted because of its free-enterprise agenda, and that its allies are rallying.
April 2, 2012 The FEC is in a bind. It can't appeal the decision or take steps to comply unless four of the six commissioners agree. But the six member commission has a partisan split right down the middle. Controversial votes often end in a 3-to-3 deadlock.
March 31, 2012 Recently, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has shown strong fundraising numbers. But earlier in the contest, the campaign was relying on donations to a pro-Santorum superPAC and its vocal and generous benefactor — multimillionaire Foster Friess.
March 21, 2012 Financial reports filed at the Federal Election Commission show that in February, Mitt Romney and a superPAC supporting him yet again spent more than all of his GOP opponents combined. But none of February's GOP contests translated into a fundraising bounce for the candidates.
March 20, 2012 One of the defining elements of the 2012 presidential campaign is money. Two dozen wealthy Americans have put in at least $1 million each. And one of the biggest donors is Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who has almost single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich's campaign afloat.
March 8, 2012 SuperPACs backing Romney and Santorum are spending big in three southern states and Illinois as they try to shift momentum heading into the next spate of primaries.
March 7, 2012 The superPAC spent nearly $6 million on largely negative ads last week, and still the candidate won Ohio's crucial primary by less than 1 percent. Experts can't measure the effectiveness of superPAC advertising. But some believe it is discouraging voters from going to the polls.
March 6, 2012 Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hopes he can firm up his front-runner status in the 10 Super Tuesday nominating contests. But that status, an NPR analysis shows, has so far involved his campaign and a pro-Romney superPAC burying the opposition with negative messages.
February 21, 2012 Analysis of Mitt Romney's fundraising shows he gets two-thirds of his contributions from maxed-out donors — more than anyone else who has run for president since 2003. At the other end of the spectrum, Romney lags behind all the other candidates in the race in the share of cash raised from small donors.
February 21, 2012 Reports filed at the Federal Election Commission show the GOP presidential hopefuls spent a lot of cash in January, what with contests in four states. Also spending a lot of money, as it turns out, were the richly financed superPACS that support the candidates.