The decision, which reversed a ruling last April by a smaller panel of the court, rejected a TV station's argument invoking the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling of 2010.
Follow The Money
If you want to know which way the political winds are blowing, it helps to know which way the campaign cash is flowing. We keep an eye on developments in the post Citizens United era.
New rules aimed at clarifying what constitutes political activity for dark-money, non-profit groups are likely to give more heartburn to the right than the left. The majority of big-spending social-welfare organizations known as 501(c)(4) groups in 2012 were conservative.
The politically oriented nonprofit co-founded by Karl Rove reports it received 84 percent of its donations last year from gifts of $1 million or more.
Rumors that a major Obama bundler bankrolled an effort to sink the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Virginia appear to be exaggerated.
Party committees and outside groups on both sides of the aisle have latched on to the latest Washington budget crisis, using the moment to rile their bases and fill their coffers for the 2014 campaign.
A new study reports that female donors accounted for more than 44 percent of President Obama's campaign contributions, the most for any White House hopeful since at least 1988.
Secular activists who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — say they hope a new political action committee will stiffen the backbones of lawmakers who may be too afraid to openly state their doubts about the existence of a divine author of the universe.
Big Money often gets what it wants in Washington. But when it comes to the immigration debate, there are no guarantees of success.
The Justice Department is investigating the IRS's flagging of grass-roots conservative groups that sought nonprofit status. But some lawmakers want the debate extended to look at the well-financed activities of existing 501(c)(4) groups that spent millions in the 2012 elections.
Reversing a trend that dates back to the 1990s, the lobbying industry is becoming more secretive. And campaign money now looms ever larger as a critical element in the persuasion business.