San Diego County Democratic Party spent 37 times the contribution limit on one candidate. And it’s legal.

An analysis by inewsource has found that the San Diego County Democratic Party used a part of California’s campaign finance law called “member communications” to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on one candidate. The law allows both Republican and Democratic parties to funnel money into San Diego races despite efforts by local governments to…

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State lawmakers often blur the line between the public’s business and their own

The Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press partnered on a deep-dive that looked into the financial disclosures of state legislators nationwide. The investigation found numerous instances when lawmakers supported bills that benefited their employers, industries or even their personal finances. The Center also created a searchable library of the disclosures for 6,933 state…

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High-interest lenders use campaign donations to head off reform efforts in Virginia

Virginia-based Connection Newspapers dives into campaign finance documents to show how donations from high-interest lenders slosh through the system and influence lawmakers. Businesses like LoanMax and Check Into Cash offer top-dollar contributions to members of a legislative subcommittee who routinely kill efforts to create new consumer protections or limit the amount of interest these companies…

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Florida special interests take advantage of “bundling” campaign finance loophole

The Treasure Coast Palm recently published a new piece of an ongoing investigation, outlining how special interest groups have been able to pump extra money into Florida local campaigns. “The LLC loophole” allows these groups to give the maximum of $1000 from each of their subsidiaries or affiliated PACs. Since the campaign finance reports don’t…

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Trump fails to attract major Texan donors, lags behind Clinton in fundraising

An Austin American-Statesman analysis of Federal Election Commission records showed that of the 18 major Texan donors to Right to Rise — a super PAC formed to serve Jeb Bush in the 2016 election — only four of those donors later contributed to the Donald Trump campaign. Their analysis also shows that Trump lags far…

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Documentary investigates how bias and discrimination still infiltrate American democracy

Gerrymandering, disenfranchisement, overwhelmingly white prosecutors; there are many open secrets in modern-day electioneering that can lead to unfair results. Fusion’s latest investigative documentary, “Rigged,” examines tactics politicians still use in elections to disenfranchise minorities, progressives, and young voters for personal benefit.

Database reveals FEC is often deadlocked and ineffective

Investigators at NBC News4 in Washington, D.C. and NBC Bay Area reviewed hundreds of pages of documents and vote records to create a database that would provide an answer to allegations that the Federal Election Commission is ineffective. Their database revealed that it takes an average of 22 months for the commission to decide whether…

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Biofuel company with polygamous ties spent big on Utah politicians

A high-profile biofuel company in Utah known to have connections with a polygamous sect has been accused of collecting rewards from a federal program intended to produce alternative fuel. Washakie Renewable Energy received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to produce alternative fuels and also benefited from a congressional tax deduction program administered by…

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Former president spoke to groups with issues before State Department

At Hillary Clinton’s hearing for secretary of state, she promised she would take “extraordinary steps…to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.” Later, more than two dozen companies and groups and one foreign government paid former President Bill Clinton a total of more than $8 million to give speeches around the time they also had…

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Candidates enrich themselves with campaign cash, gifts, travel

South Carolina elected officials and candidates have what amounts to a personal ATM that dispensed nearly $100 million since 2009 for such things as car repairs, football tickets, male-enhancement pills, GoPro cameras, overseas junkets and gasoline. A joint investigation by The Post and Courier and The Center for Public Integrity also found state lawmakers and…

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