While most media attention is on the presidential circus, candidates for statewide and local offices have raked in massive amounts of campaign donations.
A ProPublica analysis of political fundraising shows that conservative House Republicans have less and less in common with their party’s leaders, whose donors sometimes more closely resemble those of Democrats.
When it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world's technology giants spreads the wealth to both parties -- positioning the tech industry as one of the most powerful forces in American politics.
Despite countless speeches by Democratic leaders denouncing the evils of money in politics, their party sure knows how to raise and spend boatloads of campaign dollars "And then of course there are the emails," a horror-stricken Jon Stewart says on Monday night's "Democalypse" segment of "The Daily Show".
When MaryAnn Nellis tried to pay for groceries on April 14, her credit card was declined. She later found out why: Her credit card company, Capital One, had flagged an earlier purchase as potentially fraudulent. The problem? A $5 donation to Friends of Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor's campaign committee, which she claimed not to have made.
A fundraiser for New York City Comptroller John C. Liu was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of misrepresenting the origins of campaign donations. The arrest bodes poorly for Liu—the city's chief officer in charge of revenue and audits, pictured above—who is considered a possible successor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak called for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign or temporarily step down from his post in the midst of investigations into allegedly illegal donations to Olmert's campaign. Barak threatened to pull the Labor Party out of the coalition government that supports Olmert unless he removes himself from the "day-to-day management of the government."