- US attorney appears to focus on political favors in New York Updated: Oct-03-15 11:09 am
ALBANY, New York - With a widening probe of New York state government, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara appears to be taking aim at the nebulous relationship between money and politics itself - a long and murky association in Albany and in capitals across the nation.
- Prosecutors seek enhanced fines in NM official's fraud case Updated: Oct-02-15 8:35 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico prosecutors said Friday they intend to seek stiffer penalties against embattled Secretary of State Dianna Duran under a state law that pertains to public officials accused of wrongdoing.
- Bush donors embrace new mantra: He's built to last Updated: Oct-02-15 4:17 pm
WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush's challenge in the first half of the year was daunting yet simple. To be considered a fundraising success, the Republican presidential candidate had to hit the magic number of $100 million, an ambitious goal set by some in his campaign. And he did.
- Disdainful of fundraising, Sanders raises big sums for 2016 Updated: Oct-02-15 4:01 am
WASHINGTON - For someone who rails almost daily against big money in politics, Bernie Sanders has suddenly become pretty good at getting it.
- GOP candidates for governor raise more than $760K this year Updated: Oct-01-15 6:54 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Jonathan Johnson, his 2016 re-election challenger, have raised a combined $760,000 so far this year, according to state campaign finance reports filed Wednesday.
- Feingold raises $2.4 million, has $3.4 million Updated: Oct-01-15 1:06 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Russ Feingold, the Democrat seeking to return to the U.S. Senate, has $3.4 million cash on hand for his rematch against Republican incumbent Ron Johnson, his campaign said Thursday.
- Sanders pulls in nearly as much cash this quarter as Clinton Updated: Oct-01-15 9:01 am
WASHINGTON - Bernie Sanders is offering Hillary Rodham Clinton an unexpected challenge in the race for primary campaign money this quarter as he collected nearly as much money from small donations as the Democratic front-runner has from big-dollar donors.
- Kentucky leads nation in political ad spending in 2015 Updated: Oct-01-15 6:13 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The biggest spenders in Kentucky's competitive race for governor are a pair of Louisville millionaires who want to see a Republican elected as the state's chief executive.
- Carson raising millions to become '16 fundraising juggernaut Updated: Oct-01-15 3:45 am
RANDLEMAN, North Carolina - She had never before given more than a few hundred dollars to a politician. But two weeks ago, Jacquelyn Monroe, a single mother who plays the piano for a living, decided to raise $100,000 for Ben Carson.
- GOP congressman campaigns on his boycott of pope's visit Updated: Sep-30-15 7:42 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar is touting his boycott of Pope Francis' address to Congress in a fundraising email.
- Clinton, Bush steady fundraising amid GOP summer Trump slump Updated: Sep-30-15 7:28 am
WASHINGTON - Voters won't cast their first ballots in the presidential race until February, but donors have been making their picks for months.
- Clinton heading to Charlotte for fundraiser for her campaign Updated: Sep-29-15 4:10 am
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading back to North Carolina to raise money for her presidential campaign.
- Judge tosses 4 bribery counts in Sen. Menendez indictment Updated: Sep-28-15 10:14 pm
NEWARK, New Jersey - A federal judge threw out four bribery counts in U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez's corruption case on Monday but rejected claims by Menendez and a co-defendant that prosecutors presented false testimony to grand jurors and misused a law that's central to the case.
- Waiting game in Missouri campaign may help Greitens Updated: Sep-27-15 10:29 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens raised more than $2 million for a Republican campaign for Missouri governor, toured the state and displayed a sign that read "GREITENS. GOVERNOR" in capital letters while talking with supporters at a Jefferson City diner two months before officially declaring his candidacy.
- Obama: Religious freedom no excuse to deny rights to others Updated: Sep-27-15 8:34 pm
NEW YORK - Freedom of religion isn't reason enough to deny any American their constitutional rights, President Barack Obama said Sunday as he addressed members of the LGBT community, one of his major sources of political and financial support.
- After success with Iran, pope, next stop for Obama is UN Updated: Sep-27-15 3:31 pm
NEW YORK - Fresh from successes on Iran and with the pope, President Barack Obama still carried heavy burdens into critical meetings this week at the U.N. General Assembly.
- Bill Clinton: Global Initiative has gotten results Updated: Sep-27-15 2:40 pm
NEW YORK - The Clinton Global Initiative's blend of government and private-sector effort has helped millions of people worldwide, former President Bill Clinton said Sunday, highlighting the philanthropic network's accomplishments at a time when his family's charitable efforts have come under scrutiny.
- Caldwell, Landry in close fundraising competition in AG race Updated: Sep-25-15 6:42 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - In Louisiana's attorney general's race, Republican incumbent Buddy Caldwell is locked in a tight fundraising competition with one GOP opponent, former Congressman Jeff Landry.
- Biden hailed by gay rights group, but Clinton has head start Updated: Sep-25-15 6:10 am
WASHINGTON - Not yet a presidential candidate, Vice President Joe Biden will have a prime perch to appeal to LGBT voters when he headlines a glitzy national gala. Yet it may be too late to win over influential gay Democrats already committed to Hillary Rodham Clinton should he join the 2016 Democratic contest.
- Vitter sitting on $4M for final weeks of governor's race Updated: Sep-24-15 7:42 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - The only major Democratic contender in the Louisiana governor's race, John Bel Edwards, had the largest haul in the latest fundraising period. But Republican David Vitter still has the heftiest campaign account.
- Walker to hold first public appearance since leaving race Updated: Sep-23-15 4:56 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker plans to attend an anniversary celebration for a Wisconsin business on Friday, his first public appearance since abruptly dropping out of the Republican race for president.
- Labor, trial lawyers help Dems raise cash in high court race Updated: Sep-22-15 7:25 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - An infusion of cash from organized labor and Philadelphia trial lawyers helped Democratic candidates outpace Republicans in summer fundraising, setting the stage for a high-stakes campaign for three open seats on Pennsylvania's highest court, campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show.
- GOP candidates scramble to win over Scott Walker supporters Updated: Sep-22-15 3:41 am
WASHINGTON - Even before Scott Walker dropped out of the race for president, his Republican rivals for the White House were chasing after the remnants of his once high-flying campaign.
- New Mexico governor, husband skydive at GOP fundraiser Updated: Sep-19-15 8:48 pm
SOCORRO, New Mexico - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her husband have jumped out of an airplane as part of a Republican fundraiser.
- Snyder creates PAC to back 'problem-solving' candidates Updated: Sep-19-15 3:21 pm
MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan - Gov. Rick Snyder on Saturday announced the creation of a political action committee to financially support like-minded "problem-solving" candidates, with an initial focus on 2016 races in the Republican-controlled Michigan House.