Outside Money

GOP groups, healthcare industry attack Democrats’ public option

By Karl Evers-Hillstrom September 30, 2020

Republican super PACs are attacking Democratic Senate challengers over their support for a public health insurance option using talking points from a well-funded healthcare industry group.

Campaign finance

Educators set donation records, back Biden over Trump nearly 6-1

By Eliana Miller September 29, 2020

Educators have contributed $150 million in the 2020 election cycle—over 90 percent has gone to Democrats.

Political Parties

RNC transferring more money to swing states than DNC

Deep-pocketed national party committees are transferring millions of dollars to affiliates in crucial swing states that could decide the fate of the 2020 presidential election.

Campaign finance

NFL owners give nearly 9-1 to Republicans, including Trump

By Eliana Miller September 25, 2020

While players protest, NFL team owners are spending their fortunes on political donations totaling $4.2 million so far this election cycle.

Outside Money

Outside spending in 2020 election surpasses $1 billion, on track to break records

By Karl Evers-Hillstrom September 23, 2020

Super PACs, political parties and “dark money” nonprofits, among others, have injected over $1 billion into federal races, a record at this point in an election cycle.

Election 2020

As Senate races ramp up, so does outside spending by top super PACs

By Lucia Geng September 22, 2020

The amount of cash Senate super PACs have available on hand is key because, as both parties enter the home stretch of election season, a Democratic retaking of the Senate in November is seen as a possibility.

2020 Presidential

Top presidential super PACs boosted by ‘dark money’ donations

By Eliana Miller September 22, 2020

The top pro-Trump and top pro-Biden super PACs received over $7.5 million combined from dark money affiliates this August.

501(c) groups

‘Dark money’ groups gear up for Supreme Court battle as 2020 election nears

By Anna Massoglia September 21, 2020

“Dark money” groups are projected to spend tens of millions of dollars on the battle over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat.

Lobbying

Amid deal talks, TikTok, WeChat turn to lobbyists for US support

By Ollie Gratzinger September 21, 2020

TikTok and WeChat narrowly avoided a ban earlier this week by striking a deal with Oracle and Walmart. But it remains unknown if the deal — and the support of lobbyists — will be enough.

2020 Presidential

Biden outraised Trump 3-1 in August, erasing Trump’s cash advantage

By Karl Evers-Hillstrom September 21, 2020

Joe Biden has erased President Donald Trump’s once-massive financial advantage that he’d been building up since the early days of his presidency.

Campaign finance

Senate candidates spend record sums on online ads

By Ollie Gratzinger September 16, 2020

Senate candidates have turned to digital advertising to rack in donors and spread their messages. These top five spenders have raised record amounts of campaign funds thanks to Facebook and Google.

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