| Aug 22, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Last Friday, Paul Ryan, the presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee, made the most populist speech of this campaign season.
"It's the people who are politically connected, it's the people who have access to Washington that get the breaks," he...
| Jan 8, 2012
| 6:49 PM
So Newt Gingrich is borrowing from the Democrats' oppo-reserach book with his attacks on Mitt Romney's legacy as a leveraged buyout artist. Suddenly leveraged buyouts are "predatory" and "paper shuffling," Gingrich says, according to the NYT. Financed...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 8:09 PM
Trevor Potter is an unlikely repeat guest for a late-night comedy show. As the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, the courtly Washington lawyer is a leading expert on campaign finance law — not the kind of material that generates...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 5:11 PM
Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are sending another $5 million to support the presidential ambitions of Newt Gingrich, providing funds to the House speaker's close allies as the remaining GOP presidential candidates turn to Florida.
This month, the...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 6:44 PM
This time tomorrow night Mitt Romney will be named the winner of the Florida primary.
There was a time when that would mark the end of the race in the Republican primary, but not this year. Newt Gingrich has vowed to stay in until the convention in...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 11:28 PM
The new role that the super-rich play in electoral politics began to emerge with greater clarity Tuesday as recently formed "super PACs" publicly reported their donors and expenses for 2011.
Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney's...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 10:02 PM
When it comes to big money in politics, Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons' influence has long been apparent in Texas, where he has plowed more than $1 million into Rick Perry's gubernatorial campaigns.
Now Simmons has found a new outlet for his outsize...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 5:08 PM
On a Strip packed with colorful, sometimes controversial gambling titans, Sheldon Adelson plays politics a little differently from the rest.
The casino barons are a mostly pragmatic bunch, shifting campaign donations to favor the party in power. Not...
| Feb 4, 2012
| 7:04 PM
Mitt Romney romped to a commanding victory Saturday in Nevada's Republican presidential caucuses, posting a second consecutive win and laying an impressive marker in a battleground state both parties will vigorously contest in November.
| Feb 21, 2012
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and a "super PAC" working on his behalf spent more than twice as much as they raised in January, underscoring how persistent challenges by rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have taxed the former...
| Feb 23, 2012
It sometimes feels as if the struggle for the Republican presidential nomination has been going on forever, but if you measure the campaign by the number of delegates chosen so far, we're only about 10% done.
Much has been made about how the outcome is...