| Oct 26, 2013
| 5:46 PM
SACRAMENTO — Ann Ravel will start her new job in Washington on Monday with the kind of celebrity status rare for a career government lawyer.
As California's top political watchdog, she launched a landmark investigation into secretive nonprofit...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 6:54 AM
The lawyer who filed suit last week to prevent Democrat Anthony G. Brown's running mate from accepting campaign donations during the legislative session is no stranger to the world of political fundraising.
Daniel M. Clements, an attorney with a...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:50 PM
WASHINGTON — The head of a criminal probe into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups and tea party supporters personally donated a total of $6,750 to President Obama's election campaign and the Democratic...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 7:06 PM
Willie Brown, the legendary Assembly speaker and former San Francisco mayor, says he has never voted for a ballot initiative.
"Not one," he asserts emphatically without hesitation.
"I've always, without question, been opposed to the initiative...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 11:14 AM
WASHINGTON — Jesse Jackson Jr., the former congressman imprisoned for misusing about $750,000 in campaign funds, has been sent a warning letter after his campaign apparently skipped another reporting deadline on its finances.
Jackson, 48, a...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 10:47 PM
WASHINGTON — On the website for Jim Fulner's U.S. Senate campaign, 34 letters and numbers appear in a string above the "Donate Now!" button.
They are the code for his campaign's bitcoin wallet, where holders of the so-called digital currency can...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 9:54 AM
WASHINGTON — Chicago attorney Vickie Pasley, who was treasurer of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign committee, has been fined $7,150 by the Federal Election Commission, newly released documents show.
The fine, made public Friday, stems from the Jackson...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:39 PM
Shortly after dropping out of a Ventura County-based congressional district race and endorsing a fellow Republican, former state Sen. Tony Strickland has taken an official step to run in a neighboring district, records show.
Strickland on Nov. 29...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 3:52 PM
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a campaign finance case that could be even bigger than the last one, the infamous Citizens United case of 2010. The new case, McCutcheon vs. FEC, challenges the aggregate spending...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 4:58 PM
Candidates in three key suburban congressional campaigns moved into get-out-the-vote mode Sunday, concerned that Election Day turnout will be the deciding factor as outside groups focused on a spate of automated phone calls to voters.
| Oct 17, 2012
| 5:35 AM
Out of sight for months and seeking re-election in weeks, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s return to Congress by voters may be virtually assured, but a new federal investigation of the South Side Democrat has made his political and legal future even more tenuous....