The Federal Election Commission headquarters October 24, 2016 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla / Getty

Government Contractors Are Making Political Contributions, Despite Longstanding Ban

Federal election law prohibits these kinds of donations because of concerns over pay-to-play government contracting, but contractors are still making them—and the FEC is not actively working to stop them.

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Baltimore County Grassroots Groups Look To Continue a Public Financing Wave

Voters in Baltimore County will soon have their say on a ballot measure that would join several other large Maryland counties, as well as the city of Baltimore, in adopting a voluntary public financing program for elections.

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Blue Dog-Affiliated Group Runs Ads for Big Pharma

Center Forward, a "dark money" group with major funding from Big Pharma, is running a Facebook ad campaign touting the pharmaceutical industry as its super PAC spends millions to re-elect Blue Dog Democrats.

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Arizona Judge Reinstates GOP Law Shielding ‘Dark Money’

The state's clean elections commission will now be required to defer to the IRS on which political spending groups can keep their donors secret.