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April 21, 2016

Rubio: Just kidding, I’m not actually running for president

By Jordan Libowitz

Last week, we wrote about how Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)—who is not running for president—responded to a letter from the FEC questioning his acceptance of excessive donations by transferring the money to his general election account.  This seemed a bit counterintuitive, since, again, Marco Rubio is not running for president.  Legally, he’s allowed to hold onto the money until he’s definitively not the nominee, as long as he keeps his campaign “suspended” and not closed, earning interest all the way.  Well, he must not have liked the attention, because in a filing dated yesterday, he let the FEC know that he would be returning the donations from his general election account.  Because he is not running for president.  Just as he wasn’t running for president last week.

Marco Rubio isn’t running for president. Someone tell his campaign.

Marco Rubio is not running for president. There is no doubt about this fact; he made a big speech a month ago to make that clear. So when the FEC sent his campaign a letter about excessive donations they accepted during the primary, the campaign responded by returning those illegal donations, right? Not quite. Read More ›

Congress Has a Miami Vice: Non-Florida Members Spent $52K in Miami Beach in 2015

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) caught flack last month for hanging out poolside in Miami Beach, FL with lobbyists for Airlines for America (A4A), the trade association that represents the major air carriers, just after the House committee he chairs approved legislation sought by the airlines. As Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington pointed out, it was hardly the first time Rep. Shuster spent time at a tropical resort in the name of raising campaign and PAC funds from special interests. Read More ›

Spurred by Complaints, NRA Political Spending Faces More Scrutiny

Political spending by the National Rifle Association (NRA) is again in the news in the wake of more tragic mass shootings. Significant amounts of the group’s spending remain shrouded in secrecy – the NRA’s non-profit arm that does not disclose its donors spent at least $12 million on federal elections alone in 2014. Read More ›

Freedom Partners Admits Issue Ads Are Aimed at Influencing Elections

On Tuesday, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the central hub of the Koch brothers’ political network, released its 2014 tax return, revealing that the organization spent $129 million total during the year and handed out more than $87 million in grants to other organizations. For the first time, Freedom Partners also admitted to spending money to influence elections. Read More ›

Fed Regulators Cite Murray Energy for Intimidating Employees; FEC Should Follow Suit

In July, the U.S. Labor Department lodged a complaint against Murray Energy for unsafe working conditions, finding that the company threatened employees into silence if they reported safety violations. These intimidation tactics spill over into politics too, as CREW has alleged to the FEC similar conduct pressuring employees to donate to the company's PAC. Read More ›

Outside Spending Is Out of Control

Outside spending by non-disclosing groups has reached new heights in this election cycle—an unfortunate trend showing that federal agencies need to institute and enforce stricter controls. Read More ›

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