Reporter for the Washington Post, covering money in politics. I still believe in newspapers.

Groups funded by secret donors buffeted two dozen House races in 2014 — Last June, Scott Renfroe, a Colorado state senator running in a crowded GOP congressional primary, was hit with a slashing attack ad that accused him of supporting "taxpayer-funded bailouts" for a failed local bank. "Not conservative," declared the ad run by a Denver-based nonprofit called Citizens for a Sound Government.

Carly Fiorina actively explores 2016 presidential run but faces GOP critics — On a Republican presidential debate stage expected to be filled with more than a dozen current and former politicians, Carly Fiorina envisions herself standing out - as the only woman and the only CEO. Sensing an opportunity in a crowded field that lacks a front-runner, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive is actively exploring a 2016 presidential run.

Federal judge tosses out FEC donor disclosure rule, calling it too narrow — A U.S. district judge in Washington ruled Tuesday that the Federal Election Commission wrongly narrowed a rule determining when certain politically active groups have to disclose their donors, throwing out the regulation and setting up another showdown at the sharply divided agency.

Democratic donors see need for party to embrace more powerful economic message — Democrats suffered a midterm drubbing this year in part because the party failed to deliver a potent economic message to voters, according to wealthy liberal donors who gathered in Washington this week to plan ways to rebound from the losses.

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren set to address gathering of wealthy liberal donors — Vice President Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are set to address a group of wealthy liberal donors gathering in Washington this week for a private meeting to determine the direction of their political investments in the coming years.

Left struggled to move voters with Koch attacks and other big-money messages — One clear lesson emerged from last week's midterms: running against big money in politics is hard to do. Democrats and their allies made the topic one of their central lines of attack this year, featuring the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch in nearly 100 different political spots that ran in states from Alaska to Florida.

Republicans say midterm wins show party has mastered the art of the ground game — Republicans said Thursday that their midterm triumph shows they have caught up with Democrats in mobilizing voters on the ground, a top priority for the party after it failed to win the White House in 2012. GOP strategists said they spent two years quietly assembling a permanent field operation that expanded their electorate and targeted voters with more precision.

Day after the elections, pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA kicks into gear — In the aftermath of Tuesday's crushing defeats, the Democratic donor class is already turning its attention to the 2016 presidential contest and ramping up what is expected to be a massive outside flanking operation to back an expected White House bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Republican Scott Walker wins hard-fought Wisconsin gubernatorial race — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prevailed in his reelection bid Tuesday after facing the state's polarized electorate for the third time in four years, a victory that thrust him into the upper echelon of 2016 Republican presidential contenders. Walker was ahead of Democrat Mary Burke by 18 points with 35 percent of precincts reporting.

On the front-lines in the ad wars, disgusted and discouraged voters — It's one thing to read that more than $1 billion has been spent to run 2.2 million television ads on congressional and gubernatorial races in the 2014 midterms. It's another thing to feel the deluge firsthand.
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Nov 26, 2014

$300K UCLA paid to have Hillary Clinton speak was "special university rate," @PostRoz @PhilipRucker report

Nov 26, 2014

Plans for UCLA visit give rare glimpse into Hillary's paid speaking career via @PostRoz @PhilipRucker

Nov 26, 2014

After shooting, Wilson washed blood off his hands and placed his recently fired pistol into an evidence bag himself:

Nov 26, 2014

RT @kenvogel: Prediction: if FEC tightens 501(c) rules, it won't increase disclosure much. Operatives will create LLCs to fund ads.…

Nov 26, 2014

New development yesterday in the legal battle over donor disclosure: federal judge struck FEC rule as too narrow.

Nov 26, 2014

RT @mjbeckel: Conservative nonprofit Carolina Rising spent $4.7M ahead of #NCSEN race, its founder tells @levinecarrie

Nov 26, 2014

Carly Fiorina's 2010 committee is not only $500K in debt, but it was without a treasurer for more than a year:

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