Questions tagged [campaign-finance]

Campaign finance refers to the rules and regulations governing the raising and spending of funds for a candidate running for office. For questions about the funds themselves use [fundraising] instead.

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What are the political or business connections of Parnas and Fruman in the former USSR countries?

From breaking news in the Guardian: Two associates of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, have been charged with election finance violations for channeling foreign money into the ...
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As an electoral candidate, isn't Yang precluded from conducting his “UBI experiment”?

In the US Democratic Party’s presidential primary debate a few days ago, candidate Andrew Yang announced his campaign will conduct a 1-year experiment with Universal Basic Income - by paying USD 1000 ...
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What is the effect of election campaign donations?

Candidates for the presidential election of the US collect donations in relation to their campaigns. Candidates are sometimes compared based on the total amount of donations they received. But what ...
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Can foreign national US residents volunteer with US political campaigns?

This question about donating to campaigns as a US resident noncitizen led me to wonder if US resident noncitizens/foreign nationals can volunteer with political campaigns in any capacity (direct voter ...
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Contributing to a candidate as a Foreign National US Resident?

I'm not sure if this is the correct exchange to be posting this question, so apologies if this is not the right place. I'm a US Resident, currently on a H-1B. I'm not a Green Card holder or a US ...
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Has there been a potential candidate for a political office in the US where they were paid to terminate their campaign before the election?

Has there been an instance where a potential American candidate was paid to not run for office (e.g., by an incumbent or special interest group)? There are reasons why people don't want someone to run ...
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What happens to leftover funds from primary candidates? [duplicate]

A bunch of Democrats are running for the nomination. Many of them are getting huge amounts of money. With the ones who don’t become the nominee, what happens to leftover donations? Do they return them ...
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How did Super PACs affect the magnitude of election spending by wealthy individuals, and why?

The Citizens United campaign decision in the US helped lay the groundwork for the proliferation of Super PACs, and is widely credited with increasing the spending gap between wealthy donors and the ...
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Ban on all campaign finance?

There is a lot of rhetoric surrounding how politicians in the US obtain money for their campaigns. I am wondering why it is necessary for politicians to have any money for their campaigns, small ...
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What did Bernie Sanders do with all the cash from his 2016 campaign?

I'm just wondering what happened with hundreds of millions Bernie Sanders raised in 2016. Did he give to the DNC?
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Why is Bernie Sanders maximum accepted donation on actblue $5600?

Check here and try to enter a number higher than $5600. I know this question might be oddly specific, but i have no idea why it would be such an odd number, and not just $5000.
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To what extent is a US political presidential candidate compromised by PAC funding?

Amy Klobuchar having launched her presidential nomination campaign stated that she would not be taking corporate PAC money. Is that a big irregularity and if so what is the benefit of not taking ...
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Are there any examples of electoral bonds or similar instruments usage in the Western democracies?

After Reading this question I have searched if any Western democracy have used something similar to make political campaign financing more transparent. From the accepted answer in the aforementioned ...
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Have any third parties used Maine or Arizona's public financing in their campaigns?

I cannot find evidence for a third party using the public financing option for either state. I can see nothing preventing it and assume they have at some point. Specifically I'm referring to the $5 ...
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Allocation of government revenue for campaign spending [closed]

I was thinking about the following and I am interested in other peoples opinions on potential effects. What if the US government where to pass legislation that allocates money for political candidates ...
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Why don't the Democrats make a deal to give Trump his border wall in exchange for campaign finance reform?

I feel like this is a unique opportunity to pass effective campaign finance legislation. Politically I think not giving Trump the wall is the better strategy, which may be why such a deal will not ...
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Would this be considered a campaign contribution in the US?

Trying to understand how things other than direct cash donations can also be considered campaign contributions in the US, I've formulated the following scenario to explain the thing of potential value;...
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Do senators control PACs?

I recently saw a hidden video on Senator Claire McCaskill in which one of her staffers said that "we get a lot of money from Chuck Schumer". The interviewer then asks how this is possible and the ...
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Disclosure and publishing of 'catch and kill' practices favouring a presidential candidate

Catch and kill is the practice by a media outlet to buy the right to a negative story about someone and not publish it so that the story doesn't go public. Suppose this technique was used by a ...
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Is paying for ex-staff's silence a legal use of campaign funds?

The Trump administration reportedly requires outgoing staff members to sign NDAs (NYT).1,2 Also reported, these agreements provide the staff member a $15,000 per month payment (NYT) for their silence. ...
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If I were to lose an election for federal office, what can I do with my leftover campaign money?

Suppose I'm running for some federal-level position in the United States. Along the way, I'm raising campaign funding for all of the usual reasons. Then the election comes, but I lose. I still have ...
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Minority Democrat report from Senate Judiciary Committee says Russia funded the Trump campaign via the NRA; what does this mean for the NRA?

This article and others mention that Democrat members of the Senate Judiciary Committee says Russia funded the Trump election campaign via the NRA. Assuming that this is true, what consequences does ...
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What are the consequences of Trump lying on a financial disclosure form?

The media are currently full of articles, like this one saying that D.J. Trump could be in trouble for not disclosing payments to Stormy Daniels. Without getting into details of who did or did not do ...
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Is Fox News correct that Mueller shouldn't be going after a campaign finance violation?

I'm anti-Trump, just to get that out of the way, but I'm also curious about the legal aspects. I hope this falls enough under political and not legal but if you think it's better for the legal board,...
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Can non-US citizens join super-PACs or pay for attack ads in the US?

Is there any law which prohibits foreigners (non-US citizens) from spending billions of dollars to sway U.S. elections by deliberately placing attack ads against certain political parties ? Can ...
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Have there been any studies that show that advertising for an election has an effect on who wins?

Have there been any scientific studies that show whether or not spending money on advertising and campaigning has an effect on the outcome of an election? I can think of several elections where the ...
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Are political donations to foreign politicians residing in Canada but campaigning abroad tax free?

There are a lot of new rules in Canada about political donations. But what about someone living in Canada who is campaigning to be elected abroad? Are donations taxable by the Federal government of ...
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How do very small countries prevent foreign interests from buying out their political elite?

Let's take Iceland as an example. They have only 338,000 people and their GDP was a mere $20 Billion USD in 2016. There are therefore several billionaires who are richer than the entire economic ...
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How can I figure out how much money a political lobbying group has given to my congressman?

I have seen some messages lately from my district representative that are essentially talking points of a political lobbying group. I would like to find out if and how much money he has received from ...
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What are American politicians NOT allowed to do with the money they raise?

Suppose candidate X raises, through whatever legal means, a million dollars for their campaign. What, if any, ordinarily legal things does national law prevent them from spending this money on? In ...
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What's the point of campaign financing limits if external organizations may promote the candidate without any funding limits?

In the US, citizens are limited to a contribution of $2700 per each candidate during an election cycle. However external organizations such as SuperPACs have no practical limits in how much they can ...
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Regarding refusing corporate, lobbyist, and PAC money: Lobbyists versus employees, local versus national PACs?

Regarding candidates that refuse to accept corporate, PAC, or lobbyist money. What specifically does this mean? For example, how does one distinguish between a donation from a lobbyist and another ...
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What happens to a President's reelection funds if they don't complete their first term?

Trump's 2020 re-election campaign recently filed their required FEC statements, showing they had raised $13.2 million so far. It's safe to assume at this time that Trump does, in fact, intend on ...
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Are individuals allowed to make contributions that are contingent on specific actions? (US)

For instance, could a fund be created that would only be rewarded to a particular re-election campaign if the representative votes a particular way on a bill?
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Why are political funding sources not contained within a public institution

I am asking about the United States, but this could apply to any democratic country as well. Coming from academic biological sciences, much of our finding comes from institutions like the NIH/DOD/NSF ...
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In which countries election spending or contributions are strictly regulated?

In some democracies, amount a party or candidate can spend towards election campaign is not regulated or poorly regulated. In which countries election spending or contributions are strictly regulated ...
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Is it typical for someone to be arrested over $20k violation of campaign finance laws?

Is it typical for someone to be arrested over $20k violation of campaign finance laws? A US citizen was recently arrested, the charges being over illegally donating $20,000 to a Senate campaign (note ...
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Can POTUS contribute to political campaigns?

Can the president of the USA run a Super PAC? Can they contribute to political campaigns other than their own?
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campaign contributions by source

According to https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cid=N00000019&cycle=Career Goldman Sachs has contributed a little more than one million dollars to Hillary Clinton over the course ...
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Get rid of national debt from excess campaign funds

Say there was a law that limited how much a presidential candidate could spend during the election process per month all/most of the campaign money isn't used (According to this article there isn't ...
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Who will be able to see the names and contact information of people who donate to the Stein/Baraka recount efforts?

The Stein/Baraka Green Party campaign has launched an effort to raise money for a recount for the presidential election in several states. It asks for the names and contact information for anyone who ...
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Anonymous donation regulations from the Federal Election Commission

I want to contribute to a federal candidate. I don't want to disclose any of my contact information to them in doing so. I've confirmed that my bank's electronic bill-pay sends a check with only my ...
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What if campaign money was used to fund government programs?

I was reading that billions of dollars are raised/spent during US political campaigns (president, senate, etc). I'm no expert in how this all works, but it seems to me that this money is used solely ...
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Does Citizens United create a back channel for foreign nationals to funnel money into electoral campaigns in these United States?

It has been suggested by Barack Obama, political pundits, and recent questions and comments on this stack, that the Citizens United decision made it possible for foreign nationals to donate to ...
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Limit to utility of campaign funds

I'm looking for research on the utility of campaign money, specifically in USA elections. Is there a point at which more money doesn't significantly increase a candidates chance of winning? How would ...
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Buckley v. Valeo / Citizens United

What is the difference in 1) background and 2) implications of the supreme Court cases Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United v. FEC? The sources I've read make them sound pretty similar, but obviously ...
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Is Bernie Sanders allowed to finance a trip to Vatican from campaign funds?

I read this in an article from Market Watch: "Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will take time off the campaign trail ahead of the critical New York primary for a trip to the Vatican ...
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Corporation campaign contributions at the state level in US

I am interested in understanding more about the legislation governing corporations campaign contributions at the State level, and how this may differ to the Federal level. Specifically, it is my ...
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Why are big tech companies Bernie Sanders' top donors?

Among Bernie Sanders' top donor there are a lot of big tech companies (most of them based on Silicon Valley, California), namely: Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, IBM, Facebook. This ...
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Is there a way to make a small-dollar political donation in an american election without ending up on marketing lists?

It seems like making any kind of contribution to a political campaign in the US is begging to be deluged in political junk mail (both snail mail and email) for years to come, with your contact ...