Ashley Balcerzak

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Inside Donald Trump’s army of super PACs and MAGA nonprofits

“Scams” is how the president once described such groups.

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You’re young and broke. Here’s how to still win a congressional seat.

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‘Hope to hopelessness’: Will government step up after second storm? 

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Federal officials struggle to drag political ad rules into the internet age

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Democratic super PAC hits jackpot with Chinese company stock

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Super PACs are spending big on the 2018 primary election season


New disclosures detail megadonors’ contributions to the 2018 spate of primaries.

The building of the US Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC, June 26, 2017. A recent study shows that three-forths of respondents back a constitutional amendment outlawing the Citizens United decision.

Study: Most Americans want to kill ‘Citizens United’ with constitutional amendment


But the odds of such a change happening? Next to nothing.

US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) welcomes newly-sworn in Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN)

How Democrats use ‘dark money’ to win elections, despite the rhetoric

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Alabama’s special election is a case study in liberals’ furtive affair with secret cash.

Attendees partake in the inauguration ceremonies to swear in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States at the US Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017.

By the numbers: a 2017 money-in-politics index

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We crunched a lot of numbers this year. Here are a few that stand out.

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Statehouses, not Congress, hosting biggest political money fights


While federal government dithers, policy battles rage in legislatures.