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December 23, 2007 | Maria L. La Ganga and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
The Democratic presidential race heated up Saturday, with Barack Obama charging that rival John Edwards committed campaign hypocrisy by deriding political organizations called 527s at the same time he allegedly will benefit from their spending. Stumping in central Iowa three days before Christmas, Obama described the former North Carolina senator as "a good man," and said both agreed that special interests and lobbyists "have too much influence in Washington."
December 20, 2007 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
It's beginning to look a lot like . . . politics as usual. In the last two days, at least five presidential contenders have put out ads or video messages celebrating Christmas. All feature lovely trees with ornaments aglow. Simple messages of holiday cheer? Get your head out of the eggnog. Some -- like Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama -- know that the electorate in the early voting states are starting to tire of the barrage of mail, TV ads and radio spots.
November 17, 2007 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
Renewing a debate that raged through much of the 2004 presidential race, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) on Friday accepted Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens' offer to pay $1 million to anyone who can disprove allegations by veterans who disparaged Kerry's Vietnam War record.
October 16, 2007 | Dan Morain and Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writers
Republican Mitt Romney has spent more money, $52 million, and aired more television ads in his quest to become president than any other candidate has, a survey and campaign finance reports released Monday show. Still, national polls have former Massachusetts Gov. Romney lagging behind former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in the race for the Republican nomination. According to reports filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission, Romney has amassed more than $61 million, including $17.
June 26, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court on Monday handed President Bush and the Republican Party two victories by clearing the way for corporate-funded broadcast ads before elections and by shielding the White House's "faith-based initiative" from challenge in the courts. Both came in 5-4 rulings by the conservative majority led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. The first decision will allow corporate and union money to play a bigger role in political campaigns.
May 26, 2007 | TIM RUTTEN
ALL the fizz aside, new media have the capacity to create distinctions with a difference. National politics is one of the places where that may be occurring, and that's a possibility to which, in Mrs. Willy Loman's unforgettable words, "attention must be paid," especially by the country's news media. Consider the odd situation in which both the Republican and Democratic parties now find themselves as the presidential election cycle spins into formal earnest.
April 26, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday that it was likely to permit a return to broadcast ads next election season that tell voters to "contact" a candidate and "send him a message." These were known as "issue ads" by their sponsors, but most everyone else understood they were intended to help or hurt a candidate running for federal office. Federal law has long prohibited corporations from directly supporting candidates.
April 25, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Political campaign officials and election lawyers will be watching closely today when the Supreme Court takes up a case to decide whether more corporate and union-funded ads can be broadcast before next year's elections. At issue is a provision in the McCain-Feingold Act that bans the use of corporate or union money to pay for radio or TV ads that mention a candidate just before the election.
January 20, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court set the stage Friday for striking down a part of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law that bars the broadcast of corporate and union-funded ads just prior to an election. Three years ago, the justices narrowly upheld the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002 and its rule against corporate-funded broadcast ads, which was adopted to prevent powerful interests from using their money to sway elections in the final weeks of a campaign.
December 22, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Cutting the first hole in a key campaign funding law, a federal court here ruled Thursday that corporations, unions and special interest groups had a free-speech right to run some broadcast ads during the campaign season that refer to candidates seeking election. In a 2-1 ruling, the judges said "genuine issue ads" that refer to a lawmaker's pending business in the capital may be the subject of corporate-funded ads.
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