Peter Overby

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Gyrocopter Pilot On His 'Incredible' Flight Onto Capitol Lawn

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Doug Hughes flew into Washington, D.C., on something resembling a hybrid bicycle and helicopter. He did it to protest money in politics, but he could face up to a decade in prison. He has no regrets.


Postman Who Gyrocoptered Onto Capitol Lawn Faces Two Felonies

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Doug Hughes, the Florida postman who gyrocoptered through Washington's anti-terrorism warning system to land on the Capitol lawn, now faces two felonies, four misdemeanors and up to 9 1/2 years in prison for his efforts.

His mission was to deliver stamped letters — he is a postman — ...


Foundations To SEC: Force Corporations To Disclose Political Giving

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Secret money in politics has been controversial since the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling. Some 70 charitable foundations are asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to end that secrecy.


Inside The Obama And Biden Financial Disclosures

Friday, May 15, 2015

You just had a good look at your financial situation last month, when you did your tax return. Now you can check out the government's official financial reports on President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Federal elected officials, candidates and high-level bureaucrats have to file annual ...


'Candidates' Driving Cash-Filled Trucks Through Campaign-Finance Loopholes

Friday, May 15, 2015

If Congress is all about sausage-making, Washington's political-money industry has its own specialty: slicing the particular sausage that is campaign finance law, thinner and thinner.

The meat of the law is in its definitions. What is a "contribution"? An "expenditure"? What does "coordinate" really mean? "Public communication"? How about ...


17 Months Before Election Day, One Campaign Aims For $100 Million

Friday, May 08, 2015

The lofty target for the superPAC of not-quite-a-candidate Jeb Bush is one more sign of the cash gusher — and legal gray areas — opened up by recent campaign finance decisions.


Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

Monday, May 04, 2015

Under narrow definitions of corruption, candidates courting billionaires to fuel their White House bids doesn't qualify. But some activists, on the left and the right, argue that it should.


Court: Corporations May Be People, But 'Judges Are Not Politicians'

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

If there's one thing that today's Supreme Court doesn't like, it's governmental overreach in regulating political money.

But if there's something the court likes even less, it's the increasing prominence of money in electing America's judges. That's how five justices came to uphold a rule in Florida that ...


Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Since Hillary Clinton launched her presidential run, her family's foundation has been scrutinized. The Clintons responded, calling it the most transparent organization of its kind. But is that true?


Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics

Friday, April 17, 2015

Clinton called campaign finance reform one of the "four big fights" of her campaign. But does this idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money stand a chance?


You Didn't Check The 'Presidential Election Campaign' Box On Your Taxes, Did You?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Here's a question for you last-minute tax filers. See that little checkoff box at the top of the 1040 tax form, the one labeled "Presidential Election Campaign"? You didn't check it, did you?

If not, then you're just like pretty much everybody else.

That little box is for presidential ...


Presidential Candidates Move Away From Public Financing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You can still check the box on your 1040 federal income tax return and earmark $3 for presidential public financing.


Who Needs One SuperPAC When You Can Have Four?

Monday, April 13, 2015

As Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., prepared for his official announcement of a White House run, so had Conservative Solutions PAC. It's a superPAC focused exclusively on helping Rubio reach his goal.

Technically, Conservative Solutions has no ties to Rubio. His campaign can't coordinate messages or strategy with it.

But Rubio ...


SuperPACS Are Back And They Are More Powerful Than Ever

Monday, April 13, 2015

Presidential campaign donors can give as much as they want to superPACs. These groups aren't officially affiliated with the candidate, but they're changing the nature of presidential campaigns.


TV Ads Financed With Secret Money Attack Paul On Day 1 Of Presidential Bid

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

As Sen. Rand Paul declares for the GOP presidential nomination, a secret money group called the Foundation for a Secure and Prosperous America attacks him as a weak protector in foreign policy.


The Menendez Paradox: Facing Charges After Testifying Against Corruption

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Sen. Bob Menendez, who came up in the sharp-edged politics of Hudson County, N.J., has been under varying levels of ethics scrutiny in seven of his nine-plus years as a senator.

He'd never been indicted — until yesterday.

The indictment landed like a chunk of loose concrete from ...


Watchdog Groups File Complaints Against Likely Candidates

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Updated at 5:40 p.m. ET

Two liberal watchdog groups are challenging the strategy that four presidential hopefuls — Republicans Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum and Democrat Martin O'Malley — are using to avoid legal contribution limits and disclosure requirements.

In complaints ...


Money Rules: Candidates Go Around The Law, As Cash Records To Be Smashed

Monday, March 30, 2015

More money is expected to be raised and spent in 2016 than in any election in U.S. history. But, as candidates ditch old ways of campaigning, more of it is expected to be undisclosed and untraceable.


The Rules Don't Apply To Hillary Clinton ... Or Any Of The Other Un-Candidates

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton is, at least for now, not officially running for president. That's what she has said all along, and now all six members of the Federal Election Commission are on record agreeing with her.

The commissioners — three Republicans and three Democrats — unanimously voted they found "no ...


So Far The 2016 Campaign Is More Like The 2016 Un-campaign

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

For all the presidential aspirants, just three have launched exploratory committees. The others are jumping through hoops to make clear that they're just thinking about the possibility of running.