Who pays for Christie’s trips? Watchdog sues NJ for records

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  2016 Presidential Primary, campaign fundraising, Ethics, New Jersey, News, Public records, State Government  /  No Comments

Christie in Delaware

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Who really pays for Gov. Chris Christie’s frequent trips away from New Jersey?
A New Jersey Watchdog reporter is suing the governor’s office in Mercer County Superior Court for records of third-parties who pay for the out-of-state trips taken by Christie and his senior staff.
“There is the public interest in [...]

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Federal lawsuit challenges MN campaign donor limits

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  campaign fundraising, Elections, Minnesota, News, Personal liberty, State Elections  /  No Comments

FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED RIGHTS? Group of MN candidates and donors file federal lawsuit over state campaign finance law in case that could affect this election cycle. Photo Institute for Justice.

Days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down limits on campaign donations in federal elections, two candidates and two individuals filed a federal lawsuit to get rid of a Minnesota campaign finance law.

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Vermont’s Sanders stews over post office money problems

By   /  March 21, 2014  /  2016 Presidential Primary, campaign fundraising, News, unions, Vermont  /  No Comments

AP file photo

By Jon Street | Vermont Watchdog
BURLINGTON, Vt. — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s worried the U.S. Postal Service is running out of cash, but he may be worried more about his own campaign cash.
In a March 4 editorial published in the Wall Street Journal, Sanders, a Vermont independent, called the USPS one of the country’s [...]

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Big Obama donor turns attention to Minnesota, but should Dems return the money?

By   /  February 25, 2014  /  campaign fundraising, Federal Government, Minnesota, National, News, Politics, State Politics, Transparency  /  No Comments

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

A political newcomer and his wife have donated more than a half-million dollars to Democratic political entities and a pet cause — the orangutans at Como Zoo in St. Paul, a Watchdog Minnesota Bureau analysis of public records and media accounts show.

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Bitcoin politician wants to upgrade democracy in Vermont

By   /  December 9, 2013  /  campaign fundraising, Elections, Featured, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments


By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
When Jeremy Hansen ran for political office in 2012, he had no idea his candidacy would spark imaginations across the country.
The assistant professor of computer science at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., ran for the Vermont state Senate for Washington County on a bold platform of using online technology to ask [...]

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