| Aug 28, 2012
| 3:03 PM
Mitt Romney officially clinched the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday when a majority of delegates to the Republican National Convention supported his candidacy.
To roaring cheers in the packed Tampa Bay Times Forum, the delegation from New Jersey...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 4:26 PM
It's embarrassing when President Barack Obama's risk-averse refusal to engage foreign policy issues becomes so obvious that it's a laugh line for the president of Iran.
"I do believe that some conversations and key issues must be talked about again...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 2:59 PM
With the state’s primary election less than three weeks away, just how much Illinois will be in play in the Republican presidential contest could depend upon next week’s Super Tuesday contests.
Mitt Romney’s twin primary victories in...
| Aug 12, 2012
Martin Amis, once dubbed "fiction's angriest writer," continues dissecting the absurdity and excesses of postmodern society in his latest novel, "Lionel Asbo: State of England," which reaches bookstores Aug. 21. The British novelist, 62, recently moved...
| Feb 21, 2012
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and a "super PAC" working on his behalf spent more than twice as much as they raised in January, underscoring how persistent challenges by rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have taxed the former...
| Mar 21, 2012
Billionaire political patrons filled the coffers of the presidential "super PACs" last month, spotlighting once again the enormous influence a tiny cadre of wealthy donors is having on the 2012 race.
The biggest donations came from casino magnate Sheldon...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 11:28 PM
The new role that the super-rich play in electoral politics began to emerge with greater clarity Tuesday as recently formed "super PACs" publicly reported their donors and expenses for 2011.
Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mitt Romney's...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 8:09 PM
Trevor Potter is an unlikely repeat guest for a late-night comedy show. As the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, the courtly Washington lawyer is a leading expert on campaign finance law — not the kind of material that generates...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 5:08 PM
On a Strip packed with colorful, sometimes controversial gambling titans, Sheldon Adelson plays politics a little differently from the rest.
The casino barons are a mostly pragmatic bunch, shifting campaign donations to favor the party in power. Not...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 6:38 PM
The Red White and Blue Fund, a "super PAC" backing the presidential bid of Republican Rick Santorum, paid more than half a million dollars last month to a newly formed direct mail firm.
The owner of that company?
None other than Nick Ryan, a former...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 10:02 PM
When it comes to big money in politics, Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons' influence has long been apparent in Texas, where he has plowed more than $1 million into Rick Perry's gubernatorial campaigns.
Now Simmons has found a new outlet for his outsize...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 5:11 PM
Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are sending another $5 million to support the presidential ambitions of Newt Gingrich, providing funds to the House speaker's close allies as the remaining GOP presidential candidates turn to Florida.
This month, the...