January 24th, 2013
08:26 PM ET

Facebook CEO LIKES New Jersey Governor: Zuckerberg to raise money for Christie

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is hosting his first political fundraiser for Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The event will take place February 13 at Zuckerberg's  home in Palo Alto, California. A Facebook spokeswoman said Zuckerberg appreciates education reform efforts made in New Jersey.

Zuckerberg to fundraise for Christie

"Mark and (his wife) Priscilla have worked closely with Governor Christie on education reform in the Newark school system," Sarah Feinberg said. "They admire his leadership on education reform and other issues and look forward to continuing their important work together on behalf of Newark's school children. Mark and Priscilla are happy to host him at their home to support his re-election."

OutFront tonight: McKay Coppins – Buzzfeed reporter who broke this story and Joe Lockhart – Former Clinton White House Press Secretary and Former Communications VP of Facebook.

Filed under: Campaign Finance • News • Politics • Social Media
November 9th, 2012
08:08 PM ET

After almost two years and a whole lot of money, was record campaign spending worth it?

Karl Rove is on the ropes.

The man who spent years on top of the conservative political world has fallen somewhat from grace after his Super PAC this year spent a colossal amount of money with limited results.

In fact, American Crossroads was the biggest loser among outside spending groups this year, shelling out more than $170 million dollars in races across the country, only 1.29% of which results in winning elections according to the Sunlight FoundationFULL POST

Filed under: 2012 Election • Campaign Finance • Politics
October 25th, 2012
08:18 PM ET

Obama, Romney go on spending spree and CNN follows the money

The Romney campaign announced Thursday a massive fund-raising haul of nearly $112 million in the first half of October. Every dollar a campaign raises is important, especially as we start closing out the most expensive presidential campaign in American history.

How much money are Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama spending and where is the money being spent?

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon has been monitoring the spending and has been travelling with the CNN Election Express in crucial battleground swing states.  FULL POST

October 4th, 2012
08:35 PM ET

How much of an impact is the debate having on the money race?

Fresh off a strong debate performance, Mitt Romney's Press Secretary Andrea Saul today tweeted that the campaign was getting more than two donations per second.

Just how much of an impact is the debate having on the money race?

Are Karl Rove and Crossroads Propping Up the Romney Campaign

CNN Contributor John Avlon reports.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Campaign Finance • Economy • Election 2012 • Politics
September 19th, 2012
08:45 PM ET

Super PAC Economy: "Toothless watchdogs asleep at the switch," says Avlon

Despite President Barack Obama's lead in new polls, he has been outspent pro-Romney Super PACs. John Avlon has been looking at the Super PAC economy all week and how the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are powerless to stop the dark money abuse.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon is writing a series of reports on the influx of cash into this year's campaigns for the Daily Beast in partnership with the Center for Responsive Politics.

John Avlon is also a CNN contributor and member of the OutFront political strike team.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Campaign Finance • Politics • Super PAC Economy
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