campaign finance

Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for his arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court on April 4, 2023, in New York City. With the indictment, Trump becomes the first former U.S. president in history to be charged with a criminal offense. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Trump hit with 34 felony counts of falsifying New York state business records

BY: , and - April 4, 2023

Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 34 New York state felony offenses related to what prosecutors say were hush money payments to an adult film star. In a brief but historic appearance in a Manhattan trial court, Trump, the first former president to face criminal prosecution, learned he was charged with falsifying […]

An employee of a cannabis store speaks to people as they wait in line with menu boards on April 21, 2022, the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in New Jersey. Voters approved the issue in 2020. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Campaign for recreational marijuana in Arkansas breaks fundraising records; polls show cracks

BY: - November 3, 2022

*This story has been updated with comments from the director of the Arkansas Poll.  The campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas is already the most expensive ballot initiative in Arkansas history. The sponsor of Issue 4, Responsible Growth Arkansas, reported Tuesday nearly $12.4 million in spending to pass the constitutional amendment. Even with a […]

The only campaign finance reports filed in the Little Rock mayor's race show Steve Landers Sr. (second from left) has raised more than double the amount of incumbent Mayor Frank Scott Jr.(left) and vastly more than (third and fourth from left) Greg Henderson and Gary Schwarz combined. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

Landers outspends Scott by about $250K in race for Little Rock mayor

BY: - November 2, 2022

Retired auto dealer Steve Landers Sr. has raised almost $1 million in campaign contributions in the race for Little Rock mayor, more than doubling incumbent Mayor Frank Scott Jr. ‘s $403,604 total, according to campaign finance disclosure reports filed Tuesday (Nov. 1). Landers’ campaign contributions include a $400,000 loan to himself. All four candidates in […]

Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Wynne (left) and Faulkner County Circuit Judge Chris Carnahan face off in a nonpartisan runoff election Nov. 8. (Photos courtesdy of Arkansas Secretary of State's website)

Nonpartisan state Supreme Court race features candidate heavily favored by Republicans

BY: - November 1, 2022

The Nov. 8 runoff for Arkansas Supreme Court Position 2 between Associate Justice Robin Wynne and Faulkner County Circuit Judge Chris Carnahan is billed as nonpartisan. Candidates aren’t nominated by political parties and can’t claim party endorsements or seek party contributions, according to the Arkansas Judicial Code of Conduct. But there’s a seeming loophole: Candidates […]

On Oct. 19, 2022, an official with the Miami-Dade County Elections Department conducts a comprehensive examination of the voting equipment that will be used in the Nov. 8th general election. Elections, from campaigning to voting systems, are under great scrutiny this year. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

How to follow your congressional and local elections in 2022

BY: and - October 24, 2022

This is part of a series, User’s Guide to Democracy, being published by Propublica. Election coverage often focuses on competition between rival candidates while downplaying policies and platforms. But knowing how to decipher these “horse race” stories can help you understand what’s at stake for you and can inform your political participation. Think about it […]

A picture of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee from 2015. Huckabee's political action committee donated more than 61% of the funds received by a group behind TV ads critical of incumbent Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr.

Mike Huckabee PAC funnels cash to committee behind anti-Scott ads

BY: - October 11, 2022

This story was updated at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, to include Mayor Frank Scott Jr.’s response. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s political action committee, HuckPAC, is the primary funding source for a group behind advertising critical of Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. and his re-election bid. Ads targeting the mayor have appeared on […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders to launch $3.5M ad campaign during Hogs game

BY: - September 1, 2022

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ campaign announced Thursday it would launch a multi-million-dollar paid media campaign on Saturday afternoon with a television ad during the Arkansas Razorbacks’ football season opener. It will be the Republican gubernatorial candidate’s first statewide TV ad for the general election. It’s the same ad the campaign ran during the Republican primary, focused […]