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Luke Rosiak

Luke Rosiak was a reporter for The Washington Times.

Articles by Luke Rosiak

Joe Galli jokingly covers his face while walking with his wife, Thyra, by an Obama/Biden sign in front of a neighbor's home, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Door-to-door ground game walks fine line

Conservative nonprofit groups have spent tens of millions of dollars on overtly political advertising this election season, testing the limits of what is legal under campaign rules that restrict how much such groups can spend on advocacy. Published October 15, 2012

**FILE** President Obama stops for a photo with members of the Vox Harmonia Visual and Performing Arts Academy Salem High School during a Sept. 27, 2012, campaign event at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach, Va. (Associated Press)

Democrats claim lead in battleground voter registration

Led by a surge in Hispanic voters, President Obama's campaign said Thursday that Democrats are leading the party registration fight in nearly every battleground state this fall as campaign officials try to combat disillusionment among Democrats after last week's presidential debate. Published October 11, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama speak during the first presidential debate, at the University of Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Goldman/Eric Gay)

Among donors, a few ZIP codes put extra zip in campaign coffers

For Democrats, much of the money to fund the big-ticket national races this year is coming from donors in Hollywood and Chicago, while Republicans are relying — to a lesser extent — on cash from supporters in greater Houston and Fairfield, Conn., a geographical analysis of campaign contributions shows. Published October 10, 2012

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, addresses the delegates at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./ The Washington Times)

Court dismisses RNC’s contribution-ceiling challenge

The Republican National Committee (RNC) was dealt a blow as a federal court on Friday denied a major donor's request to revist rules that limit the total amount donors can give to federal politicians. Published October 2, 2012

President Obama speaks at a campaign event at Farm Bureau Live, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Contrarian donors sail against prevailing political wind

It's lonely being a supporter of President Obama in Provo, Utah. In the past several months, locals have given $550,000 to the two presidential campaigns, but only $29,000 — 5.3 percent — has gone to the Democrat. Published September 27, 2012

Josh Romney speaks to Republican supporters at GOP headquarters in Millcreek Township in Erie, Pa., on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. Romney visited in support of his dad Mitt Romney. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Greg Wohlford)

Cash-rich GOP super PACs flood blue states with ads

More than 8 in 10 Philadelphians voted for President Obama in 2008, and he bested Republican Sen. John McCain by comfortable margins in every county surrounding it. But to watch local television now, one would think the fifth-largest city in the nation was a Republican stronghold. Published September 24, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns Sept. 24, 2012, in Pueblo, Colo. (Associated Press)

Flurry of Romney ad buys targets D.C.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has made a slew of major ad purchases in the Washington market — a spurt of activity for a campaign that trails badly in the advertising wars, and one that will reach not only voters in the swing state of Virginia but also potentially help shape the national political and media impressions of the race. Published September 24, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama again far outraising, outspending Romney

President Obama's campaign raised more than double what Republican nominee Mitt Romney did in August, with Mr. Romney's haul from small donors its smallest in three months and the former Massachusetts governor relying on a $2,500 maxed-out donors for two-thirds of his funds, filings showed Thursday. Published September 20, 2012

**FILE** Karl Rove (Associated Press)

Donors to nonprofit campaign groups can remain secret

With the presidential campaign now entering in its final phase, a federal appeals court Tuesday overturned a ruling that had discouraged secret-money outside groups from running advertisements during that critical time. Published September 18, 2012

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Toothless, overwhelmed FEC is ignored by campaigns

This year's political campaigns are saturated with money, yet the Federal Election Commission, the watchdog on all the raising and spending, is issuing fewer warnings and completing fewer audits — and even when it does issue fines, political committees routinely don't bother to pay. Published September 17, 2012

President Obama speaks at a campaign rally in Golden, Colo., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Not all Obama bundlers are on his public list

President Obama's campaign has left off its public list of "bundlers" at least 25 names its own finance team considers to be among their most valuable funders, including seven who live in foreign countries, a Washington Times review of records found. Published September 13, 2012

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, to HUSCO International Inc. employees during a campaign appearance at the company's Waukesha, Wis., facility. Mr. Thompson will face Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the November election. (AP Photo/The Waukesha Freeman)

AFSCME joins ad-spending fray in Senate races

A public-employees union made three massive advertising buys Tuesday, suddenly transforming a relatively quiet labor group into a major player in critical Senate races — as well as the presidential election. Published September 6, 2012

In pursuit of coveted independents, campaign ads invade local TV news

They were once an oasis immune to political advertising, but the commercial breaks during local newscasts have now become the most sought-after slots for campaigns' ads after they discovered the programs are a gold mine of independent-minded viewers. Published September 2, 2012

President Barack Obama, center, jokes with Sen. Michael Bennet, Colorado Democrat, left, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper after Obama's campaign stop on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Taxpayer funding for campaigns all but dead

President Obama and Mitt Romney agree on at least one way to reduce federal spending: Both candidates have decided to forgo public funds to finance their campaigns. Published September 2, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands during a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in Cincinnati, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Republicans active in N.C. ahead of DNC

President Obama and the Democrats are converging on Charlotte, N.C., next week for their three-day national convention, but Republicans aren't ceding the spotlight in the swing state. Published September 1, 2012