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For Roy Blunt, one staff salary makes up most of PAC spending

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Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt was nowhere to be found at his party’s nominating convention in Cleveland this week, despite being vice chair of the Senate Republican conference. 1,010 more words

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Here’s how it works: Industry, lawmakers and money mingle in Cleveland

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House Speaker Paul Ryan’s impassioned speech to unite the GOP on Tuesday was not the last he would give in Cleveland. A national Republican organization brought in the big guns for their fundraiser, with Ryan headlining the event to inspire donations. 738 more words

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They talk the talk, but don’t write the checks: No Trump donors on Republican stage yet

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Republicans are denouncing Ohio Gov. John Kasich for ditching his own party’s convention held in the state he governs.

Of course, he’s not the only nationally known GOP leader to skip the proceedings. 976 more words

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Not much revolutionary about Sanders campaign’s spending

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Last week, a Slate story characterized Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-Vt.) presidential campaign as “conventional.” The story made the point that while Sanders campaigned on a revolutionary message, and often characterized his campaign as a “movement,” he spent significant sums on political consultants, just like a regular establishment campaign. 287 more words

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Where the (GOP) parties at?

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Numerous Republican elites are ditching their party’s national convention in Cleveland this year. (And with some pretty lame excuses, too.) Boy, are they missing out. 1,866 more words

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Our Perry story misfired. Here’s why.

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Yesterday morning, we published a story saying that Jeffrey Miller, campaign manager of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2016 presidential campaign and the director of his leadership PAC,  received nearly half the money spent by those organizations. 785 more words

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