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A climate of cash in votes on global warming

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For years now, the scientific consensus has been that climate change is occurring and is caused mainly by the actions of human beings. So why, during the first month of the current Congress, did nearly half the Senate – all Republicans – vote against an amendment stating that human activities contribute significantly to climate change? 943 more words

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Outside groups dominating Senate contests this cycle, report finds

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Outside groups have aired almost half of all political ads for Senate races this election cycle, an all-time high at 49 percent. Entities not associated with campaigns – such as PACs, super PACs and political nonprofits – are especially dominating the competitive contests, sponsoring more than 80 percent of ads in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, according… 488 more words

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STUDY: Outside groups, secret money far more prominent than ever before

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In the long debate over the changing nature of election advertising, one thing is now clearer than ever: Outside groups that can raise and spend unlimited money – sometimes without disclosing the sources of their funds – make up a larger portion of election spending than at any point in the last 16 years, by far. 918 more words

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Spotlight on private prisons: lobbying and otherwise

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Federal private prisons are coming to an end, but federal lobbying by private prison companies has a deep record.

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RNC pulls worst fundraising numbers in recent years

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Even as talk in political circles has focused on the Trump campaign’s apparent reliance on the Republican National Committee for much of its basic voter mobilization effort in November, reports filed with the FEC over the weekend show the RNC having arguably the worst fundraising July in at least four presidential cycles. 590 more words

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Harry Reid’s retiring? Enter piles of dark money

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s looming retirement leaves quite the vacuum to fill in Nevada. The contest to replace one of the body’s longest-serving Democrats is labeled a  1,051 more words

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