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A few new faces — but not many — among megadonors to presidential super PACs

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The 2016 presidential race may be a whole new ball game in terms of fundraising, but most of the players’ names are awfully familiar — even if their faces are a bit more lined. 3,794 more words

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Once more, a slide in lobbying revenues

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Substantial spikes in outlays for lobbying by some of the biggest-spending clients could not keep overall second-quarter numbers from sliding below those of the first three months of the year — and in fact below those of any second quarter since at least 2010, with the exception of 2013. 538 more words

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Scam PACs keep money churning, but not to candidates

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The set of political groups using Scott B. Mackenzie as their treasurer certainly can’t be accused of sitting on the money they raise: Consulting firms rake in cash, donor lists are sold from one group to another in the same network, hefty legal bills are paid. 959 more words

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Trash-talking Washington, but cleaning up with D.C. donors

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When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) announced his run for the presidency back in June, he tried to cast himself as a Washington outsider — despite his family’s long-standing ties to the nation’s capital. 524 more words

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Clinton first, Trump last on share of funds from women

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Whatever Hillary Clinton‘s gender gap may be in the polls, she’s able to raise money from men and women in roughly equal amounts — which puts her way ahead of the presidential candidate pack when it comes to bringing in contributions from her own sex. 435 more words

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FEC tells Bush campaign to clean up bookkeeping on nearly $257,000

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Jeb Bush‘s campaign accepted prohibited or excessive contributions totaling $256,873 in the opening weeks of his campaign, including nearly $50,000 from donors who list an overseas address as their residence, according to a letter the Federal Election Commission sent the campaign Sunday. 473 more words

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Three times as much agribusiness money, on average, for House members voting to bar GMO labeling

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Thursday’s House passage of a bill that would keep states from requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled was a big — and not at all close — win for agribusiness and food and beverage interests. 464 more words

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