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Outside spending for 2016 hits $200m

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This election cycle is flush with outside spending. As of today, super PACs, social welfare 501(c)(4) groups, trade associations, unions, parties and others (corporations, individuals etc) have spent… 626 more words

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How Crossroads GPS beat the IRS and became a social welfare group

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When a group called Crossroads GPS sent the IRS an application for tax-exempt status in September 2010, Nancy Pelosi was speaker of the House, Snapchat hadn’t started doing whatever it does, and Miley Cyrus was still Hannah Montana. 3,205 more words

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Coal money takes the long road to Alabama Senate race

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Before a $100,000 contribution from Murray Energy Corporation found its way into the Alabama Senate race last month, it took a detour to California. 764 more words

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Congressional candidate hasn’t returned all money from “pharma bro” Shkreli

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Financially speaking, Will Jawando, a former campaign staffer for President Obama, isn’t doing well in the crowded contest for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District seat. With just… 578 more words

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IRS gives nonprofit status to Rove’s controversial dark money group

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After languishing in limbo for nearly five-and-a-half years, one of the most controversial, politically active 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations in the country has been granted nonprofit status by the IRS. 427 more words

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Tobacco, rum and other interests lobby on Cuba as restrictions ease

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It may seem a country long in love with cigars has little need for Swedish Snus dipping tobacco. But Swedish Match, by its own measure the third-largest manufacturer of the tobacco pouches in the U.S., doesn’t see it that way: Since 2011, the company has lobbied Congress more heavily than any other on trade with Cuba. 645 more words

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New York City is king of presidential contributions

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For political fundraising, the nation’s capital isn’t Washington, D.C. It’s New York City.

New Yorkers poured more cash into presidential politics last year than residents of any other American metro area. 483 more words

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