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Week 11 News Post: Money Follows Power

What we learned from our readings is that when people run for office, many more people love to jump on that bandwagon and donate! Most of them donate large amounts to get recognition and benefits that may come in the form of gaining influential power or at least connections to those who either already have it or soon will. 182 more words

Outside groups — mostly party establishment — playing big in GOP’s vulnerable districts

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With scorching news about Donald Trump dominating the media, along with his equally blistering pushback, GOP members of Congress have had to make some tough decisions about where to position themselves vis-a-vis the top of the ticket. 2,004 more words

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Liberal big money is pouring into elections

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If you think campaign finance is just a right-wing billionaires’ spending spree, take another look. Liberal money has been pouring into federal elections in recent years. 1,451 more words

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Trump’s tax losses, and the political power of real estate

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The possibility that Donald Trump avoided paying income tax for nearly two decades has stirred debate about how, exactly, he managed to report almost $1 billion in net operating losses on his 1995 tax return. 1,957 more words

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FEC challenged again to find coordination in current campaigns

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New allegations that a pro-Hillary Clinton outside spending group and two that are backing Donald Trump have illegally coordinated with the candidates’ campaigns are refocusing attention on a concept that regulators have never quite nailed down. 1,556 more words

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New role for Trump adviser and former lawmaker: lobbyist for Syrian opposition

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Paperwork filed this week indicates that current Donald Trump campaign senior adviser and former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), now of lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs… 361 more words

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Pence, Kaine share long histories in the fundraising trenches

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Though divided ideologically, Indiana’s Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia have traced similar paths through state and federal politics on their way to being nominated for vice president. 1,179 more words

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