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If you serve in Congress, you have two jobs: Making laws, and raising money to run for re-election.

It turns out, that second job — raising money to run for re-election — is a lot easier if you serve on certain Congressional committees.

On today's show, we reveal which committees are a fundraising goldmine. And which committees actually make it harder for Congressmen to raise money.

The show is a preview of our hour long special this weekend on This American Life — Take The Money And Run For Office.

Here's more from our special series on money in politics:

Senator By Day, Telemarketer By Night

On Tour With Nancy Pelosi, Fundraising Rock Star

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