Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser last month.
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November 12, 2015 A group in Washington, D.C., collected money from government contractors to elect allies of the city's mayor, fueling fears of a pay-to-play culture.
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Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney benefited from a super PAC that helped him win in the city's Democratic primary election.
October 26, 2015 Once the domain of presidential and congressional candidates, the big-spending political committees are now a feature of city politics, too.
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Bernie Sanders' and Hillary Clinton's fundraising numbers got a lot closer last quarter, thanks in part to Sanders' huge small-donor base.
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October 16, 2015 Thanks to small donors fueling Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson, the campaign donation race last quarter got a lot tighter.
A volunteer with the Koch-funded Libre Initiative directs people in 2014 as groceries are distributed at a food bank it partially sponsors in San Antonio.
October 12, 2015 The groups funded by the Koch brothers have run lots of TV ads, but now they're making a big community-organizing push. They have the money to do it, too, vowing to spend almost $1 billion for 2016.
Pope Francis reads from his prepared remarks as he addresses a joint meeting of Congress.
September 24, 2015 The pope spoke for 51 minutes before Congress and read his speech verbatim from prepared remarks. That is, except for one line he omitted about politics not being "a slave to the economy and finance."
Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., cheer the candidate at the New Hampshire Democratic convention Saturday.
September 22, 2015 The Public Interest Research Group came up with a matching-funds plan that would benefit candidates who have raised the most money from small donations.
Rick Perry ended his presidential campaign Sept. 11, but there was $13 million left in the bank of a superPAC supporting him. The superPAC says it's given donors their money back.
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September 21, 2015 When former Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the presidential race, a superPAC supporting him was left with millions of dollars in the bank. So where did it go? And what are the rules?
Former House Majority Leader Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, in 2011.
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September 19, 2013 The former House majority leader, a Republican, was convicted in 2010 for his part in what at the time was judged to be an illegal scheme to funnel money to candidates. But a Texas appeals court has ruled that the state failed to prove its case.
July 7, 2012 Some of the heaviest advertisers are groups financed by anonymous donors. They're not organized as political committees, but as "social welfare" organizations. One of those groups, led by GOP strategist Karl Rove, is rivaling the campaigns themselves for ad money spent so far in the election.
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in California last week.
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June 7, 2012 For the first time in this campaign, the GOP challenger has collected more than the incumbent. Romney and his party brought in more than $76 million. Obama and the Democrats raised about $60 million.
June 6, 2012 If you own a home in the U.S., if you have a mortgage, you can deduct the interest you pay on that mortgage from your taxes. It's a popular, well-entrenched policy. But according to one policy adviser in Washington, "the mortgage-interest deduction ... makes no sense."
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Some superPAC donors are hiding from public scrutiny.
April 26, 2012 The superPACs raising money to support the presidential candidates have few restrictions. But they do have to reveal who donated money. So what happens when a donation comes from someone trying to avoid public scrutiny?
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April 20, 2012 "...the fundraiser has 35,000 bucks in checks sitting in her pocket right now. And we're going to talk about public policy while we take the checks."
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April 19, 2012 We imagine the lobbyist stalking the halls of Congress trying to use cash to influence important people. But often, the Congressman is stalking the lobbyist, asking for money.
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April 6, 2012 See which committees do the most (and which do the least) to help lawmakers raise money for re-election.
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