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Gregory Giroux

analyzes elections, financing of congressional and presidential elections, political advertising and demographics.



U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Nov. 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Nov. 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Begich Ad: Drill, Baby, Drill

Sen. Mark Begich, an Alaska Democrat seeking re-election, appears in a campaign ad to tout his efforts to secure oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean over bureaucratic resistance from agencies and people including “national Democrats and the White House.” “For...

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The Ford Motor Co. badges before being affixed to Ford Fiestas in Cologne, Germany.

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The Ford Motor Co. badges before being affixed to Ford Fiestas in Cologne, Germany.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 87%

Ford Motor Co.’s shares rose 87 percent since Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally took over the Dearborn, Michigan-based company about eight years ago. Ford, the second-largest U.S. automaker, will soon name Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields to succeed Mulally, Bloomberg’s...

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Republican political consultant Karl Rove attends the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas.

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Republican political consultant Karl Rove attends the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas.

Singer, Griffin Join Billionaires Backing Rove Super-PAC

Billionaires B. Wayne Hughes, Paul Singer and Ken Griffin are among two dozen donors who together gave $5.2 million last month to American Crossroads, a Republican group aligned with political strategist Karl Rove. Hughes, co-founder of Public Storage, sent $500,000...

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Ed Gillespie, Senior Adviser for the Romney Campaign, speaks to the crowd on stage during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Ed Gillespie, Senior Adviser for the Romney Campaign, speaks to the crowd on stage during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Nov. 6, 2012.

Bush White House Aids Gillespie’s Virginia Fundraising

As a former counselor to President George W. Bush and chairman of the national and Virginia Republican parties, Ed Gillespie got to know the Republican luminaries and donors who are now helping him try to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Warner....

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A pro-Russia activist hangs a flag of the so-called 'People's Republic of Donetsk' on the regional administration building seized by separatists as armed men in military fatigues guard the premises in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 21, 2014.

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A pro-Russia activist hangs a flag of the so-called 'People's Republic of Donetsk' on the regional administration building seized by separatists as armed men in military fatigues guard the premises in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 21, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $27.1 Billion

Russia’s 19 richest men have lost a combined $27.1 billion of wealth this year, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Vladimir Lisin, chairman and largest shareholder of Novolipetsk Steel, has lost $3.9 billion from his net worth. Alisher Usmanov, who...

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Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, left, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a campaign event at the Galt House Hotel on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

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Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, left, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a campaign event at the Galt House Hotel on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

McConnell Has Starr, Grimes Albright in Kentucky Money Race

This year’s Senate race in Kentucky carries importance beyond the Bluegrass state’s borders. Republicans are seeking to re-elect Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who would be in line to lead the Senate next year if he wins a sixth term and...

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Jose Villanueva, left, and Doraisy Avila sit look at a pricing plan available from the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

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Jose Villanueva, left, and Doraisy Avila sit look at a pricing plan available from the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 35%

About 35 percent of Americans who signed up for health coverage through Obamacare’s federal exchanges are under 35 years old, according to the White House. About 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old. The share of younger people who signed...

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