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Gregory Giroux

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

Shoppers in New York City.

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Shoppers in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 34.7

A weekly buying-climate gauge rose to 34.7 on a zero-to-100 scale in the week ended July 13. That’s the best reading for the buying-climate sub-index since late April, and the second-strongest since November 2007, according to Langer Research Associates. It...

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $100 Million

The Republican Governors Association is positioned to spend $100 million in the final 100 days of the 2014 election. The RGA, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is in a “strong financial position” as it defends Republican-held offices in...

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A retiree attends a Senior Information & Resource Fair in South Gate, California.

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A retiree attends a Senior Information & Resource Fair in South Gate, California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 26%

Federal spending is projected to rise to 26 percent of gross domestic product in 2039 from 21 percent in 2013, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Increased spending for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, children’s health programs and subsidies for medical...

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The United States Capitol building in Washington D.C.

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The United States Capitol building in Washington D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $850.2 Million

Candidates running for Congress in the 2014 election raised $850.2 million in the 15-month period ended March 31. Click here for a Federal Election Commission summary of campaign receipts and spending by candidates, political action committees (PACs) and national party committees....

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Charles Schwab, chairman of Charles Schwab Corp.

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Charles Schwab, chairman of Charles Schwab Corp.

Bechtel, Schwab Break Donations Dam

Philanthropist Stephen D. Bechtel Jr., gave almost $100,000 last month to a Republican committee created after the Supreme Court struck down limits on aggregate campaign contributions. Bechtel, who formerly led Bechtel Group Inc., the contractor that built the Hoover Dam,...

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's shadow is cast as he applauds Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton's shadow is cast as he applauds Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Obama: Democrats Have ‘Congenital Disease’ in Midterms

President Barack Obama may have a congenital case of using the phrase “congenital disease” to describe a persistent drop-off in Democratic voter-turnout in midterm elections. Obama dropped the phrase again at a fundraiser yesterday for Senate Democrats in Colorado, where...

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