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Julie Bykowicz

covers the influence of money and lobbying in Washington, and covered the state legislature and city crime for the Baltimore Sun for 10 years.


Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Republican Rebranding, Year Later: Priebus Predicting 2014 ‘Home Run’

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, predicts a “tsunami-type election” in 2014, with his party winning control of the Senate and enhancing its House majority. The chairman credits the president’s health-care law for boosting Republican prospects. “Obamacare is...

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Republican National Convention: 2016 Earlier Than Past Nominations

The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held earlier in the summer than past conventions have convened. And the party will probably announce the site in August. So says Reince Priebus, the RNC chairman, explaining that a convention starting either...

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Jenny Beth Martin, right, of the Tea Party Patriots poses for pictures at rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on June 19, 2013.

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Jenny Beth Martin, right, of the Tea Party Patriots poses for pictures at rally in front of the U.S. Capitol on June 19, 2013.

IRS to Tea Party: You’re In

The Internal Revenue Service has granted tax-exempt status to one of the largest Tea Party organizations in the U.S. — a designation that came after a three-year delay and on the eve of a congressional hearing about the agency’s proposed...

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David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries Inc.

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David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries Inc.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 14,301

Americans for Prosperity has dominated TV airwaves so far this election cycle. The Republican-allied group founded by billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch has put up at least 14,301 broadcast television spots since the beginning of last year — more...

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The Three Square Food Bank's provisions on Nov. 12, 2013 in Las Vegas

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The Three Square Food Bank's provisions on Nov. 12, 2013 in Las Vegas

Farm Bill’s Food Stamps Reflect Decades of Savvy Politics

One of the most contentious points in the long-delayed legislation to set U.S. agricultural policy is a seemingly unrelated issue: Food assistance for the poor. Today the House passed a nearly $1 trillion “farm bill” that cuts food-stamp spending by...

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The Bitcoin Wallet smartphone app.

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The Bitcoin Wallet smartphone app.

Contribute a Bitcoin: Virtual Currency Experiments in Campaign Finance

Bitcoin enthusiasts are developing their influence in Washington, as Bloomberg News reported today, and naturally that means starting some super-PACs. The virtual currency is decentralized, automated and limited — qualities that appeal to entrepreneurs and fans of Ron Paul, the...

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Volunteers with the national organization ``Ready for Hillary'' rally outside The Beverly Wilshire Hotel where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being honored with an award by the Pacific Council on International Policy on May 8, 2013 in Beverly Hills.

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Volunteers with the national organization ``Ready for Hillary'' rally outside The Beverly Wilshire Hotel where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being honored with an award by the Pacific Council on International Policy on May 8, 2013 in Beverly Hills.

Pro-Hillary Clinton Super-PAC Raises $4 Million

Ready for Hillary, a super-political action committee dedicated to electing Democrat Hillary Clinton president in 2016 — should she choose to run — raised $4 million last year. The group amassed a “grassroots army” of 33,361 donors in its first...

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Maritza Martinez, right, sits with, Jessica Adames, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she tries for the third time to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on Dec. 22, 2013 in Miami.

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Maritza Martinez, right, sits with, Jessica Adames, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she tries for the third time to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on Dec. 22, 2013 in Miami.

Obamacare 2014 Midterm Push, Pull: Obama vs. Koch Brothers

With 2 million Americans enrolled in the new health-care insurance exchanges, the president’s signature program would appear to be off to a rebounding start — following a disastrous roll-out. Yet the political war of 2014 is just getting underway. As...

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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly during the Americans for Responsible Solutions tour in Fargo, ND, on July 3, 2013

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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly during the Americans for Responsible Solutions tour in Fargo, ND, on July 3, 2013

Ready to Spend: New Political Groups Raised $30 Million in 2013

Political money groups showed no sign of post-presidential election fatigue this year. By January 2013, two months after President Barack Obama was re-elected in a contest that cost more than $2 billion, new money groups were popping up on the...

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