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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.

NRA members during their annual meeting on May 4, 2013 in Houston.

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NRA members during their annual meeting on May 4, 2013 in Houston.

NRA Raised $256 Million Last Year

The National Rifle Association, the country’s largest and most powerful gun lobby, raised $256 million in 2012, more than in any other year of the Obama administration. Last year included the presidential election and mass shootings at a movie theater...

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union workers with SEIU Local 1021 picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on July 2, 2013 in Oakland, California.

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union workers with SEIU Local 1021 picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on July 2, 2013 in Oakland, California.

Democratic Dark (Money) Horse: Patriot Majority Raised $23 Million

Patriot Majority USA, a politically active nonprofit that helps elect Democrats, raised and spent about $23 million last year, according to Internal Revenue Service tax documents the group made available today. That’s about eight times its 2011 figure and enough...

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David Koch, executive vice president of chemical technology for Koch Industries Inc.

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David Koch, executive vice president of chemical technology for Koch Industries Inc.

Two Republican Dark Money Groups Spent $311 Million Last Year

Updated at 12:55 pm EST The two largest Republican-aligned nonprofits, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategy and Americans for Prosperity, spent $311 million last year as they worked to defeat President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. The figures — $189 million for...

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Granny Really Goes Over Cliff — Pro-Entitlements Ad Ready

The AARP, unions and Democrat activist groups spend million of dollars pressuring Congress on entitlement spending such as Medicare and Social Security. So far their tactics have worked, Bloomberg News reports today from Washington. Budget conferees meeting today have already...

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Supporters of second-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville during a rally at the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville, Miss., on Oct. 17, 2013.

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Supporters of second-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville during a rally at the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville, Miss., on Oct. 17, 2013.

Tea Party Express Backs McDaniel in Mississippi: Anti-Establishment

The Tea Party Express today gave its support to Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel in next year’s U.S. Senate race. McDaniel is trying to wrest the seat from six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, who last month voted with the Democrat...

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President Bill Clinton with James Lee Witt, right, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), during a visit to the tornado-ravaged area in Oklahoma in this 1999 file photo.

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President Bill Clinton with James Lee Witt, right, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), during a visit to the tornado-ravaged area in Oklahoma in this 1999 file photo.

Former FEMA Director Jumps into Arkansas Congressional Race

James Lee Witt, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under former President Bill Clinton, said today that he is running for Congress in Arkansas. Witt, a Democrat, is competing for an open seat;  Republican Rep. Tom Cotton is challenging Democratic...

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Twitter Inc.

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Twitter Inc.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $40,000

That’s how much Twitter Inc. has spent so far trying to influence U.S. lawmakers, according to its first lobbying disclosure report, filed this week. The San Francisco-based microblogging service filed regulatory paperwork Oct. 3 for an initial public offering and...

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A patient has her temperature taken at a Community Clinic Inc. health center in Takoma Park, Maryland, on Oct. 1, 2013.

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A patient has her temperature taken at a Community Clinic Inc. health center in Takoma Park, Maryland, on Oct. 1, 2013.

Heritage to Congress: Shutdown Is About Obamacare

When it comes to negotiations over ending the partial government shutdown, Heritage Action for America has just one instruction for Congress: Defund Obamacare. Michael Needham, chief executive officer of the Washington policy group that promotes small government, said the only...

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Retired astronaut Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, before an appearance at Atomic Coffee during the Americans for Responsible Solutions tour in Fargo, North Dakota, on July 3, 2013.

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Retired astronaut Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, before an appearance at Atomic Coffee during the Americans for Responsible Solutions tour in Fargo, North Dakota, on July 3, 2013.

Giffords’ Gun-Control PAC Loads Up $6.6 Million

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ gun-control advocacy group has raised more than $6.6 million since its formation this year, according to a Federal Election Commission report filed today. Giffords, the congresswoman who survived a shooting in her Arizona district two years ago, counts Facebook investor...

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