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U.S. Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden speaks during the U.S. Export-Import Bank annual conference in Washington, D.C., on April 5, 2013.

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U.S. Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden speaks during the U.S. Export-Import Bank annual conference in Washington, D.C., on April 5, 2013.

Koch Brothers vs. Ex-Im Bank

Big business will be lining up to save the Export-Import Bank, right? Not all big business. Not the billionaires Charles and David Koch, whose Americans for Prosperity has been on the record for some time as opposed to the “corporate...

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Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. director, tosses a newspaper as he tours the exhibition floor prior to the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 3, 2014.

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Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. director, tosses a newspaper as he tours the exhibition floor prior to the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 3, 2014.

Gates, Koch Help Fund Senate Committees, DSCC Buys a Home

Two of the world’s six richest people made large campaign contributions last month to the two partisan organizations overseeing political strategy in this year’s Senate elections. You’ll recognize the names. Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and the world’s richest person, sent...

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

Harry Reid’s ‘One-Party State’

Sometimes stories simply clash. The collision of these two reverberates: – Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader from Nevada, says of the campaign contributions of the billionaire casino magnate and Republican mega-donor in Las Vegas in an interview with...

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Wonder brand hot dog buns  in Peoria, Illinois.

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Wonder brand hot dog buns in Peoria, Illinois.

Wonder Bread: 99.5% Republican

The Koch Brothers run the most Republican-leaning enterprise in the country, right? Wrong, according to the analysis by The Upshot. It’s the maker of Wonder Bread that wins the loyalty contest in donations for the GOP, the New York Times’...

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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), right, speaks next to (L-3rd L) Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) during a news conference March 26, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), right, speaks next to (L-3rd L) Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) during a news conference March 26, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

‘Kochtopia:’ Reid on Ryan’s Budget

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has accused Republicans of being “addicted to Koch.” Money from the billionaire Koch brothers, that is. Today on the Senate floor, Reid continued his crusade to cast Republicans as puppets of the brothers via another...

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., leaves a news conference at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., leaves a news conference at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

‘Sheldon Primary’ Opens at Venetian – Host Rides Maybach to Dinner

Remember the Republican National Convention? Fuggedabout it. The real screening of potential Republican Party candidates is taking place in Las Vegas, starting with a private “VIP” party in the private airplane hangar of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson,  the 10th richest...

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Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. on Aug. 30, 2013

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Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. on Aug. 30, 2013

Koch Brothers Anonymous to Most

Most Americans say they never have heard of the fifth and sixth richest men in the world, brothers David and Charles Koch, worth a combined $100 billion. Yet their political operation has aired more TV ads early in the 2014...

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a news conference and Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a news conference and Capitol Hill.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 77%

Americans for Prosperity has aired 77 percent of its 2014 congressional election ads in U.S. Senate races. The group, which advocates limited government and is funded by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, is using television, social media and other...

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Mark Penn at Saint Anselm College in this Jan. 5, 2008 file photo in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Mark Penn at Saint Anselm College in this Jan. 5, 2008 file photo in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Obama’s ‘Hey’ a Model for Microsoft’s (Clinton’s) Mark Penn

“Hey,” read the subject line on the e-mails from Team Obama. Casual lingo for a fundraising appeal? No, test-crafted research for communications guaranteed to engage a follower.  “Most of the $690 million Obama raised online (for his 2012 re-election campaign) “came...

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