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Congressional candidate Don Beyer greets voters next to another candidate, Bill Euille, 2nd from left, outside the Durant Arts Center as Virginia voters take to the polls in the state's 8th congressional district to choose a Democratic nominee in the race to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran (D) on June 10, 2014.

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Congressional candidate Don Beyer greets voters next to another candidate, Bill Euille, 2nd from left, outside the Durant Arts Center as Virginia voters take to the polls in the state's 8th congressional district to choose a Democratic nominee in the race to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran (D) on June 10, 2014.

Virginia’s Beyer Creates PAC To Help Democrats

Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat likely to enter the U.S. House in January, has created a leadership political action committee to help Democratic candidates in more competitive Nov. 4 elections. “Don wanted to start a PAC right away in order...

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on June 11, 2014.

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on June 11, 2014.

Rick Perry Forms Federal PAC

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s weighing a White House bid in 2016, has formed a federal political action committee to aid fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 4 elections. RickPAC was created with the “goal of helping elect Republicans to...

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President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Arts to singer Linda Ronstadt in the East Room of the White House on July 28, 2014.

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President Barack Obama presents the National Medal of Arts to singer Linda Ronstadt in the East Room of the White House on July 28, 2014.

Obama: Bo Has Not Eaten Any Art

Filmmaker Jeffrey Katzenberg and singer Linda Ronstadt played the White House: The two were among the recipients of the National Medal Of Arts presented by President Barack Obama today. “It has been 200 years since Dolley Madison saved the portrait...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at a  restaurant with Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, during a campaign stop on July 25, 2014 in Chicago.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at a restaurant with Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, during a campaign stop on July 25, 2014 in Chicago.

Chili Cheese Dog for Christie, $2.5 Million for Bruce Rauner

Maybe Chris Christie was just trying to own his own political narrative when he ordered a jumbo chili cheese dog with onions and a large vanilla shake. There certainly were lower-calorie options on the menu at a Portillo’s in downtown...

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

Obama’s Five-Point Party Pitch — Pelosi Suggests Stepping it Up

He may not be looking so great these days, President Barack Obama says, but the economy is looking up. The political picture in Washington remains bleaker, however, the president said in a pitch today to some of his party’s top...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $620,366

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s leadership political action committee raised $620,366 in this year’s second quarter. Donors to the Massachusetts Democrat’s PAC for a Level Playing Field included Craig Newmark, founder of the Craigslist website, and Henry Goldberg, founder of real estate...

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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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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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