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Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) during a press conference on U.S. House bill H.R. 428 in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) during a press conference on U.S. House bill H.R. 428 in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Taylor Griffin’s First North Carolina TV Ad: “Clear Conservative Choice”

North Carolina Republican Taylor Griffin, seeking to unseat Rep. Walter Jones in a primary next month, uses his first television ad to tout his Washington experience and describe himself as the “clear conservative choice for Congress.” “I’ve been there before,”...

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Ricketts Group Seeks To Unseat North Carolina’s Walter Jones

Bloomberg’s Julie Bykowicz wrote this week about Joe and Todd Ricketts, wealthy entrepreneurial Republican donors who want to expand their limited-government political operation to supplement Americans for Prosperity, the enterprise associated with industrialists Charles and David Koch. Look for the...

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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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Republican David Jolly, center, Libertarian Lucas Overby, center right, and Democrat Alex Sink, left, debate during a ‘Conversation with the Candidates’, on Feb. 3, 2014, in Seminole, Fla.

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Republican David Jolly, center, Libertarian Lucas Overby, center right, and Democrat Alex Sink, left, debate during a ‘Conversation with the Candidates’, on Feb. 3, 2014, in Seminole, Fla.

Florida Contest Closing With Appeals to the Middle: Jolly vs. Sink

As David Jolly campaigned for the Republican nomination in a vacant Florida congressional district earlier this year, one of his television ads touted Jolly as “a conservative” in the mold of Republican Bill Young, who died in October after more...

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With the help of Nancy Whitlock, Communications Director of the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, right, candidate for U.S. Congress Alex Sink turns in her mail ballot on Feb. 26, 2014, at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections center in Largo, Fla.

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With the help of Nancy Whitlock, Communications Director of the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, right, candidate for U.S. Congress Alex Sink turns in her mail ballot on Feb. 26, 2014, at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections center in Largo, Fla.

Florida: 191 Ads Per Day for Open Seat

How competitive is an open Florida seat? About 200 political ads are running per day on television in a vacant Florida congressional district ahead of a special election next week. Democrat Alex Sink, Republican David Jolly and seven groups active...

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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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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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Second-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, left, speaks with supporter Sibylle Heidrich-von Campe, 86. from Long Beach, after his announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2014, during a rally at the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville, Miss., on Oct. 17, 2013.

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Second-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, left, speaks with supporter Sibylle Heidrich-von Campe, 86. from Long Beach, after his announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2014, during a rally at the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville, Miss., on Oct. 17, 2013.

Tea Party Group Targets Cochran for 2014 Senate Primary

The Madison Project, a group backing Tea Party-aligned candidates in the 2014 Republican primaries, next week will turn up the heat on Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who has yet to say whether he’ll run again next year or...

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