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Republican New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota in New York City.

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Republican New York City mayoral candidate Joe Lhota in New York City.

Lhota Advertises With Dubstep as De Blasio Hears Birds Chirp

Several Democrats who lost to Bill de Blasio in the New York City mayoral primary are seen describing him as a hypocrite in a new web ad by Republican candidate Joseph Lhota. Over a harsh dubstep soundtrack, the ad shows Democrats...

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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.

Koch-Allied Americans for Prosperity Launches Ad Against Obamacare

Updated at 4:18 pm EDT Americans for Prosperity, the nonprofit with ties to billionaire energy executives Charles and David Koch, is spending $3 million on advertising in six states to oppose President Barack Obama’s new health-care law. The ad features an...

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The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

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The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

Keystone Attack Ad Parodies TransCanada’s Girling

Is that really TransCanada Corp. chief executive officer Russ Girling sliding through an oil pipeline and saying he misled the U.S. about the Keystone XL pipeline’s ability to create jobs? Of course not. It’s a character actor in an ad...

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A still from the "ObamaCareNado" ad by Crossroads GPS, with sources from Fox News quoted

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A still from the "ObamaCareNado" ad by Crossroads GPS, with sources from Fox News quoted

SharkNado Inspires Crossroads GPS Anti-Obamacare Ad

What’s scarier: A tornado full of sharks or a tornado full of politicians? Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies might soon find out. The nonprofit group backed by Karl Rove equates the two “perfect storm” scenarios in its new ad, “ObamaCareNado.” The...

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill.

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Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill.

Pro-McConnell PAC Spends $195,000 Against Grimes

No sooner did Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell draw Democratic opposition than an allied super-political action committee began running attack ads. The pro-McConnell group, Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, is spending $195,021 to produce and air a television ad opposing Kentucky...

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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc.

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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc.

Zuckerberg Unfriends Techies With New Political Status

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has lost some allies in his fight to change U.S. immigration law. He’s also made some new ones. Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi, joined a Republican subgroup of Zuckerberg’s new nonprofit, FWD.us, after meeting the...

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New Jersey Sen. Barbara Buono greets supporters on Feb. 2, 2013, as she officially kicks off her campaign for New Jersey governor with a rally in New Brunswick.

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New Jersey Sen. Barbara Buono greets supporters on Feb. 2, 2013, as she officially kicks off her campaign for New Jersey governor with a rally in New Brunswick.

Buono Hits Christie With First TV Ad in New Jersey Race

Barbara Buono, the New Jersey Democrat waging a long-shot campaign to unseat Gov. Chris Christie, will launch her first television ad this week as she seeks to compete with the popular and well-funded Republican. Buono, 59, will spend over $1...

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Cayman Islands

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Cayman Islands

Nonprofits: Cayman Islands of Political Money

Social welfare nonprofits, which can keep their donors secret, are a lot like Russian nesting dolls: Open one, and you’ll find a smaller version inside. That’s what courts in California discovered last year when they tried to figure out who...

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Former first lady Laura Bush speaks at the Global Women's Cancer Summit in Washington on Feb. 4, 2013.

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Former first lady Laura Bush speaks at the Global Women's Cancer Summit in Washington on Feb. 4, 2013.

Laura Bush Opts Out of Gay Marriage Ad Campaign

Laura Bush generally steered clear of controversial issues during her eight years as first lady, and that’s a posture she wants to continue. Although she has voiced support in the past for legalizing same-sex marriage, she didn’t authorize and doesn’t want to be...

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Same-sex couples emerge from the Manhattan City Clerk's office with their marriage licenses in New York.

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Same-sex couples emerge from the Manhattan City Clerk's office with their marriage licenses in New York.

Gay Marriage TV Ad: Odd Bedfellows

Gay-marriage backers today began a $1 million national television and print advertising campaign that features big-name Republicans and Democrats exhibiting a rare bit of simpatico. President Barack Obama, former First Lady Laura Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former...

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