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The Russell Senate Office Building in Washington.

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The Russell Senate Office Building in Washington.

Price of Admission to Congress (Cheap Seats) More than $1 Million

Want to be a member of Congress? First, raise more than $1 million. Or 10 times more to join the Senate. That’s the price of admission, as calculated by the watchdog group Maplight.org. The average House winner in 2012 raised $1.7 million, or $2,315...

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President Barack Obama on the golf course in Palm City, Florida.

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President Barack Obama on the golf course in Palm City, Florida.

Obama’s Florida Golf Weekend — Limbaugh’s Sweater Weather

More fun facts on the Floridian in Palm City, Florida, where President Barack Obama is having his guys’ golf getaway this President’s Day weekend. Jim Crane, the avid golfer who owns the club and also the Houston Astros baseball team,...

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Worker Kevin Foste installs a U.S. Chamber of Commerce sign at the Union Station Metro stop in Washington.

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Worker Kevin Foste installs a U.S. Chamber of Commerce sign at the Union Station Metro stop in Washington.

U.S. Chamber Doubled Lobby Spending

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate pushing for limits on lawsuits doubled its lobbying spending to $135.5 million in 2012, newly released figures show. The chamber and its Institute for Legal Reform reported spending $65.8 million in 2011....

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington.

Political Disclosure on SEC Agenda

A coalition of groups pressing for disclosure of corporate political contributions said today that it is heartened by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to include plans for a proposed rule on its agenda. “We congratulate the SEC for listening...

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Participants in the Occupy Wall Street protest, masked as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, take part in a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the movement in New York, Sept. 17, 2012.

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Participants in the Occupy Wall Street protest, masked as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, take part in a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the movement in New York, Sept. 17, 2012.

Romney’s Wall Street Romp — Obama’s Courthouse Stomp

Wall Street outdid the legal profession in raising money for Republican Mitt Romney, making him the first major-party presidential nominee in at least two decades who didn’t rely on lawyers as his biggest source of funding. The BGOV Barometer shows...

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Fox News commentator Karl Rove during a Republican Party election night gathering  in Denver on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Fox News commentator Karl Rove during a Republican Party election night gathering in Denver on Nov. 6, 2012.

Crossroads No Non-Profit, IRS Told

Two groups that favor stronger campaign finance laws renewed their complaints against Crossroads GPS, founded with the help of Karl Rove, as they asked the Internal Revenue Service to deny nonprofit status to the organization that spent $71 million to...

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A man walks through the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with balloons where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak on Nov. 6, 2012.

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A man walks through the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with balloons where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak on Nov. 6, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $97.7 Million

That’s how much outside groups spent in the final week of the Nov. 6 election campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The big late spenders included American Crossroads ($23 million), a super-political action committee founded with help from...

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Pipes carry recovered bitumen from oil sands, near Conklin, Alberta, Canada.

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Pipes carry recovered bitumen from oil sands, near Conklin, Alberta, Canada.

Rice’s Oil Holdings Flagged — Keystone Pipeline Rests at State

Written with Jim Efstathiou Jr. If  the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, ascends to secretary of state — no sure thing given the pre-emptive Republican strikes against her — she may have to sideline herself from the...

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