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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Ryan’s $4 Million: House’s Biggest

Paul Ryan has the biggest campaign fund in the  House, at more than $4 million. It’s not hard to explain why. The Wisconsin Republican was Mitt Romney’s running mate on the party’s 2012 presidential ticket. He leads the House Budget Committee...

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U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) speaks during a hearing on implementation of the Affordable Care Act before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Oct. 24, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) speaks during a hearing on implementation of the Affordable Care Act before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Oct. 24, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

House Democrats Lead Fundraising Amid Difficult Majority Odds

House Democrats excel at fundraising even as the national political environment and demographics work against them winning a majority of seats in November. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee topped the National Republican Congressional Committee by $6.4 million to $5.1 million...

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Sean Eldridge at the State University of New York in New Paltz, N.Y. on May 30, 2013.

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Sean Eldridge at the State University of New York in New Paltz, N.Y. on May 30, 2013.

Steyer, Google’s Schmidt investing in Facebook Spouse’s House Race

Tom Steyer, the billionaire former hedge fund manager opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline, and Google Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt are aiding the House campaign of New York’s Sean Eldridge, a Democratic venture capitalist seeking to unseat Republican Rep....

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Dan Sullivan, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, speaks during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on rare earths legislation in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2011.

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Dan Sullivan, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, speaks during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on rare earths legislation in Washington, D.C., on June 3, 2011.

Another Super-PAC in Alaska’s Senate Race

Another super-political action committee has surfaced to help shape next year’s U.S. Senate election in Alaska. “Alaska’s Energy / America’s Values” will aid the Republican campaign of former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan, according to the super-PAC’s website. Sullivan, a...

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New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner in Harlem on September 10, 2013 in New York City.

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New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner in Harlem on September 10, 2013 in New York City.

FEC Approves Request to Alert on Political Refunds

It may be too late for Anthony Weiner supporters, but the Federal Election Commission is making it easier for donors to hold political candidates accountable. The FEC ruled by a 5-1 vote last week that political donors’ data can now...

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, delivers remarks at a Terry McAuliffe campaign event in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 3, 2013.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, delivers remarks at a Terry McAuliffe campaign event in Arlington, Virginia, on Nov. 3, 2013.

Obama Helps House Democrats Top Republicans In October Money

The campaign arm of the House’s Democrats raised more money than its Republican counterpart in October, aided by two fundraisers featuring President Barack Obama after a 16-day partial government shutdown. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $7 million last month,...

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A twenty-five bitcoin.

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A twenty-five bitcoin.

Buddy, Can You Spare a Bitcoin? — OK for Campaigns, FEC Says

So the question was raised: Can a political committee accept Bitcoins as an in-kind contribution? And the answer from the Federal Election Commission’s lawyers is yes — they’ve offered a draft opinion for the FEC to consider. The Conservative Action...

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Offices of Sen. Scott Brown in Washington, DC in this 2011 file photo.

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Offices of Sen. Scott Brown in Washington, DC in this 2011 file photo.

Scott Brown Mining Granite in Search of ‘People’s Seat’

Massachusetts’s one-time (and one third of a term) U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has registered his People’s Seat political action committee in New Hampshire, unleashing another round of speculation that he plans to challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. Filing...

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The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

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The Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $123,200

That’s the maximum amount an individual can give to federal candidates, parties and political committees in the 2013-14 election cycle. That aggregate biennial limit is being challenged before the Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments tomorrow in McCutcheon v...

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