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Clawson Is Newest Millionaire In Congress

A millionaire, who self-financed most of his congressional campaign, was sworn in yesterday as the newest member of Congress.

Millionaires Keep Shoveling Money Into Politics

The flow of money into politics continues with a steady stream of large contributions from millionaires and wealthy donors.

Supreme Court Justices' Wealth/Income Reports Online

The new personal financial wealth and income reports of the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are now available online.

National Party Committees Report May Financial Figures

The two major national party committees and the four Congressional campaign committees had healthy fundraising efforts during May, leaving them with substantial war chests for the upcoming elections.

Don Young Must Repay $59K for Improper Trips/Gifts

A U.S. Representative must repay $59,000 to those who provided improper gifts, as well as be reproved by the House Ethics Committee.

Records Show Connections to New Republican Leaders

The campaign finance records of the newly elected House Majority Leader and Majority Whip provide a wealth of data on who already has connections into the two new leaders.

Electronic Filing for Senators Moves Forward

The U.S. Senate moved a little closer to entering the electronic age this week when a second Senate committee approved a bill to require electronic filing of U.S. Senate campaign finance reports.

PACs Report Their Biggest Month for Giving

Several political action committees of major companies, unions, and issue groups reported their highest levels of monthly giving this cycle for contributions to candidates and political committees.

Grand Jury Probes Capitol Knowledge & Stock Trading

A New York federal grand jury and the Securities and Exchange Commission have issued subpoenas for a Congressional committee staff member who may have information about providing knowledge of Congressional action on health care policy to stock traders on Wall Street.

Koch's Freedom Partners Action Fund Registers as Super PAC

A new Super PAC related to operatives of Koch Industries has registered with the Federal Election Commission to make independent expenditures during the 2014 elections.

Candidate Starts Leadership PAC Before Winning

In an optimistic move, a Congressional candidate has registered a leadership PAC before winning a seat in Congress.

Super PAC Spends Against New York Tea Party Candidate (Corrected)

Update 4:10pm A Republican Super PAC has spent over $500,000 opposing a New York tea party candidate in the June 24th Republican primary.

Eric Cantor's Wealth Can Tide Him Over

Although Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., will leave his current job in January 2015, he wonít feel the pain of other unemployed people, since his family wealth will easily tide him over until his next job.

After Cantor Shock, Independent Expenditures Resume (Updated)

Updated 8:00pm The day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantorís primary loss, major national organizations quickly resumed making large independent expenditures for and against candidates in the 2014 elections.

Two New York Billionaires Each Give $250K to Pro-Cochran Super PAC

Two New York billionaires have each sent a $250,000 contribution to a Mississippi super PAC supporting Sen. Thad Cochran.

Conservative Super PAC Goes After Durbin

A conservative Super PAC has reported spending over $300,000 on media ads against Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., who is up for re-election this year.

Tom Ridge Starts New Political Action Committee

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge has set up a new political organization, organized under Section 527 of the I.R.S. Code.

Ethics Committee Releases Scathing Report on Stockman

The House Ethics Committee announced that it was continuing an investigation of Rep. Steven Stockman, R-Texas, for obtaining illegal campaign contributions from his congressional staff.

Meet David Brat's Core Contributors

Money did not play a big roll in the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, but David Brat will certainly remember his early core contributors.

Super PAC Donor Gives $585K More, Joins Top Tier (Updated)

An individual donor to Super PACs has given $585,000 in April and May, moving him into the top ten Super PAC donors this election cycle.

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