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New Koch Brothers PAC the Biggest Fundraiser of Q3 By Far

New Koch Brothers PAC the Biggest Fundraiser of Q3 By Far
Fueled by six seven-figure donations, a new super PAC spinoff founded last summer by the Koch brothers has emerged as the biggest fundraiser of campaign 2014's third quarter.
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GO Home: Nation Applauds Corporate Giant For Obvious Shift Into Present

GO Home: Nation Applauds Corporate Giant For Obvious Shift Into Present
HBO's big news that sent their competitor Netflix's stocks tumbling is hardly news at all, says the New Yorker among others. For HBO – an arm of Time Warner that raked in nearly $2 billion profits last year – it's capitalism at its best.
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People Vs. Pockets: Tea Party Candidate's Fundraising is All Him

People Vs. Pockets: Tea Party Candidate's Fundraising is All Him
Contradicting press coverage portraying even fundraising, FEC records show Tea Partier and Congressional candidate Tom McArthur is demolishing his Democratic opponent. The difference? His opponent's money comes mostly from voters. McArthur's $3 million advantage comes from him and him alone.
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GOP Candidates Relying on Dark Money Infusions for Midterm Ad Blitz

GOP Candidates Relying on Dark Money Infusions for Midterm Ad Blitz
Just a few weeks out from the November midterm elections, a new report revealed on Tuesday that over a quarter of the nearly $1 billion spent so far has been paid for by outside groups, the majority of which do not disclose their donors.
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Your Submission Is Accepted: FEC’s Digital Gatekeeper Bars Few

Your Submission Is Accepted: FEC’s Digital Gatekeeper Bars Few
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has recently enlisted the help of an outside agency, the General Services Administration and its elite squad of civic techies called 18F, to overhaul its website and push the boundaries of open disclosure to new heights.
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The Curious Case of Money and Politics in India

The Curious Case of Money and Politics in India
One of the strongest criticisms of the unfettered flow of money into politics is that money wins you elections. Thus, those who are better financed, whether self-funded or through donors, have an unfair advantage in electoral competition.
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Snowden Doc Confirms Existence of New National Security Whistleblower

Snowden Doc Confirms Existence of New National Security Whistleblower
Though suspicions that a new source within the U.S. government's national security apparatus has been leaking classified and sensitive documents to some of the same journalists that have been reporting on the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, not until the premiere of Laura Poitras' new documentary film on the subject this weekend have those suspicions been confirmed by any of the journalists with direct knowledge of the facts.
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PACs Linked to Cornyn Staffer Have Nothing to Do with Cornyn. Honest.

 PACs Linked to Cornyn Staffer Have Nothing to Do with Cornyn. Honest.
The managing partner of a Republican research firm says that it was "kind of stupid" to list Josh Eboch, Texas Sen. John Cornyn's political director, as treasurer of five super PACs his firm recently set up, and that Eboch will be removed from that role. The PACs placed at least 500,000 robocalls in four competitive Senate races in September, but has no relationship to the second-ranking Republican Senator, he added.
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Data Analysis: Drones in Domestic Skies

Data Analysis: Drones in Domestic Skies
Jeff Bezos is not the only businessman to dream of a drone filled future. Now that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said "yes" to a half dozen film companies who asked permission to use drones in their work, the already large pile of petitions from other would-be droners is growing even higher.
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Recovery.gov, Now a Lot Less Useful!

Recovery.gov, Now a Lot Less Useful!
Last month, news broke that Recovery.gov would be losing a significant chunk of useful data and functionality after its contract with the proprietary service the government uses to track entities it does business with expired at the end of September. Access to these identifiers (DUNS numbers) costs the government millions of dollars every year.
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