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NRCC Promos Fundraiser for Dem

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2009 | 12:44 PM

Whoops. Is the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) interested in getting Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) reelected? It would seem so from a list of fundraising events the party committee sent out this week featuring a fundraiser for the Michigan congressman on June 11, featuring "special guest" Rep. John Dingell...

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McCain: Government? Lawsuits? Blaah. Ladies, Back To School

(3) Comments | Posted April 25, 2008 | 1:08 PM

Women need more schooling, said John McCain yesterday, explaining his opposition to a bill that would reverse a U.S. Supreme Court decision that makes it tougher for employees to sue for unlawful pay discrimination.

"They need the education and training, particularly since more and more women are heads of their...

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McCain Pays MLK Tribute In GOP Donor Rich Memphis

(11) Comments | Posted April 3, 2008 | 7:48 PM

When Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) went to Memphis today to praise the late Martin Luther King--who delivered his famous thundering "Mountaintop" speech at the historic Mason Temple 40 years ago, the day before he was assassinated--he was already quite familiar with the town. Well, a certain part of town--and...

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Wealthy Donors Dominated 2008 Primary Cycle

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2008 | 5:41 PM

Big donors--those giving $1,000 or more--still account for the bulk of money collected by frontrunner presidential candidates, according to an analysis hot off the press from the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI).

During 2007, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) raised three-quarters of her $83.8 million in individual contributions from donors...

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SC And NV's Wealthiest And Whitest Flood Campaign Coffers

(7) Comments | Posted January 17, 2008 | 5:33 PM

Adam Smith and Katie Schlieper contributed to this piece.

With campaign rhetoric turning to race, and all eyes on the South Carolina and Nevada primaries in the coming week, top contributing zip codes to presidential campaigns are among the wealthiest and whitest neighborhoods in these states, according to analysis by...

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Money and the Morning After

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2008 | 3:55 PM

With the Iowa caucus only a day away, the focus soon will be on the real story: How will campaign money determine what happens next. With some frontrunners already leaking their fourth-quarter fundraising totals, the presidential race has generated about a half-a-billion dollars a full 10 months before the general...

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Candidate Donations From Special Interests: Up As Much As 90%

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2007 | 7:45 PM

Adam Smith also reported for this piece

As the cost of running for president and Congress continues to rise, candidates must ask for more and more money from big donors. A new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that the top giving industries and interests --...

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A Question for You, Mr./Ms. President

(5) Comments | Posted November 8, 2007 | 1:15 PM

The Huffington Post and OffTheBus are proud co-sponsors of 10Questions.com.

Over at 10questions.com, a new video featuring a diverse group of citizens asks the presidential candidates to answer the following question: "Would you support a Fair Elections system that provides public money to candidates who...

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Top GOP Candidates' Q3 Money Pours In From Wealthiest, Whitest Areas

(17) Comments | Posted October 24, 2007 | 11:22 AM

The following piece was produced by the Huffington Post's OffTheBus.

Tim Frasca and Denise Wheeler contributed additional reporting to this story.

In the closing days of the third quarter, the leading GOP candidates raised money from some of the richest and whitest zipcodes in America, reveals...

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Tobacco Pack Targets Kids Health

(3) Comments | Posted October 16, 2007 | 4:35 PM

Missing from most news reports on the debate over the State Children's Health Insturance Program (S-CHIP) is one reason why getting an override on the president's veto will be tough: tobacco money.

Tobacco campaign contributions, that is. The legislation pays for expansion of the children's health program with an increase...

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Big Donors Continue To Rule In 3rd Quarter

(16) Comments | Posted October 16, 2007 | 3:00 PM

The following piece was produced by the Huffington Post's OffTheBus project.

The presidential third quarter fundraising numbers are in, and as predicted big donors are dominating, according to the Campaign Finance Institute.

Democratic candidates Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) collected an...

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Tobacco Pack Targets Kids Health

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2007 | 4:02 PM

Missing from most news reports on the debate over the State Children's Health Insturance Program (S-CHIP) is one reason why getting an override on the president's veto will be tough: tobacco money.

Tobacco campaign contributions, that is. The legislation pays for expansion of the children's health program with an increase...

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Big Donors Still Calling The Shots

(18) Comments | Posted October 10, 2007 | 5:10 PM

The following piece is part of an ongoing series of OffTheBus reports by citizen policy experts critiquing different aspects of Campaign 08.

With presidential candidates leaking their third quarter fundraising totals right and left before their reports are officially due next Monday, it may seem like the big news...

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Fair Elections Now

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2007 | 12:16 PM

What do being 37 weeks pregnant and Sen. Richard Durbin's (D-IL) and Arlen Specter's (R-PA) bold move this week in introducing legislation, the Fair Elections Now Act, to bring public financing to congressional elections have in common?


Ok, the impending birth of a bill may not be quite as...

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Some Pregnant Women More Equal Than Others

(4) Comments | Posted December 20, 2006 | 4:38 PM

About one out of four of the 4.25 million women who gave birth in the last twelve months live below the poverty level, according to the U.S. Census. This is the first in a series of posts exploring the contrasts between being pregnant when you are one of those women-and...

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Scared of Green Leafy Things

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2006 | 4:07 PM

I don't think it was e. coli, but can you blame a pregnant woman for worrying? Last Thursday night I went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant with some friends. Not long after I left the restaurant, I started feeling nauseous.

I was up much of the night and...

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A Brave New World?

(8) Comments | Posted November 30, 2006 | 9:00 AM

At 42, I'm knocked up, about halfway through my second pregnancy. I am also a geek. Both these facts explain why I was intrigued by the recent report by the National Center for Health Statistics that the birthrate for women 40 to 44 years old in 2005 was the

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