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  • Capital Rivals: Nancy Pelosi vs. John Boehner
    December 2, 2010 11:51 AM

    Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and John Boehner (R-Ohio) lawmakers have been in Congress for at least two decades, and have plenty influence to show for it. Political watchers are prepared for the rivals -- their positions switched -- to resume their sparring in January. OpenSecrets Blog, meanwhile, details who may have the key political advantages as the curtain opens on the 112th Congress.

  • Winner Takes All, Including PAC Cash
    May 21, 2009 9:00 AM

    In looking at the PACs that gave money to losing congressional incumbents before the 2008 election, CRP has found that 171 groups went on to switch allegiance and give money to the winning challengers immediately after the election.

  • Money and Votes Aligned in Congress's Last Debate Over Bank Regulation
    September 23, 2008 11:43 AM

    The last time Congress seriously debated how to regulate the financial industry, the result was legislation that allowed the nation's largest banks to get even larger and take risks that had been prohibited since the Great Depression. A look back at that debate, which was over the 1999 Financial Services Modernization Act, reveals that campaign contributions may have influenced the votes of politicians who, a decade later, are now grappling with the implosion of the giant banks they helped to foster.

  • Recording Industry, Radio Broadcasters Fight to Control the Volume
    June 17, 2008 4:58 PM

    Last week the House Judiciary Committee held hearings on a bill that would make radio broadcasters pay royalties to the recording industry in exchange for playing their songs. What is getting lost in the ideological and economic debate between the two industries is how much money the competing interest groups have been willing to throw at lawmakers to get their respective points across.

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