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Capital Eye Opener, Jan. 31: FEC Increases Contribution Limits, Urban Outfitters Enlists K Street, and More

January 31, 2013
The FEC's higher contribution limits may be better news for Republicans than Dems: far more contributors maxed out to Romney than Obama. Also, Urban Outfitters' new CEO leans right, a distinct change from the chain's last leader.

SOPA Sponsor Smith Cleans Up: the Money Behind the Texas 21 GOP Primary

May 30, 2012
The vote in Tuesday's GOP primary in Texas' District 21 was not close; the financial race was, if anything, more one-sided. Companies and industry groups that lobbied for SOPA -- including some that hired the lobbying firm run by Smith's former chief of staff -- contributed heavily to Smith's campaign.

The NFL’s Influence Game

May 3, 2012
The nation's capital actually has quite a bit of say in what has become the extremely lucrative business of professional football. And in turn, the NFL has quite the presence in Washington.

Capital Rivals: Rumble in Silicon Valley

April 4, 2012
Yahoo recently sued Facebook over allegations of patent infringement. In this edition of Capital Rivals, we're pitting internet companies Yahoo and Facebook against each other to see who wins the money-in-politics game. It's a closer match-up than you might expect.

Tea Party House Members Even Wealthier Than Other GOP Lawmakers

January 4, 2012
Their politics may differ, but both the Tea Party and the Occupy movement have claimed to represent the interests of the middle class. Neither the members of the House Tea Party Caucus nor those of the House Progressive Caucus, whose views most closely align with the Occupy Wall Street movement, are close to being middle class, but Tea Party Caucus is especially wealthy, according to the Center's research.

OpenSecrets.org Informs Congressional Debates

September 14, 2011
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., routinely rely on the Center for Responsive Politics to inform the conversation on some of the hottest topics and high-profile policy fights.

Political Giants NBC and Comcast Merge, J Street Demands Refund and More in Capital Eye Opener: January 20

January 20, 2011
Your daily dose of news and tidbits from the world of money in politics.

New Super PAC Lands RFK’s Daughter, The NFL Plays Politics and More in Capital Eye Opener: November 29

November 29, 2010
NEW LIBERAL SUPER PAC GEARS UP FOR 2012: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend -- the daughter of slain senator and one-time presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy -- is calling on Democrats to "build an understanding of what's at stake" in 2012 by gearing up for an outside spending battle during the upcoming presidential election cycle.

Top Recipients of Wyly Brothers’ Campaign Cash Aren’t Talking

July 30, 2010
Few politicos receiving significant cash from the Wyly brothers were interested in talking about it Friday.

Several Federal Lawmakers Financially Invested in Embattled Toyota’s Stock

February 10, 2010
With automobile maker Toyota facing heavy congressional scrutiny for a series of damning safety recalls, it's worth noting that several members of Congress last year reported owning stock in the company, a Center for Responsive Politics analysis indicates.

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