Autumn is around the corner — and so are the 2014 midterm elections. How fast can you find which member of Congress gets the highest percentage of their campaign cash from out-of-state?
The first person to email the entire correct answer to politiquizz@crp.org wins a free OpenSecrets.org bumper sticker!

Democratic Lawmakers Lead the Way in Personal Contributions
Of the many methods that members of Congress can use to help out their colleagues, their party or some other political cause, digging into their own pockets may not seem the most appealing — not when they can establish joint fundraising committees, contribute from their campaign committees, or create leadership PACs to share the wealth. Still, it’s something that a number of lawmakers do — sometimes very generously, given the wealth of the average incumbent. And Democrats do so to a far greater degree than Republicans.
IMAGE: Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), the biggest donor among current members of Congress.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Democratic Lawmakers Lead the Way in Personal Contributions

Of the many methods that members of Congress can use to help out their colleagues, their party or some other political cause, digging into their own pockets may not seem the most appealing — not when they can establish joint fundraising committees, contribute from their campaign committees, or create leadership PACs to share the wealth. Still, it’s something that a number of lawmakers do — sometimes very generously, given the wealth of the average incumbent. And Democrats do so to a far greater degree than Republicans.

IMAGE: Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), the biggest donor among current members of Congress.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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Cracking the Contribution Cap: One in a Million
Remember McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court decision that eliminated the overall $123,000 cap on donations to candidates, PACs, and parties? Fewer than one in a million Americans has given beyond that original limit since then - who are they? 
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IMAGE: Charles Schwab, the No. 2 donor to candidates, PACs and parties thus far this election cycle, at Pebble Beach in 2009. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Cracking the Contribution Cap: One in a Million

Remember McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court decision that eliminated the overall $123,000 cap on donations to candidates, PACs, and parties? Fewer than one in a million Americans has given beyond that original limit since then - who are they?

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IMAGE: Charles Schwab, the No. 2 donor to candidates, PACs and parties thus far this election cycle, at Pebble Beach in 2009. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Former Iowa Senator Pleads Guilty to Accepting Money to Back Ron Paul
Kent Sorenson, of Milo, Iowa, has been at the center of accusations that he was paid for his endorsement, first by the Bachmann campaign and then by the Paul campaign, in late 2011. Sorenson switched his endorsement at the last moment before the Iowa caucuses in the 2012 race, but vehemently denied he had been paid to do so.
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IMAGE: Kent Sorenson speaking at a Ron Paul rally in Iowa in late 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Former Iowa Senator Pleads Guilty to Accepting Money to Back Ron Paul

Kent Sorenson, of Milo, Iowa, has been at the center of accusations that he was paid for his endorsement, first by the Bachmann campaign and then by the Paul campaign, in late 2011. Sorenson switched his endorsement at the last moment before the Iowa caucuses in the 2012 race, but vehemently denied he had been paid to do so.

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IMAGE: Kent Sorenson speaking at a Ron Paul rally in Iowa in late 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Republican Dues Crackdown Pays Off
Last month House GOP leaders complained that many of their members were behind on their “dues” — the amount of campaign cash each member is expected to contribute to the party — including the chairmen of some prominent committees. The good news for Boehner & Co. is that several paid up, the bad news is that the NRCC still lags behind the DCCC by a wide margin.
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IMAGE: House Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, speaks at a political fund-raising rally in Lincoln, N.D., last week. While Boehner has hit the road to fundraise for his party, some members still lag in paying their “dues”. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)

Republican Dues Crackdown Pays Off

Last month House GOP leaders complained that many of their members were behind on their “dues” — the amount of campaign cash each member is expected to contribute to the party — including the chairmen of some prominent committees. The good news for Boehner & Co. is that several paid up, the bad news is that the NRCC still lags behind the DCCC by a wide margin.

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IMAGE: House Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, speaks at a political fund-raising rally in Lincoln, N.D., last week. While Boehner has hit the road to fundraise for his party, some members still lag in paying their “dues”. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)

Politiquizz: Hot, Hot, Hot
Which state has the hottest 2014 midterm race in terms of outside spending? The first person to email the entire correct answer to that question to politiquizz@crp.org wins a free OpenSecrets.org bumper sticker (and a shout-out in next week’s Politiquizz)! 
Happy quizzing!

Politiquizz: Hot, Hot, Hot

Which state has the hottest 2014 midterm race in terms of outside spending? The first person to email the entire correct answer to that question to politiquizz@crp.org wins a free OpenSecrets.org bumper sticker (and a shout-out in next week’s Politiquizz)!

Happy quizzing!