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?

Read more.

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)

Voting today in a Florida congressional primary? Find your district, find your candidates, and follow the money.

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!

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"Joint fundraising committees can be created by two or more candidates, PACs or party committees to share the costs of fundraising and split the proceeds. Participants in the JFC can’t take any more money from a donor than they could if the money was given directly, but this vehicle allows a donor to write one very large check."

How do joint fundraising committees work, and what do they have to do with the upcoming 2014 elections? CRP researcher Andrew Mayersohn breaks down this new trend in campaign finance that’s not going away any time soon.

Read all about it.

Voting today in AK? Find out why your elections are such Hot Races (and see who’s funding each candidate) here.

Following the Alaska Senate GOP primary? Here’s what’s driven a deluge of last-minute spending.

Want more? Here’s an interesting story we wrote about Don Young.

Primary Threat in Alaska Has GOP Establishment Shuddering
In Alaska’s Senate primary race, the Republican establishment has downplayed threats to its top candidate, Dan Sullivan. Yet his challengers, Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell, have triggered a frenzy of last-minute spending to ensure Sullivan wins the Tuesday election.
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IMAGE: Dan Sullivan, the frontrunner in the Senate Republican primary in Alaska, is facing stiff competition from opponents Joe Miller and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. (Facebook.com)

Primary Threat in Alaska Has GOP Establishment Shuddering

In Alaska’s Senate primary race, the Republican establishment has downplayed threats to its top candidate, Dan Sullivan. Yet his challengers, Joe Miller and Mead Treadwell, have triggered a frenzy of last-minute spending to ensure Sullivan wins the Tuesday election.

Read more.

IMAGE: Dan Sullivan, the frontrunner in the Senate Republican primary in Alaska, is facing stiff competition from opponents Joe Miller and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell. (Facebook.com)