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Roll Call | Business Bid to Counter Tea Party Fizzles

By Eliza Newlin Carney, Roll Call Staff, Feb. 5, 2014

Business-friendly GOP organizers who launched a new crop of super PACs to counter the tea party have failed to cash in, recent campaign disclosures show, leaving them badly outspent on both the right and the left.

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Roll Call | Super PAC, Outside Spending Chiefs Make Big Bucks

By Eliza Newlin Carney, Roll Call Staff, Jan. 14, 2014

Recently released tax forms shed light on the big salaries that an elite corps of political organizers earned during the 2012 elections – and those who made the most often boasted the fewest wins.

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Roll Call | Super PACs Make Move to Lobbying

By Eliza Newlin Carney, Roll Call Staff, Nov. 13, 2012

High-dollar super PACs and advocacy groups failed to score big wins in the recent elections, but they may have better luck with their next act: lobbying Capitol Hill.

From anti-tax activists to environmental organizers, special interest players are pivoting to the policy arena and bringing their unrestricted super PACs with them. It’s a trend that worries campaign reform advocates, who warn that the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling may do more to distort policymaking than elections.

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Roll Call | Meet the Voter Fraud Squad

By Eliza Newlin Carney, Roll Call Staff, Sept. 26. 2012

Call them the voter fraud brain trust. A cadre of influential Washington, D.C., election lawyers has mobilizee a sophisticated anti-fraud campaign bult around lawsuits, white papers, congressional testimony and even best-selling books.

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Roll Call | Behind the Scenes, Norm Coleman Raises Cash

By Eliza Newlin Carney, Roll Call Staff, July 24, 2012

Just like the influential nonprofit that he runs, American Action Network chairman Norm Coleman likes to fly below the political radar.

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