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Ebola, Islamic State shift dynamics for Hagan, Tillis in North Carolina’s Senate race — Thom Tillis sent a deep sigh and shudder rolling through the crowd of Republican activists with just one word: "Ebola." "Can we all agree that it would make sense temporarily to have a travel ban?" the Republican Senate candidate asked about 100 supporters gathered Saturday afternoon at the local GOP headquarters in Guilford County.

Kochs officially enter ranks of big political donors with contributions to super PAC — The conservative patrons Charles and David Koch haven't shown up in rankings of the country's top political givers because the brothers largely back tax-exempt groups that do not reveal their donors -- but big checks they gave to a new super PAC in July now officially place them on the list of this year's most generous campaign donors.

Democratic legal watchdog group accuses RNC and outside groups of illegal coordination — An ambitious project launched this year to enable the Republican National Committee and GOP-allied outside groups to share information from the field amounts to illegal coordination, a Democratic legal watchdog group alleged in a complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission. The RNC emphatically rejected the charge, calling it politically motivated.

2014 campaign TV spending on track to surpass $1 billion — Nearly $1 billion worth of political ads have inundated the airwaves ahead of this year's midterm elections, driven in part by a stronger Democratic presence on the airwaves than in 2010, according to a new study by the Wesleyan Media Project.

Crossroads does not plan to play in 2016 presidential primaries — The American Crossroads super PAC and and its nonprofit arm are unlikely to engage in the GOP presidential primaries in 2016, opening the door for another chaotic fight akin to what happened in 2012. Final plans for the super PAC and its sister group, Crossroads GPS, are not yet firm.

On the right, donors drive action of outside groups in 2014 midterms — Republican allies are pumping millions of dollars into a final swarm of television ads in the run-up to Election Day, hoping to blunt Democratic attacks and tip the Senate back into GOP control.

FEC opens convention financing loophole — WASHINGTON - The Federal Election Commission said last week that contributions to presidential convention committees will not count against the annual limit on donations to national parties - allowing wealthy donors to double their support for party operations.

DNC plans to pump up House, Senate campaign funds in push toward Election Day — The Democratic National Committee is preparing to transfer large sums of campaign cash to the party's House and Senate campaign committees in the run-up to Election Day, according to party officials familiar with the plans.

FEC says convention donations will not count against cap on party contributions — The Federal Election Commission said Thursday that contributions to presidential convention committees will not count against the annual limit on donations to national parties - allowing wealthy donors to double their support for party operations.

New pro-Ernst super PAC run out of firm of Joni Ernst strategist — A new super PAC launching a $1 million TV campaign against Democratic Senate hopeful Bruce Braley in Iowa this week is run out of the Des Moines consulting firm of a strategist for Braley's GOP opponent -- the latest example of how campaigns and their outside allies are operating in close proximity.
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Oct 19, 2014

RT @PhilipRucker: How's Ebola playing in midterms? Hot issue in #ncsen, and Tillis has grabbed ahold, @mateagold reports from Charlotte

Oct 19, 2014

Late wild card in tight NC Senate race between Hagan and Tillis: security fears fueled by ISIS and Ebola. My report:

Oct 18, 2014

RT @DanEggenWPost: As midterm campaigns enter stretch run, Ebola and other twists set stage for drama, by @PhilipRucker…

Oct 17, 2014

RT @ZacMoffatt: $80M in broadcast TV has been delivered to voters in the wrong districts… since Labor Day…

Oct 17, 2014

RT @OpenSecretsDC: With a $2 million investment, #Chevron was the biggest donor to the Congressional Leadership Fund in #Q3:

Oct 17, 2014

RT @DanEggenWPost: Florida politicians battle rhetoric as rising seas drive worries over climate change, from @jobywarrick…

Oct 16, 2014

RT @TheSwitch: Obama nominates former Google exec to lead U.S. Patent Office

Oct 16, 2014

RT @vjn: Why so stinting, SarahPAC? @SarahPalinUSA vehicle gives just 3 percent of $1.4 m to GOP candidates in Q3. #FECDay

Oct 16, 2014

GOP stumbles turn Senate contest in Georgia into dead heat via @edatpost

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