Reporter for the Washington Post, covering money and politics. I still believe in newspapers. matea.gold@washpost.com

Cost of 2014 midterms on par with 2010, though independent groups playing a bigger role

washingtonpost.com — Super PACs and tax-exempt groups are increasingly fueling the cost of campaigns as candidate and party spending is shrinking, according to a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research center.

Donors eyeing GOP governors as potential 2016 contenders fuels record RGA haul

washingtonpost.com — Longtime Republican donor Edwin Phelps used to write five-figure checks regularly to the national party and the GOP senatorial committee. Now he has a different political passion: being part of an elite roundtable program that has pumped tens of millions into the Republican Governors Association.

Koch-linked group launches pro-weed campaign for North Carolina Libertarian candidate

washingtonpost.com — Sean Haugh, the Libertarian candidate for Senate in North Carolina, is getting a big lift in the waning days of the election from an unlikely group praising his support for marijuana legalization and his opposition to U.S. military action abroad.

This year’s midterms set to cost nearly $4 billion, the most expensive ever

washingtonpost.com — The 2014 midterms will be the most costly congressional races in U.S. history, on track to cost nearly $4 billion, according to a new projection by the Center for Responsive Politics. That would surpass the record-setting $3.6 billion spending on House and Senate elections in 2010 and 2012.

Big spending by parties, independent groups drowns airwaves in negative attacks

washingtonpost.com — The record amount of independent spending swamping this year's congressional races is fueling a deeply negative political atmosphere, as attack ads from independent groups overwhelm the messages of candidates in many competitive races.

Big money: independent spending swamps congressional races

washingtonpost.com — CAMPAIGN 2014 VISUAL ANALYSIS This year's competitive House and Senate elections have been buffeted by more than a half-billion dollars in spending by groups or parties operating independently of the candidates, a record amount of outside spending in a congressional midterm, according to campaign finance data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Ebola, Islamic State shift dynamics for Hagan, Tillis in North Carolina’s Senate race

washingtonpost.com — 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

washingtonpost.com — 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

washingtonpost.com — 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

washingtonpost.com — 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.
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Oct 30, 2014

Donors investing early in GOP governors as 2016 prospects leads to RGA bonanza. My latest: wapo.st/1zLrkX9

Oct 29, 2014

RT @maggiepolitico: Scoop from me and @GlennThrush, Plouffe briefed Hillary at Whitehaven, told her it's time to get in if she's running politico.com/magazine/story…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @derekwillis: American Future Fund spends $195k on website & online ads for Sean Haugh, libertarian in #ncsen: itemizer.herokuapp.com/filing/970578/…

Oct 27, 2014

RT @PhilipRucker: Fact check part 2: Braley neighbor hens were not fenced in. That's the whole point of the Braleys' dispute. washingtonpost.com/politics/in-io…

Oct 27, 2014

RT @PhilipRucker: Fact check: Why do AFP's chickens have male voices? Braley's neighbor has "therapeutic hens," not roosters. youtube.com/watch?v=go-lMa…

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