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Koch-linked group launches pro-weed campaign for North Carolina Libertarian candidate — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 to GOP control.
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @PhilipRucker: This ad on Braley's "chicken dance" features b-roll of his neighbor's therapeutic hens (now fenced in) #iasen…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @melmason: Mayor Eric Garcetti hearts D.C. ... Gov. Jerry Brown, less so

Oct 23, 2014

RT @PostReid: Late battleground: Both NRCC and DCCC start advertising in open WV 02 (Capito's seat) tomorrow. $250k for NRCC, $570k for DCCC.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @mattzap: Report: Lewinsky mistreated in investigation of Clinton by @postroz

Oct 23, 2014

RT @PhilipRucker: Des Moines Register publisher @IowaRAG says Ernst snub "won't be the final call in our endorsement" #iasen…

Oct 23, 2014

Conservative group expanding its pro-weed campaign for Libertarian NC candidate

Oct 23, 2014

RT @RobertMaguire_: Koch #darkmoney group supports #NCSen liberterian candidate as "More Weed, Less War." Candidate not too happy.

Oct 23, 2014

Interesting to see on our independent spending tracker how money on the right has surged since late September:

Oct 22, 2014

RT @rachelweinerwp: DCCC now reporting $255,073 ad buy against Comstock in #VA10, buy started 10/16

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