Reporter for the Washington Post, covering money in politics. I still believe in newspapers.

Democratic donors see need for party to embrace more powerful economic message — Democrats suffered a midterm drubbing this year in part because the party failed to deliver a potent economic message to voters, according to wealthy liberal donors who gathered in Washington this week to plan ways to rebound from the losses.

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren set to address gathering of wealthy liberal donors — Vice President Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are set to address a group of wealthy liberal donors gathering in Washington this week for a private meeting to determine the direction of their political investments in the coming years.

Left struggled to move voters with Koch attacks and other big-money messages — One clear lesson emerged from last week's midterms: running against big money in politics is hard to do. Democrats and their allies made the topic one of their central lines of attack this year, featuring the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch in nearly 100 different political spots that ran in states from Alaska to Florida.

Republicans say midterm wins show party has mastered the art of the ground game — Republicans said Thursday that their midterm triumph shows they have caught up with Democrats in mobilizing voters on the ground, a top priority for the party after it failed to win the White House in 2012. GOP strategists said they spent two years quietly assembling a permanent field operation that expanded their electorate and targeted voters with more precision.

Day after the elections, pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA kicks into gear — In the aftermath of Tuesday's crushing defeats, the Democratic donor class is already turning its attention to the 2016 presidential contest and ramping up what is expected to be a massive outside flanking operation to back an expected White House bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Republican Scott Walker wins hard-fought Wisconsin gubernatorial race — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prevailed in his reelection bid Tuesday after facing the state's polarized electorate for the third time in four years, a victory that thrust him into the upper echelon of 2016 Republican presidential contenders. Walker was ahead of Democrat Mary Burke by 18 points with 35 percent of precincts reporting.

On the front-lines in the ad wars, disgusted and discouraged voters — It's one thing to read that more than $1 billion has been spent to run 2.2 million television ads on congressional and gubernatorial races in the 2014 midterms. It's another thing to feel the deluge firsthand.

Election 2014: A new level of collaboration between candidates and big-money allies — The 2014 midterm elections mark a new level of collaboration between candidates and independent groups, eroding the barrier that is supposed to separate those running for office from their big-money allies. The vast sums of cash raised by independent groups has reordered the political landscape, compelling campaigns to find new ways to communicate their wants and needs without officially coordinating with outside players.

With political ads expected to hit a record, news stations can hardly keep up — With one of the most competitive Senate races in the country, political ads in Iowa are running nonstop on Des Moines station WHO-DT. And it can hardly keep up with the demand.

You’ve got questions about campaign money this year. We’ve got answers. — How much has this election cost? The 2014 congressional races are expected to cost at least $3.67 billion, a slight increase over the 2010 midterms, according to the latest projection by the Center for Responsive Politics. (Note: this is a downward revision of the group's original $4 billion projection.)
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Nov 20, 2014

RT @GadiNBCLA: So far 2 large groups of protestors are near LA Mexico Consulate.1 at gates- other at park. More marchers on the way

Nov 20, 2014

RT @kenvogel: Wonder if Jim Webb's exploratory cmte will pay his wife & daughter as consultants like his PAC does ($8k in 3rd Q): http://t.…

Nov 20, 2014

Conservatives rebel against Sheldon Adelson's push to ban Internet gambling. Must-read @thamburger piece:

Nov 19, 2014

RT @gdebenedetti: Chuck Todd asks when should 2016 begin, Perry responds: "I think the more legitimate question is when did it start. ... It's on."

Nov 19, 2014

RT @mikiebarb: Rick Perry to Chuck Todd after 30 mins of immigration questions " You are not going to be invited to moderate a presidential debate."

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