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GRAPHIC: A complex network of large, out-of-state political organizations founded by oil and chemical billionaires Charles and David Koch are funding a flood of attacks on Congressman Nick Rahall. Their spending is far exceeding the money coming in to support him. Chart by Robert Maguire at the Center for Responsive Politics.

HUNTINGTON, W.V. - Of all the outside money flooding into the U.S. House race in West Virginia's 3rd congressional district, funds for attacks on Congressman Nick Rahall are measuring almost twice those supporting him. With an enormous ad buy last week by Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS, out-of-state gr ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Outside groups have spent or committed to spend about $5.5 million for political ads in West Virginia's 3rd congressional race, where Congressman Nick Rahall is running against state Sen. Evan Jenkins. That's about one-and-a-half times what the candidates and the parties are spending. Screengrab from an ad by Nick Rahall for Congress.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Outside groups are spending about one-and-a-half times what the parties and candidates are spending in West Virginia's 3rd congressional race. Congressman Nick Rahall (W. Va.)and the Democrats have spent or committed $1.8 million for campaign ads. For the Republicans and state ...Read More

PHOTO: Graham Nash, of Crosby Stills and Nash, fears America has been divided into a nation of "haves and have-nothings." Photo credit: Mark Scheerer

NEW YORK - "It's time for a revolution," says Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, who fears for an America that's become divided into "haves and have-nothings." The outspoken musician and activist was in New York talking about some of the views expressed in an autobiography that time-travels ...Read More

PHOTO: The Alliance for a Better Utah says the arrests of two former Utah attorneys general, John Swallow (right) and his predecessor Mark Shurtleff (left), shows the need for state lawmakers to pass tougher ethics laws and tackle other reforms. Photo courtesy State of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY - The arrests of two former Utah attorneys general show the need for stronger ethics laws, and campaign finance and election reforms, according to the Alliance for a Better Utah. The nonpartisan government watchdog group filed the election-law complaint that ended in former Attorney ...Read More

PHOTO: Sen. Joe Manchin, seen here with W.Va. Rep. Nick Rahall, is now co-sponsoring a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending. Manchin said big money is at the root of Washington gridlock. Photo courtesy of Sen. Joe Manchin.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Saying "money is destroying the political process," Sen. Joe Manchin is co-sponsoring a constitutional amendment to limit huge campaign spending. According to Manchin, the Citizens United ruling has contributed to a flood of big money drowning American politics. And that money i ...Read More

PHOTO: How much political clout can corporations or millionaires buy? Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that increased campaign spending limits also prompted SJR 19, a proposed constitutional amendment to curtail those limits. It was approved 10-8 by a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday. Photo credit: Lucidology/iStockphoto.com

SEATTLE - A constitutional amendment giving Congress and states control of political campaign spending is moving toward a vote on the U.S. Senate floor. The Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Joint Resolution 19 on Thursday in a 10-8 party-line vote. Jonah Minkoff-Zern, campaign co-director ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois Move to Amend says a constitutional amendment proposed to overturn the results of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision isn't broad enough to do the job. Photo credit:  Keven/Rossell/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A vote is expected in Washington Thursday on a constitutional amendment giving Congress and the states control of political campaign spending. But some Illinoisans working to end 'corporate personhood' say it doesn't go far enough. Kaye Gamble, coordinator for Illinois Move to ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The campaign ads already are running in West Virginia's 3rd congressional district, many paid for by a network of groups started by the oil and chemical billionaire Koch brothers. What do the Kochs want? Screengrab from an ad by Nick Rahall for Congress.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The Koch brothers have become an issue in the race between West Virginia Congressman Nick Rahall and State Senator Evan Jenkins. But what do the brothers, who made billions in oil and chemicals, want? Michael Beckel, a reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, says ...Read More

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