Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) watches the game between the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 11, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Take (Donors and Lobbyists) Out to the Ball Games

A Sludge data analysis finds that leadership PACs, which are less regulated than candidate committees, are spending on tickets for members of Congress to schmooze with lobbyists and campaign donors.

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Twenty House Republicans Donated to Duncan Hunter’s Islamophobic Campaign

Rep. Hunter falsely painted his Mexican-Palestinian American opponent as an infiltrator with ties to terrorists. But prominent House Republicans continued to back his campaign with big donations.

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Meet the Most Corporate PAC-Reliant Reps in Congress

As more representatives and candidates pledge to reject contributions from corporate PACs, others are standing by their corporate benefactors and relying on them to provide the overwhelming majority of their campaign funds.

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Jon Kyl Voted for New Nukes After Taking Payments From Nuclear Company

The senator-turned-lobbyist-turned-senator-turned-lobbyist had a paid board seat at one nuclear company and lobbied for two others. Then he joined the Senate.