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2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Mystery Donor Revealed: Republican Estée Lauder Heir Spent $100,000 to Boost Green Party Candidate

Yep, you read that right: A businessman and GOP megadonor gave big bucks to an obscure Texas-based super PAC that typically backs Republicans.

Michigan Primary category in which blog post is published

Darker Money: Michigan Senate Passes Bill Making Dark Money Disclosure a Crime

The bill comes as Michigan’s Secretary of State-elect has pledged to increase transparency of dark money

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Corporate-Funded Outside Groups Spend Big on Hyde-Smith After ‘Public Hanging’ Comment

Mississippi Sen. Hyde-Smith has benefited from $3.7 million in outside spending since her racist remark was made public.

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Days After Saying It Would Request a Refund, Amgen’s PAC Appeared to Give More Money to Cindy Hyde-Smith

Amgen is one of several companies that said they would request campaign contribution refunds following Hyde-Smith’s “public hanging” comment.

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Amgen Requested Refund From Hyde-Smith, but Its CEO Donated to Party Committee Supporting Her

Amgen’s PAC asked for a refund after Hyde-Smith made an enthusiastic remark about a public hanging.

New York Primary category in which blog post is published

After Losing to Ocasio-Cortez, Crowley’s PAC Spends Big at the Tracks

The leadership PAC associated with the Queens kingmaker spent thousands of dollars at horse racing tracks, hotels, airfare and meals.

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Mississippi Senate Race: Where is the National Democratic Party?

In the final U.S. Senate contest, Mississippi Democratic candidate Mike Espy hasn’t gotten much help from the national party.

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

Senate Roundup: How Much Did Your Midterm Vote for Senate Cost?

While Florida is on track to be the most expensive senate race this cycle, Montana and North Dakota have the highest cost per vote.

2018 Midterms Primary category in which blog post is published

How Much Did Your Midterm Vote Cost?

In the most expensive midterms ever, the cost per vote in one congressional race was north of $200.