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$31 million from the Senate Majority PAC, aligned with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, went to reelection ads for U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, who is attempting to fend off a challenge from Republican Blake Masters.

The super PAC aligned with U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has spent a record amount advertising for GOP Senate candidates this cycle, about $178 million in five key U.S. Senate races. Read more»

The Federal Election Commission is located at 999 E St. in downtown Washington, D.C. — a nondescript building situated across from FBI headquarters and next to a Hard Rock Cafe. Its entrance features a quotation attributed to Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis: 'Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.' But funding and staffing woes, along with political infighting, have rendered it a weakened watchdog.

Just after the federal government shut down Oct. 1, and one of the government’s more dysfunctional agencies stopped functioning altogether, Chinese hackers picked their moment to attack. They waylaid the Federal Election Commission’s networks. They crashed computer systems that publicly disclose how billions of dollars are raised and spent each election cycle by candidates, parties and political action committees. Read more»

The Blue Dog PAC raised more than $2.5 million over 2009 and 2010, almost entirely from PACs. But ultimately 58 of these special interest PACs also decided to donate to individual opponents of Blue Dog Coalition members. Read more»