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A Republican tried to introduce a common sense gun law. Then the gun lobby got involved.

After a sheriff’s deputy was murdered in a Denver suburb, Colorado state Rep. Cole Wist took action by sponsoring a red flag bill. It likely cost him his seat. ProPublica spoke to Wist about the harsh realities of gun reform. ... Read more»

Gun-control group to spend $1.6 million in Az this week to replace GOP lawmakers

Everytown for Gun Safety will be spending $1.6 million on political ads across, radio, internet and mailers this week targeting Republicans in legislative races in an attempt to flip the state's legislature for the first time in 60 years.... Read more»

Arizona political ad spending hit new highs

Spending on campaign ads in Arizona reached a record $129 million this year, part of a national trend that saw cable and broadcast election ad spending top $3 billion for the first time in a midterm election cycle.... Read more»

More GOP senators bankrolling pro-gun nonprofit

Nine Republican senators have now steered a combined $125,000 to a big-spending conservative nonprofit that defended one of their colleagues following a contentious gun vote earlier this year, a Center for Public Integrity review of Federal Election Commission filings has found.... Read more»

IRS should bar dark money groups from funding political ads, lawsuit says

A former Illinois congressional candidate and a government watchdog organization have teamed up to sue the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the agency should bar dark money groups from funding political ads.... Read more»

GOP backs down on effort to defund transparency rule

Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday dropped an effort to defund a new Federal Communications Commission rule that will make political ad data available on the Internet. ... Read more»

Political ad disclosure rules could take months

While the FCC voted last month to require broadcasters to post online political ad data currently kept only on paper at the stations, it is unclear when the data will actually begin to be posted.... Read more»

Broadcasters make last-ditch push to hide political ad data

With the Federal Communications Commission set to vote Friday on whether to require broadcasters to post political ad data online, the industry has been scrambling to water down the proposed rule.... Read more»