The Fix’s Q1 fundraising winners and losers

With less than seven months to go until the midterm elections and many key primaries coming up much sooner, money is starting to mean more and more. We take stock of who overwhelmed and underwhelmed in the first quarter of the year.

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Why Mike Bloomberg shouldn’t be the face of his new gun control push

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Should taxes on rich be raised to 80 percent to reduce income inequality?

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One Democratic congressman escalates the fight over ALEC

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Conservatives not swayed by IRS plan to revise draft nonprofit rule

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The Fix’s Q1 fundraising winners and losers

The Fix’s Q1 fundraising winners and losers

With less than seven months to go until the midterm elections and many key primaries coming up much sooner, money is starting to mean more and more. We take stock of who overwhelmed and underwhelmed in the first quarter of the year.

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Audio: The ‘largest ever’ phone scam involving IRS impersonators

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Mich. governor wants more recycling

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Holder wants $15 million from Congress

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Money flowing into super PACs as 2014 races heat up

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This is the exact moment when the selfie stopped being cool

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The ideological middle in Congress is dead. So, who killed it?

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Free-market group ALEC: Utah has the best economic outlook this year

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Test your political trivia knowledge!

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Ukraine-Russia: A battle of futures

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Don’t call Mark Pryor the ‘Blanche Lincoln of 2014.’ Here’s why.

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Everything you need to know about the long fight between Cliven Bundy and the federal government

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Map: The high state-by-state price of picking up the tab for tax avoidance

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America’s love/hate (but mostly hate) relationship with taxes, in 7 charts

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How personality explains behavior in Congress

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Trying to dodge your taxes? The IRS has heard that excuse before.

Bonus points for creativity here.

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The most endangered Senate Democrat is touting her Washington ties. Why that’s smart.

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