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Candidates Talk Issues, Personalities, But Not Impeachment
October 27, 1998
From coast to coast – from the bitter re-election contest of California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, to the eye-gouging, donnybrook in New York, where Republican Senator Alfonse D'Amato called Democratic challenger, Rep. Charles Schumer, a "putzhead" – candidates are taking jabs at each other over tax cuts, education, selling out to special interests, ignoring local concerns, or just plain not showing up for work.

Unite and Conquer: GOP Struggles to Make Whole Exceed Sum of Its Parts
October 25, 1998
The talk turns to the impending impeachment inquiry in the House. Gingrich is suddenly cautious. "What the country wants is a Republican Party that focuses on government because the country wants to know that we care more about the country than we care about partisan advantage," he says. "I mean, the worst thing Republicans could do would be to narrowly focus on this scandal. That would be the most counterproductive thing to do."

On Touchy Subject, Speaker Stays Quiet
October 24, 1998
As far his fellow House Republicans are concerned, any comment from House Speaker Newt Gingrich on President Clinton and his troubles would likely produce more damage than benefits. Every time the speaker has offered an opinion on the subject, from vowing to highlight "crimes" in the White House to arguing that only a pattern of felonies would warrant impeachment, he has provoked a backlash.

In Battle for Senate Seats, 3 Is Also Pivotal Number
October 19, 1998
Much of the focus on Senate campaigns this fall has been on Republican hopes of making a five-seat gain, producing a "filibuster-proof" majority of 60 GOP senators, the number of votes needed to cut off debate. But within that larger context there is another struggle going on between the two bitterly divided sides in the abortion debate.

More Politicians Use Web as Campaign Tool
October 17, 1998
This political season is seeing more use of the Internet by campaigns than ever before. Almost every major candidate, and many local ones too, are maintaining Web sites, where they offer not only the standard fare of resumes and positions, but are encouraging their supporters to donate money online, to pass along e-mail endorsements to friends and newspapers and to watch and participate in the campaigns – all from the comfort of their computers.

Democrats See Defeats as Election Issue
October 17, 1998
Just one day after celebrating last-minute Democratic victories in congressional spending battles, President Clinton and other party leaders abruptly shifted focus today to highlight the many defeats they suffered over the past year in the hope that voters will punish Republicans for snubbing the agenda that Clinton laid out in his State of the Union address nine months ago.

Campaign Looms Over Budget Talks
October 15, 1998
It was brinkmanship time in Congress. The election campaign was at its peak and Clinton was under threat of impeachment. Everybody needed to win something in the congressional endgame, and as the final moves played out in the race to fund the federal government, it was time to reflect on winners and losers and prepare, finally, to get out of town.

Vulnerable Democrats Go Home to Face Music
October 13, 1998
Democrats, who are worried about the impact of the president's troubles on their electoral performance next month, could take some comfort from the warm receptions. Eager to prevent a runaway impeachment train, the party is struggling to keep the GOP from large gains beyond its 11-seat majority.

Approval of Congress Drops in Poll
October 12, 1998
Public support for Congress and Republican congressional candidates has dipped in the wake of the partisan vote in the House of Representatives to begin a formal impeachment investigation of President Clinton, according to a new Washington Post survey.

Candidates Are Held Hostage by Scandal
October 11, 1998
Members of Congress begin the final three weeks of the midterm election with Republicans still heavily favored to gain seats in the House and Senate. But strategists in both parties said the GOP advantage has been eroded in the past two weeks by the hardening of partisan lines drawn around Thursday's vote in the House to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Clinton.

As More Women Run, Gains in Congress Predicted
October 1, 1998
Just a decade ago, there were 25 women in Congress. Today there are 63, and the trend shows little sign of slowing. Women have won half of the eight special elections held to fill vacant seats in this term of Congress, and nearly half of the most competitive races in the country this year feature female candidates.

Primary Turnout Decline Continues
September 29, 1998
Voter participation in midterm primary elections continued its decades-long decline around the country this year, but it's impossible to predict whether the trend will also affect the November elections under the specter of presidential impeachment hearings, according to a study.

Democrats Buoyed by GOP Tack
September 26, 1998
Democrats believe they've found a way to turn the scandal engulfing President Clinton to their advantage at the polls on Election Day.

Conservation Voters Group Adds Candidates to Election Year Hit List
September 23, 1998
One of the nation's top environmental groups added four Republicans and one Democrat to the list of candidates it wants to trample in the upcoming November elections.

November Optimism in Both Parties
September 17, 1998
With the completion of virtually all the primaries, Republicans and Democrats have had equal success in fielding the House and Senate candidates they wanted for the fall election.

Schumer to Face D'Amato for N.Y. Race
September 16, 1998
Voters cast ballots to pick nominees in key state and congressional contests in nine states from Massachusetts to Washington as Rep. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) surged in the closing days to defeat front-runner Geraldine Ferraro. With nearly 90 percent of the vote counted, Schumer, who will face Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-N.Y.) in November, had 51 percent to Ferraro's 25 percent.

Democrats in Tight Races Walk Clinton Tightrope
September 15, 1998
With the midterm elections seven weeks away, all Democrats in competitive races this fall are being warned against embracing the legal defense Clinton's lawyers have thrown up. At the same time, they are being told that if they abandon the president, they may sink themselves and their party.

Clinton's Woes Raise GOP Hopes for a Filibuster-Free Senate
September 13, 1998
Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.) now trails in her bid for reelection, according to recent polls. Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are clinging to razor-thin leads. The contest for a Democratic-held seat in Kentucky is wide-open. Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-S.C.) has gained some ground but remains in serious peril.

Clinton Woes Fuel Big Voter Shift
September 9, 1998
The White House scandal has pushed moral values to the top of the voters' agenda and threatens to depress Democratic turnout to the point Republicans could score a big victory in the November election, two leading pollsters said yesterday.

Amid Election Apathy, Parties Bet on Core Voters
September 7, 1998
The prospect of a high-stakes but low-turnout election for the House and Senate has both parties, their candidates and key interest groups scrambling to spur their own most reliable voters to the polls on Nov. 3.

In Georgia, Carrying on a Tradition of Apathy
September 7, 1998
Not once in Georgia's history has a majority of its citizens voted in an election. In 1996, it ranked as the sixth-lowest state for voter turnout. Yet it is not one of the lowest states for voter registration. Instead, Georgia's problem has been nudging people from the books into the booths.

Democrats Fear Loss of Black Loyalty
August 3, 1998
Democrats running for top offices in states as diverse as Florida, Missouri, South Carolina and Maryland are facing the unexpected challenge of keeping the party's most loyal constituency – black voters – in the fold.

GOP's Agenda Pleases Backers
July 19, 1998
Facing the long shot threat of losing control of the House, Republican congressional leaders have adopted a legislative program designed to boost Election Day turnout among social conservatives and speed the flow of campaign cash from the corporate community.

Two Sides of Casinos' Coin
July 12, 1998
Like many people in this deeply conservative state, Gov. Kirk Fordice (R) is of two minds on the subject of casino gambling, which has become a virtual cash machine that today provides an estimated 10 percent of the tax revenue that funds the state budget.

Business, GOP Chiefs Reconcile on Agenda
July 8, 1998
After a brief but bitter lovers' quarrel, key business advocates and the House Republican leadership have reconciled. Charles S. Mack and Bernadette Budde of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) formalized the breakthrough in the dispute by giving Republican leaders just what they wanted: a memorandum to corporate supporters declaring that continued GOP control of Congress is crucial "if a free enterprise agenda is to advance."

Consultants: Letting the Good Times Roll, Americans Will Shun Nov. Polls
July 7, 1998
The November general election will have the lowest turnout in recent history, draw voters mostly over the age of 50, will be preceded by more nastiness in both Congress and paid political advertising, and will end with Republicans keeping control of the House and Senate, a group of political consultants said Monday.

This Year, Candidates Go Back to School
July 4, 1998
The hottest political issue around, if campaign commercials are any guide, may be too many students in America's classrooms.

Candidates Expect 'Issue Advocacy' Season
June 30, 1998
In Campaign '98, the opposition is more than just the other names on the ballot. Candidates, political parties and outside groups are gearing up for a campaign season in which advertising by forces other than the candidates may play a critical, and in some places even dominant, role.

Green Group Marks Candidates for Defeat in Tight Races
June 23, 1998
The League of Conservation Voters, one of the nation's top environmental groups, is targeting five Republicans and one Democrat for defeat in the November elections.

Primaries Point to Low Election Turnout
June 20, 1998
Voters have turned out in record-low numbers so far this year, foreshadowing a midterm election that could produce one of the lowest levels of participation in history, according to a report.

Consultants' Ethics: Politics Survey Finds Attitude of 'Don't Blame Us'
June 18, 1998
A new survey of consultants portrays the men and women who run the nation's political campaigns as self-confident individuals who crave the "thrill" of a race, eagerly embrace scare tactics and negative advertising, but dismiss ethical questions as not their major worry.

GOP Angers Big Business on Key Issues
June 11, 1998
Major corporations and trade associations, fearing the loss of key overseas markets to foreign competitors, are growing increasingly angry at Republican congressional leaders they see as determined to mine the China technology scandal and to accommodate the Christian right by adding abortion and religious amendments to foreign policy bills at the expense of business.

In Tuesday's Vote Bright Spots for Both Parties
June 4, 1998
As the smoke cleared from primary elections in eight states, Republicans and Democrats battling for the tiniest advantage emerged in a virtual standoff in the fight for control of the House.

Grass-Roots Organizing Tops TV Ads in AFL-CIO Political Agenda
May 20, 1998
Organized labor, having learned some tough lessons in the last election, is making changes this time, cutting way back on television spending and putting more emphasis on old-fashioned grass-roots organizing, including a lot of door knocking and telephone calling.

Parties' Core Backers Seen as Key to Vote
May 9, 1998
Democratic and Republican strategists said yesterday that a key to victory in the 1998 elections will be how successful each party is in getting core supporters to the polls.

A Medicare Gimmick That Hasn't Paid Off
May 2, 1998
It started in 1995 as a tart political gimmick, an effort by then-Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour to broadcast his claim that the GOP-sponsored budget would increase Medicare by more than 50 percent.

More Women Finding a Place in the House
April 26, 1998
Despite electoral wins, some female lawmakers openly question whether they wield the kind of influence in Congress they did just a few years ago. And while women may disproportionately favor Democrats, female lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say Republican leaders are making more of an effort than Democrats are to reach out to women.

Democratic Hill Campaign Panels Press 'Unity Plan'
April 26, 1998
House and Senate Democrats are pressing the White House to commit to an ambitious fund-raising plan aimed at generating $20 million for their tough bid to reclaim control of Congress this fall.

Election-year Congress Plays It Safe
April 7, 1998
GOP leaders in Congress have set a minimalist agenda intended to avoid major political mistakes during this congressional election year.

Poll Rates President, Democrats Favorably
April 3, 1998
Not only does President Clinton continue to enjoy huge popularity despite the continuing investigation by the independent counsel, but he is in a good position to help his party win congressional seats in this fall's election, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.

GOP's Ties to Christian Right Fraying
March 27, 1998
On three fronts, the fragile alliance between the Christian right and the establishment wings of the Republican Party threatens to deteriorate into bitter disputes endangering the party's Election Day prospects in 1998 and 2000.

Illinois Democrats' Racial Divide Claims Practical Side
March 17, 1998
Illinois has elected more African Americans to statewide office than any other state. But the primary election presents a unique and polarizing question for Democrats here: Can the party choose four black candidates to top posts in November's general election, and still win?

Ready To Rumble
March 15, 1998
The effort and money expended in the first House special election of the year, a California contest won by Democrat Lois Capps, is a tipoff to the biggest political fact of 1998. For all the make-nice talk between the parties during last year's successful budget negotiations, the rivalry has never been more intense. – Analysis

The GOP: Tug to the Right?
March 8, 1998
The opening question from moderator John Callaway at the final televised debate before the March 17 Illinois Republican Senate primary was simple: Why haven't Republicans in this battleground state been able to win a Senate seat since 1978?

Parties Try to Field "Dream Candidates" in '98 Political Sleepwalk
January 20, 1998
It may be an overstatement, but national Republican campaigners say there is no overstating the seriousness of Robin Hayes’ North Carolina congressional candidacy: he is now considered in the top tier of candidates the GOP plans to run with this year. The 51-year-old candidate began running even before the incumbent, Democratic Rep. W.G. "Bill" Hefner, unexpectedly announced his retirement in January.

Satisfied Voters To Keep Congress In GOP Hands, Bipartisan Polling Finds
January 14, 1998
As congressional Republicans and Democrats prepare to do battle at the ballot boxes this year, two key party pollsters delivered advice Wednesday to both sides: Perfect the art of a love/hate relationship.

In Md., a Rising GOP
January 7, 1998
As Maryland enters a critical election year in which virtually every statewide office is up for grabs, a resurgent Republican Party appears poised to become a potent opposition party for the first time in a generation.

A '98 Campaign of Skirmishes
November 9, 1997
A year before the 1998 elections, the battle for Congress looks like a set of sharp skirmishes that may leave the power balance on Capitol Hill little changed. As long as the economy remains healthy, incumbents of both parties should fare well.

Democrats Target 30 Congressional Seats in Effort to Retake House
October 30, 1997
Buoyed by the low popularity ratings of Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and an already aggressive campaign to fill their war chest, Democrats on Thursday laid out their battle plan to end the GOP's four-year control of the House.

Democrats Already Pursue House Class of '98
August 20, 1997
Democratic officials are optimistic they can pick up the 11 seats they need to regain the majority they lost in 1994, especially since 26 Republicans – 15 of them incumbents running for reelection – won with 51 percent of the vote or less last year. To find the strongest challengers, Democrats are stressing "research-based recruiting" – building a profile of the most likely candidate to win a district.


Democrats Chase Votes With a Safety Net
October 28, 1998
It is the oldest weapon in the Democratic arsenal, an appeal to one of the party's most faithful constituencies, but executed with a 1998 twist. In a wave of Social Security ads in the campaign's final days, some Democrats are linking their rivals to House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and his $80 billion tax cut plan, which they depict as robbing a budgetary surplus that should be devoted entirely to shoring up the retirement fund.

'Issue Advocacy' Ads Less of an Issue
October 23, 1998
Issue advocacy advertising, the weapon of choice by interest groups during the 1996 campaign, has played a surprisingly small role in this year's midterm elections.

Attack Ads Carpet TV; High Road Swept Away
October 20, 1998
America is again being carpet-bombed by political ads, many of them fiercely negative, and these are some of the politicians taking – and inflicting – the hits. The themes vary from race to race, from education and the environment to health care and gun control, but many of the commercials oversimplify and distort the opponent's position.

Stealthy Endorsements In Ads That 'Educate'
September 7, 1998
The Sierra Club recently went on the air with $600,000 worth of television and radio ads ostensibly intended to "educate" voters about environmental issues but effectively amounting to a political drive in support of candidates in tough races, most of them Democrats.

Managed Care Debate Heats Up the Airwaves
July 28, 1998
A clear villain has emerged in the first wave of industry ads opposing stricter regulation of health maintenance organizations: Washington.

This Year, Candidates Go Back to School
July 4, 1998
The hottest political issue around, if campaign commercials are any guide, may be too many students in America's classrooms.

Candidates Expect 'Issue Advocacy' Season
June 30, 1998
In Campaign '98, the opposition is more than just the other names on the ballot. Candidates, political parties and outside groups are gearing up for a campaign season in which advertising by forces other than the candidates may play a critical, and in some places even dominant, role.

Green Group Marks Candidates for Defeat in Tight Races
June 23, 1998
The League of Conservation Voters, one of the nation's top environmental groups, is targeting five Republicans and one Democrat for defeat in the November elections.

A Medicare Gimmick That Hasn't Paid Off
May 2, 1998
It started in 1995 as a tart political gimmick, an effort by then-Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour to broadcast his claim that the GOP-sponsored budget would increase Medicare by more than 50 percent.


Key stories on Senate races:
Arkansas | California | Colorado | Georgia | Illinois
Kentucky | Nevada | New York | North Carolina | Ohio
South Carolina | Washington | Wisconsin

Fred Tuttle for Senate: Why Not?
September 4, 1998
It would be tough to create an effective television advertisement for Fred Tuttle's U.S. Senate campaign, and not just because of his self-imposed spending cap of $16.

Prominent Names Skip Senate Races
April 5, 1998
For one of their premier Senate races this fall, Republicans eagerly courted popular Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar (R) to challenge highly vulnerable first-term Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.). Edgar said no, relegating the field to lesser-knowns and raising the odds of beating Moseley-Braun.

Clinton Woes a Snag for 3 Female Incumbents
March 28, 1998
The sex and perjury allegations against President Clinton are causing much awkwardness for Democrats, none more than the three female senators who rode into office on Anita Hill's coattails six years ago.

3 Female Senators Face Hurdles to 2nd Terms
October 14, 1997
In 1992, the political environment was just right for the three Democrats: Bill Clinton was on the top of the party's ticket, and the lack of gender and ethnic diversity in Congress was seared into the minds of many voters in the wake of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Senate hearings. The result was the "Year of the Woman," when Congress saw a record increase of 22 women.


Key stories on gubernatorial races:
Alabama | California | Colorado | Florida | Georgia
Illinois | Massachusetts | Minnesota

S. Carolina Incumbent in Unexpected Tussle
October 23, 1998
The Rise and (possible) Fall of Gov. David Beasley (R-S.C.) is one of the curiouser tales of this election year, a political story replete with baroque Southern twists. Just a year ago, he was dashing David, a boyish 41-year-old governor who rode into office with the blessing of a Christian Coalition that was intent on shouldering its way into the political mainstream. He was chairman of the Republican Governors Association, a guy who could joke with the bigfoot national reporters and turn a quotable quote with good-ol'-boy panache. South Carolina's economy was plump as a fattened pig. And prominent supporters had taken to stage-whispering Beasley's name as a vice presidential candidate.

S. Carolina Incumbent in Unexpected Tussle
September 30, 1998
For a popular incumbent in one of the most Republican states of the South, GOP Gov. David Beasley's reelection once seemed a sure thing. But Beasley has been put on the defensive on a volatile mix of issues – from gambling to race to sex – that reflect the realities of southern politics today.

Brash Candidate a Problem in Michigan
September 24, 1998
As Democrats across the country assess the potential fallout of President Clinton's woes on their candidates this fall, here in Michigan the question is whether another tainted Democrat could do even more harm than the scandal-plagued president.

Maui Mayor to Challenge Governor
September 21, 1998
Republicans in Hawaii are feeling confident that they can take the governor's office for the first time in 36 years following Saturday's strong primary victory by Maui Mayor Linda Lingle.

With Gloves Off, GOP Hopefuls for Mass. Governor Point Fingers
September 11, 1998
For generations, Republicans in this famously liberal state have behaved like gentlemen as they marched toward ritual slaughter in November at the hands of Democrats. Massachusetts voters, though, have shifted this decade toward the moderate center. With real power up for grabs, the Republican primary for governor is no longer ruled by good manners. It's mud-wrestling time.

Candidates Try to Beat the Odds in Nevada
August 26, 1998
Here in the nation's gambling capital, a diverse group of underdogs is trying to beat the odds and wrest Nevada's governorship from the designated choice of the dominant casino industry.

Mich. Campaign May Earn X Rating
August 14, 1998
Anyone who prefers civility with their politics probably should steer clear of Michigan this electoral season. The gubernatorial campaign here is shaping up as the nastiest – and perhaps most colorful – in the nation this year.

Chief of Staff Considers Governor's Race
August 13, 1998
Usually it's the president or vice president who gets to announce new federal funding. But there was no mystery about the publicity blast by White House Chief of Staff Erskine B. Bowles: He is seriously weighing a plan to run for governor of North Carolina after his departure as President Clinton's top aide by year's end.

GOP Moderates Poised for a Resurgence in Kansas
August 3, 1998
Kansas Republicans have been wrestling with a division in the party for years. Now popular Gov. Bill Graves, one of the last of the state's moderates, faces an unprecedented challenge from his own right flank. But while this challenge has produced some awkward moments, such as this one with Schlacks, the conservative assault on Graves could end up giving the governor just what he wants: a reelection mandate affirming Graves's brand of traditional pro-business, socially moderate Republicanism.

Kevorkian's Lawyer Enlivens Race
July 3, 1998
Geoffrey Fieger campaigns for governor in much the same way that he has successfully defended suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian from prosecutors and critics for eight years now, which is to say loudly.

Parties Make a High-Stakes Texas Stand
June 30, 1998
There is no more vivid symbol of Texas resistance than the Alamo. But for the Texas Democrats who met at the cavernous Alamodome arena over the weekend to prepare for the fall elections, the history of what happened here long ago was an uncomfortable reminder of the stakes in this year's campaigns.

Hawaii: Paradise at a Loss
June 23, 1998
While other states enjoy a boom and argue about how to spend billion-dollar budget surpluses, Hawaii has moved in the opposite direction, buffeted by an Asian financial crisis compounding seven straight years of economic stagnation.

Texan Mauro Tries Democrats' Health Care Election Theme in Snipe At Bush
June 23, 1998
Facing an uphill battle against popular Texas Gov. George W. Bush, challenger Garry Mauro is trying out an emerging Democratic theme for the fall elections by portraying Bush as blocking health care reforms because he is beholden to insurance interests.

For Now, Bush Wants To 'Win Big' in Texas
May 4, 1998
Wherever he goes, Texas Gov. George W. Bush wants to talk about his education agenda and a second term in the governor's mansion. His audiences want to know about the presidency.

The Governor Gap
February 25, 1998
It is hardly news that, outside of the White House, Republicans now dominate government in the United States. Democrats are in the minority in the House, the Senate and the governorships. While Democrats hold more city halls, Republicans run the two biggest municipalities, Los Angeles and New York. – Analysis

3 GOP Governors Could Face Token Opposition
November 9, 1997
In Texas, Nevada and even Tennessee, the home state of Vice President Gore, local Democratic officials have given up trying to find competitive candidates for governor next year. They are struggling to come up with just about anybody to run.

Ignoring The Governors
August 3, 1997
When the National Governors' Association (NGA) met last week in Las Vegas, there were authors of Republican success stories in most of the seats. The GOP holds governorships in 32 of the 50 states, including nine of the biggest 10. In all but a handful of those states, the incumbents who are seeking reelection are heavy favorites to win. They are the best thing the Republican Party has going for it. Only a party as ineptly led as the current GOP would let their stories remain a secret, while spotlighting spokesmen as undramatic as Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and as unpopular as House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Republicans Expect to Strengthen Hold on Governorships
July 31, 1997
For a generation, governors' offices around the country have been the main source of policies and leadership for the Democratic Party. But political operatives gathered for the annual meeting of the National Governors' Association say next year's elections are likely to confirm that this vital political base will belong to the Republicans into the next century.

Campaign Finance

Democrats Struggle Against Flood of Money
October 18, 1998
In some of the most hotly contested House and Senate races, Democratic candidates such as Baird are keeping pace and in some cases even exceeding their Republican opponents in money raised, according to a review of the most recent Federal Election commission reports, filed last week.

Clinton Draws Comfort and Cash on Trip
September 28, 1998
President Clinton capped a three-day, three-state trip in which he left his Washington troubles behind and found solace – and lots of campaign cash – outside the Beltway. In all, he raised at least $3.6 million for Democratic candidates and continued to focus on policy and politics, not scandal.

California Is Golden for Clinton
September 27, 1998
Hundreds of protesters were chanting outside, but the words inside for President Clinton were warm and admiring. They called him "The Commander of Geeks," and then handed him $650,000 for Democratic campaigns – more money than executives from Silicon Valley had given Clinton in his two previous political fund-raising trips to the region.

Congress's Tab for Free Travel in '97: $6.4 Million
July 21, 1998
Corporations, trade groups and other outside interests spent $6.4 million last year on trips for members of Congress and their staffs, according to records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Democrats Leading Dash for Cash
July 18, 1998
With less than four months until election day, Democrats dreaming of reclaiming the House of Representatives find themselves in an uncommon position: They are leading the money chase in many of the races where it matters most.

Judge Rules Parties Can't Fund Issue Ads Entirely With 'Soft Money'
June 27, 1998
A federal judge here has dealt a setback to efforts by the two political parties to be allowed to finance their so-called "issue advertising" entirely with unlimited "soft money" donations by corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals.

ADM's Largess Preserved Ethanol Break, Study Says
June 11, 1998
Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), the single largest beneficiary of a controversial federal ethanol tax subsidy, contributed more than $3 million in unregulated "soft money" to Republican and Democratic national party committees during the past 10 years, according to a study by Common Cause.

Tobacco, Liquor Firms Keep Donations Flowing
April 25, 1998
Tobacco companies, gambling interests and liquor firms all gave large donations to political parties in recent months, according to reports filed at the Federal Election Commission.

DNC Swaps Funds With Its State Affiliates
April 24, 1998
A financially strapped Democratic National Committee has enlisted at least a dozen state parties – including Maryland's – in an effort to avoid limits on the use of large contributions for federal campaigns, a Washington Post computerized analysis of campaign finance reports shows.

Under the Influence
April 20, 1998
The House Rules Committee vote blocking House consideration of a measure to set a national drunken driving standard was motivated in part by Republicans' and Democrats' concerns over states' rights, constituents' objections to federal mandates and a reluctance to clash with special interests that contribute heavily to congressional campaigns.

DNC Trims Debt, Says It Can Compete in '98
April 10, 1998
The Democratic National Committee announced it had pared it once-mountainous debt to less than $7 million – a level party leaders said would allow Democrats to be competitive in the 1998 elections.

The Money Race
March 16, 1998
Prepare for another big-money election year. Fund-raising figures for 1997 compiled by the Federal Election Commission show that congressional candidates again busted previous records.

Common Cause Lists 'Soft' Donors
March 13, 1998
For the third year running, tobacco maker Philip Morris was the biggest "soft money" donor to the Republican Party, giving $1.2 million in contributions last year, according to figures compiled by Common Cause.

Senate Candidates Already Up and Running
February 10, 1998
Senate candidates set a record for off-year fund-raising prowess in the first half of 1997 and showed no sign of letting up in the final six months.

When GOP Fund-Raisers Just Say No
November 5, 1997
Republicans turned down reporters' requests to attend the intimate briefings and special receptions promised to contributors who attended a $6 million fund-raising dinner for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. They did, however, tell which big givers are coming to dinner.
Also see: GOP Fund-Raiser Organizers

Senate Candidates Set Fund-Raising Record
October 30, 1997
An analysis by the Federal Election Commission shows that candidates vying for Senate seats next year have already raised $42.6 million during the first six months of 1997, another record amount.
See chart: The Senate's Million Dollar Club

McConnell Leads Way To 'Soft Money' Record
October 5, 1997
The man promising to literally talk campaign finance reform to death set a new record for raising "soft money" for the GOP Senate campaign arm. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) helped raise $2.1 million during the first six months of this year as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to a Common Cause report.

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