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    The Bogeyman Unmasked: TV in the '98 Senate Races
    Dec. 7, 1998
    There's a popular myth that broadcast advertising is to blame for the skyrocketing cost of campaigns, but the simple truth is that most Senate races – like most House races – are not terribly competitive. In 1998, 60 percent of all Senate incumbents and three-quarters of all House incumbents won 60 percent or more of the vote. And while 1998 saw some of the most expensive Senate races in recent memory, a burning need for more air time was hardly the only culprit in most contests.

    Flying Those Corporate-Friendly Skies
    Oct. 7, 1998
    Just imagine: a corporate jet at your disposal 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Imagine knowing you could use that jet without having to pay more than the cost of a first-class airline ticket. Imagine that someone else would even pick up the cost of that first-class ticket. Sound too good to be true? Then you've never been a member of the United States Congress.

    The 1996 Freshman Class Is Largely Safe At Home
    Sept. 2, 1998
    House incumbents are like most good baseball pitchers. If you're going to beat them, you'd better get them before they settle into a rhythm. If the members of the 1996 freshman class came in as novices to the game, they've certainly learned their way around. After just two years on the job, most freshmen have hit their incumbency stride and are so well entrenched that they are primed to hold their seats for a very long time.

    It's an Incumbent's World
    Aug. 10, 1998
    Talk about a stacked deck. The deadline for potential House candidates to declare their bids has not yet passed in a number of states, but all signs indicate that more than 100 House incumbents will run unopposed this November. And the good news for incumbents doesn't begin to stop there.

    The NRA: Political Behemoth Or Overblown Player?
    July 6, 1998
    Widely seen as having lost much of its clout, the National Rifle Association has turned to actor and longtime member Charlton Heston in hopes that he can help restore its reputation as one of the 900-pound gorillas of American politics. Looking at the NRA's political track record, it's debatable whether that lofty reputation was ever justified.

    Financial Iceberg Not Sinking Moseley-Braun's Campaign
    June 8, 1998
    With a little more than six months of campaigning to go, freshman Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.) should be sitting on a huge war chest as she prepares to defend her seat for the first time. Instead, she is living what can only be described as a campaign finance nightmare. But she may awaken to find herself and her campaign surviving just fine.

    Big-Money Donors Still Giving Early and Often
    April 21, 1998
    Despite all of the negative press over fund-raising excesses during the 1996 elections, money keeps pouring into federal campaign coffers at a dizzying pace.

    Walking the Walk on Campaign Finance
    March 20, 1998
    Many Senate and House members decry money's corrupting influence on politics, yet they continue the constant chase for cash and defend their actions by reciting the "I-hate-the-system-but-will-live-within-its-rules-
    as-long-as-I-must" mantra. Two lawmakers, however, prove that not everyone in Washington just talks the talk of reform.

    New York's Junior Senator Running For His Political Life
    Feb. 19, 1998
    Republican Sen. Alfonse M. D'Amato may not be running scared, but as he nears the end of his third term he is most definitely running hard. Rarely a candidate with very positive poll numbers or large margins of victory, D'Amato's fund-raising prowess is nonetheless legendary.

    The State of Campaign Finance: It Could Be Worse
    Jan. 23, 1998
    While the well-chronicled excesses of the 1996 presidential race provided the most compelling case for campaign finance reform in more than 20 years, a threadbare, patchwork system of campaign finance reporting at the state level makes a mockery of public disclosure.

    Past Money Talks columns from the PoliticsNow and ElectionLine Web sites:

    Despite Warnings, White House Walked Fine Line (March 4, 1997)

    White House Coffees Give Fund Raising A Jolt (Jan. 27, 1997)

    Paying The Piper With Contributors' Cash (Jan. 21, 1997)

    Stealth Campaigning (Jan. 14, 1997)

    Retiring Generosity (Jan. 7, 1997)

    Wreaking Havoc (Dec. 20, 1996)

    The Soft Money Trail (Dec. 12, 1996)

    Con-ventional Wisdom (Dec. 3, 1996)

    Money & Politics In '96: Part II (Nov. 19, 1996)

    Money & Politics In '96: The Senate (Nov. 6, 1996)

    Below Zero: The Prospects For Reform (Oct. 28, 1996)

    Warner Vs. Warner: The Personal Fortune At Stake In The Bitter Virginia Race (Oct. 21, 1996)

    Gephardt's Leaky Money Machine (Oct. 15, 1996)

    Weeds In The Garden State (Oct. 8, 1996)

    Pressler's Problems (Oct. 1, 1996)

    Staving Off Gantt (Sept. 23, 1996)

    The Myth Of Exploding TV Advertising Costs (Sept. 17, 1996)

    The Democratic Party's Rising Stars (Sept. 9, 1996)

    The Don Quixotes of Politics (Sept. 3, 1996)

    Why They Don't Vote (Aug. 25, 1996)

    A Diversionary Tale (Aug. 19, 1996)

    Feeding At The Campaign Trough (Aug. 5, 1996)

    Cars For Hire (July 29, 1996)

    Candidates For Investment (July 22, 1996)

    A Questionable Form Of Interstate Commerce (July 15, 1996)

    The Big-Money Picture (July 8, 1996)

    Let The Ad-Wars Begin (July 1, 1996)

    The GOP's Seeds of Power (June 24, 1996)

    The Permanent Campaign of Michael Patrick Flanagan (June 17, 1996)

    Playing it Safe (June 10, 1996)

    The Rewards of Political Philanthropy (June 3, 1996)

    Wellstone's Deep Well (May 27, 1996)

    The Money In The Massachusetts Senate Race (May 17, 1996)

    If At First You Don't Succeed... Don't Try Again! (May 9, 1996)

    Take and Switch (April 15, 1996)

    The People Behind The Candidates (April 4, 1996)

    The Golden ZIPs (March 24, 1996)

    Dole Loves Those Corporate Jets (March 17, 1996)

    Two Myths: TV Ad Costs and Dole's Spending Cap (March 10, 1996)

    GE Brings Good Things to Congress: Money! (March 3, 1996)

    It's Not Just Peanuts for Pat Roberts It's Sugar and Cotton and... (Feb. 25, 1996)

    The Self-Financing Campaign (Feb. 18, 1996)

    No GOP Revolution in Campaign Funding (Feb. 11, 1996)

    Myths and Money: Campaign Stories (Feb. 5, 1996)

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