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June 12th, 2014
10:13 PM ET

Keeping Them Honest: Putting a price tag on political leadership

The political gasbag crowd in Washington may focus directly on the upset primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.  But whomever wins the seat—Republican or Democrat—they’ll arrive at a House of Representatives not only raising money for themselves but for every other member of their party as well.

It’s more or less an open secret in Washington, but little known outside the Beltway.  Each incumbent member, no matter which political party, is expected to raise funds based on a sliding scale to help elect other members of his or her party. Critics, like Peter Schweizer, head of the watchdog group The Government Accountability Institute, call it a “pay to play” system. Leaders are expected to raise upwards of $500,000 each election cycle; committee chairs about $200,000 or so and then on downwards. Are you head of an important committee in the House?  That will cost you more. Committee assignments are rated “A”, “B” and “C”, with the “A” committee chairs expected to raise more than the people who chair the “C” committees.

CNN Investigations obtained some still photographs from inside the Republican National Campaign Committee showing to the penny how much money each member has raised to date, how much they are expected to raise and how far behind they may be.

Watch Senior Investigations Correspondent Drew Griffin unpeel the onion in Washington again, all part of AC360’s “Congress For Sale” series running all this year.

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Filed under: Congress • David Fitzpatrick • Drew Griffin • Keeping Them Honest
December 10th, 2013
10:17 PM ET

Congress strikes budget deal

It seems rare these days to hear of Democrats and Republicans reaching a compromise in Congress. But they did manage to reach a tentative agreement on a budget deal. It is still a long way from becoming law. But is this deal good news for you and your family? Dana Bash breaks down what's in the bill.

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November 19th, 2013
10:27 PM ET

U.S. congressman's cocaine arrest

The U.S. Attorney's office announced today that Rep. Trey Radel of Florida is charged with a misdemeanor for possessing cocaine. He was arrested Oct. 29 in Washington, D.C. In a statement, the freshman congressman apologized, saying that he struggles with alcoholism. Dana Bash reports.

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September 27th, 2013
11:32 PM ET

No game plan to avoid a shutdown

Dana Bash, David Gergen and Candy Crowley discuss the congressional clashes over the looming government shutdown.

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Filed under: Candy Crowley • Congress • Dana Bash • David Gergen • Raw Politics • Wolf Blitzer
September 26th, 2013
11:43 PM ET

Raw Politics: Congress in crisis mode

Lawmakers are scrambling to strike a deal to avoid a government shutdown this Tuesday. But there is another budget battle looming, the debt ceiling needs to be increased by mid-October. President Obama is resisting calls from Republican leaders in the House to work out a compromise, saying he refuses to negotiate over America's ability to pay its bills. Dana Bash has the latest.

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May 29th, 2013
11:02 PM ET

Michele Bachmann's political legacy

John King and David Gergen discuss why Rep. Michele Bachmann won't run again in 2014 and how her legislative career will be remembered by her colleagues and constituents.

In a video statement, Bachmann said her decision has nothing to do with an ethics investigation into her presidential campaign or her concerns about not winning another election.

But King points out she won by fewer than 5,000 votes last time she ran. "The Republicans win today by having Michele Bachmann step aside," he says. "The leadership would prefer a different candidate."

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Filed under: Congress • David Gergen • John King • Michele Bachmann • Raw Politics
May 29th, 2013
10:17 PM ET

Investigation ends when Bachmann leaves

Rep. Michele Bachmann has decided not to seek re-election in 2014. An ethics investigation into how her campaign funds were used will end when she exits Congress at the end of her term.

The Republican Congresswoman announced the news in a video on her website on Wednesday. Bachmann said she didn't base the decision on the congressional ethics inquiry, and it's not because she's worried about her chances of getting re-elected. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

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March 15th, 2013
11:16 PM ET

Santorum on Portman's gay marriage support

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Dana Bash, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced he has changed his stance on same-sex marriage because his 21-year-old son is gay. CNN asked his conservative colleagues at CPAC to react to his reversal on the issue.

For more on Portman's decision, read One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage

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Filed under: Congress • Gay & Lesbian Issues • Gay Rights • Raw Politics
March 12th, 2013
11:00 PM ET

Gergen: Give Obama credit for reaching out

David Gergen, Margaret Hoover and Peter Beinart discuss the authenticity of the president's outreach to Republicans.

March 7th, 2013
11:32 PM ET

Sen. Paul: Happy with answer from Holder

Sen. Rand Paul ended his quest Thursday to block a vote on the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director after he received an answer from the Obama administration about his question on drones.

Paul's decision to back down cleared the way for a final Senate vote this afternoon, and the chamber confirmed Brennan in a 63-34 vote that crossed party lines.

In a letter to Paul Thursday afternoon, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the president does not have the authority to use a drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil.

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Filed under: CIA • Congress • Raw Politics
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