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List of lawmakers losing fundraising race is dominated by the scandal-plagued

Several incumbent lawmakers who are giving off the whiff of scandal have another worry on top of their legal woes: They aren’t keeping up with their challengers, many from within their own parties, in the fundraising arena.

Take Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), who’s facing a rematch against Ro Khanna, a former Obama administration official whom Honda defeated by less than 5,000 votes in 2014. The Office of Congressional Ethics says that Honda and his staffers “may have improperly tied official activities…to past or potential campaign or political support” and “may have used official resources to benefit his campaigns,” according to a Sept. 3 report by the nonpartisan, quasi-independent watchdog, which referred the matter to the House Ethics Committee.

Now, Honda is one of seven incumbents trailing their challengers in fundraising as ofSept. 30, federal records show, making his road to re-election especially perilous.

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In climate debate, Obama faces a Congress heavily invested in the oil and gas industry

Back in Washington after a trip last week to the global climate change conference in Paris, President Barack Obama will soon find two new bills on his desk, both aimed at sinking his administration’s initiatives to reduce carbon emissions. The president isn’t expected to sign them. But the message from the Republican-majority Congress is unmistakable: When it comes to climate change … read more.

Updated issue profile: gun rights vs. gun control spending

Our data-rich, up-to-date look at the debate includes two vote correlations on the Manchin-Toomey amendment, which would expand background checks of would-be gun buyers to cover all commercial sales, including those that occur at gun shows. Both of them pair individual senators’ votes on the measure with their contributions from gun-rights and gun-control interests; one was in 2013 and the other was this month, the day after the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif.

Two dozen dark money groups have busted 50 percent cap on politics at least once

Twenty-four politically active nonprofits — including some of the biggest names in dark money — have devoted more than half their total spending to influencing elections in at least one year between 2008 and 2013, a Center for Responsive Politics analysis shows. At least three have done so more than once. A new feature on displays the percentage rankings. Because nonprofits file their annual tax … read more.

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