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Holding Congress accountable
Politico

Jan 9, 2013
If competitive elections are the backbone of our democratic republic, U.S. House elections are the snails: no vertebrae, only a hard, protective shell of their own making. More than 80 percent of members are safe within the shell of one-party districts where they’re never tested by a challenge from the opposing party, and they rarely face a serious primary challenge. READ MORE...

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One super PAC takes aim at incumbents of any party
Paul Kane
The Washington Post
Mar 7, 2012
In two Ohio congressional primaries Tuesday, a Texas-based group spent almost $190,000 supporting a pair of candidates who could not be more different: a tea party conservative and a liberal icon, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio). READ MORE...

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‘Super PAC’ Increasing Congress’s Sense of Insecurity
Jennifer Steinhauer and Jonathan Weisman
The New York Times
Mar 8, 2012

WASHINGTON — Representative Jean Schmidt of Ohio never had it easy.
Since her first House race, in 2005, Ms. Schmidt, a Republican, had endured tough primaries and had vexed members of both parties here more than once. Yet she was expected to prevail again on Tuesday and overcome a primary challenge from Brad Wenstrup, a doctor and Iraq war veteran who has never held political office. READ MORE...

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Super PAC targets congressional incumbents
Fredreka Schouten and Gregory Korte
USA Today
Feb 13, 2012

WASHINGTON – Leaders of a new $1.8 million non-partisan super PAC say they're out to level the playing field against entrenched incumbents in Congress through a novel strategy: targeting them in primary elections. READ MORE...

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This Texas "Anarchist" GOPer Is Taking Out Incumbents
Tim Murphy
Mother Jones
Mar 8, 2012

Leo Linbeck III

If you're a deep-pocketed political donor, contributing vast sums of money to advance your own ideology is just what you do. Pouring money into TV ads and get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of politicians you thoroughly and completely disagree with? Not so much. READ MORE...

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New 'Super PAC' Takes Aim at Incumbents
Alicia Mundy & Douglas Belkin
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Mar 18, 2012

The leaders of the Campaign for Primary Accountability, a new political-action committee that is roiling House primaries across the country, are conservative and mostly Republican. But the heartburn they have been causing is bipartisan. READ MORE...

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Super PAC targets incumbents of any stripe
Paul Kane
The Washington Post
Jun 18, 2012

Houston — Until three weeks ago, Leo Linbeck III had never voted in a primary election. “I’m the perfect example of a clueless buffoon,” he said. READ MORE...

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Learning to Love the Super PAC
Josh Kraushaar
National Journal
Mar 13, 2012

Unlimited outside money may actually be the cure, not the cause, for uncompetitive congressional races. READ MORE...

 

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