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NEW POLL: Mitch McConnell vulnerable on issue of money in politics

A new poll commissioned by Public Campaign Action Fund indicates that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's stance on money in politics is a vulnerability. The poll, which was conducted by Lake Research Partners, surveyed 5,000 Kentucky voters and found that McConnell's opposition to sensible campaign finance restrictions may not play well at the polls.

Mitch McConnell Uses Opposition To Syria Strikes As Campaign Cash Pitch

Moments after the President concluded his speech on the situation in Syria, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sent out a fundraising email in an attempt to leverage his opposition to military strikes for campaign contributions.

Senators Host Out-of-State Weekend Getaway for Leadership PAC

Whether you call it "recess" or "district work period," August is the month when members of Congress are supposed to go home to meet with constituents, hold town hall meetings, and generally reconnect with their state or district.

It's also a good time to raise money. While many House members and Senators have fundraisers scheduled this month back home, one we noticed happening this weekend sticks out.

Rep. Alexander: Fundraising goes on "24 hours a day"

Louisiana Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election, citing fundraising as one reason for his decision.

In an interview with the Norman News Star, Alexander said that fundraising is “the main business and it’s 24 hours a day. It’s not fair. It’s not fair for the member, it’s not fair for the constituentcy to have to be approached every day or two or every week or two.”

What Congressional Call Time Is Really Like

Members of Congress often complain about how much time they have to spend raising money--hours everyday on the phone with wealthy people asking for big checks. Today, the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza happened upon a first-term House Democrat doing his "call time." The tweets are below. 

Senators Boycott EPA Chief Vote While Raising Money From Energy Lobbyists

Three Senate Republicans who boycotted Thursday's scheduled vote on President Obama's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had fundraisers scheduled on the same day, at least two of which were hosted by energy industry lobbyists, according to invitations obtained by the Sunlight Foundation's Political Party Time website.

March Madne$$

When the end of March rolls around it seems that everyone is focused on one thing - the NCAA's March Madness basketball tournament. Members of Congress are no exception - though many are using the event to rake in campaign cash.

Welcome to Congress...Now Raise Money!

Dear Class of 2012,

Congratulations on your election to Congress, freshman class of 2012! Now it's time to get to work. Policy meetings? Haha, no. Constituent outreach? Not so fast. Find your way around the Capitol grounds? Don't be silly, there's only one place you need to know how to get to: your fundraising call center.

Josh Mandel Returns to DC for a Series of Lobbyist Fundraisers

Despite a series of missteps and a federal investigation of a major donor to his campaign, Ohio State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel (R) is holding steady, due in part to a mountain of outside money coming to his rescue, Politico reports. "Behold the post-Citizens United era of unlimited outside spending, where even a blunder-prone candidate can stay in the game if there’s sustained firepower trained against his opponent."

Shhhhh! Romney's Big Money Bundlers Remain a Secret

On Saturday, the Washington Post editorialized on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's secret campaign bundlers, noting that "The difference between President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney when it comes to fundraising is not only that Mr.