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Americans for Prosperity spends more than $2.5 million to effort to defeat Patrick Murphy

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Patrick Murphy frequently bashed Marco Rubio on the campaign trail this fall as a “puppet of the Koch Brothers,” citing the 98 percent grade he received from Americans for Prosperity, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit political advocacy group considered the political arm of Charles and David Koch. In fact, AFP’s Florida chapter announced Monday they knocked on more than one million doors and spoke to over three million people on the phone in their effort to defeat Murphy’s bid for U.S. Senate. They also…

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Being a Charlie Crist appointee will not determine the fate of Mary Thomas

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Whether or not one is following the GOP primary for Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, it is getting a lot of attention both inside and outside of the Panhandle. The winner will succeed Democrat Gwen Graham, who chose not to seek re-election in a Florida Supreme Court-inspired redrawn district. Attorney Mary Thomas is under assault in paid broadcast media. Try going on the internet without seeing an ominously silhouetted picture of Thomas charged with the sin of being a “Charlie Crist…

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Todd Wilcox blasts David Jolly on calling for lobbying ban – even though he said it nearly a year ago

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Since declaring his candidacy for  his first run for Congress in late 2013, David Jolly has to had to hear from his critics that he’s a creature of the Washington Establishment. Jolly spent 11 years working with Congressman Bill Young, the last six as his general counsel. In 2007 he left join the Washington, D.C. firm Van Scoyoc Associates as a lobbyist, and in 2011, he left Van Scoyoc to open his own firm, Three Bridges Advisors. Now he’s running as a Washington reformer in a bid for the…

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Email insights: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio campaigns make fundraising pitches before first votes

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There’s one week until the first nominating contest of 2016, and candidates are doubling down on their campaign efforts in Iowa and New Hampshire. Marco Rubio began the week in the Hawkeye State, scheduling seven events in two days, and is planning to spend the entire week leading up to the Iowa caucuses barnstorming through the state. He isn’t alone: Jeb Bush, his friend and fellow GOP hopeful, is also campaigning in Iowa, holding events there to rally support by…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.26.15 — Alan Grayson thriving with small-dollar donations

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A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday shows that none of the Democratic or Republicans running for the U.S. Senate next year in Florida are well known enough to ask voters who they would vote for next year. That seems hard to believe when one of those candidates is Alan Grayson, but so be it. With more than a year to go before the Senate primaries in both parties, on the surface of it, the Grayson-Murphy fight should be a battle royal. However,…

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No oil money on the hands of Kathy Castor

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Even before the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Kathy Castor had opposed expanded drilling closer to Florida’s shores. So if you’re connecting the dots, you’ll find that the oil and gas industry, and individuals who work in it, have given no money to Castor, since she was first elected in 2006, according to data compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. In the current election cycle, oil and gas-related PACs have contributed more than $4.7 million to members of…

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