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Jeb Bush super PAC’s $103 million dwarfs what 2012 groups raised

In the first half of the year ahead of the 2016 presidential election, the super PAC affiliated with Jeb Bush raised four times as much money as all super PACs — combined — during the same period in 2011.

Together, all super PACs had raised nearly $26 million by the end of June 2011, according to an OpenSecrets Blog analysis. The top fundraiser at that point, the Mitt Romney-backing Restore Our Future, had brought in $12 million.

Right to Rise USA announced Thursday that it had raised the money from about 9,900 donors and declared that 400 of those gave more than $25,000. Restore Our Future, at the end of the same period in 2011, had just 90 contributions of more than $200, reports show.

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Property claims loom as issue in U.S.-Cuba normalization

Cuba will soon get an American ambassador and a full U.S. embassy in Havana for the first time in more than half a century. But on the path to normalized relations, there’s a $7 billion potential roadblock. And large U.S. corporations with big lobbying operations aren’t taking the lead on this one — individual Americans are. A group of 10 American ... read more.

John Oliver 1, Big Chicken 0?

John Oliver, comedic anchorman of HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” made feathers fly when he took on the poultry industry in a May 2015 episode. Last week, it became clear that his gripe with Big Chicken had echoed all the way to the Capitol. Oliver used his HBO show to attack the giant poultry processors — Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Sanderson Farms – for punishing chicken farmers ... read more.

Dad Trumps kids in political giving, but they’re a chip off the old block

Throughout Donald Trump’s young, and never dull, presidential campaign, his past donations to federal candidates — including many Democrats — have been frequently noted. “The Donald,” however, is not the only member of the Trump clan to actively participate in donating to federal candidates, parties and other federal fundraising committees; his adult children ... read more.

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