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New members of the 113th: What they own and whom they owe

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Even before he was elected last November to represent Chicago's southern exurbs in the House, Illinois Democrat Bill Foster decided to sell his stake in Electronic Theatre Controls, a company he founded with his brother. Foster jettisoned the shares -- worth at least $5 million -- "to minimize potential conflicts of interest when voting on legislation that might impact his personal finances," according to his press secretary. 

Among this year's congressional freshmen, Foster stands out as a noteworthy exception.

Now that President Barack Obama's inaugural festivities are over and the 113th Congress is getting down to serious business, Sunlight ...

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Americans for Tax Reform drops $2 million in one day

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Dark money group Americans for Tax Reform just dropped close to $2 million to influence competitive House races. 

Victories for the 501(c)4 non-profit lobbying organization, founded by conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist in 1985, would undoubtedly complicate efforts to reach a deal to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" because the group "opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle." ATR's central tenet -- the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which requires lawmakers to  "solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases," enjoys the backing most Republicans in Congress and all but one of this year's GOP presidential ...

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Profile: Dan Benishek

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Party: Republican
State and District: Michigan, 1
Born:  April 20, 1952 Iron River, Mich.
Campaign cash raised: $2,629,497
Money from businesses that lobby: $552,450
Money from leadership PACs: $214,400
Money from in-state / out-of-state: $366,264 / $100,731
At-risk in November? Yes
Outside group spending: $1,846 in support/ $39,858 in opposition
Net worth in 2010: $3,335,080 to $7,956,000

 

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Profile: Jim Renacci

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Party: Republican
State and District: Ohio, 16
Born:   December 3, 1958 Monongahela, Pa.
Campaign cash raised: $4,554,671
Money from businesses that lobby: $678,134
Money from leadership PACs: $158,025
Money from in-state / out-of-state: $868,232 / $123,633
At-risk in November? Yes
Outside group spending: $46,735 in opposition
Net worth in 2010: $32,345,756 to $51,775,662

 

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Profile: Rick Crawford

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Party: Republican
State and District: Arkansas 1
Born: Jan. 22, 1966, Homestead Base, FL
Campaign cash raised: $2,342,833
Money from businesses that lobby: $320,270
Money from leadership PACs: $147,800
Money from in-state / out-of-state: $399,192 / $50,368
At-risk in November? Yes
Outside group spending: $10,000 in support/$14,941 in opposition
Net worth in 2010: $101,003 to $215,000
Net worth in 2011: -$349,998 to $669,995

 

 

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Profile: Lou Barletta

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Party: Republican
State and District: Pennsylvania, 11
Born: Jan. 28, 1956, Hazelton, PA
Campaign cash raised: $2,270,918
Money from businesses that lobby: $383,927
Money from leadership PACs: $146,900
Money from in-state / out-of-state: $273,194 / $62,852
At-risk in November? No
Outside group spending: $387 in opposition
Net worth in 2010: $169,105 to $2,613,998
Net worth in 2011: -$5,603,898 to $1,867,993.00

 

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Profile: Kevin Yoder

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Party: Republican
State and District: Kansas, 3
Born: Jan. 8, 1976, Cleveland, Ohio
Campaign cash raised:$3,468,543
Money from businesses that lobby: $595,699
Money from leadership PACs: $109,900 
Money from in-state / out-of-state: $679,873 / $310,963
At-risk in November? No
Outside group spending: None reported
Net worth in 2010: -$228,993 to $44,996
Net worth in 2011: -$449,992 to $29,995.00

 

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Profile: David Schweikert

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Party: Republican
State and District: Arizona, 5
Born: March 3, 1962 Los Angeles, Calif. 
Campaign cash raised: $3,221,285
Money from businesses that lobby: $500,399
Money from leadership PACs: $121,599
Money from in-state / out-of-state: $498,374 / $165,540
At-risk in November? No
Outside group spending: $8,676 in support / $386,342 in opposition
Net worth in 2010: $1,480,029 to $10,849,994
Net worth in 2011: $290,014 to $5,299,996

 

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House freshmen project: Reporting team

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Sunlight's series on the House freshmen was reported and researched by a team from our Reporting Group, Sunlight Labs and Communications shop:

Bill Allison

Bill Allison: Bill is the Editorial Director at the Sunlight Foundation. A veteran investigative journalist and editor for nonprofit media, Bill worked for the Center for Public Integrity for nine years, where he co-authored The Cheating of America with Charles Lewis, was senior editor of The Buying of the President 2000 and co-editor of the New York Times bestseller The Buying of the President 2004. He edited projects on topics ranging from the role of ...

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