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After Cantor Shock, Independent Expenditures Resume (Updated)

Updated 8:00pm  The day after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss, major national organizations quickly resumed making large independent expenditures for and against candidates in the 2014 elections.  

Those making independent expenditures on June 11th include American Crossroads  spending $461K, the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees PEOPLE  spending $652K, and the National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund  spending $400K.  Other spending included $600K spent by the Club for Growth Action, and $500K spent by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. American Crossroads spent $460,730 on independent expenditures opposing Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska. This included $423,000 to Mentzer Media for TV and media placement; $20,000 to IMGE LLC for online advertising, and $17,730 to McCarthy Hennings Walen Inc. for TV and Media production.  

Five Joint Fundraising Committees Register at FEC

The Federal Election Commission has received five new registrations for political committees that will operate as joint fundraising committees, allowing a donor to easily write one check for a large amount. However, the check may not exceed the combined contribution limit for all the participating candidates/committees.  

Registering at the FEC were Kentucky Republican Leadership Fund , which is a joint fundraising effort by the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Kentucky.  

Begich Introduces D.C. Autonomy Bills

Begich followed through with a promise made at his 52nd birthday party to help D.C. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mark Begich kept his birthday party promise to D.C. Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss, introducing two bills on Thursday that, if passed, would result in greater autonomy for the District of Columbia.  

Strauss called the Alaska Democrat a "man of his word," in an interview with CQ Roll Call, referring to Begich's promise to introduce legislation in early April that would grant D.C. budget and legislative autonomy from Congress.