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“Because he’s busy, and I’m retired.”

— Former President George W. Bush, explaining to ABC News why he doesn’t talk much to President Obama.


It’s never too early to track the trajectory of campaign contributions, An Open Secrets analysis of available data from the 2014 election cycle finds that the top 50 recipients included 26 Democrats and 24 Republicans.

“Democrats, led by high donation totals to Sens. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Max Baucus of Montana, have won the early battle. The 26 liberals surveyed have so far benefited from a total of nearly $1.1 million this year, while their conservative counterparts have racked up $705,388 from lobbyists over the same period,” reports David Steinbach, an analyst fro the watchdog group.

Mr. Markey, flush from his victory in a Massachusetts special election campaign, brought in $183,340 from lobbyists. Vice President Joseph R. Biden, incidentally, will swear him into the office Wednesday. Mr. Baucus, meanwhile, attracted $125,000.

“While Markey’s road to the top spot is easily explained, there are other factors at play in Baucus’ placement as runner-up. His office has an extensive history of both feeding and favoring the ‘revolving door’ — dozens of Baucus staffers have left his office to become lobbyists, and vice versa. Baucus has even been called ‘K Street’s Favorite Democrat,’” Mr. Steinbach says.


• 45 percent of Americans say it’s “extremely” or “very” likely that a “large number” of illegal immigrants will enter the U.S. in the near future; 61 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of Democrats agree.

• 38 percent overall say it’s extremely or very likely that the U.S. government will become “unable” to borrow money due to a huge debt load; 50 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of Democrats agree.

• 34 percent overall say there will be a significant loss of U.S. jobs to foreign nations; 40 percent of Republicans and 28 percent of Democrats agree.

• 29 percent overall anticipate a major stock market crash; 33 percent of Republicans and 22 percent of Democrats agree.

• 27 percent overall expect the banking system to undergo a major collapse; 32 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Democrats agree.

• 25 percent anticipate major riots in the U.S.; 30 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of Democrats agree.

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