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CLIP: President Obama Remarks on Oregon College Shootings
President Obama made a statement on the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Ten people are believed to have died and more than 20 were injured. The 26-year old male shooter also died in the attack. In his statement, President Obama called on the need for more gun control measures.
October 2, 2015 : 5 min. 57 sec.

CLIP: Lobbying and the Export-Import Bank
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) discusses the Export-Import Bank, corporate welfare, and the influence of lobbying firms on lawmakers.
July 24, 2015 : 4 min. 5 sec.

CLIP: 2016 Presidential Candidates and Campaign Finance
Dave Levinthal talked about who he thinks is winning the money race among the 2016 presidential candidates following the most recent round of Federal Election Commission (FEC) campaign spending disclosures.
July 20, 2015 : 7 min. 16 sec.

CLIP: Campaign 2016 and 3rd Party Groups
Michael Beckel talked about his recent piece on the Federal Communications Commission filings, which shows that third party groups have already started releasing over one million dollars in negative ads for the 2016 presidential election that is more than 500 days away.
June 22, 2015 : 8 min. 13 sec.

CLIP: "Net Neutrality" Rules
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considered new "net neutrality" rules, also known as "open Internet." Members voted 3-2 in favor of Chair Tom Wheeler's proposed rule changes that reclassify high-speed broadband as a public utility. The rules are designed to prohibit Internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against legal content moving through their networks. It would also stop content providers from paying for preferential treatment "fast lanes."
February 26, 2015 : 3 min. 36 sec.

CLIP: Campaign Finance: Mega-Donors & Super PACs
Kenneth Vogel talked about campaign spending strategies for the 2016 presidential race, focusing on the largest donors and the political action committee’s they were expected to be donating to. Topics included the recent announcement that Koch brother-backed groups would spend nearly $1 billion during the election cycle.
February 2, 2015 : 3 min. 44 sec.

CLIP: Campaign Finance and Citizens United Ruling
FEC Commissioner Lee Goodman talked about the new rules on political party funding, the future of political speech online, and the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling.
January 15, 2015 : 10 min. 47 sec.

CLIP: Gun Rights and Gun Control
Jonathan Lowy and Larry Pratt talked about gun rights and gun control, including the pros and cons of stronger background check regulations.
December 15, 2014 : 3 min. 50 sec.

CLIP: Midterm Election Fundraising and Campaign Spending
Center for Responsive Politics Director Sheila Krumholz talked about campaign spending by the parties, outside interest groups, and candidates in the nation’s most expensive Campaign 2014 races.
October 22, 2014 : 6 min. 6 sec.

CLIP: Congressional Ethics
Government Affairs Lobbyist Craig Holman discusses the role of the Office of Congressional Ethics in reviewing, investigating, and either referring or dismissing cases of ethical violations.
October 16, 2014 : 6 min. 52 sec.
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