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Politico: Tea party fumes over campaign finance plan

Tea party activists are attacking a campaign finance rider in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that they view as a sneaky power grab by establishment Republicans designed to undermine outside conservative groups.

The provision would increase the amount of money a single donor could give to national party committees each year from $97,200 to as much as $777,600 by allowing them to set up different funds for certain expenses. The change would be a huge boost for party committees that have faced steep challenges in recent years from well-funded outside groups.

Disgruntled activists fear the committees will unleash the added cash against conservative candidates in primaries, making it even harder for them to unseat establishment-friendly incumbents. Most tea party groups have political action committees for which individual donations are capped at $10,000 per election cycle. Some also have super PACs, which do not have any contribution limits.

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The Wall Street Journal: Tea Party Angered by Fundraising Change in Spending Bill

It’s not often that Democrats and the tea party end up on the same side of a debate. But a hotly contested clause in the spending bill lawmakers revealed Tuesday, which would effectively allow individuals to contribute 10 times the current limit to national parties, is creating unlikely allies.

A string of tea-party groups are protesting the clause—which would allow national party committees to raise money for conventions, building renovations and election recounts under higher contribution limits—for returning too much power to the “Washington establishment,” highlighting the rift that has emerged in the Republican Party in recent years between its conservative wing and pro-business incumbents. The 2014 election saw nearly across-the-board victories for the latter group.

David Bossie, president of Citizens United—a tea-party group behind the lawsuit that resulted in the Supreme Court striking down decades-old limits on corporate political expenditures—said in a statement, “What congressional leaders are doing is what they do best: protecting incumbents and the two-party system. The Omnibus rider will only strengthen the Washington Establishment in both parties and not create a level playing field for candidates who are outside the beltway.” He called for the limits on contributions to PACs to be raised.

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AP: Delays Plague Hillary Clinton's State Dept. Files

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department has failed to turn over government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state that The Associated Press and others requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ahead of her presumptive presidential campaign. They include one request AP made four years ago and others pending for more than one year.

The agency already has missed deadlines it set for itself to turn over the material.

The State Department denied the AP's requests, and rejected the AP's subsequent appeals, to release the records sought quickly under a provision in the law reserved for journalists requesting federal records about especially newsworthy topics.

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Breitbart: Chris Christie to join Steve King conference with Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie will attend The Iowa Freedom Summit with Republican Rep. Steve King on January 24. The event is co-hosted by Citizens United and is seen as a step on the road to the 2016 presidential elections.

Other confirmed guests for the forum include potential 2016 hopefuls such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

Former Gov. Sarah Palin will also attend the event, together with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

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Des Moines Register: Chris Christie To Attend Conservative Summit In Iowa

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will attend a conservative summit in Iowa next month, a spokesman for a group sponsoring the event said.

Jeff Marschner with Citizens United said Monday that Christie will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines. The conservative group is sponsoring the event along with Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa.

Christie is weighing a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He made several visits to the early voting state during the midterm election cycle, including a stop at a King fundraiser. The summit would put him in front of a more conservative crowd than he has seen in many of his past visits.

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The Hill: Chris Christie Heading Back To Iowa

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will travel to Iowa next month for a conservative gathering.

Christie, who is considering running for president, will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and outside group Citizens United. King invited Christie, according to The Associated Press.

The potential 2016 hopeful also spent time in the state campaigning for candidates during the midterm elections.

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NJ.com: Chris Christie heading back to presidential battleground state of Iowa, report says

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie reportedly isn’t done with talking to Iowa voters face-to-face, even though the midterm elections have come and gone.

The governor is returning to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state in January to attend the “Iowa Freedom Summit,” according to the Associated Press. The event is being co-hosted by U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Citizens United.

It will be the first time Christie returns to the state since the midterm elections. New Jersey’s governor made four trips to Iowa campaigning for fellow Republicans in the lead-up to the Nov. 4 elections.

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ABC News: Christie to Attend Conservative Summit in Iowa

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will attend a conservative summit in Iowa next month, a spokesman for a group sponsoring the event said.

Jeff Marschner with Citizens United said Monday that Christie will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24 in Des Moines. The conservative group is sponsoring the event along with Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa.

Christie is weighing a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He made several visits to the early voting state during the midterm election cycle, including a stop at a King fundraiser. The summit would put him in front of a more conservative crowd than he has seen in many of his past visits.

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Breitbart: Sarah Palin Heading Back To Iowa For Inaugural Freedom Summit

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will return to Iowa in January for the Iowa Freedom Summit.

According to The Des Moines Register, the inaugural event in Des Moines on January 24 “is being held by Citizens United and Congressman Steve King” and “will serve as a place to discuss conservative ideas, as people get ready for the upcoming Iowa Caucuses next year.” Guests reportedly also include Newt Gingrich and other potential 2016 candidates, such as Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Huckabee and Santorum won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 and 2012, respectively.

Palin’s trips to Iowa, where her favorability ratings are through the roof across the aisle, have always been significant. In a landmark speech in Indianola, Iowa, in 2011, she railed against crony capitalism and the bipartisan permanent political class, ensuring those themes would be in the political conversation. Her presence at the Iowa State Fair during the 2012 election cycle ginned up the most enthusiasm. And she recently endorsed Senator-elect Joni Ernst in the GOP Senate primary.

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CNN: Sarah Palin, 2016 hopefuls on roster of new Iowa event

Washington (CNN) — Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential pick, is headed to Iowa next month for a conservative gathering that will showcase no fewer than nine potential 2016 presidential contenders.

She’s one of the confirmed speakers at the inaugural Iowa Freedom Summit, an event organized by Iowa Rep. Steve King and conservative group Citizens United to “bring grassroots activists from across Iowa to hear directly from national conservative leaders,” per its website. The event is scheduled for Jan. 24.

Palin raised eyebrows last Spring when she said she’d “never say never” to a 2016 presidential run, and remains a star within the conservative wing of the GOP, but there’s little indication she’s moving forward with preparations for a bid.

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