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I know what you’re looking for on your lunch break: an update on Senate disclosure parity! The Sunlight Foundation reports that Sen. Russ Feingold’s years-long, seemingly quixotic quest to cajole the Senate into filing campaign fundraising reports the same way as the House — electronically and directly to the FEC — may soon come to fruition. Feingold is expected to re-introduce S.223 in the next few weeks and enlarged Democratic majorities mean the greatest chance for passage yet. See Sunlight for more.

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