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Brave new world of political spending for nonprofits, by Eliza Newlin Carney While the focus post-Citizens United has been on corporations, nonprofits are also affected by the decision. States can limit corporate and union spending on elections, by Brian Frosh and Jamie Raskin Two Maryland senators talk about their bill to respond to Citizens United in Maryland. Chamber: Unions to gain from campaign finance decision, by Kevin Bogardus Unions will benefit the most from Citizens United, according to the Chamber of Commerce's general counsel. “Despite the Chamber’s heavy spending, the business group’s attorney believes the labor movement is now in control of Washington due to the Supreme Court ruling.” Congress Millions spent to sway Democrats on health care, by Jeff Zeleny The Chamber and its allies are spending about $30 million in the final days of the health care debate in 40 Democratic Congressional districts. Obama’s focus on financial rules, Supreme Court opinion could aid Democrats, by Scott Wilson President Obama plans to focus his next two months on two issues – strong financial regulations and ways to mitigate a Supreme Court ruling. Sen. Evan Bayh: “We’ve got good people trapped in a dysfunctional system.” In an interview with Ezra Klein, Sen. Bayh (D-Ind.) talks a bit about fundraising and the broken system. Sen. Dodd to introduce plan to overhaul financial regulatory system, by Brady Dennis Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) is going to introduce his financial reform bill. Fossil fuel influence surrounds Senators as ex-staffers turn lobbyists Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) has at least 6 former staffers turned lobbyists working on energy issues. Also, there’s a lot of energy money going to candidates this cycle. Bank of America agrees to be more transparent with donations Bank of America will list its political donations from its treasury on its website, and other companies are being targeted.