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Behind the Photo: Tom Williams' Favorite Photos

Representative John Boehner, R-Ohio, smokes a cigarette after a news conference in Sterling, Va., on September 23, 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In this installment of our “Behind the Photo” series, photographer Tom Williams discusses his favorite photos he's taken over years on Capitol Hill.  

Williams has made a tradition of sending friends, via social media, archive photos that he's captured from moments around the hill on their birthdays. "I just had all these pictures accumulated that maybe I got around to email the person, maybe I didn't," Williams said. "Pictures of staff and pictures of the reporters are, a lot of times, the best pictures you got out of the event. ... So when someone's birthday comes up, that's a great way to get that image out there."  

Super PACs Have $63 Million Ready To Spend
Members of Congress and Super PACs Keep Lawyers Busy

Campaign finance lawyers have been busy in the last few months providing legal services to members of Congress, Super PACs, and presidential campaigns.  

Several Senate and House members  dealt with serious campaign finance legal questions and investigations during the last quarter of 2013. Here are a few of the members of Congress and political organizations that paid for legal services, many relating to investigations and inquiries by the House and Senate Ethics Committees, the Federal Election Commission, and others.  

$2.5 Million Donation Goes to Democratic Super PAC

A contribution of $2.5 million has been given to a Democratic super PAC by a New York billionaire.  

The Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic-oriented super PAC, reported it received $2.5 million on 7/29 from Michael Bloomberg,  former mayor of New York City, and majority owner of Bloomberg LP.