House Democrats mutter about less outside spending

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, gestures during an interview with the Associated Press in Washington. Environmentalists, labor and women’s groups that spent more than $29 million to help House Democrats in 2012 have put up barely a quarter of that amount this year, sparking grumbling among party strategists that is likely to grow louder after Election Day. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists, labor and women’s groups that spent more than $29 million to help House Democrats in 2012 have put up barely a quarter of that amount this year, sparking grumbling among party strategists that is likely to grow louder after Election Day.

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