1. NOT-SO-ANCIENT HISTORY

    Senate Hopefuls Have Bad Financial Past

    FILE  in this Feb. 4, 2012 file photo, senatorial hopeful Republican Scott D'Amboise, speaks with an unidentified supporter during the Kennebec County Super Caucus in Augusta, Maine. With Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe's announcement that she won't seek a fourth term, a number of Maine Republicans and Democrats are considering jumping into the Senate race, setting off a scramble with just two weeks before a deadline for getting on the November ballot. Four Democrats who already announced they're running could be joined by U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree, both of whom say they're weighing a bid for the open seat. If Pingree and Michaud both run, that would leave three of Maine's four seats in Congress up for grabs. (AP Photo/Joel Page/FILE)

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    At least 13 people who are running for the U.S. Senate have filed for bankruptcies, been hit with liens for overdue taxes, or convicted of crimes. The investigation into the candidates’ credit history came via InvestigativeCheck, a nonpartisan research firm, and a new online newspaper, the Washington Guardian. The 13 candidates come from all parties, including three Democrats, two Independents and eight Republicans—and many are self-proclaimed Tea Party activists advocating fiscal restraint. One such hopeful, Tea Party candidate Brenda Lenard in Tennessee, has raised $58,000 so far in her challenge to incumbent Senator Bob Corker—but a background check reveals that she was convicted in 1993 of deposit amount fraud, a felony, and a federal judge in Atlanta accused her of abusing bankruptcy 12 years later.

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