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October 10th, 2014
06:25 PM ET

Will politicians get bad grades for absenteeism?

(CNN) – Money is the lifeblood of politics, but information isn't far behind.

So what happens when a fundraiser happens at the same time as a committee hearing? You do the math.

On the campaign trail this year, many challengers are hauling out the attendance records posted by incumbents, and asking: Why were you absent?

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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