Michael Beckel

Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Michael Beckel joined the Center for Public Integrity as a politics reporter in February 2012, where his focus is on super PACs, politically active nonprofits and the influence of money on elections. He previously worked for three years as the money-in-politics reporter for the Center for Responsive Politics. Beckel's exploits have taken him inside the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including the oral arguments of the landmark campaign finance cases Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. FEC. Earlier, he completed a yearlong editorial fellowship with Mother Jones magazine, wrote for two alternative newsweeklies in Colorado and performed legislative research at Project Vote Smart. Beckel is a 2005 graduate of Colorado College.

Ahead of high-stakes battle for the Senate, Democrats create massive fundraising group blessed by contentious 'McCutcheon' decision.

Washington, D.C.-based groups are dominating the airwaves in the Last Frontier, home to one of the nation's most contested Senate races.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is asking the IRS to investigate the 60 Plus Association.

High-profile groups such as Crossroads GPS and Patriot Majority USA acknowledged mistakes after Center for Public Integrity inquiry.

The 60 Plus Association tells the IRS it barely spends money on politics — despite funding millions in candidate attack ads.

Priorities USA Action raised $8.4 million in 2012, the bulk of which came from four unnamed donors.

Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer's 'American Unity' super PAC received $53,000 from American Crossroads last year.

Only a slice of the Senate has opted to e-file campaign finance documents as members debate mandating the practice.

Georgia's GOP Senate primary has attracted big money from a super PAC funded by two nonprofit groups tied to an Ohio lobbyist.

Co-chairman of U.S. Senate candidate's finance committee also helps bankroll supportive super PAC.

NRCC creates second 'jumbo' joint fundraising committee in wake of Supreme Court 'McCutcheon' ruling.

GOP powerhouse American Crossroads got $50,000 from a limited liability company that shares its address with the Arizona Cardinals.

Tax agency rejects pro-Blanche Lincoln group's application for tax-exempt status, calling it too focused on influencing elections.

Lobbyists’ role in Senate GOP whip's campaign helped him avoid, in his own words, a “fair fight.”

Democrats have outraised their GOP counterparts in terms of money coming from lobbyists doubling as fundraisers.

Jane Hartley, a major Obama campaign bundler, nominated to be next U.S. ambassador to France.

An Iowa-based organization devoted to fighting 'the radical animal rights movement' has formed a super PAC.

New jumbo joint fundraising committee to aid 10 Republican ‘young guns’ and the NRCC.

A dozen anonymous donors accounted for most of the $12.7 million America Votes raised during its last fiscal year.

Reynolds American gave thousands of dollars to politically active nonprofits such as the Log Cabin Republicans, Americans for Prosperity.

Group funded by limited liability companies boosts West Virginia Republican Alex Mooney.

Secretive group connected to GOP state Sens. Jason Priest and Ed Walker raised $900,000 in 2012, new documents show.

Former FEC Chairman David Mason establishes 'New Hampshire PAC to Save America'.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey failed to disclose a March trip to an exclusive, 'off-the-record' conference.

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Supreme Court ruling has emboldened political groups designed to serve as collective fundraising operations.

The Supreme Court recently decided to eliminate 'aggregate limits' on contributions. We tell you what that means.

Republican accountant registers a new Montana-based super PAC as the state prepares for a heated Senate contest.

A growing number of senators voluntarily e-file their campaign finance reports. But will the practice ever be mandated?

A Supreme Court ruling elminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.

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