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 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.

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Bill would provide matching funds to candidates who limit size of contributions.

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Inauguration, convention-related groups boosted by corporate contributions.

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Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

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The liberal League of Conservation Voters is fast becoming one of the nation’s strongest 'dark money' forces.

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Meet the pro-coal group that spent millions attacking Obama while telling the IRS it wasn't engaged in candidate elections.