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.

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.

Citing First Amendment concerns, 5-4 Supreme Court majority tosses out aggregate limits on campaign contributions.

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Where Ready for Hillary received contributions last quarter.

In primary, Rep. Adam Kinzinger defeats tea party foe who wants congressmen to display donors' corporate logos.

Alabama Power, Pfizer among companies that helped fund the Alabama House Republican Conference in 2012.

Outside groups spent nearly $5 million aiding Republican in Florida's heated House race.

Tax agency called a 'cancer' and 'criminal enterprise' at conservative convention.

Attorney Andrew Schapiro has become the latest of the president's campaign bundlers tapped for a top diplomatic post.

Less than one-third of money pumped into House contest is controlled by Sink or Jolly.

Meet 10 super PACs that raised big bucks from grassroots donors, not billionaires, in 2013.

Former diplomats offer advice as Obama faces criticism for elevating numerous campaign bundlers with limited overseas experience.

Montana Democrat John Walsh will co-sponsor the Campaign Disclosure Parity Act and file his own financial reports electronically.

Karl Rove's deep-pocketed group kicks into action after largely dormant 2013.

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

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.

Pro-Clinton super PAC linked to man sought by investigator regarding financial problems.

Nuclear giant says its political contribution reports overstated numerous payments to politically active nonprofits.

Group backing daughter of former VP Dick Cheney for Wyoming U.S. Senate seat funded by Washington power players.