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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 super PACs 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. There, Beckel's exploits took him inside the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including the oral arguments of the landmark campaign finance case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. 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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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' parent company posted record lobbying expenditures last year.

After being fined by the FEC, Democrat Chris Dodd's 2008 presidential campaign files amended documents.

DSCC solicits funds ahead of Massachusetts special election.

Family Research Council's PAC dispenses cash to numerous GOP politicians.

Human Rights Campaign lobbies Congress, donates to lawmakers, as it makes case for marriage equality.

Montana Democrat Jon Tester offers budget amendment requiring e-filing of campaign finance disclosures.

Ad campaign by American Petroleum Institute targets D.C. media market, records show.

GMU center accepted funds from firm headed by former Bolivian president accused of human rights violations.

FEC laywer-turned-Minnesota county commissioner advocates for 'prompt, full disclosure' of political spenders.

J.W. Kinzer's financial largesse boosts Republican Curtis Bostic in South Carolina special election.

Alabama man bent on campaign finance deregulation kicks off election cycle with South Carolina contribution.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell touts self as defender of First Amendment.

Lawyers propose shutting down campaign finance agency, or at least limiting its reach.

DCCC identifies its most vulnerable House members, politicians the group spent millions to elect in 2012.

Former Florida governor, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, has raised millions to push education reform.

Well-connected fundraisers helped Obama pad massive campaign war chest.
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Top fundraisers closely tied to lobbying powerhouses despite president's anti-lobbyist pledge.

Treasurer of new hybrid super PAC also advocates for nation's largest steel producer.

New York City's public advocate and the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending want more regulation of political nonprofits.

Catholic-oriented super PAC mixes politics and religion.

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Fox News host's political giving benefits Republicans despite assertion he's not one.

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Club for Growth touts lawmakers, ranks politicians with new scorecards.

Ellen Weintraub sounds off about the proliferation of candidate-specific super PACs.

Congressman from Illinois cited for potentially illegal super PAC solicitation.

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REI's lobbying has increased dramatically under Sally Jewell.

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