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.

Bette Midler's family foundation broke rule banning charities from giving to super PACs.

William Koch's steadily increasing political activity has gotten relatively little notice compared to that of brothers Charles and David.

Hamburger chain, wealthy businessmen among Congressional Leadership Fund's first backers in 2013.

Portland-based group cites comedian Stephen Colbert as an inspiration for political advocacy.

Hybrid super PAC wants House speaker to endorse a select committee investigation into Benghazi attack.

After spending $600,000 toward his 2012 defeat, Texas super donor backed Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election.

Rep. Steve Pearce donated $10,000 to a super PAC that employs a former aide and his brother.

Newly registered 'Arkansas Horizon' super PAC could play pivotal role in contentious Senate race.

Liberal groups outraised conservative counterparts 2-to-1 in first half of 2013.

New Yorkers, Californians give big bucks to pro-Clinton super PAC.

Sen. Marco Rubio gave $30,000 to a prominent super PAC ahead of immigration reform push.

Pro-independent group launched by Gateway co-founder Ted Waitt shuts down.

Republican senators steered donations to a nonprofit group touting their GOP colleague in May.

Direct Selling Association tells FEC it used "corporate funds" to bankroll political ads last year.

Conservative groups that supported DOMA have courted lawmakers with campaign cash.

Massachusetts Democrat wins Senate seat despite Gomez supporters' last-minute efforts.

Political groups dump more than $5 million into ads ahead of special U.S. Senate election.

Obama picks campaign fundraisers for diplomatic posts in Belgium and the Dominican Republic.

Energy company's PAC has donated more than $500,000 to politicians in five months.

San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt brings the heat in the political money game.

New group forms in one of California's most contentious congressional districts.

Obama’s new picks for ambassadorships in Denmark, Germany and Spain are all major fundraisers.

Elizabeth Warren to headline environmental group's fundraiser after it spent big to elect her.

Charitable 'matches' one way Coca-Cola, other companies incentivize employee PAC contributions.

Super PAC launches last-minute effort in Missouri, won't disclose donors before special election.

Norm Coleman has collected more than $570,000 from two conservative nonprofits in three years.

Only a sliver of shareholders want oil giant to stop using corporate funds for politics.

Conservatives and liberals reap riches from modest contributions.

Group launched to tout North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis ahead of potential Senate run.

American Future Fund, which has spent millions on political ads, wants IRS official to go.