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.

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.

But Sen. David Vitter's fundraising weapons limited during super PAC's bayou bash.

Federal regulators could crack down on independent groups using politicos' monikers.

Agency approved 6,800 'social welfare' groups' during the past four years, rejected 20.

Virginia super PAC wills its funds to nonprofit in Georgia for reasons unknown.

The names of most social welfare nonprofits don't contain overtly political words.

'Tea party'-branded nonprofits at heart of IRS scandal rarely endorsed political candidates.

IRS employees routinely open wallets for Democratic candidates and liberal groups.

Montana Supreme Court candidate says anonymous attacks sunk his campaign.

Cash from national Democrats couldn't stop Republican Mark Sanford in special election.

League of Conservation Voters goes to bat for Democrat Ed Markey in Massachusetts.

Environmental Defense Fund shows gratitude to senators with a new six-figure ad campaign.

DSCC, DCCC collect nearly $1 million from lobbyist-bundlers during first quarter.

Two groups boosted Republican Patrick Mara during unsuccessful D.C. Council bid.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., collected 10 percent of campaign cash from lobbyists.

Eight retiring senators are collectively sitting on $10.5 million.

A small but growing number of U.S. senators are filing campaign finance disclosures electronically.

Six-figure donations go to 'grassroots,' pro-Obama nonprofit.

13 Republican senators urge FCC to implement no new disclosure rules.

Former Obama and Romney campaign staffers dish about online fundraising strategies.

March Madness may be coming to an end, but the job of the NCAA's lobbyists is never done.

School choice advocate Howard Rich gives Mark Sanford's congressional campaign a late boost.

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.

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