Paul Abowd

The Center for Public Integrity

Paul was money and politics reporter for the Center's Consider the Source project. He came to D.C. from Detroit, where he reported for Labor Notes magazine and Critical Moment. His story on President Obama's charter school policy won a 2010 Project Censored award. He wrote and co-produced a documentary about Detroit's Brewster-Douglass housing projects, which premiered in April 2012. His stories have appeared in Mother Jones, The Washington Post,, In These Times, and elsewhere. More at

Political groups led by state executives increasingly raising undisclosed cash through nonprofits.

Powerful state governors' associations are pumping more funds into nonprofit arms.

Donors to Republican Governors Association nonprofit include hospital company that backed Obamacare.

Despite voter disapproval, governor uses special powers in bid to resolve Motor City's fiscal woes.

Series of recent reports aim to reveal beneficiaries of Donors Trust dollars.

Billionaire Republican super donor Harold Simmons chairs a foundation that backs liberal causes.

Charity acts as screen for conservative foundations that feed network of state-based think tanks, media outlets.

Top super PAC donor unhappy with report on pro-Israel charitable giving.

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has directed hundreds of millions of dollars to pro-Israel organizations.

Billionaire Koch brothers continue to shower free-market causes with tax-exempt gifts.

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Think tank’s 32-year 'right-to-work' campaign succeeds in union stronghold

Many of the same super-rich Republican donors that financed super PACs were active at the state level.

Democrat Steve Bullock's gubernatorial win a low point for litigious conservative group.

Failed ballot initiatives attracted millions in spending from siblings with differing political views.

Attempts to oust justices in Florida and Iowa fail; GOP scores in N.Car., Montana too close to call.

Secretive nonprofit received $300,000 donation from anti-union group.

A secretive foe of campaign finance rules can't explain IRS filing noting $300,000 donation.

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

How Pennsylvania's governor benefited from an untraceable $1.5 million donation.

Michigan’s emergency manager law, and labor’s future, up for a vote

Two powerful partisan groups are funneling millions of dollars into the North Carolina governor's race.

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

D.C.-based Republican Governors Association uses super PAC to move $1 million to GOP candidate in Indiana.

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Citizens United decision has major impact on elections in nearly half of states.

Quick stats on 60 Plus Association, supporting Republicans

Quick stats on Crossroads GPS, supporting Republicans