Kochs put a happy face on free enterprise

By Chris Young

Initiative spearheaded by billionaire brothers paints positive portrait of free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… ees. As their public profile has risen, so too has criticism. In January, Koch Industries, America’s second-largest privately held company, hired Steve Lombardo o …"

"… he Koch brothers to tell their story better,” according to Politico. “Koch Industries is working to improve the daily life of people around the world,” he sai …"

Toomey discloses trip after inquiry

By Michael Beckel

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey failed to disclose a March trip to an exclusive, 'off-the-record' conference.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… setting.  Republican politicians such as former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Go …"

GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… an exclusive, “off-the-record” retreat. GOP 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Budg …"

Super PAC for independents closes down

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… idacies are doomed from the start,” said Norm Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. “That could change as the Republican Party moves so far to the edge tha …"

Nuclear Waste: How a huge U.S. nonproliferation program became a major proliferation concern

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART ONE OF A SERIES: More than a decade of negotiations with Russia produced a clear winner, and it was not the United States.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… Since then, work on the MOX plants in both countries has proceeded. But Congress so far has refused to approve any U.S. funding for the Russian reactor and …"

Small donors fueled Michele Bachmann's campaign

By Michael Beckel

Conservatives and liberals reap riches from modest contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ose kinds of problems.”     …"

"… man who founded the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, the co-chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the U.S. Senate’s lone self-described “dem …"

"… l records. It’s firm evidence that neither Democrats nor Republicans in Congress have a monopoly on small-dollar givers, who often serve as barometers for …"

"… ough re-election bid — announced that she would not seek a fifth term in Congress. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a left-leaning independent wh …"

Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars

By Chris Young, Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller

Corporations and conservative foundations are top sponsors of judicial junkets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… t popular George Mason conference, drawing at least 10 federal judges. BP spokesman Scott Dean says the company has no record of ever directly contributing to …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… Bolton adviser. Highlighting national security issues and U.S. policy in Asia and the Middle East will rank among the PACs' priorities, Groombridge said …"

Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

By Paul Abowd

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… Defense Council. Since 2010, the foundation has received $10 million from George Soros’ Foundation to Promote an Open Society, which has assets of $2.2 billion …"

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts take some hits in rough and tumble debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Asia":

"… cause global demand is reaching new heights as the developing economies of Asia use more oil. Other energy prices have fallen during Obama's …"

Pro-environment group gave grant to conservative nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Why would a pro-environment group give $125,000 to a pro-energy, anti-regulatory nonprofit?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… clear Energy Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, energy conglomerate Koch Industries, oil refining giant Valero Energy and Exelon, which is the largest nuclear …"

Daily Disclosure: Mystery group goes after Dems in Senate races

By Rachael Marcus

A conservative nonprofit with mysterious origins goes after Democratic Senate candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… nprofit American Future Fund announced the release of attack ads to run in Florida and Wisconsin, battlegrounds for control of the U.S. Senate.In Florida, De …"

"… in Florida and Wisconsin, battlegrounds for control of the U.S. Senate.In Florida, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is facing $1.9 million in outside spending fr …"

Donor profile: Harlan Crow

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… rding to the New York Times. Crow helped found the conservative nonprofit Club for Growth, according to the Savannah Morning News. The organization has injected mor …"

"… llion into the 2012 election via both its nonprofit arm and its super PAC, Club for Growth Action, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He is also a mem …"

"… e-market, conservative think tank. The American Enterprise Institute, and Club for Growth, in particular, favor tea party candidates, but not all of Crow’s giving …"

"… ran for U.S. Senate in Texas. Dewhurst faced a barrage of attack ads from Club for Growth’s PAC and ultimately lost to tea party favorite Ted Cruz after a costly …"

Congress can’t say no to military pay raises

By Zach Toombs

Soldiering now pays much better than civilian work

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… its rising costs before leaving the position last July. In a speech at The American Enterprise Institute, he called the military pay system a “rigid, one-size-fits-all approach …"

Tax gift to the rich

By John Aloysius Farrell

How one loophole helps some wealthy Americans pay less taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… nstitute joined conservative scholars from the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. “The view that America is `the land of opportunity’ doesn’t entirel …"

Gingrich ventures took in more than $105 million over a decade's time

By Peter H. Stone

Proceeds from various ventures added up to more than $105 million

Excerpts from this story referencing "Winning the Future":

"… $50 million that Gingrich’s political committee, American Solutions for Winning the Future, roped in over about four years before going out of business this summer s …"

Bill sponsors get big campaign donations from corporations that want tax holiday

By Aaron Mehta

Companies seeking a tax holiday have given almost $1 million to bill sponsors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kay Hagan":

"… mary sponsors of the Senate bill have gotten generous contributions: Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C., at least $43,000) and John McCain (R-Ariz., at least $32,000). In …"

ANALYSIS: Republican field shies away from history on insurance mandate

By Wendell Potter

Individually-mandated health insurance began from within the Republican party

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance industry":

"… al mandate if insurance companies hated the idea.Fast forward to 2009. The insurance industry was so determined to have an individual mandate included in the reform bil …"

"… a half dozen trips to the White House after Obama was elected, carried the insurance industry’s message that a mandate coupled with subsidies from the government to h …"

New GOP campaign is aimed at Hispanics

By Peter H. Stone

Initiative will focus on economic freedom to attract Hispanic votes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercatus Center":

"… onomic freedom,” such as the American Enterprise Institute, CATO and the Mercatus Center, Garza said. “We want to be a partner and a resource.”Other groups are …"

Controversial FAA program serves just 153 communities at a cost of $200 million

By Corbin Hiar

Controversial air service subsidy lives on despite years of criticism

Excerpts from this story referencing "airline industry":

"… subsidies decreased,” auditors said. “Changes and consolidation in the airline industry have likely affected the cost of providing air service to smaller communit …"

"… ts bristled at Mica’s attempt to insert EAS cuts and new restrictions on airline industry labor rules into a short-term funding bill. “EAS is a smart use of limit …"

2012 election + weak housing market = new White House policies?

By Shirley Gao and Julie Vorman

The fast-approaching 2012 election has the Obama administration eyeing new policies to breathe life into housing market

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… y into risky lending, not the private sector, writes Peter Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute in a Wall Street Journal opinion column.  He says this view is suppor …"

Ahmed Ressam, mastermind of foiled LAX plot, gave up valuable details about al-Qaida without harsh interrogation

By David Heath

Fresh debate about interrogation tactics after bin Laden’s killing raises profile of foiled LAX bomber

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… Ressam’s information saved lives, thwarting planned terrorist attacks in Europe. Ressam fingered Zacarias Moussaoui —the so-called “20th hijacker” …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles G. Koch":

"… ic campaign. Via three foundations — the Claude R. Lambe Foundation, the Charles G. Koch Foundation and the David H. Koch Foundation — funded and administered by …"

Conservative think tank's plan would limit securitization of mortgages

By Amy Biegelsen

The American Enterprise Institute offered a plan today to eliminate the “bubble-inducing distortion” it blames for the recent financial cris

Excerpts from this story referencing "Timothy Geithner":

"… wind down the mortgage giants. At the end of the month, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is due to release his recommendations about Fannie and Freddie, as require …"

Reform reading: AEI urges closer look at derivatives, whistleblower, consumer agency rules

By Julie Vorman

A roundup of news and commentary to help consumers monitor the transparency and accountability of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… did here, it can hardly be said that such moral judgment is warranted. …"

Card games in the office — an unintended consequence of Dodd-Frank law?

By Julie Vorman

One unintended consequence of the Dodd-Frank law: A new FDIC team of bankruptcy specialists spends its days sitting in the office playing c

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… Baily said at a panel discussion about the Dodd-Frank law sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative thinktank. He was referring to the law’s mandate for the …"

Why Fannie and Freddie continue to cost taxpayers billions

By Ben Protess

Treasury secretary to testify Tuesday on mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddi Mac

Excerpts from this story referencing "Timothy Geithner":

"… r the Senate or House financial regulatory reform bills.Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner may reveal some of the administration’s ideas on Tuesday when he testifi …"

Flouting the rule on lobbyist-paid travel

By Robert Brodsky

Review finds at least 90 apparent ethics violations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kay Bailey Hutchison":

"… e ethics committee's guidance on the funding of a trip.In April 2000, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, flew to Arizona to speak at a seminar for the female partners of …"

Traveling on the Abramoff plan

By Steve Henn

Dozens of members of Congress have accepted trips from non-profits with registered lobbyists on their boards

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… ute, the Brookings Institution, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Grover Norquist's Council for National …"

From government service to private practice

By Daniel Lathrop

Writers of telecom law move to K Street

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… t on to serve as an FCC commissioner and later as a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Last year he started his own company, Furchtgott-Roth Economic Enterprise …"