GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

By Michael Beckel, Dave Levinthal and Carrie Levine

Super PACs, 'dark money' nonprofits help make Election Day difference as Republicans seize a U.S. Senate majority

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… ave to make any choices,” Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said about Republicans’ midterm resources. Had Republican candidates b …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… tico reported on a memo from the Koch brothers’ powerful political group Americans for Prosperity, which laid the groundwork for its future political operations. “[W]e c …"

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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… , Toomey’s office has submitted a tardy filing about the trip, which the American Enterprise Institute sponsored. “We did have an oversight in our post-trip reporting in this …"

"… k Zandi and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, among others. Including Toomey, the American Enterprise Institute spent more than $50,000 on travel, lodging and meals for 18 members of Con …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… rned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut; and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, among other …"

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 "Vladimir Putin":

"… ls initially hoped to nail details down before Obama met Russian President Vladimir Putin in July that year. Russian hesitation over the deal’s high costs preven …"

Small donors fueled Michele Bachmann's campaign

By Michael Beckel

Conservatives and liberals reap riches from modest contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vermont":

"… ould not seek a fifth term in Congress. Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a left-leaning independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats, collected …"

"… Ben Eisenberg, the finance director of Sanders’ campaign. “People in Vermont and across the country appreciate Bernie’s efforts,” Eisenberg added. …"

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 "George Soros":

"… ed by the Open Society Institute, a foundation founded by liberal investor George Soros, focused mainly on human rights law. (The Center for Public Integrity has …"

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 "Mercatus Center":

"… ended up is a mystery, though some Donors Trust recipients, including the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies based at George Mason University in V …"

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 "Natural gas":

"… production is expected to soon exceed its pre-spill levels. Natural gas production from federal areas has been declining for years because driller …"

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 "Jeb Bush":

"… f Minnesota, former GOP Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida.Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer group Public Citizen …"

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 "American Future Fund":

"… the Center’s list of donors here. …"

"… ervative super PAC Club for Growth Action and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.American Future Fund’s “1979” attacks Nelson’s tenure, noting “Bill Nelson’s been i …"

"… nprofit and does not release its donors.Among some of the other funders of American Future Fund:The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) gave the …"

"… to the Center for Responsive Politics. Rastetter and his company, like the American Future Fund, are based in Iowa.The Center to Protect Patients’ Rights gave $11.7 mil …"

Donor profile: Harlan Crow

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… America (pro-conservative), all of which is from Crow Holdings $50,000 to Texas Conservatives Fund (pro-David Dewhurst), all of which is from Crow Holding …"

"… sidential candidate Mitt Romney State-level contributions: $50,000 to Texas Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas $25,000 to Republican Texas Attorney General Gr …"

"… ions: $50,000 to Texas Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas $25,000 to Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott $25,000 to Kelly Hancock, Republican candida …"

"… ey General Greg Abbott $25,000 to Kelly Hancock, Republican candidate for Texas Senate in District 9 Corporate name: Crow Family Holdings, LLC Corporat …"

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 "The Pentagon":

"… ot the special pay, is responsible for the military’s recruiting success.The Pentagon has proposed leveling off pay increases starting in fiscal year 2015 and h …"

Tax gift to the rich

By John Aloysius Farrell

How one loophole helps some wealthy Americans pay less taxes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Goldman Sachs":

"… t of individual donors are familiar, politically well-connected firms like Goldman Sachs (having given $2 million) and Bain Capital (with almost $1.8 million in do …"

"… articular champion of the carried interest tax break. His wife is a former Goldman Sachs vice president, and now works as a partner in a Wall Street private equity …"

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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… transformational policies.”Norm Ornstein, a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute — where Gingrich held a part time perch before his campaign — said in …"

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 "Barbara Boxer":

"… ore than $64,000 and Lofgren bringing in at least $53,000. California Sen. Barbara Boxer ranks fourth on the list with more than $51,000 in donations.The primary s …"

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 "House":

"… that long ago. …"

"… heir way through Congress that it sent a pro-mandate emissary to the White House several times to persuade President Obama to embrace the concept — which …"

"… , according to visitor logs, made at least a half dozen trips to the White House after Obama was elected, carried the insurance industry’s message that a …"

"… overage would solve the problem of affordability.Thus persuaded, the White House threw its weight behind the concept, and, of course, the bill Obama signed …"

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 "Jeb Bush":

"… together in Florida early this year  —  which drew former Gov. Jeb Bush —  and plans another one in the Sunshine State in early 2012.Colema …"

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 "transportation options":

"… While EAS is a vital support program for Alaska communities with no other transportation options, there are also 109 airports in the lower 48 states that still benefit fro …"

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 "prosecutor":

"… ooperation of Ressam… [it] was a real achievement,” the former Seattle prosecutor told iWatch News. “And it wasn’t done by pouring water over a clo …"

"… t able to build that same relationship.”Robin Baker, one of the New York prosecutors, disagreed and said Ressam was "always treated with the utmost …"

"… pivotal had Ressam been asked about it before 9/11. In sentencing papers, prosecutors acknowledge that information from Ressam helped defuse the shoe bomb of R …"

"… t Mokhtar Haouari, who helped Ressam in his plot. But by 2003, as New York prosecutors continued to question Ressam month after month, things started to go awry …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Enron":

"… gresses, Koch lobbyists labored to preserve the exemption, known as the “Enron Loophole,” that excused energy commodity contracts from regulation.But t …"

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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… annie and Freddie, as required by the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. …"

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 "chief financial officer":

"… lbook. The Ninth Circuit overturned the securities fraud conviction of the chief financial officer at Network Associates Inc., ruling that the “government’s failure to o …"

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 "spokesman":

"… hose designated as systemically important,” said Greg Hernandez, an FDIC spokesman. How the agency’s new office will oversee such companies is part of 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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… private entities, said Peter Wallison, who follows housing finance for the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank.“There aren’t any real good answers,” sai …"

Flouting the rule on lobbyist-paid travel

By Robert Brodsky

Review finds at least 90 apparent ethics violations

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oklahoma":

"… omment about the Thomas office trips.Former Republican Sen. Don Nickles of Oklahoma also reported attending the 2003 conference and that his $2,579 in expense …"

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 "New York":

"… st four registered lobbyists, including former U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari, a New York Republican.While such non-profits can legally pay for trips for members of …"

"… ca and Greece. Among the domestic destinations were Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, San Francisco, Boca Raton and San Diego. Also on …"