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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… According to a Center for Public Integrity review of data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, just two Senate contests saw outside groups spend more on elections than …"

"… rted spending about $55 million to the FEC as of Tuesday, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (Party committees also reported spending an additional $14 million.) Sim …"

"… Tuesday — and parties spent an additional $19 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Hagan outraised Tillis by a ratio of more than 2-to-1 and liberals accou …"

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 "Charles Koch Foundation":

"… ng, and how to empower individuals to live better lives,” he wrote. The Charles Koch Foundation, a separate nonprofit from Koch Institute and supporter of the Well-Being …"

"… son University has received more Koch money than any other school. “The Charles Koch Foundation has been generous to the university, and they have supported various effor …"

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 "House Speaker":

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

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 "Bush":

"… and asserting it was too costly to pursue both approaches. The George W. Bush administration subsequently embraced a plan to promote breeder reactors an …"

"… MOX plant construction were signed in August 2007 by a former chief of the Bush-Cheney energy policy transition team, according to an internal Energy Depa …"

"… 3 ½ months after construction began at the Savannah River MOX plant — Bush administration Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman and the director general of …"

"… ministry, Sergey Kiriyenko, announced the outlines of a revised deal. The Bush administration agreed — with little public notice — to let Russia rene …"

Small donors fueled Michele Bachmann's campaign

By Michael Beckel

Conservatives and liberals reap riches from modest contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… onpartisan Campaign Finance Institute, and Norm Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, disagree. When you raise political money, Ornstein told the Center for P …"

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 "Cato Institute":

"… conomic liberty” which regularly donates to conservative groups like the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, contributed a combined $400,000 to …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Enterprise Institute":

"… cretary and undersecretary, currently works as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and is a frequent commentator on news talk shows as well as author of nume …"

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 "oil production":

"… ral deficit. ___ ROMNEY: "As a matter of fact, oil production is down 14 percent this year on federal land, and gas production was down …"

"… atural gas production fell 9 percent, supporting Romney's point. The lower oil production was a result mainly of a moratorium on offshore drilling imposed by the Ob …"

"… spill in U.S. history. According to the same report, though, oil production from federal areas is up 13 percent since Obama took office despite last y …"

"… ent since Obama took office despite last year's dip, and analysts say Gulf oil production is expected to soon exceed its pre-spill levels. Natural gas …"

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 "PAC":

"… are controlled by the individual super donor. …"

"… -incumbent), all of which is from Crow Holdings $25,000 to American Unity PAC (pro-Republican), all of which is from Trammell Crow $20,000 to Freedom P …"

"… C (pro-Republican), all of which is from Trammell Crow $20,000 to Freedom PAC (pro-Connie Mack; pro-Allen West), all of which is from HRC Family Branch …"

"… West), all of which is from HRC Family Branch Partnership $10,000 to JAN PAC (pro-Republican), all of which is from Crow Holdings Federal hard and so …"

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 "Bain Capital":

"… ally well-connected firms like Goldman Sachs (having given $2 million) and Bain Capital (with almost $1.8 million in donations). Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibran …"

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 "Douglas Holtz-Eakin":

"… Enterprise Institute and former Bush-era Congressional Budget Office head Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the latter of whom is featured prominently on WIN’s website.Blue Dog sp …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… ingrich made the admission as he was denying former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s accusation that the former Republican leader was once a supporter of t …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… id, “is an area where we have a real opportunity and ready candidates.”American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-linked group that Gillespie helped launch, also is trying t …"

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 "Tom Coburn":

"… ansition away from federal subsidies for air carrier service,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., in his “Back in Black” deficit reduction plan , published in …"

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 "Freddie Mac":

"… urnal reports.Policy options include having mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac relax their lending rules to investors; allowing investors to purchase exc …"

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 "China":

"… l sands of Canada. They raise cattle in Montana and manufacture spandex in China, ethanol in Iowa, fertilizer in Trinidad, nylon in Holland, napkins in Fra …"

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 "Freddie Mac":

"… s for the recent financial crisis – mortgage underwriters Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The assessment stands at odds with the Center’s recent FactWatch which …"

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 "Federal Deposit Insurance Corp":

"… a conservative thinktank. He was referring to the law’s mandate for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to have “resolution authority,” the power to step in and liquidate bi …"

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 "Congress":

"… is a Washington lobby shop. It is also a law firm. …"

"… he trips."After the Abramoff scandal, you would think that every member of Congress or staff who took a trip would go back and look at their forms to see if t …"

"… Ohio. DeLay, who traveled with Abramoff to Scotland in 2000, resigned from Congress on June 9. Ney, who traveled to Scotland with Abramoff in 2002, is under i …"

"… signed forms authorizing seven of these trips — more than any member of Congress. All told, disclosure forms indicated that lobbying firms subsidized more …"

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 "John Breaux":

"… sclosed that Campbell Crane and Associates paid for a trip. Former Senator John Breaux disclosed the lobbying firm paid for a weekend in Florida in December 2003 …"