Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Lobbying firm, advocacy organization did much of the work.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bobby Jindal":

"… he federal government. The coalition’s first chairman was Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who as a congressman in 2006 sponsored a bill that would have remove …"

'Radical animal rights movement' gets new foe

By Michael Beckel

An Iowa-based organization devoted to fighting 'the radical animal rights movement' has formed a super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… n, nor its attorney, Mark Roth, responded to requests for comment from the Center for Public Integrity. Super PACs are legally allowed to solicit unlimited contributions to pro …"

"… any contributions to Iowa politicians this election cycle, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of FEC records. Nor has Lucas. Last year, Roth, the attorney, cont …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Norm Coleman":

"… ps such as the American Action Network, whose chairman is former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and the Hispanic Leadership Alliance, which was co-founded by Ge …"

Pulling back the veil on corporate contributions

By Michael Beckel and Erin Quinn

New database pulls back veil on corporate giving to politically active nonprofits and covert ways companies advance their agendas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ore.     …"

"… fit beneficiary. Profiles illuminate the cash connections uncovered by the Center for Public Integrity’s research. To build this new database, the Center for Public Integrity …"

"… Center for Public Integrity’s research. To build this new database, the Center for Public Integrity reviewed the voluntary corporate disclosures covering political and lobbyi …"

"… n Corp. Company officials now say the discloses originally reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity contained inaccurate information, which caused about $13 million in paymen …"

Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

By Wendell Potter

Conservative group's power has been under-covered.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ExxonMobil":

"… lthcare, ALEC’s corporate membership has included big names ranging from ExxonMobil and Wells Fargo to Johnson & Johnson and Kraft. And it has worked clos …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Governor":

"… epublican State Leadership Committee and $1 million each to the Republican Governors Association and the Florida Jobs PAC. YG Network, the nonprofit arm of t …"

ALEC gets gift from Nuclear Energy Institute

By Michael Beckel

Controversial pro-business think tank received $10,000 from Nuclear Energy Institute last year, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… es said his group contributed to ALEC as a way to “increase awareness of energy and environmental considerations among state and local” officials. A sp …"

"… Another is “to achieve durable, bipartisan political support for nuclear energy.” ALEC, which is composed mainly of business interests and state-level …"

OPINION: insurers hiding political spending

By Wendell Potter

Insurance firms don't want to say how much they're spending on lobbying and campaigns

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Cordani":

"… ganization was sending millions to the Chamber of Commerce. Cigna CEO David Cordani acknowledged that the company contributed special assessments to AHIP to p …"

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 "Nevada":

"… orting projects in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. Recurring themes on the Franklin Center blo …"

Koch brothers pour more cash into think tanks, ALEC

By Paul Abowd

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… cipal owners of the second-largest privately held company in the United States, combined in 2011 to donate $24 million through those foundations&nbs …"

Nonprofit spends big on politics despite IRS limitation

By Michael Beckel

Questions raised about whether nonprofits like Koch-connected American Future Fund are primarily about politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… mount included more than $19 million on efforts designed to oust President Barack Obama, as well as millions more to oppose Democratic candidates for Congress and …"

Arizona still waiting for Fiesta Bowl fixes

By Kathleen Ingley

Fiesta Bowl scandal has brought outrage, but no fixes

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… ear probation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker, who was fired, and five other bowl employees have pleaded gui …"

"… -long presentation on bowl-related topics, as educational. But former bowl CEO Junker admitted to investigators that the gifts were meant to curry favor. …"

"… ging to go to all of these different events,” said Chamber president and CEO Glenn Hamer, “and I think you want public officials out there and among …"

"… y with.Even if nothing passes next session, the game isn’t over, Chamber CEO Hamer said: “When it comes to any kind of reform, it’s not unusual for …"

ALEC's decades of 'right-to-work' effort pay off in Michigan

By Paul Abowd

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Labor":

"… the state has dropped significantly since 1989, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.A month later, the measure’s opponents mobilized. The Chamber …"

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chief of staff":

"… of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He previously worked as Ensign’s chief of staff and as the executive director of the NRSC. Emerson, meanwhile, previously …"

"… Emerson, meanwhile, previously worked for Hatch and served as Ensign’s chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. He once was the executive director o …"

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 "Herb Kohl":

"… tly contested Republican primary and is vying to replace retiring Democrat Herb Kohl. Even before the primary concluded, Baldwin faced a slew of attack ads fro …"

Nonprofit profile: American Commitment

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… ed seven different television ads in Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, New Mexico, Nevada and North Dakota, all opposing Democratic candidates. Another series of ad …"

"… Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada, for voting for the Affordable Care Act and contributing to the “fading …"

Daily Disclosure: Sierra Club pushes wind industry tax credit

By Rachael Marcus

The Sierra Club is going after Republican congressmen who oppose a tax credit for wind energy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… taken aim at six Republicans in its pro-wind campaign: Reps. Bob Latta of Ohio, Blake Farenthold of Texas, Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, Lou Barletta of …"

ALEC faces new challenge to tax-exempt status

By John Dunbar

A group of clergy is challenging the tax status of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… rop their membership in the face of a threatened boycott by activists. The Florida gun law became a hot topic following the slaying of Trayvon Martin, an una …"

ALEC anti-union push includes key players from Michigan, Arizona think tanks

By Paul Abowd

Goldwater Institute, Mackinac Center sponsored model bills at Charlotte summit

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Arizona Republic":

"… bbying, you should sign up,” Assistant Secretary of State Jim Drake told The Arizona Republic in January.“I know people look at us and say this must be coordinated ef …"

Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s conservative media appearances pay off as he raises millions from out-of-state donors

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's national conservative media appearances have helped him to raise millions from out-of-state donors

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… Coming Sunday, May 20: Who got access to Walker? …"

"… strategy — a constant public-relations focus in a 24-hour news world.“Scott Walker is a modern politician,”  said Geoffrey Skelley, political analyst …"

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Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… three statesIt could take several years for the IRS to decide whether the American Legislative Exchange Council is indeed a lobbyist required to register with that label and disclose how …"

ALEC exempted from lobbyist status in three separate states

By Paul Abowd

Group faces IRS scrutiny, but is already exempt from lobbyist status in South Carolina, Indiana and Colorado.

Excerpts from this story referencing "NCSL":

"… g the group “as bipartisan as possible,” says Jon Kuhl, an analyst for NCSL. “Our president rotates every year between the parties.”NCSL also endo …"

"… alyst for NCSL. “Our president rotates every year between the parties.”NCSL also endorses laws, but they face a high bar for NCSL’s seal of approval …"

"… tween the parties.”NCSL also endorses laws, but they face a high bar for NCSL’s seal of approval: legislators from across the political spectrum must …"

"… cross the political spectrum must pass them by a two-thirds majority. When NCSL does promote a law, it is usually something that members across party line …"

ALEC scraps task force behind support for voter ID, 'Stand Your Ground' laws nationwide

By Gordon Witkin

Move follows pressure from liberal groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… h principles.” The statement from ALEC national chair David Frizzell, an Indiana state representative, said the group was eliminating its Public Safety and …"

Beer and wine wholesalers behind legislators pushing controversial voter ID laws

By Paul Abowd

Wholesalers among those behind legislators pushing controversial new election rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… Some of America’s best known brands are dropping their membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council at least partly in response to controversy over the group’s backing of v …"

NRA pushed 'stand your ground' laws across the nation

By Susan Ferriss

Gun-rights group used endorsements, campaign cash and political pressure to spread laws nationwide.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… A said in an Aug. 12, 2005 website posting, it approached the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, which drafts legislation for like-minded state lawmakers. ALEC, as it is …"

State Integrity Investigation highlighted ethics problems plaguing Virginia and its governor

By Laura LaFay

WaPo cites Center investigation in editorial on commonwealth's "swiss cheese" ethics laws.

Excerpts from this story referencing "national chairman":

"… ces of ALEC-written legislation. House Speaker William Howell was ALEC’s national chairman in 2009 and remains on ALEC’s “national leadership team.” Virginia …"

Drug lobby gave $9.4 million to nonprofits that spent big on 2010 election

By Michael Beckel

Pharmaceutical lobby gave $9.4 million to five different politically active nonprofits in 2010

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… roup, with the exception of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.Overall, the American Action Network reportedly raised more than $30 milli …"

Michigan's budget crisis puts democracy on the chopping block

By Paul Abowd

Michigan's emergency manager law grants sweeping powers to unelected officials

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kermit Williams":

"… Mich., ordered the closing of its fire department in December, Councilman Kermit Williams found out in the morning paper. This was just one in a series of radical r …"

Anatomy of an attack ad

By Ben Protess and Lagan Sebert

How Dick Morris Is making seniors feverish about health care reform

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… g as it operates “exclusively to promote social welfare,” according to Internal Revenue Service rules. Since Delaware does not require its corporations to publicly list …"

Surrogates for their agenda

By Alexander Cohen

How the drug industry uses non-profits to push its interests

Excerpts from this story referencing "television advertising":

"… The United Seniors Association spent more than $18.5 million on radio and television advertising in 2002 and more than $23 million in 2003, much of it supporting Republica …"

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