Tobacco giant funded conservative nonprofits

By Dave Levinthal

Reynolds American donated big to secretive political nonprofits that lambasted Democrats in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… me, “set a precedent” and are “to be commended,” said Bruce Freed, president of the Center for Political Accountability, which tracks and advocates for …"

Secret money thrives in presidential, high-profile congressional contests

By Viveca Novak and Robert Maguire

The presidential contest and most high-profile Senate races are attracting big spending from groups that don't disclose their funders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dean Heller":

"… o-Republican: The share of the total shadow money spent on Mitt Romney and Dean Heller -- the only two Republicans in the top 10 -- that went to support them is …"

FACT CHECK: Green stimulus sending jobs overseas?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative advocacy ad avoids the facts about Obama administration investments into sustainable energy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… 6.1 million to air the ad in eight battleground states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.– Robert Farley …"

Republican allies pour money into ads targeting 50-60 House races

By Peter H. Stone

Four Republican-allied groups are targeting between 50 and 60 House races in a new coordinated round of hard-hitting television ads....

Excerpts from this story referencing "House races":

"… Senate races. …"

"… levision ads.The groups collaborating to spend an estimated $50 million on House races in the last weeks before election day are American Crossroads and its affi …"

"… ding millions more with a focus on at least a couple dozen hotly contested House races, say analysts and sources. Those groups include Americans for Prosperity, …"

"… on ads in a few days, divided between helping Republican candidates in 22 House races and several Senate ones. The Chamber has said it will spend a total of $75 …"

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 "president":

"… large block letters that spelled “H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S,” the charismatic president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, explained …"

"… ember advisory board of the Well-Being Initiative includes Ángel Cabrera, president of George Mason University and Tyler Cowen, a popular libertarian professo …"

"… of public affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, and Chris Rufer, the president and founder of the Morning Star Company. A former fellow at the American …"

"… the American Enterprise Institute, Inboden was previously the senior vice president of the London-based Legatum Institute, which publishes the “Prosper …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

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

"… s attacking President Barack Obama, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. In all, Americans for Prosperity spent $122 million during 2012&nbs …"

Issue ad or political ad? You be the judge

By Rachel Baye

Ads intended to influence elections often not reported because sponsors claim they are about issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… paign, running August through mid-November, by the Colorado chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation to elect the conservative slate. AFP paid for mailers, canvass …"

"… th the Colorado Secretary of State, and Comcast doesn’t have a record of Americans for Prosperity’s advertising purchase in its political files. Why? Because according t …"

"… tical files. Why? Because according to AFP, the ad wasn’t political. “Americans for Prosperity is an issue client that we’re not required to keep anything in the file …"

"… ry of State spokesman Rich Coolidge declined to say whether the ads run by Americans for Prosperity would be considered electioneering without someone filing a complaint agai …"

'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 "ExxonMobil":

"… gas industry, has more than 500 members including BP America, Chevron and ExxonMobil. Americans for Prosperity, backed by oil moguls David and Charles Koch, p …"

Anti-Obama nonprofit tells IRS it's not 'political'

By Michael Beckel

Meet the pro-coal group that spent millions attacking Obama while telling the IRS it wasn't engaged in candidate elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sierra Club":

"… ers to responsible energy development." Environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club, have argued that the Ryan budget is "straight out of the polluters’ pla …"

'Dark money' groups fueled by cable industry

By Julie Patel

Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform among beneficiaries, new disclosure shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… eral groups that spent millions of dollars in attempts to defeat President Barack Obama, new disclosures indicate. A 2012 tax return filing, obtained today by th …"

Koch-backed nonprofit spent record cash in 2012

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit, spent $122 million last year — exponentially more than it ever has.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… $122 million last year as it unsuccessfully attempted to defeat President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, according to a Center for Public Integrity re …"

Koch Industries PAC spending record cash

By Adam Wollner

Committee has biggest spending month ever during a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ence elections and policy. For instance, the Koch brothers co-founded the Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy organization that was among the biggest spenders …"

OPINION: echoes of the past in anti-ObamaCare ads

By Wendell Potter

Americans for Prosperity's spots recall Harry & Louise

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… l spend $6 million to air the ads in Florida, Virginia, Minnesota, Nevada, Iowa, Colorado and New Mexico, in addition to Ohio. All are considered battlegr …"

Koch Industries PAC bolts to fast start in 2013

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Energy company's PAC has donated more than $500,000 to politicians in five months.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal candidate":

"… much cash so early. In May alone, KOCHPAC spread $145,000 to 61 different federal candidate committees and other PACs, filings show. On the year, KOCHPAC has reporte …"

"… show. On the year, KOCHPAC has reported making donations to 167 state and federal candidates, parties and other PACs, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s …"

Barack Obama accused of 'dark money' hypocrisy by non-disclosing nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity slams the president's nonprofit in a new ad, yet the group doesn't plan on revealing its funders.

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

"… million to Americans for Prosperity in 2010, as was first reported by the Center for Responsive Politics. "We agree with the [Supreme] Court that people should be free to support …"

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 "current president":

"… e Schlinger, the former finance director of Iowa’s Republican Party. Its current president is veteran Republican state Sen. Sandra Greiner, who served for 14 years a …"

Daily Disclosure: Koch-funded groups attack Obama for 'war on coal'

By Rachael Marcus

Billionaire-backed nonprofits press defense of coal industry with ads knocking president's policies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ExxonMobil":

"… e Institute for Energy Research has also received funding in the past from ExxonMobil, National Public Radio reported in 2008, as well as other foundations affi …"

Daily Disclosure: Koch-backed nonprofit ‘educates’ voters about Obama

By Rachael Marcus

Obama's 'failing agenda' subject of new negative ad blast from big outside-spending nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… kup at a Planned Parenthood clinic detected her cancer. The ad opposes GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has suggested cutting federal funding to the p …"

Daily Disclosure: GOP nonprofits continue attacks on Senate Dems

By Alexandra Duszak

Non-disclosing nonprofit conservative organizations continue to blanket airwaves with attack ads in Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… and Florida. Florida — where Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson faces Club for Growth-endorsed Republican Rep. Connie Mack — is a new target for Crossroads th …"

Daily Disclosure: Patriot Majority USA targets Koch brothers

By Alexandra Duszak

A liberal super PAC and a nonprofit kick off campaign targeting billionaire industrialists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercatus Center":

"… r funders of conservative think tanks including the Cato Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.“Greed Agenda” and “Tycoons” are part o …"

Daily Disclosure: Americans for Prosperity launches first ad of $25 million campaign

By Alexandra Duszak

Conservative nonprofit Americans for Prosperity launches massive anti-Obama ad campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… nine swing states: Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Florida.“President Obama pledged to cut the d …"

Nonprofit profile: American Commitment

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Carmona":

"… . Senate race on ads supporting Republican Jeff Flake or opposing Democrat Richard Carmona.Many of American Commitment’s ads have avoided federal disclosure b …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "House races":

"… ectioneering communications," mostly targeting Democratic candidates in 45 House races. These are ads broadcast within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days o …"

Tea party leader Dick Armey gets first-class treatment

By Rachael Marcus

Chief of nonprofit backing populist tea party movement enjoys big salary, other perks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks Inc.":

"… be makes $321,000 per year, which, like Armey’s salary, is split between FreedomWorks Inc., a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization, and FreedomWorks Foundatio …"

"… overnment, its two leaders epitomize Washington culture.Armey, chairman of FreedomWorks Inc., the politically active, nonprofit social welfare organization and Freedom …"

"… profit, (c)(3) organization that cannot be involved in political campaigns.FreedomWorks Inc., a nonprofit (c)(4) “social welfare” organization that can receive and …"

"… nonprofits, Hecker told iWatch News.Walker, however, is also involved with FreedomWorks Inc., the (c)(4), serving as vice president of political and grassroots campaig …"

Koch-related group is reviewing financial transactions with Cain aide's charity

By Peter H. Stone

Americans for Prosperity ties to Cain aide under review

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… nance laws. In 1997 he chaired the victorious Wisconsin campaign for state Supreme Court Justice Jon Wilcox. The campaign prompted bipartisan charges from members …"

Questions about Herman Cain's financial support from a tax-exempt charity

By Peter H. Stone

Cain hit with financial questions, in addition to sexual harassment charges

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… ervative advocacy group started in 2004 with largesse from the billionaire Koch brothers. It has 501(c)(4) status and can accept unlimited contributions f …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Health Organization":

"… m of the federal government, the U.S. National Toxicology Program, and the World Health Organization have already classified dioxin as a known human carcinogen.“Twenty-five …"

Issa oversight committee staffs up with industry insiders

By Brooke Williams and Matt Pearce

As chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, Republican Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with cl

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercatus Center":

"… Charitable Foundation and coordinated a regulatory studies program at the Mercatus Center. The center, a think tank heavily funded by Koch and co-founded by Richard …"

"… view requests.At least three more oversight staffers also have ties to the Mercatus Center, which counts two Koch Industries executives on its board of directors, in …"

"… s.”That same month, the oversight committee brought on two alumni of the Mercatus Center as staffers — including Moore, who returned to the committee after a bri …"

"… och executives on the board have no influence either.Still, Issa asked the Mercatus Center for regulatory advice in his recent solicitation blitz. In response, Merca …"

Koch brothers wade into Wisconsin union fight

By Jeremy Borden

Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit funded in part by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, has launched a 30-second television adve

Excerpts from this story referencing "House races":

"… last Congressional elections. The organization was the largest spender on House races in a one-month period late last summer, according to Campaign Media Analys …"