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Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… d mission is “to assist in the re-election efforts of … President Barack Obama.” It did, however, buy more than $3,000 worth of toy airplanes, t-shirt …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

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 "Barack Obama":

"… l spending last election cycle included $3 million in contributions to pro-Barack Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action — made small contributions to …"

"… ent at least $33.5 million just on advertisements attacking President Barack Obama, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. I …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… sums of money to call for the election or defeat of candidates. President Barack Obama, under whom Clinton served as secretary of state, said in 2010 that he cou …"

Wireless companies fight for their futures

By Allan Holmes

A rare auction of wireless spectrum may determine who controls your cell phone.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… kely to. That leaves the affable FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, who President Barack Obama appointed last year, to decide. Wheeler knows a lot of about lobbying, hav …"

Outside groups help boost David Jolly to victory

By Michael Beckel

Outside groups spent nearly $5 million aiding Republican in Florida's heated House race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… created by the death of Republican Rep. Bill Young, who died in October. Barack Obama carried Florida's 13th Congressional District by one percentage point in 2 …"

Congressional investigations of FEC stalled

By Dave Levinthal

Congressional committees that promised to probe agency's security, staffing woes slow are to act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Management and Budget":

"… systems. "The FEC’s budget reflects the priorities it has identified," Office of Management and Budget spokeswoman Emily Cain said when asked whether the White House believes th …"

A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

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"… n condemnation and are the focus of continuing international negotiations. India recently completed a reprocessing plant capable of extracting new plutoniu …"

"… r plutonium plant under construction at Kalpakkam, south of Chennai on the Indian Ocean, but the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a Washington-based nonprofit gr …"

"… nonprofit group, says it “will likely surpass” Tarapur “as India’s largest plutonium producer.” China is considering building a new ci …"

"… to Japan as a precedent. And Japan itself has embarked on campaign — in India and elsewhere — to market its nuclear proficiency and technology. “Yo …"

CPAC activists urged to fight IRS

By Michael Beckel and Julie Patel

Tax agency called a 'cancer' and 'criminal enterprise' at conservative convention.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… e Political Action Conference headliners are battering more than President Barack Obama and his signature health care law is the Internal Revenue Service. High-p …"

Lawyer selected for Czech ambassadorship also major Obama fundraiser

By Michael Beckel

Attorney Andrew Schapiro has become the latest of the president's campaign bundlers tapped for a top diplomatic post.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… sly served in the White House as the ethics czar.     …"

Outside groups dwarf candidate spending in Florida special election

By Michael Beckel

Less than one-third of money pumped into House contest is controlled by Sink or Jolly.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ted to replace Republican Rep. Bill Young, who died in October. President Barack Obama bested Republican Mitt Romney in the district by one percentage point in 2 …"

Obama budget no windfall for beleaguered FEC

By Dave Levinthal

President's proposal provides the beleaguered agency with less money than it asked for.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… nd the Election Assistance Commission altogether.     …"

Nonprofits spend money on campaigns despite benefactors' warnings

By Julie Patel

Despite warning, four nonprofits spent money on 2012 elections.

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"… itics. That included about $20 million in spending aimed to oust President Barack Obama and $1.3 million to defeat Heller’s opponent, then-Rep. Berkley. Ryan de …"

Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… al welfare nonprofit reported $78,058 worth of expenses to fight President Barack Obama’s re-election, according to FEC records. Jessica Haverkate, Colorado Fa …"

What makes a good U.S. ambassador?

By Michael Beckel

Former diplomats offer advice as Obama faces criticism for elevating numerous campaign bundlers with limited overseas experience.

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"… they may soon call home. Afterward, the Washington Post slammed President Barack Obama for using the elite diplomatic jobs as "political plums." For generations …"

Tea party operative likely behind mysterious web blitz

By Daniel Wagner

The campaign against government crackdown on online payday lenders is likely created by a consultant to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ll free markets and take away people’s guns. The site pictures President Barack Obama as a marauding Godzilla to punctuate its points. The Center was& …"

"…   Stop the Choke’s Facebook page offers shareable art of President Barack Obama’s head grafted onto Godzilla’s body, with the caption “Operation Cho …"

Retailers band together to fight health reform law

By Erin Quinn

Companies, trade groups band together to lobby on issues of common interest.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… he continuing debate over employer-mandated coverage. Last week, President Barack Obama announced he would delay the coverage mandate for medium-sized employers u …"

The mysterious online war against a payday lending crackdown

By Daniel Wagner

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… roy the free market. To drive the point home, the group portrays President Barack Obama as a marauding Godzilla. The attack’s sponsors are at this point anonym …"

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Management and Budget":

"… mmunications Commission; Lisa Kountoupes, former assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget; Shawn Whitman, former chief of staff to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; and&n …"

GOP megadonor Harold Simmons bankrolled liberal causes

By Dave Levinthal

The charitable foundation of the late Harold Simmons contributed big bucks to Planned Parenthood, other left-leaning causes in 2012.

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"… sp;  …"

Newest senator not afraid to e-file

By Michael Beckel

Montana Democrat John Walsh will co-sponsor the Campaign Disclosure Parity Act and file his own financial reports electronically.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ress," Walsh said in a statement. Baucus was recently tapped by President Barack Obama to be the next U.S. ambassador to China. Electronic filing of campaign fi …"

Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes

By Michael Beckel

Wealthy donors who bankrolled their own issue-focused super PACs dominated the 2013 fundraising game.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… e candidate-specific super PACs, like those that last year aided President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. The latest iteration is the single-issue …"

Democrats easily outpace Republicans in super PAC fundraising race

By Michael Beckel

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… med a year ago. The other is Priorities USA Action, which helped President Barack Obama win a second term in the White House and now plans to aid Hillary Clinton, …"

Pro-gay marriage Republican group boosted by Karl Rove’s super PAC

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer's 'American Unity' super PAC received $53,000 from American Crossroads last year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… he 2012 election cycle, mostly on advertising aimed at defeating President Barack Obama. American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio said the contribution wa …"

Obama moves to address campus sex assault issues raised by Center series

By Kristen Lombardi

President creates task force to help protect students from sexual violence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… sk force to make policy recommendations in 90 days.    …"

Small-dollar donors boost pro-Obama Organizing for Action

By Michael Beckel

Small-dollar donors accounted for the bulk of pro-Obama nonprofit's 2013 receipts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ter. Ben Wieder contributed to this report.     …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… ection Commission on advertisements urged people to vote against President Barack Obama. However, during the 2012 election cycle, the Chamber also spent millions …"

By the numbers: a 2013 money-in-politics index

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights the year's top stories and key trends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ed conservative nonprofits for scrutiny: Sept. 23 Date on which President Barack Obama’s two new nominees for the Federal Election Commission were confirmed: S …"

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Democratic-aligned America Votes

By Adam Wollner and Michael Beckel

Nearly all of 'nonpartisan' Bull Moose Sportsmen's funding has come from a Democratic-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… resident Joe Biden convened in Washington, D.C. He also met with President Barack Obama in April to discuss the White House’s gun control push following the ele …"

Incoming FEC bosses pledge to work together following blistering Center report

By Dave Levinthal

At final Federal Election Commission meeting of the year, new leadership pledges to join together to fix technology problems.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ” the commissioners wrote in a memorandum they plan to send to President Barack Obama and Congress. “This is something we’re in total agreement on,” Rave …"

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