Tea party scandal brews FOIA backlog at FEC

By Dave Levinthal

Media and public wait for information from election agency as Congress seeks IRS-related information.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… hich requests come in."     …"

How to fix the IRS nonprofit division

By Julie Patel

Employees, reformers offer three recommendations for improving the agency's flagging nonprofit division.

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

"… 2 election cycle, a presidential election year, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Create a regulatory agency for nonprofits — one separate from the IRS. …"

Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow

By Julie Patel

Budget and staffing cuts, endless congressional investigations keep IRS from investigating activities of political nonprofits.

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

"… cycle from next to nothing only a few years before, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Aghast, watchdog groups and politicos filed numerous complaints wit …"

"… cycle, a presidential election year, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.  Millions of dollars more have been spent by social welfare nonprof …"

"… o the FEC. Said Robert Maguire, a political nonprofit investigator at the Center for Responsive Politics: “The amount of 'dark money' this cycle will far eclipse what we saw in …"

Praise for UK-style health system vindicates spurned nominee

By Wendell Potter

Former Medicare chief's support for UK's health care system may win votes in race for governor of Massachusetts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… y.” Obama didn’t give up entirely on Berwick. The Constitution allows presidents to make short-term appointments without Senate approval when Congress is …"

Credit rating industry dodges reforms, despite role in financial meltdown

By Alison Fitzgerald

Despite playing a central role in the economic collapse, firms that gave inflated ratings to toxic bonds remain untouched by reforms.

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

"… spent nearly $106 million on lobbying in 2010, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. When the House and Senate got together to reconcile their versions of fi …"

Lobbyists boost Senate Democrats

By Michael Beckel

Democrats have outraised their GOP counterparts in terms of money coming from lobbyists doubling as fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… way by lobbyists. Lobbyist Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group ranked as the Democratic Party’s top fundraising ally on K Street, records show, bundling about $550,00 …"

How lobbyists helped build John Cornyn’s election war chest

By Michael Beckel

Lobbyists’ role in Senate GOP whip's campaign helped him avoid, in his own words, a “fair fight.”

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… d. “That’s human nature.”    …"

"… rding to the analysis. Cornyn ultimately bulldozed Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, and several lesser-known challengers in a March 4 intra-party battle. Bu …"

"… t initially guaranteed. A June 2013 poll sponsored by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune, for example, found that only 54 percent of Republicans …"

"… lly guaranteed. A June 2013 poll sponsored by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune, for example, found that only 54 percent of Republicans viewed Cor …"

Outside money pouring into governors races

By Ben Wieder

Dem, GOP associations are spending more than double as much on governors' races in the 2014 cycle than at the same period in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… also targeted races with ads in Arkansas, Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Separately the D.C.-based group has given $2.5 million dir …"

Medicare Advantage lobbying machine steamrolls Congress

By Fred Schulte

Under pressure, Medicare Advantage critics morph into defenders.

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

"… s industry over the past three election cycles, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Franken alone has received at least $90,000 from the health services indu …"

Obama nominates campaign fundraiser as next ambassador to France

By Michael Beckel

Jane Hartley, a major Obama campaign bundler, nominated to be next U.S. ambassador to France.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… st confirm each of Obama's ambassador picks.      …"

Evan Bayh's multi-million-dollar head start?

By Dave Levinthal

If Democrat Evan Bayh runs for governor, he could tap nearly $10 million parked in his old Senate campaign account.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mike Pence":

"… usly reported. And it's exponentially more than Indiana's Republican Gov. Mike Pence reported having in his campaign fund at 2013's end, which was about $1.4 m …"

Comcast-Time Warner deal may hinge on anemic low-cost Internet plan

By Allan Holmes

Comcast Corp. will use heavily criticized broadband program for the poor to persuade regulators to OK Time Warner buyout.

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

"… agencies last year, the seventh-most of any corporation, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The company’s political action committee has raised $2.6 million so fa …"

Nearly $100 million in campaign cash sits idle

By Dave Levinthal

What happens to campaign money of former congressional candidates? It often sits in accounts for years.

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

"… for Public Integrity analysis of federal campaign finance disclosures and Center for Responsive Politics data indicates. Dozens of other former members and congressional also-ran …"

GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative nonprofits and super PACs have spent $10 million bashing Republicans to the delight of Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nebraska":

"… d Cochran, R-Miss.; Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho; and Shane Osborn, a former Nebraska state treasurer who’s running for U.S. Senate. Club for Growth Action s …"

"… itself for some time yet. Republicans’ contested U.S. Senate primary in Nebraska isn’t until May 13, and the Kentucky primary, featuring McConnell and op …"

Financial watchdog held hostage for gold

By Daniel Wagner

Florida senator holds up CFTC nomination over precious metals scams on the elderly.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gary Gensler":

"… o have more conversations with Massad. His predecessor, Goldman Sachs alum Gary Gensler, “set a very high standard,” Warren said in a statement at the time. …"

The 'McCutcheon' decision explained — more money to pour into political process

By Michael Beckel

The Supreme Court recently decided to eliminate 'aggregate limits' on contributions. We tell you what that means.

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

"… hat is pretty well saturated with it. So what does it all mean? We at the Center for Public Integrity shall try to provide some answers. What did the Supreme Court do? In ess …"

'Jumbo joints': How big will the newest political animals get?

By Michael Beckel

Supreme Court ruling has emboldened political groups designed to serve as collective fundraising operations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… before the Supreme Court struck down the aggregate contribution limits.) Democratic Party groups might also create new jumbo-joint fundraising committees to boost t …"

GOP official forms Montana-focused super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Republican accountant registers a new Montana-based super PAC as the state prepares for a heated Senate contest.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House race":

"… S. Senate, five Republicans are now seeking the party's nomination for the House race. Documents filed Monday show the Big Sky Freedom Fund spending more than $ …"

Counting how Primary Source is Webby worthy

Count the ways why the Center for Public Integrity's political blog should be named best in class.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House race":

"… ree-year period $12,000: Amount spent on an 11th-hour blitz in a Missouri House race by a super PAC that wasn’t required to disclose its donors until after E …"

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 "legislator":

"… Ohio state business registration records. DeWine, a former state legislator and former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, declined to comment. Pu …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lindsey Graham":

"… esentatives. In late March, the campaign scored a major victory when Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced a bill with the same …"

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 …"

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 "Democratic Party":

"… lary continues to win over grassroots donors, it is helping mainstream the Democratic Party’s embrace of super PACs. Even as Bremer Muggli — a die-hard Democrat …"

"… h the firm Rising Tide Interactive LLC, which is largely staffed by former Democratic Party campaign operatives. The super PAC also aided Democrat Terry McAulif …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… million for lobbying on a range of issues, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks lobbying spending. AT&T spent the 11th largest amount of …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… aces, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the Center for Responsive Politics. The phenomenon was repeated two years later in more than two dozen House …"

"… will dominate the race,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics. “Outside groups may not determine the victor, but they'll very often d …"

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 "Congress":

"… ck of action comes at a critical time for the FEC, which this month warned Congress of threats to its computer networks that have "increased dramatically," an …"

"… s computer and IT needs. On Friday, the FEC submitted a budget request to Congress that mirrored the White House's proposed funding level, with Ravel, the vi …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "correspondent":

"… ove it was radioactive. Six years later, after the 9/11 attacks, ABC News correspondent Brian Ross asked Cochran to borrow his Coke can, and wound up smuggling it …"

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 "Congress":

"… ng audits on its website. Last month, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress that anyone currently dealing with the IRS “should “be comfortable” …"

"… on, resigned in the wake of the scandal, and she has twice appeared before Congress, including once earlier this week, where she has invoked the Fifth Amendme …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… America and the Republican Jewish Coalition, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics. It has also previously been backed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Ma …"

"… aces, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the Center for Responsive Politics. The phenomenon was repeated two years later in more than two dozen House …"

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