New FEC chief on 'dark money' mission

By Dave Levinthal

New Chairwoman Ann Ravel says she'll fight to out people behind secretive political cash, regardless of party.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Campaign Legal Center":

"… le, a former FEC general counsel who's now senior counsel for reform group Campaign Legal Center.  “What they have done has not generally been good.” To be sure, …"

Can this 'dark money' group help the Democrats keep the Senate?

By Michael Beckel

Patriot Majority USA raises millions from unknown sources to play attack dog in the South.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… hich is corrupting our elections.” The Senate races raging in Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina are of particular interest to Patriot Majority USA, whi …"

"… of every nine ads aired in the Arkansas Senate race, one of every eight in Louisiana and one of every 13 in North Carolina. That approaches — though does no …"

Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Air Force":

"… Cassidy is widely viewed as Landrieu’s main challenger, although retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, another Republican, is also drawing some support from con …"

Decades old gun control debate reshaped by new advocacy groups

The gun control movement has made significant gains in recent years, but the NRA remains king of the hill

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… s on their side,” said Karen Callaghan, a political science professor at Texas Southern University who is writing a book on the NRA. Their members are l …"

"… In May, the NRA called the tactics of another gun rights group, Open Carry Texas, “downright weird.” After protest from the group, which carries long g …"

"… r protest from the group, which carries long guns in public to protest the Texas ban on the open carry of handguns, the NRA pulled the release from its web …"

"… Heller, the NRA began opening up to new demographics, said Callaghan, the Texas Southern University political science professor. In the last few years, i …"

25 years, countless investigations and 935 lies

By Charles Lewis

Founder Chuck Lewis tells how the Center for Public Integrity came to be in this excerpt from his new book.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… profit organizations (including the Center for Investigative Reporting, in California), we named our new group the Center for Public Integrity. Although this t …"

Who’s bankrolling secretive liberal group America Votes?

By Michael Beckel

A dozen anonymous donors accounted for most of the $12.7 million America Votes raised during its last fiscal year.

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

"… financially supported America Votes in the past, according research by the Center for Responsive Politics and a Center for Public Integrity review of tax filings maintained by Citi …"

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 …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ambassadors":

"… e direction of the American Foreign Service Association, a group of former ambassadors are outlining the "fundamental traits" that are "essential" for diplomats …"

"… is facing heightened criticism for naming several campaign fundraisers as ambassadors to nations with which they have little direct knowledge or experience. Th …"

"… enter for Public Integrity has previously reported. Forty-eight of the 85 ambassadors Obama has nominated since January 2013 have been political appointees, not …"

"… recently adopted law governing the country's diplomatic corps, states that ambassadors "should normally be" career members of the Foreign Service, although "qual …"

A challenging two-step: cutting costs and covering the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the political challenges of both cutting costs and providing health care coverage.

‘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 "Wisconsin":

"… f dollars promoting Democrats and attempting to defeat Republicans such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — was created in 2004 by a group of liberal political …"

"… ed nearly $1 million into groups supporting recall efforts against Walker, Wisconsin’s governor, and other Republican lawmakers. More recently, the group tu …"

Koch-backed governors group gives big to Cuccinelli in Virginia

By Rachel Baye

Cuccinelli slams McAuliffe for accepting out-of-state cash while raking in millions from governors association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… in the first half of 2013 was billionaire David Koch, who gave $1 million. Koch Industries, the company he owns with brother Charles, gave $25,000, according to IRS …"

"… s raised this year, about 7.5 percent came from Virginia, IRS data shows. Koch Industries is also an RSLC backer, having given more than $202,000 through Sept. 20 o …"

"… donors in 2013 include health insurance and tobacco companies, as well as Koch Industries. Similar to McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for attorney general Mark Her …"

Julie Patel joins Center for Public Integrity's federal politics reporting team

By The Center for Public Integrity

Veteran reporter Julie Patel previously worked for San Jose Mercury News, South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… ont page: as an AmeriCorps volunteer receiving a hug from former President Bill Clinton. The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis and …"

Ex-SEC chief now helps companies navigate post-meltdown reforms

By Lauren Kyger, Alison Fitzgerald and John Dunbar

Former regulators profit from their experience with jobs, book deals and speaking fees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House of Representatives":

"… p in history was around the corner. On the morning of Sept. 29, 2008, the House of Representatives struck down a $700 billion bailout plan proposed by the Bush Administratio …"

'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall

By Adam Wollner

Progressive nonprofit, fueled by unions, targeted Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patriot Majority USA":

"… e 2012 federal elections — the League of Conservation Voters ($141,000), Patriot Majority USA ($45,000) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund ($25,000). Additional ma …"

William Koch emerges from shadow of famous siblings

By Michael Beckel

William Koch's steadily increasing political activity has gotten relatively little notice compared to that of brothers Charles and David.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… Billy the Kid and Katy Perry Koch, who is the 92nd-richest person in the United States according to Forbes, is Oxbow Carbon LLC’s founder, president and chief …"

Super PACs swarming New Jersey special election

By Adam Wollner

Front-runner Cory Booker gets boosted — and bashed — by outside groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… canvassing operation costing nearly $74,000 in support of Booker’s bid, Federal Election Commission filings today show. That follows an effort from another new super PAC, Am …"

Clinton supporter suspected of illegal donations

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Clinton's 2008 campaign received $50,000 from "assembly line of illegal campaign contributions."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… n of Ron Brown, who served as Secretary of Commerce under former President Bill Clinton before dying in a plane crash in 1996. Also last month, Calhoun, the empl …"

Yellen as Fed chair would be tougher on banks

By Alison Fitzgerald

Janet Yellen, President Obama’s intended nominee for Federal reserve chief, may prove to be tougher on banks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… said Tony Fratto, a former Treasury assistant secretary under President George W. Bush. “There’s no question that’s where the bulk of her experience is.” …"

Majority of Supreme Court members millionaires

By Reity O'Brien and Chris Young

At least five and as many as eight of nine U.S. Supreme Court justices are millionaires, filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York City":

"… Knopf Doubleday. One of Sotomayor’s most valuable assets is her former New York City residence, now a rental property valued between $1 million and $5 million, …"

D.C.-based groups bombarded state high court races with ads

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Nearly $12 million spent by super PACs and nonprofits in 2012-13 state supreme court races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… No one from the Chamber or the LEAA responded to requests for comment. In Montana, a mysterious outside group called the Montana Growth Network he …"

"… for comment. In Montana, a mysterious outside group called the Montana Growth Network helped sway the course of that judicial race as well. *** …"

All the presidents' debt

By Dave Levinthal

Gaggle of former White House hopefuls still owe creditors millions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ng to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission: 1.) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. Election year: 2012 …"

"… phone. The next step, he said, will be to submit a settlement plan to the Federal Election Commission for approval so that he may terminate his presidential committee. The plan …"

"… spokeswoman Rachel Noerdlinger said. “He’s also been talking with the Federal Election Commission about reaching a settlement” on the fines. At the end of 2004, weeks aft …"

"… al services to McTigue & McGinnis LLC of Columbus, Ohio. The Federal Election Commission noted that Kucinich's committee, while is no longer required to …"

Fix the Debt Coalition lobbies up

By Dave Levinthal

Fix the Debt Coalition hires government affairs professionals to press financial reform agenda.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chief of staff":

"… hired lobbying firm. The three lobbyists are Cynthia Brown, a former chief of staff to Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis.; Nathaniel Hoopes, former legislative director fo …"

"… er Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., and Erskine Bowles, President Bill Clinton's chief of staff, are the co-founders and co-chairmen of Campaign to Fix the Debt. New York …"

'Fiscal cliff' ads target candidates in 2014

By Rachael Marcus

Rove-affiliated nonprofit runs 'fiscal cliff' ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kay Hagan":

"… d campaign urging Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Tim Johnson of South Dakota to “stop the spending. …"

FACT CHECK: Facing facts on fiscal cliff

By FactCheck.Org

How did the U.S. reach a 'fiscal cliff' and what does it mean?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… ent and Budget. “Fiscal year 2013 Mid-Session Review: Budget of the U.S. Government. Table S-6 Proposed Budget by Category as a Percent of GDP.” 27 Jul 2012 …"

Elite fundraisers bring in more than $180 million for Obama

By Michael Beckel

Famous names pepper list of president's top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… adeleine Albright, who served as secretary of state under former President Bill Clinton and has raised at least $200,000; pop singer Gwen Stefani, who raised at l …"

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 "Nassau County":

"… paying more. When the president took office, the price of gasoline here in Nassau County was about $1.86 a gallon. Now, it's $4.00 a gallon. The price of electrici …"

Canadian-owned firm's mega-donation to super PAC raises ‘legal red flags’

By Michael Beckel

Foreigners are prohibited from spending money on U.S. elections, law not so clear on foreign corporations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Warren Buffett":

"… bute to the super PAC,” Lovell said. Watsa has been called the Canadian Warren Buffett and his companies have flourished. On its website, Fairfax boasts that it …"

Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

By FactCheck.Org

No more practice: Five weeks before Election Day, Obama and Romney debate for first time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… ch to Controlling Medicare Spending.” Kaiser Family Foundation. Apr 2011.Government Printing Office. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 23 M …"

Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

By FactCheck.Org

No more practice: Five weeks before Election Day, Obama and Romney debate for first time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Government":

"… ch to Controlling Medicare Spending.” Kaiser Family Foundation. Apr 2011.Government Printing Office. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 23 Mar 20 …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… crease the tax rate on high-income earners to no more than they paid under Bill Clinton, when the truth is they’d pay more because of new taxes imposed to pay f …"

"… pay a little bit more on incomes over $250,000, the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was President …This is one of Obama’s favorite points, but it’s not …"

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