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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… n — was first identified as a contributor to Patriot Majority USA by the Center for Responsive Politics. Greg Crist, a spokesman for the American Health Care Association, declin …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… with the Democrats. The top-spending groups to aid Republicans have been Americans for Prosperity, the politically active nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires Char …"

"… s repeatedly blasted the Koch brothers, who support conservative nonprofit Americans for Prosperity, for their involvement in the race. But the top sponsor of ads in this co …"

"… more than 9,500 ads in the race. That’s about 63 percent more ads than Americans for Prosperity, which has pummeled Hagan for her ties to Obama and her vote for the presi …"

"… for her ties to Obama and her vote for the president’s health care law. Americans for Prosperity’s ads don’t overtly call for Hagan’s defeat, thereby allowing the gr …"

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 "National Rifle Association":

"… ttention on the topic have not been enough to change federal gun laws. The National Rifle Association, still the most powerful entity in the war over guns in America, no longer …"

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 "associate dean":

"… on), and 107,000 pages of documents. To our astonishment, Joel Kaplan, the associate dean of the Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications a …"

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 "Politics":

"… 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 "Congress":

"… ket, respectively, according to the report. Competition or revenue? When Congress ordered the FCC in 2012 to hold the spectrum auction, the goals were to in …"

"… $2.8 million in 2013. The spending pays for lobbyists to visit members of Congress, or to urge them to call or write the agency. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., …"

"… bert Latta from Ohio, received among the largest campaign contributions in Congress from AT&T’s and Verizon’s PACs for the 2012 elections — a total …"

"… ary of commerce in the Clinton administration and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, Congress’ economic research arm — published a  …"

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 "Bill Clinton":

"… percent, compared to about 30 percent under presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Of these four-dozen men and women, 24 political nominees have played piv …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ce companies operate. That was the same focus of the bill former governor Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts in 2006, which is why there are so many 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 "Martin Heinrich":

"… 2012, the Bull Moose Sportsmen spent $17,000 on mailers backing then-Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who won a seat in the U.S. Senate. Additionally, the organizatio …"

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 "San Francisco":

"… en helped by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC and San Francisco environmentalist Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action PAC. Records show …"

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 "Charles Lewis":

"… dent Bill Clinton. The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis and is one of the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit inves …"

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 "Bear Stearns":

"… change Commission, said he was comfortable with the amount of capital that Bear Stearns and the other publicly traded Wall Street investment banks had on hand. D …"

"… tom against China, Dubai and London. The race was over in March 2008 when Bear Stearns, the fifth-largest investment bank in the U.S., nearly collapsed and was s …"

"… rity in early 2008, three of the important events that rattled markets — Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and AIG — could have been handled very differently, wit …"

"… e a familiar face as a key decision maker. He had a direct hand in selling Bear Stearns to JPMorgan, letting Lehman Brothers go bankrupt and later bailing out ins …"

'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.

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 "Politics":

"… political analyst Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics told the Center for Public Integrity. “Whatever way they can influence t …"

"… or Public Integrity review of data maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics. Of that sum, nearly two-thirds went to Democrats, including $400,000 to …"

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 "Steve Lonegan":

"… also entered the race. On the Republican side, former Bogota, N.J., Mayor Steve Lonegan and physician Alieta Eck are running. The Pallone campaign has repeatedly …"

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 "presidential race":

"… for Clinton, who is often mentioned as a potential contender for the 2016 presidential race, did not respond to repeated requests for comment. Two months prior to he …"

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 "San Francisco":

"… er through two stints on the Federal Reserve Board and as president of the San Francisco Fed Bank  — including speeches, meeting transcripts, government tes …"

"… a. In 2004, she was tapped to be president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco  when the housing boom, especially in California, Nevada and Arizona, …"

"… ide the Fed as “Fed-Lite.” Trouble in California “We felt that, in San Francisco, supervision is a delegated activity and we operate under the guidelines o …"

"… th the constraints she felt, Yellen appears to take pride in how stringent San Francisco was under the circumstances. Countrywide Financial CEO Angelo Mozilo in la …"

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 "Texas Instruments":

"… ice owns up to a total of $750,000 in shares of Time Warner, Microsoft and Texas Instruments and up to $200,000 in T-Mobile and Sirius XM Radio stock, according to his …"

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 "Politics":

"… ho spent more than $3.2 million through a group called Defend Justice from Politics. The total was tops among outside groups that spent money on state supreme …"

All the presidents' debt

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "presidential race":

"… n year: 2012 Debt: $127,996 The back story: Days after Bachmann quit the presidential race after the January 2012 Iowa caucuses, her campaign reported …"

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 "campaign finance":

"… causes during the 2012 election cycle. Why is 2013 an important year for campaign finance? Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel will answer that, a …"

'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 "member":

"… ay their companies now face.The Alliance for Savings and Investment, whose members include many Fortune 500 companies, has also run print ads advocating kee …"

"… nd Investment’s chairman is former Rep. Jim McCrery, R-La. who is also a member of the steering committee of “Fix the Debt,” a project of the Committe …"

"… ness Roundtable — executives from AT&T and Verizon, for example, are members of all three.Despite this, Romano said Fix the Debt is really more of a …"

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 "National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform":

"… ysis, Step 5 of 9: Stimulus Legislation EITC, CTC, AOTC.” 1 Oct 2012.The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. “The Moment of Truth.” Dec 2010.Office of Management and Budget. Hist …"

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 "Madeleine Albright":

"… d Obama’s home state of Illinois. Notable additions to the list include Madeleine Albright, who served as secretary of state under former President Bill Clinton and …"

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 "Asia":

"… cause global demand is reaching new heights as the developing economies of Asia use more oil. Other energy prices have fallen during Obama's …"

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 "media markets":

"… . It’s enough to buy at least a week or two’s worth of ads in critical media markets. It also represents one-seventh of the money Restore Our Future collected …"

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 "Senate":

"… ient Protection And Affordable Care Act (‘PPACA’),’ As Passed By The Senate, And Scheduled For Consideration By The House Committee On Rules On March …"

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 "Senate":

"… ient Protection And Affordable Care Act (‘PPACA’),’ As Passed By The Senate, And Scheduled For Consideration By The House Committee On Rules On March …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… ient Protection And Affordable Care Act (‘PPACA’),” As Passed By The Senate, And Scheduled For Consideration By The House Committee On Rules On March …"

FACT CHECK: Romney ad takes Clinton quote out of context

By FactCheck.Org

Bill Clinton's 2008 'Give me a break' comment was about Obama's Iraq war stance, not the economy

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… ert Farley …"

"… that under Obama it has gotten worse — and then says Obama has called on Bill Clinton “to help his failing campaign.” The ad then borrows a clip from a  …"

"… “good soldier, helping his party’s president,” but adds, “What did Bill Clinton say about Barack Obama in 2008?”The ad then shows a clip of Clinton sayi …"

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