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 "Senate races":

"… ed against “hidden dark money which is corrupting our elections.” The Senate races raging in Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina are of particular interes …"

"… tedly criticized the Koch brothers’ nonprofits for spending big in their Senate races. “We can’t let our Democratic Senate be bought,” pleaded one recent …"

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 "Scott Brown":

"… Freshman Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen will likely face former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, who briefly represented Massachusetts and has now gone north to the Grani …"

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 "Wayne LaPierre":

"… a bare-knuckles street fight,” said NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre at the organization’s convention. “They’re going after every House s …"

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 "Charles Lewis":

"… reat if “we, the people” choose to demand it. This is an excerpt from Charles Lewis's new book 935 Lies: the Future of Truth and the Decline of America's …"

"… d the Decline of America's Moral Integrity, reprinted with permission from Charles Lewis and Public Affairs Books. Find out more at www.935lies.com. Some of 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 "Department of Labor":

"… x filings with the Internal Revenue Service and documents submitted to the Department of Labor do provide some insight into the social welfare nonprofit’s funding. Th …"

"… on between October 2012 and September 2013, according to a filing with the Department of Labor. Other labor unions supporting America Votes include the Service Employee …"

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 "Sprint Corp.":

"… variety of techniques and influence.” Battling AT&T and Verizon are Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile, the third- and fourth-largest carriers whose networks and cu …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… tegrity. That's 56 percent, compared to about 30 percent under presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Of these four-dozen men and women, 24 political nominee …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… th care costs could not be done in a single piece of legislation. Bill and Hillary Clinton tried unsuccessfully to do it in the early 1990s. What happened then was t …"

‘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 "candidate":

"… an, R-Va., and Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Montana Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Bullock during the 2012 election. All won their respective races. P …"

"… ction. All won their respective races. Perricone declined to identify any candidates the group may support in 2014. For its part, America Votes contributed $ …"

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 "Republican State Leadership Committee":

"… y, received more than $155,000 from the RGA and $428,000 from the national Republican State Leadership Committee. Of the $12.5 million the RSLC has raised this year, about 7.5 percent cam …"

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 "bank":

"… Sept. 15, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11, the largest bankruptcy in the nation’s history. The move set off a series of dramatic act …"

"… ff a series of dramatic actions in Washington, D.C., and on Wall Street as bankers and regulators sought to avoid a shutdown of the global economy. To mar …"

"… tal that Bear Stearns and the other publicly traded Wall Street investment banks had on hand. Days later, Bear was gone, becoming the first investment ba …"

"… nks had on hand. Days later, Bear was gone, becoming the first investment bank to disappear in 2008 under the watch of Cox’s SEC. By the end of the yea …"

'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 "Mitt Romney":

"… n — went to Restore Our Future, the main super PAC supporting Republican Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful presidential bid. Meanwhile, $500,000 went to a group tha …"

Super PACs swarming New Jersey special election

By Adam Wollner

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

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 "Medicaid":

"… ion since 2001, according to USAspending.gov. D.C. Chartered Health was a Medicaid managed-care organization that contracted with the city to provide health …"

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 "bank":

"… ter’s recent profile of Yellen provides an illuminating road map of what bankers, investors and markets can expect from the academic economist now ascen …"

"… running to become chairwoman of the Federal Reserve and that has many bankers and Wall Street titans worried. The diminutive vice chairwoman of the …"

"… Street titans worried. The diminutive vice chairwoman of the U.S. central bank — an academic economist who is married to a Nobel Prize-winning economis …"

"… n — an area where she’d have tremendous power as leader of the central bank — are less well-known. “Her strengths are as an economist and thinkin …"

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 "Bill Clinton":

"… r a close second at $17.1 million. Both were appointed by former President Bill Clinton. However, Ginsburg’s actual net worth may be as low as $4.4 million and …"

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 "Texas":

"… aces were launched right before the election. The LEAA was also active in Texas that year, running attack ads against the Democratic attorney general cand …"

"… rs who funded those ads, a ruling that’s currently being appealed to the Texas Supreme Court. No one from the Chamber or the LEAA responded to requests …"

All the presidents' debt

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "golf":

"… n Boggs for legal services. Smaller, stranger debts include $688 to a golf cart supplier in Omaha, Neb., and $47 to a general store in West Des …"

"… mann's campaign committee has found itself particularly crosswise with the golf cart rental set, as one Iowa-based supplier sued Bachmann — an …"

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 "chief of staff":

"… le Federal Budget. Fix the Debt was co-founded by Democrat Erskine Bowles, chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, and former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson of W …"

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 "Tax Policy Center":

"… additional $536 billion in fiscal year 2013, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, raising more than $5 trillion in 10 years. Nearly 90 percent of Americans …"

"… Increases LoomingIn an Oct. 1 report on the fiscal cliff, the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that the scheduled tax increases, if allowed to take effect, wou …"

"… middle-income taxpayers would drop from $1,984 to $1,096, according to the Tax Policy Center. The AMT “patch” would reduce the potential tax hike for those same ta …"

"… income families, and expanded and increased the college tuition credit.The Tax Policy Center says the credits benefit about 152 million taxpayers, and more than half o …"

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 "Bill Clinton":

"… those earning) above $250,000, we can go back to the tax rates we had when Bill Clinton was president." THE FACTS: Not exactly. The Bush tax cuts se …"

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 "attorney":

"… eyRe’s donation “raises some legal red flags,” says Paul S. Ryan, an attorney at the Campaign Legal Center. The law lays out clear rules for political …"

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 "Congress":

"… p to” 20 million might lose health insurance under the new law, citing a Congressional Budget Office study that actually put the likely number who would los …"

"… ives, would make binding recommendations to reduce the growth of spending. Congress could override them with a three-fifths majority in each house.An ana …"

"… president. By the time Obama took office in January 2009, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office had already estimated that the federal govern …"

"… t term during his State of the Union address on Feb. 24, 2009. A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the president’s latest budget p …"

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 "Congress":

"… p to” 20 million might lose health insurance under the new law, citing a Congressional Budget Office study that actually put the likely number who would los …"

"… ives, would make binding recommendations to reduce the growth of spending. Congress could override them with a three-fifths majority in each house.An analysis …"

"… president. By the time Obama took office in January 2009, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office had already estimated that the federal government would …"

"… f his first term during his State of the Union address on Feb. 24, 2009. A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the president’s latest budget plan doesn …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tax Policy Center":

"… middle class.”Obama’s $2,000 figure comes from an analysis by the Tax Policy Center of “a revenue-neutral individual income tax change that incorporate …"

"… thing he has promised.Donald Marron, director of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, says of his center’s study: “I don’t interpret this as evidenc …"

"… “On the Distributional Effects of Base-Broadening Income Tax Reform.” Tax Policy Center. 1 Aug 2012.Marron, Donald. “Understanding TPC’s Analysis of Governor …"

"… ald. “Understanding TPC’s Analysis of Governor Romney’s Tax Plan.” Tax Policy Center. 8 Aug 2012.  …"

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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