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 "Thom Tillis":

"… ay Hagan is running for re-election against Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis in North Carolina, where voters have not re-elected a Democratic senator s …"

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 "Arizona":

"… ered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Twenty months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elem …"

"… e of recent prominent mass shootings began: Virginia Tech in 2007; Tucson, Arizona, in 2011, in which then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot; the Au …"

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 "media":

"… systematic investigations and announcing our findings to the national news media could actually lead to media coverage and to systemic change. We were sta …"

"… announcing our findings to the national news media could actually lead to media coverage and to systemic change. We were starting to be noticed. At the s …"

"… re in for-profit newsrooms, because today’s advertising-supported, major-media journalists are generally expected to run full-speed on “the hamster whe …"

"… indings. The Center no longer has to depend solely on coverage by the news media to inform the public about its findings; now the organization is reporting …"

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 "America Votes":

"… albeit a much smaller one — to advance liberal policies and win votes. America Votes, which seeks to build “a permanent advocacy and campaign infrastructure …"

"… tax documents reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. The sources of America Votes’ funding are not clear. “We do not disclose that information to the p …"

"… not clear. “We do not disclose that information to the public,” said America Votes spokeswoman Liz Accola, adding that her group was “in full compliance” …"

"… hat a dozen anonymous donors provided the lion’s share of the budget for America Votes during its most recent fiscal year, with each giving between $300,000 and …"

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 "Commerce Committee":

"… se lawmakers — including Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees the FCC, and Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the committe …"

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 "Health":

"… first, the bad news. A report released last week by the Massachusetts’ Health Policy Commission said Health care costs are higher in the Bay State than …"

"… onsider to reduce Health care spending. That work, by the bipartisan State Health Care Cost Containment Commission (organized by the University of Virginia …"

‘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 "America Votes":

"… ver, is anything but middle of the road. The Democratic-aligned nonprofit America Votes provided the self-described “nonpartisan” Bull Moose Sportsmen with th …"

"… ently filed with the Internal Revenue Service. In all, contributions from America Votes represent at least 95 percent of the $963,000 raised by the Bull Moose Spo …"

"… ch in 2010 through the end 2012, IRS records show. Washington, D.C.-based America Votes — which has spent millions of dollars promoting Democrats and attempting …"

"… rold Ickes, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton. In explaining America Votes' support for Bull Moose Sportsman, spokesman John Neurohr said the gun gro …"

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 "Terry McAuliffe":

"… m out-of-state donors while at the same time hammering Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe for doing the same, campaign finance records show. Cuccinelli has receive …"

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 "Bill Clinton":

"… peaker for the Harry Walker Agency, which also represents former President Bill Clinton. Geithner banked $400,000 for three talks this summer, according to a repo …"

'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 "America Votes":

"… ael Beckel and Chris Zubak-Skees contributed to this report.     …"

"… publican Gov. Scott Walker and several other GOP lawmakers out of office. America Votes, which aims “to coordinate and promote progressive issues,” raised $11 …"

"… nced his controversial legislation that restricted collective bargaining. America Votes also gave nearly $45,000 to Citizen Action of Wisconsin and $20,000 to Wis …"

"… $45,000 to Citizen Action of Wisconsin and $20,000 to Wisconsin Progress. America Votes is a “social welfare” nonprofit meaning it doesn’t have to say where …"

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 "Lisa Murkowski":

"… s seeking comment for this story, is also a former chief of staff for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska — the ranking Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natur …"

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 "Arizona":

"… rancisco  when the housing boom, especially in California, Nevada and Arizona, was in full swing. In that role, she had oversight of bank holding compan …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… -of-state influence likely helped decide races in North Carolina, Iowa and Mississippi. The influence of nonprofits and super PACs has changed the nature of sta …"

"… r of Commerce says it was successful in North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio and Mississippi. *** In North Carolina, supreme court campaigns are mostly funded by tax …"

"… siana, where the Republican candidate they supported won the seat. *** In Mississippi, out-of-state organizations helped tilt the field toward the winning candi …"

"… organizations helped tilt the field toward the winning candidate. Improve Mississippi, funded heavily by a state physicians’ political action committee, state …"

All the presidents' debt

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… d raised taxes by hundreds of billions through Obamacare," 14.) President Bill Clinton, Democrat Election year: 1996 Debt: $100,080 The backstory: One might r …"

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 "Bill Clinton":

"… tol Hill. Former 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 t …"

'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 "Aetna":

"… ebsite, CEOs from Caesars Entertainment Corp., Motorola Solutions Inc. and Aetna, among others, argue for “responsible spending,” “fixing the debt si …"

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 "Bill Clinton":

"… tly for a period of four straight years, beginning in 1998 under President Bill Clinton.The government’s checkbook benefited in the Clinton years from the effec …"

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 "American Enterprise Institute":

"… THE FACTS: Romney's claim is based on an analysis by the conservative American Enterprise Institute that examines the amount of debt that has accumulated on Obama's watch and …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ical advertisements or donate to super PACs. And Republican members of the Federal Election Commission have thwarted the implementation of new rules regarding the practice. Sen …"

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 "Bill Clinton":

"… raise taxes on upper-income persons only to the “rates that we had when Bill Clinton was president.” Actually, many high-income persons would pay more than t …"

"… ealth care costs is at a 50-year low for the past two years.President Bill Clinton used this statistic, correctly, in his speech at the Democratic Natio …"

"… ck to where they were during economically prosperous times under President Bill Clinton. But those making over $250,000 a year would actually pay more than they d …"

"… over $250,000 a year, that we should go back to the rates that we had when Bill Clinton was president, when we created 23 million new jobs, went from deficit to s …"

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 "Bill Clinton":

"… raise taxes on upper-income persons only to the “rates that we had when Bill Clinton was president.” Actually, many high-income persons would pay more than t …"

"… of health care costs is at a 50-year low for the past two years.President Bill Clinton used this statistic, correctly, in his speech at the Democratic National C …"

"… ck to where they were during economically prosperous times under President Bill Clinton. But those making over $250,000 a year would actually pay more than they d …"

"… over $250,000 a year, that we should go back to the rates that we had when Bill Clinton was president, when we created 23 million new jobs, went from deficit to s …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… artment of Health and Human Services, Healthcare.go website. “Affordable Insurance Exchanges.” Accessed 18 Sep 2012.U.S. Office of Personnel Management. …"

"… Exchanges.” Accessed 18 Sep 2012.U.S. Office of Personnel Management. “Insurance Benefits.” Web page accessed 18 Sep 2012.Kaiser Family Foundation. “Me …"

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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