Secretive nonprofits flourished — and succeeded — in 2014 state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits backed winning candidates, or bashed losers, in 63 percent of the state races in which they sponsored ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… elevision and said her consulting business has been hurt by the bad press. Politics has strained her family life, too.  A classmate of Kennedy’s 16-yea …"

Center for Public Integrity hires Carrie Levine as federal politics reporter

By The Center for Public Integrity

Carrie Levine — former Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington research director — to investigate money in politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston University":

"… Massachusetts, and The Sun of Lowell, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The Washington …"

Secretive groups spend millions to influence state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits hit TV airwaves with attacks on state-level candidates, gaining traction since the U.S. Supreme Court 'Citizens United' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Virginia":

"… gative campaign, according to Kyle Kondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics. “It’s preferred to have the outside group …"

FEC sends senators erroneous warnings

By Dave Levinthal

Politicians received notices they violated election laws due to a communications mix-up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Warner":

"… failure-to-file letters from the FEC include Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.; Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.; Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga.; Rep. Phil Gingrey …"

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 "Campaign finance":

"… ding with candidates. Why are some people so concerned about McCutcheon? Campaign finance reform advocates are concerned about a sort of systemic corruption that ma …"

Mudslinging at the FEC over disclosure

By Julie Patel

Controversy brews at elections agency over whether a conservative group should reveal its donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… tee. “Providing public disclosure is a central part of the mission that Congress entrusted to the Commission,” they wrote later about the vote. In Janua …"

"… ow the law and judicial precedent.” “We enforce the law as written by Congress and construed by the courts, not as our colleague and her ‘reformer’ a …"

More than a dozen states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

By Michael Beckel

A Supreme Court ruling elminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minnesota":

"… out-of-state donors. Additionally, other states — such as Kentucky and Minnesota — limit the amount of money a candidate can raise collectively from part …"

"… nconstitutional. “I don’t see McCutcheon directly affecting Minnesota at all,” said Gary Goldsmith, executive director of the state’s campai …"

"… nce and public disclosure board. Goldsmith said he would not characterize Minnesota’s law — which limits the combined amount of money a single candidate c …"

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Tepper":

"… ngton Post story that named billionaire New Jersey hedge fund manager David Tepper, a major Mitt Romney supporter, among StudentsFirst’s funders. The artic …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Sanford":

"… al, he wouldn’t be the first governor to do so. Then-South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford abdicated the position after revelations that he had secretly visited his …"

Do senators fear the Internet?

By Rachel Baye

Nearly one-fifth of upper chamber members say they support e-filing campaign finance reports — but won't be this week.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Mexico":

"… filing leap this week. The offices of Democratic Sens. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Ron Wyden of Oregon told the Center for P …"

Cuomo calls for ethics reform in New York

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Governor uses budget address to call for more transparency.

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance laws":

"… ent Democrats, have not supported previous efforts to reform the state’s campaign finance laws. Last year, Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos gave an interview in which he ex …"

By the numbers: a 2013 money-in-politics index

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights the year's top stories and key trends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… nges next year: 7 Number of Senate and House candidates the anti-tax Club for Growth has already endorsed: 5 Number of votes Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mi …"

White House stays mum on troubles with election regulator

By The Center for Public Integrity

Report unearthed numerous problems at the Federal Election Commission.

Don’t support ‘campaign finance reform’? Try combating ‘corruption’

By Michael Beckel

Don’t support ‘campaign finance reform’? Try combating ‘corruption’ instead.

American League of Lobbyists changes name

By Dave Levinthal

The American League of Lobbyists will now go by Association of Government Relations Professionals.

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 candidate":

"… ded to the state attorney general’s race. Of the $4.5 million raised by Republican candidate Mark Obenshain, nearly $2.7 million — more than half — came from the R …"

Federal Election Commission gets new blood

By Dave Levinthal

The U.S. Senate approves Obama's Federal Election Commission picks by unanimous consent.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ron Paul":

"… id provide legal counsel to Republican candidate and former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. In 2012, Goodman did donate $500 to Republican U. …"

Colbert's 'Tomorrow' super PACs long for yesterday

By Lauren Kyger

Most political committees inspired by comedian's satire have disbanded or become idle.

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance laws":

"… sts for comment, created his super PAC in 2011 as a cheeky protest against campaign finance laws on his Comedy Central show “The Colbert Report.” The segment focused …"

Libertarian-leaning super PAC raising big money

By Adam Wollner

New group is led by the Cato Institute's founder and a former FEC chairman.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ork of wealthy, like-minded donors. Purple PAC, a super PAC led by former Federal Election Commission Chairman Brad Smith and Cato Institute founder Ed Crane, raised $575,000 f …"

Super PAC for independents closes down

By Michael Beckel

Pro-independent group launched by Gateway co-founder Ted Waitt shuts down.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… . Another $55,000 came in the form of in-kind contributions from Waitt’s California-based private equity firm, Avalon Capital Group, Inc. Waitt’s super PAC …"

"… ive our Money in Politics newsletter. ------------------------- California, last year, instituted a new “jungle primary” system last year that pi …"

"… yoral candidate Nathan Fletcher; independent Chad Walsh, who failed in his California state assembly bid; and independent Angus King of Maine, who won his U.S. …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

"… to Thompson. Last year, Obama, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Sen. Tim Kaine, Va., all returned or gave away some portion of Thompson-related donations …"

IMPACT: Georgia governor signs bills limiting gifts from lobbyists

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Gov. Deal signs measure setting limits on lobbyists

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… the nation Monday by signing into law the state’s first restrictions on lobbyists’ gifts to lawmakers. Deal’s action puts in place the first major piec …"

"… st major piece of ethics reform Georgia has passed in decades. Until now, lobbyists in the Peach State had been free to lavish legislators with gifts and jun …"

"… ive director of Common Cause Georgia, an advocacy group. The bill permits lobbyists to pool their gifts, allowing three colleagues to jointly buy a dinner wo …"

"… easier for lawyers to advocate for specific issues without registering as lobbyists, Perry noted. “It’s chock full of loopholes,” he said. The bill w …"

Super PACs invest in D.C. Council race

By Michael Beckel

Two groups boosted Republican Patrick Mara during unsuccessful D.C. Council bid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Association of Realtors":

"… gistered with the city government. Both were active on Mara's behalf. The National Association of Realtors' super PAC spent $20,200 touting Mara, city records indicate. And a super …"

Tester offers e-filing amendment to budget bill

By Michael Beckel

Montana Democrat Jon Tester offers budget amendment requiring e-filing of campaign finance disclosures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… equired to file their financial disclosure reports electronically with the Federal Election Commission. As a result, it can take weeks, if not months, to get detailed informatio …"

'State Integrity Investigation' has blockbuster first year

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Sixteen states take Center's State Integrity Investigation to heart, initiate government reform

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rhode Island":

"… initiated in 16 states. Four of those states — Delaware, Iowa, Maine and Rhode Island — have passed laws or issued executive orders improving disclosure and a …"

"… have been slow to act, in some cases the executive branch has stepped in. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee created a new online portal in January 2013 to display …"

CPAC panel: Shrink the Federal Election Commission

By Michael Beckel

Lawyers propose shutting down campaign finance agency, or at least limiting its reach.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… e burdens," Barr said. "That can't be the right state of affairs." A 1982 U.S. Supreme Court decision held that political donors to the Socialist Workers Par …"

Deadline for summer internships fast-approaching

By Sarah Whitmire

The Center seeks well-qualified students or recent grads for editorial, computer-assisted reporting and interactive web design internships.

Excerpts from this story referencing "JavaScript":

"… work are greatly appreciated). If you know your way around HTML, CSS and JavaScript/jQuery, we strongly encourage you to apply for an interactive design inter …"

Barack Obama accused of 'dark money' hypocrisy by non-disclosing nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity slams the president's nonprofit in a new ad, yet the group doesn't plan on revealing its funders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Petroleum Institute":

"… s. In 2010, Americans for Prosperity did receive a $25,500 grant from the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association representing the oil and gas industry, for "energy ed …"

Rival Super Bowl team owners allies on political field

By Michael Beckel

Super Bowl team owners have both backed NFL's political action committee.

Which super PACs started 2013 with the most cash?

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

The five super PACs with the most money in the bank are all alligned with Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… 4, at 1 p.m. ET. …"