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 "Washington":

"… e worked as research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, where she managed a five-person staff that exposed the activities of poli …"

"… University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan a …"

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 "attorney general":

"… to boost Republican candidates in the Nebraska gubernatorial and Arkansas attorney general contests this cycle. The Law Enforcement Alliance of America, another …"

"… irginia-based nonprofit was active in Michigan’s state supreme court and attorney general races in 2010. This time, it spent nearly $165,000 to attack one candidate …"

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 Pryor":

"… 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, R-Ga.; Republican Kare …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… trategies, a conservative 501(c)(4) nonprofit co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove. As a “social welfare” nonprofit, Crossroads GPS is not required to p …"

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 "Walton Family Foundation":

"… e 2011, the StudentsFirst Institute received $9 million in grants from the Walton Family Foundation, $7 million from billionaire philanthropists Laura and John Arnold, and $1 …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… to step down, Christie may have trouble matching the Midas touch of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who raised a staggering $87 million to help the party …"

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 "Barbara Boxer":

"… f FEC records. Those lawmakers were Tester and Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont.; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Joe Donnelly, D-In …"

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 "New York":

"… of, with one exception. “The one omission,” he said, “is ethics.” …"

"… of this state is, ‘I get it. I get that that’s wrong,’” he said. New York officials — legislators in particular — have been the focus in a rash …"

"… ter for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International. New York received Fs in four of fourteen categories, including ethics enforcement a …"

"… , said Susan Lerner, executive director of the advocacy group Common Cause New York. “This is big news,” she said. Lerner had high praise for Cuomo’s c …"

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 "Congress":

"… Nothing Congress." The Center regrets the error. …"

"… in 1948, the year President Harry Truman* assailed the “Do-Nothing Congress”: 511 Number of minutes Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spent reading Dr. Seuss …"

"… our talk-a-thon in September: 5 ½ Number of hours per day the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recommends embattled freshmen spend fundraising: 4 …"

"… tled freshmen spend fundraising: 4 Amount of campaign cash all members of Congress have reported raising so far in 2013: $403,952,012 Number of seats Republ …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance laws":

"… Americans would strongly support “a federal law that imposes tough, new campaign finance laws for politicians, lobbyists and super PACs.” That’s not an unimpressiv …"

American League of Lobbyists changes name

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… ow peaked at $3.55 billion in 2010, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Prior to changing its name, the American League of Lobbyists' board of d …"

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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… the Cuccinelli campaign noted McAuliffe has been helped by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC and San Francisco environmentalist Tom Steyer’s …"

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 "California":

"… ey at law firm LeClairRyan, and Democrat Ann Miller Ravel, the head of the California Fair Political Practices Commission — by unanimous consent. This means …"

"… in an email. Ravel followed up to explain that she plans to remain at the California Fair Political Practices Commission "for one month from today, to finish s …"

"… previously noted by the Center, Ravel was appointed to the California Fair Political Practices Commission in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Dur …"

"… ecretive organization that spent millions of dollars immediately on a California ballot initiative to reveal its donors. The group accused her in …"

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 "Colbert Super PAC":

"… for or against political candidates. “Stephen Colbert's coverage of the Colbert Super PAC performed an enormous service to the country, educating it on what super P …"

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 "Howard Rich":

"… an additional $50,000 to Purple PAC, while New York real estate developer Howard Rich chipped in $25,000, according to FEC records. Smith, who currently serves …"

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 "Politics":

"… nd political contributions.  Sign up now to receive our Money in Politics newsletter. ------------------------- California, last year, institu …"

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

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 "Washington":

"… d Mara earned 22.8 percent. Mara — a former lobbyist whom the Washington Post, D.C. Chamber of Commerce and Sierra Club's D.C. chapter all endorsed …"

"… 's capital. Silverman, a former journalist, was endorsed by the Washington City Paper and the popular Greater Greater Washington blog. Both Bon …"

"… sed by the Washington City Paper and the popular Greater Greater Washington blog. Both Bonds and Silverman were outraised by Mara, as well as De …"

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 "Jon Tester":

"… al Reporter Dave Levinthal contributed to this report.     …"

'State Integrity Investigation' has blockbuster first year

By Nicholas Kusnetz

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

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 "Politics":

"… ch talk came during a week when the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics estimated that the 2012 election cost more than $6.3 billion at the federa …"

"… ency should," added panelist Allen Dickerson of the Center for Competitive Politics. "I see a very big difference between the FEC and other agencies." Dicker …"

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.

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 "Lockheed Martin":

"… the nascent pro-Obama nonprofit has reached out to companies such as Lockheed Martin, Citi and Duke Energy for financial support. Bob Bauer, the lawyer for Org …"

Rival Super Bowl team owners allies on political field

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Baltimore Ravens":

"… n the world of money in politics. Since 2008, Bisciotti, the owner of the Baltimore Ravens, has donated $20,000 to Gridiron-PAC, the official political action commit …"

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 "bank":

"… lysis, only seven super PACs started 2013 with more than $1 million in the bank. But they won't have that problem for long. Super PACs have shown an abil …"

"… t surprise you. Seven of the top 10 super PACs with the most money in the bank are aligned with Democrats, and the super PAC with the most cash reserves …"

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors

By Michael Beckel

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… nnsylvania, gave $250,000 to the RGA, as did health insurance company Aetna. Meanwhile, the Florida Power and Light and Comcast each donated&nbs …"

"… ve made six-figure contributions to the DGA since late November: Aetna-subsidiary Schaller Anderson, which gave $250,000; computer technology com …"