Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall Street's secret weapon in Washington

By Daniel Wagner and Alison Fitzgerald

Industry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… andidates, more than any other industry, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s more than two-and-a-half times the $57 million donated by the he …"

"… 012, members raised an average of $2.6 million, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, edging out the powerful Ways and Means Committee. “Members are encoura …"

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ntegrity of analysis of new congressional disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data. These new numbers reverse — at least temporarily — top lob …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… to political candidates across the country. According to figures from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics, from 2009 to 2012 ( …"

"… n account last year, and a Sands PAC gave another $5,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The senator’s office did not respond to requests for comment, but Graha …"

Supreme Court opens door to flood of political cash — again

By Michael Beckel

Citing First Amendment concerns, 5-4 Supreme Court majority tosses out aggregate limits on campaign contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ates, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the Center for Responsive Politics. And about 1,700 people hit the aggregate limit on donations to political …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… s attacking President Barack Obama, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. In all, Americans for Prosperity spent $122 million during 2012&nbs …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… million for lobbying on a range of issues, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks lobbying spending. AT&T spent the 11th largest amount of …"

Pro-transparency tea party activist trounced

By Michael Beckel

In primary, Rep. Adam Kinzinger defeats tea party foe who wants congressmen to display donors' corporate logos.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… an $1 million. More than half of this sum came from PACs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The PACs of Home Depot, General Mills and the American Society of Anesth …"

Merriam-Webster makes 'super PAC' official

By Dave Levinthal

Merriam-Webster OKs shorthand term for the clunky 'independent expenditure-only committee.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… on and spent $609 million during the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. These groups already have spent tens of millions of dollars more during t …"

Outside groups help boost David Jolly to victory

By Michael Beckel

Outside groups spent nearly $5 million aiding Republican in Florida's heated House race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… aces, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the Center for Responsive Politics. The phenomenon was repeated two years later in more than two dozen House …"

"… will dominate the race,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics. “Outside groups may not determine the victor, but they'll very often d …"

Outside groups dwarf candidate spending in Florida special election

By Michael Beckel

Less than one-third of money pumped into House contest is controlled by Sink or Jolly.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… America and the Republican Jewish Coalition, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics. It has also previously been backed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Ma …"

"… aces, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the Center for Responsive Politics. The phenomenon was repeated two years later in more than two dozen House …"

Nonprofits spend money on campaigns despite benefactors' warnings

By Julie Patel

Despite warning, four nonprofits spent money on 2012 elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… $91,000 supporting Flake and Heller’s runs for Senate, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Flake won by a margin of about three percentage points, while Heller won …"

"… are nonprofits for spending in the 2012 federal election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That included about $20 million in spending aimed to oust President Barac …"

"… gainst his opponent, former U.S. Surgeon General Carmona, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and American Commitment news releases. Phil Kerpen, president of American …"

"… from Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies as previously reported by the Center for Responsive Politics. The two grants comprised most of Americans for Tax Reform’s overall re …"

Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… making $192,070 worth of independent expenditures that year, according to Center for Responsive Politics and FEC records. The money paid for an ad supporting Tim Burns, the Repub …"

Comcast, Time Warner rivals may see opportunity in mega-merger

By Allan Holmes

The Comcast-Time Warner merger may be embraced by industry rivals who see an opportunity for their own deals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… lobbying in Washington in 2013, doling out $18.8 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Comcast also upped its campaign contributions, with its political action …"

"… k’s $1.5 million of lobbying spending in the same year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Public interest groups that oppose the merger because it will reduce com …"

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… whom have previous experience working for the government, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks lobbying matters. Among Netflix's lobbyists are Christ …"

"… while, owned at least $15,001, and as much as $50,000, in Netflix stock, a Center for Responsive Politics tally shows. He's also mentioned the company more than a few times on …"

Dems introduce plan for public financing of campaigns

By Michael Beckel

Bill would provide matching funds to candidates who limit size of contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… mericans provide the bulk of contributions to candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Sarbanes’ bill, officially known as H.R. 20, has been endorsed by a ra …"

Pro-gay marriage Republican group boosted by Karl Rove’s super PAC

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer's 'American Unity' super PAC received $53,000 from American Crossroads last year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… e Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Thompson, who has opposed gay marriage measures, was defeated by Democrat …"

Corporate cash helps politicians party on

By Michael Beckel

Inauguration, convention-related groups boosted by corporate contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… business records. Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political fundraising, said such contributions may be attemp …"

Banks seek to sway critical GAO report

By Alison Fitzgerald

Big banks say new regulation is unnecessary thanks to Dodd Frank reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… nbsp;spends more on federal lobbying than any other, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics. Financial firms, inclu …"

AT&T buoyed in lobbying push against spectrum auction limits

By Allan Holmes

Expect telecom giant to fight FCC on spectrum auction limits following T-Mobile airwaves purchase.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… obbying spender during 2012, at about $17.5 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2011, AT&T spent $20.2 million and ranked eighth. Verizon Communi …"

Negative ads make Peterson 'more inclined' to run

By Michael Beckel

Democratic lawmaker Collin Peterson says a secretive nonprofit's media blitz makes him more likely to seek re-election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… nprofits accounted for more than 92 percent of its funding, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of filings with the Internal Revenue Service. The American Futur …"

"… has given Peterson $43,500 since the 2006 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, including $2,000 in August.     …"

How Washington starves its election watchdog

By Dave Levinthal

Agency hamstrung by political bickering, case backlogs, staff departures — even Chinese hackers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… t $2.85 billion for politicians and political committees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The 2011-2012 election cycle? Nearly $6.3 billion — a 120 percent incre …"

Liberal heavyweight Patriot Majority USA fueled by secret, big-dollar donors

By Julie Patel

A dark money group expected to play defense for Democrats in the upcoming battle for the U.S. Senate should have plenty in its arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ction of what its nonprofit sister group did during 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Patriot Majority USA’s overall expenses are nearly three times that of …"

"… Care, a trade association, also gave the group $750,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Patriot Majority USA was formed in 2008 and technically spun off into a …"

IRS sets its sights on political 'dark money'

By Michael Beckel

The Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curb the ability of social welfare nonprofits to influence elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… l spending should be restricted to a certain percentage. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, social welfare nonprofits spent more than $240 million on advertising cal …"

League of Conservation Voters becoming 'dark money' heavyweight

By Michael Beckel

The liberal League of Conservation Voters is fast becoming one of the nation’s strongest 'dark money' forces.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… independent expenditures during the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And the League has retained its preeminent position this year, as it pou …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… pent more than $13 million on the 2012 federal elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign spending. The super PAC spent mo …"

"… to 501(c)(4) groups that don’t have to disclose donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And for the first time, contributions to politically active nonprofits we …"

"… million, according to its 2012 tax return, which was first obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics. Launched in October 2011, the group spent nearly $3 million on political …"

Anti-Obama nonprofit tells IRS it's not 'political'

By Michael Beckel

Meet the pro-coal group that spent millions attacking Obama while telling the IRS it wasn't engaged in candidate elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… Barack Obama. In a new tax return filed Friday and first obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics, the American Energy Alliance, led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thom …"

"… y Alliance is not required to publicly disclose its funders. Notably, the Center for Responsive Politics reported Friday that the American Energy Alliance received $15,000 last ye …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… after reported cashflow 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 …"

'Dark money' groups fueled by cable industry

By Julie Patel

Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform among beneficiaries, new disclosure shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… .5 million opposing Obama during the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign spending. Americans for Prosperi …"

"… 50,000, spent $15.8 million on the 2012 federal election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The group’s president and founder, Grover Norquist, is famous for his T …"

"… nted it in 2012 had previously worked in government jobs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The group’s IRS form says its mission “is to advance the cable and t …"

Soap opera producer tapped for top diplomatic post

By Michael Beckel

Major campaign fundraiser and soap opera producer Colleen Bell nominated to be next ambassador to Hungary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… nce he launched his first presidential campaign in 2007. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Bell herself this year has made campaign contributions to Sens. Mark Warn …"

Obama bundlers nominated for diplomatic posts in New Zealand, Iceland

By Michael Beckel

President Obama has named two more of his top campaign fundraisers for plum, overseas diplomatic posts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… nter for Public Integrity review of campaign disclosures and data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Meanwhile, Barber, an attorney at Boston-based Looney & Grossman LLP …"

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