Conservative group fumbles disclosure in new tax document

By Michael Beckel

Koch-linked nonprofit American Commitment to amend tax documents after questions from the Center for Public Integrity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "advocate":

"… ersey Family First's political activity included spending about $25,000 to advocate against U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. Kerpen confirmed to the Center for …"

Crossroads GPS' cash plummeted in 2013

By Carrie Levine

Conservative nonprofit's income drop coincided with a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… 76.4 million on the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Roughly $70 million of that was spent by Crossroads GPS. The groups’ mo …"

Gillespie's rich friends leave him hanging

By Carrie Levine

Consummate GOP insider Ed Gillespie nearly wins Virginia Senate seat, no thanks to his deep-pocketed friends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… much as the Virginia Progress PAC, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Virginia “is a rich state for us in terms of members and supporters an …"

GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

By Michael Beckel, Dave Levinthal and Carrie Levine

Super PACs, 'dark money' nonprofits help make Election Day difference as Republicans seize a U.S. Senate majority

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… Public Integrity tracked political advertising in races for the U.S. Senate, state-level offices and state ballot measures. Use th …"

"… s. They were right. On Tuesday night, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate for the first time in eight years. In many of the states the GOP won Tues …"

"… ral Election Commission ruling in 2010. Democrats, who enjoyed a six-seat Senate majority going into Election Day, attempted to defend themselves from an e …"

"… als, and liberal donors dug deep to support a pro-Democratic super PAC — Senate Majority PAC — that became the top sponsor of Senate-focused campaign ad …"

Surprise! No. 1 super PAC backs Democrats

By Carrie Levine and Dave Levinthal

To the surprise of many, the top-spending super PAC this election backs Democrats, not Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… is a fraction of the close to $700 million the Center for Responsive Politics predicts outside groups will spend on the midterm elections. Overall,  …"

Election 2014 by the numbers

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights key facts about the most expensive midterm in history.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… Cook Political Report, Federal Election Commission, Center for Responsive Politics and Sunlight Foundation. Rachel Baye, Carrie Levine, Dave Levinthal, Reit …"

'Banking Caucus' member aims for Senate

By Alison Fitzgerald

Republican candidate for Senate U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito defends little banks but big banks benefit too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… “Congressional Banking Caucus,” a group of lawmakers identified by the Center for Public Integrity as especially solicitous to the banking industry. They are all members of …"

"… al Services Committee and three have been passed to the Senate. Since the Center for Public Integrity published a report on these lawmakers in April, their efforts to reshape t …"

Mega-donors give big to state candidates

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien and Ben Wieder

More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… state records by the nonpartisan National Institute on Money in State Politics, top donors include: Illinois Republican candidate Bruce Rauner, who ha …"

"… ons, though, are not reflected in the National Institute on Money in State Politics’ data. A representative for Litwin did not respond to requests for comm …"

"… ups, having given $14 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A representative for Eychaner declined to comment. On the other side, G …"

"… ance reports not yet processed by the National Institute on Money in State Politics and is not reflected in overall contribution totals. Liz Essley Whyte con …"

Secret politics pervade popular companies

By Dave Levinthal

Some well-known brands keep their political spending secret while others are more forthcoming, new survey shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Business":

"… p;Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. …"

In Kansas, Democratic donors invest in uncertainty

By Michael Beckel

Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman lures left-leaning donors despite uncertainty about whether he'll caucus with Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… o helped put together “a small get together” for Orman’s campaign in Los Angeles. Campaign finance records show he has given $5,200 to Orman’s campa …"

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 "Bill Clinton":

"… re-election. He’s also worked on the presidential campaigns of Democrats Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry, among others. Patriot Majority USA’s other dir …"

Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators

By Alexander Cohen

U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Trent Lott":

"… bsp;submitted Friday and effective that day, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and former Senator John Breaux, D-La., are listed as the main lo …"

Lobbying disclosures leave public in the dark

By Marcelo Rochabrun and Dave Levinthal

Despite efforts to beef up laws regulating lobbyists, public is in the dark when it comes to what firms are up to in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lobbying":

"… Xavier University it valued at more than $45 million. In keeping with the Lobbying Disclosure Act, the public should seemingly know of a lobbyist’s attempt …"

"… law requiring that it describe its activities with specificity.  The Lobbying Disclosure Act says “public confidence in the integrity of government” …"

"… umbia is tasked by Congress with investigating potential violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act, most of which arrive in the form of referrals from Congres …"

"… rough legislation. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., wants to create a Lobbying Disclosure Act enforcement task force within the Justice Department, …"

Outsiders dominate Alaska's Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Washington, D.C.-based groups are dominating the airwaves in the Last Frontier, home to one of the nation's most contested Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… r that receive the bulk of their funding from non-Alaskans, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of advertising data provided by Kantar Media/CMAG. That’s more t …"

Political nonprofits bungle IRS filings

By Michael Beckel

High-profile groups such as Crossroads GPS and Patriot Majority USA acknowledged mistakes after Center for Public Integrity inquiry.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… id independent contractors. Three of these groups — Crossroads GPS, the Club for Growth and Patriot Majority USA— acknowledged their errors when informed of the …"

"… litical spending elsewhere in the filings. For instance, the conservative Club for Growth paid Arizona-based political consulting firm Blue Point LLC about $660,000 …"

"… mail production costs” and “postage,” according to FEC records. The Club for Growth failed to disclose this relationship in its IRS filing. And while Republi …"

Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

By Michael Beckel

The 60 Plus Association tells the IRS it barely spends money on politics — despite funding millions in candidate attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… e at the state level, spending more than $240,000 to date on attack ads in Arizona’s upcoming GOP gubernatorial primary. …"

Lobbying activity declines among top special interests

By Dave Levinthal

Three-fifths of nation's top 100 lobbying entities spent less on influence in the second quarter compared to a year ago.

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

"… quarter 2014 compared to $19.1 million during second-quarter 2013) and the National Association of Realtors ($16.5 million versus $9.1 million) opt to disclose state- and grassroots- …"

Four years after passage, House keeps trying to kill Dodd-Frank

By Jared Bennett

On the fourth anniversary of the passage of landmark financial reform law, opponents still trying to kill it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… ld we,” he said at a conference organized by the Mercatus Center and the Cato Institute. Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and the …"

How to fix the IRS nonprofit division

By Julie Patel

Employees, reformers offer three recommendations for improving the agency's flagging nonprofit division.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ddress highlights the need for a new regulatory agency for nonprofits. …"

Hobbled IRS can't stem 'dark money' flow

By Julie Patel

Budget and staffing cuts, endless congressional investigations keep IRS from investigating activities of political nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… aid the only inappropriate pressure exerted on the agency was by President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats, who repeatedly criticized political spendi …"

The beautification of Thad Cochran

By Dave Levinthal

Senator's supporters suddenly turn cheery in final bid to save Mississippi mainstay's job.

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

"… p;in a U.S. Senate primary since the 2010 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The winner of tonight's runoff faces Democrat Travis Childers, a former …"

Conservative super PAC scores cash from entity tied to Arizona Cardinals

By Michael Beckel

GOP powerhouse American Crossroads got $50,000 from a limited liability company that shares its address with the Arizona Cardinals.

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

"… sly contributed to politicians — mostly Republicans — according to the Center for Responsive Politics. None of the Bidwills could be reached for comment this evening. The Card …"

Credit rating industry dodges reforms, despite role in financial meltdown

By Alison Fitzgerald

Despite playing a central role in the economic collapse, firms that gave inflated ratings to toxic bonds remain untouched by reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… d for by the companies issuing the securities. Four years after President Barack Obama signed Dodd-Frank into law, many of the reforms to the credit rating indus …"

"… fe investment. Ratings are ‘opinions’ Just one day after President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank act into law on July 21, 2010, the credit ratings se …"

Medicare Advantage lobbying machine steamrolls Congress

By Fred Schulte

Under pressure, Medicare Advantage critics morph into defenders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare Advantage":

"… ng their policies.” …"

"… thanked by industry surrogates for their help in killing some of the same Medicare Advantage cuts he’d previously supported so forcefully. By most accounts it was a …"

"… rs of Congress and the Obama administration, and a forceful flexing of the Medicare Advantage industry’s growing political might in Washington. John Gorman, a top Me …"

"… ge industry’s growing political might in Washington. John Gorman, a top Medicare Advantage consultant, hailed the lobbying victory in early 2013 as a “direct refle …"

Mississippi's super PAC-dominated Senate slugfest not over yet

By Dave Levinthal

Cochran and McDaniel prepare to square off again June 24 as outside groups spend millions in GOP's contested Senate primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mississippi":

"… ng spending by a gaggle of outside organizations — some with few ties to Mississippi, a state of fewer than 3 million people — that have dominated the race. …"

"… illion, Team McDaniel about $6.5 million. Most of the outside spending in Mississippi's Senate primary — $5.26 million — benefited McDaniel, with tea party …"

"… is month — and personally secured a $150,000 loan to his campaign from a Mississippi bank. McDaniel's campaign, meanwhile, generated less than $60,000 in such …"

"… l records indicate. The incumbent's most generous air cover came from the Mississippi Conservatives Fund super PAC, the mainstream Republican-backing U.S. Chamb …"

Comcast-Time Warner deal may hinge on anemic low-cost Internet plan

By Allan Holmes

Comcast Corp. will use heavily criticized broadband program for the poor to persuade regulators to OK Time Warner buyout.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… -priced Internet connections and computers to low-income families. But the Federal Communications Commission, which approved the merger, didn’t set any participation requirements, o …"

Nearly $100 million in campaign cash sits idle

By Dave Levinthal

What happens to campaign money of former congressional candidates? It often sits in accounts for years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… service to our fellow citizens is undiminished.” Four years later, the Indiana Democrat controls nearly $10 million in surplus campaign cash he could, by …"

"… rmative” is how Janet Baker, vice president of development for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, described what $1 million from Bayh or any other former po …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ts most recent fiscal year, according to new tax documents reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. The sources of America Votes’ funding are not clear. “We do not dis …"

"… orted by the billionaire Koch brothers, spent $122 million in 2012, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported. This year, America Votes aims to raise more than $8. …"

"… n the past, according research by the Center for Responsive Politics and a Center for Public Integrity review of tax filings maintained by CitizenAudit.org. So, too, have founda …"

"… e chairman of the Open Society Foundations, which provides funding for the Center for Public Integrity. For a list of the Center's donors, visit this page on our website.   …"

Polis adds to campaign stash, bitcoin by bitcoin

By Dave Levinthal

Colorado Democrat Jared Polis is already benefiting from new campaign finance changes.

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

"… ng the 1990s and 2000s. He ranks among Congress' richest members, with the Center for Responsive Politics estimating that his wealth in 2012 potentially reached $330 million. And …"

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 "PAC":

"… ,000 each from the Consumer Bankers Association, the Capital One Financial PAC, and the National Pawnbrokers Association PAC. Financial interests recentl …"

"… n, the Capital One Financial PAC, and the National Pawnbrokers Association PAC. Financial interests recently hosted Scott at Johnny’s Half Shell&n …"

"… hed herself as a fundraiser, raising more than $100,000 for her leadership PAC in her first year in office. Among the major donors: Goldman Sachs, Oppenh …"

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