‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

Excerpts from this story referencing "public relations":

"… o a website called “Humanewatch.org,” one of dozens connected to local public relations executive Rick Berman, once dubbed “Dr. Evil” in a segment of 60 Minut …"

"… ets of the Humane Society. Humanewatch.org is vintage Berman. He pays his public relations firm with revenue from the various nonprofits he runs. He creates online …"

"… credit. So Berman, the nonprofit executive director, is paying Berman the public relations executive, for services. The self-payments prompted Charity Navigator, wh …"

"… ed and workers voted to form a union, according to the story. Unlike many public relations firms, Berman and Co. doesn’t identify scores of clients on its website. …"

Top politics investigations from 2013

By The Center for Public Integrity

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite politics investigations from 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… outside influence was especially potent in North Carolina, Mississippi and Iowa judicial races. Keep reading Meet William Koch, the other Koch brother …"

Secret court judge attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar

By Chris Young

Secret court member embroiled in phone records controversy attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Surveillance":

"… tive branch powers. Vinson, whose term on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court began in 2006 and expired last month, was the only member of the spe …"

"… ests for comment. Sheldon Snook, a spokesman for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, had no comment about the seminar but did release a statement from P …"

"… authorizing telephone Surveillance as a member of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a special eleven-member court established in the Foreign Intelligen …"

"… urt, a special eleven-member court established in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to review applications for warrants related to national securi …"

Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars

By Chris Young, Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller

Corporations and conservative foundations are top sponsors of judicial junkets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… conomic liberty” which regularly donates to conservative groups like the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, contributed a combined $400,000 to …"

Koch foundation proposal to college: Teach our curriculum, get millions

By Dave Levinthal

Proposed gift from Koch foundation to Florida State University in 2007 came with strings attached.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chair":

"… tarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three years as department chairman — even thoug …"

"… nomics department chairman, must stay on another three years as department chairman — even though he told his wife he’d step down in 2009 after one thr …"

"… that while he continued serving as Florida State’s economics department chairman until 2012, Charles Koch Foundation money wasn’t a factor. While fou …"

"… en off the table very early in negotiations,” he said. “I continued as chair because I felt I could still make a valuable contribution to the departmen …"

Koch-funded think tank offers schools course in libertarianism

By Chris Young

Koch-backed think tank wants to educate young minds on the benefits of the free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… nimum Wage,” a video produced by the libertarian Foundation for Economic Education and featured on EDvantage. “But it doesn’t. It gets them fired.” Ac …"

Kochs put a happy face on free enterprise

By Chris Young

Initiative spearheaded by billionaire brothers paints positive portrait of free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… tico reported on a memo from the Koch brothers’ powerful political group Americans for Prosperity, which laid the groundwork for its future political operations. “[W]e c …"

Charles Koch's long history of education funding

By Dave Levinthal

The conservative billionaire's massive grant to United Negro College Fund is nothing new.

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 "Education":

"… delsons are also benefactors of the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas, a pre-kindergarten through high school facilit …"

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 "candidate":

"… ry funds to pay for expenditures that call for the election or defeat of a candidates — or give them to intermediaries, like super PACs. In 2012, Oxbow was …"

"… oney on behalf of then-Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack IV. Through Oxbow spokesman Brad Goldstein, Koch declined an …"

"… super PAC donations, Koch has contributed more than $1 million to federal candidates, parties and political action committees since the 1990 election cycle, a …"

"… PACs, are limited in what they can raise, but they may donate directly to candidates’ campaigns. Oxbow Carbon LLC itself does not sponsor a political actio …"

Koch Industries PAC bolts to fast start in 2013

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Energy company's PAC has donated more than $500,000 to politicians in five months.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… et. David and Charles Koch have heavily supported the 501(c)(4) nonprofit Americans for Prosperity, which ranked among the 2012 election's biggest spenders. Because nonprofi …"

Koch brothers pour more cash into think tanks, ALEC

By Paul Abowd

Billionaire Koch brothers continue to shower free-market causes with tax-exempt gifts.

Daily Disclosure: Koch-funded groups attack Obama for 'war on coal'

By Rachael Marcus

Billionaire-backed nonprofits press defense of coal industry with ads knocking president's policies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… call his “war on coal.”Yesterday, for example, the nonprofit American Energy Alliance reported that its new ad “Stand with Coal,” cost more than a …"

"… ry, alleging that his plan is to “kill affordable Energy.”The American Energy Alliance is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, which means its donors remain unknown t …"

"… lay, R-Texas, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.The American Energy Alliance is affiliated with the Institute for Energy Research, a free-mark …"

"… Politics.The American Energy Alliance is affiliated with the Institute for Energy Research, a free-market Energy nonprofit that has received backing from th …"

Koch fined for making 12 illegal campaign contributions that it self-reported

By Peter H. Stone

Koch subsidiary fined for illegal contributions that it reported to FEC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… om the billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch. …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… urrently buy and market about one-tenth of all the ethanol produced in the United States.The Kochs seem to have recognized that their actions might seem hypocritic …"

"… m in commercial affairs. Koch was a pioneer importer of Russian oil to the United States, including a 2002 shipment of Russian crude that Koch sold to the U.S. gov …"

"… . And though it opposes a cap-and-trade solution to global warming for the United States, Koch makes money trading emissions credits under a similar program in Eur …"

"… per plants and other sources. With 165 manufacturing facilities across the United States, Georgia-Pacific “has a significant interest in and will be significantl …"

Issa oversight committee staffs up with industry insiders

By Brooke Williams and Matt Pearce

As chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, Republican Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with cl

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Diego":

"… er and now as chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, San Diego Republican Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with …"

"… the Watchdog Institute, an independent nonprofit reporting center based at San Diego State University, obtained a list from majority spokesman Hill of 62 Repub …"

"… orters with The Watchdog Institute, a nonprofit journalism organization in San Diego. The organization is a member of the Investigative News Network, a consort …"

Behind the climate skepticism curtain: The Koch family and the Cato Institute

By Te-Ping Chen

The name of huge oil conglomerate Koch Industries didn’t appear anywhere on the ad the Cato Institute placed in the The Washington Post and

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… personal responsibility, and health care. …"

"… Cato Institute this week.Bigger in size than either Microsoft or AT&T, Koch Industries tends to fly under the public radar screen. Yet as the Center has previous …"

"… Koch has conducted a quieter scrimmage behind the scenes. Last year alone Koch Industries spent $7.4 million to lobby Congress on global warming and other issues. M …"

"… t in the science of success.”Correction: The post originally stated that Koch Industries spent $7.4 million to lobby Congress solely on global warming. The money a …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

Influential groups sponsoring $20 million in travel not registered to lobby

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… y is one embraced by Charles Koch, chairman and chief executive officer of Koch Industries Inc., who is on the group's board of directors. (Koch Industries is an ene …"

"… fficer of Koch Industries Inc., who is on the group's board of directors. (Koch Industries is an energy corporation that has paid at least $50 million for Clean Air …"

"… oken of the need for more refineries — both scenarios that could benefit Koch Industries."Neither the congressman nor his staff has ever had a single conversation …"

Koch's low profile belies political power

By Kevin Bogardus

Private oil company does both business and politics with the shades drawn

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… Protection Agency as a special assistant for legal and enforcement counsel. …"

"… f—unless, that is, you hang around the halls of government in Washington.Koch Industries (pronounced "coke") is a huge oil conglomerate controlled by br …"

"… coke") is a huge oil conglomerate controlled by brothers Charles and David Koch, two of the country's richest men and among the biggest backers of conserv …"

"… libertarian causes. With estimated revenue of about $40 billion last year, Koch is bigger than Microsoft, Merrill Lynch and AT&T.Koch is the leading c …"