‘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 "Washington":

"… the lawsuit was a former employee.   …"

"… less of how they are treated. The Humanewatch.org ad currently running in Washington’s metro trains says that HSUS gives 1 percent of its budget to pet shelt …"

"… early $16 million in a settlement reached in a U.S. District Court in Washington. Heymann said its share of the settlement, which was not disclosed, will b …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… from out-of-state groups. This outside influence was especially potent in North Carolina, Mississippi and Iowa judicial races. Keep reading Meet William Koch, t …"

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 "National Security Agency":

"… rict Judge Roger Vinson, who signed an order requiring Verizon to give the National Security Agency telephone records for tens of millions of American customers, attended an …"

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 "New York University":

"… “It’s the funders that create the problem,” says Stephen Gillers, a New York University law professor who specializes in legal ethics. “The money comes from int …"

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.

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ple, teachers using EDvantage can find economics videos explaining how the Environmental Protection Agency is bad for the environment, how sweatshops are good for third-world worker …"

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 "Charles Koch Foundation":

"… ng, and how to empower individuals to live better lives,” he wrote. The Charles Koch Foundation, a separate nonprofit from Koch Institute and supporter of the Well-Being …"

"… son University has received more Koch money than any other school. “The Charles Koch Foundation has been generous to the university, and they have supported various effor …"

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.

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

"… t on buying elections, it's status quo for the elder Koch sibling. As the Center for Public Integrity reported in March: In all, two of the six private charitable foundat …"

"… olleges and universities with more than $12.7 million, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internal Revenue Service tax filings. The vast majority …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… philosophy, politics and economics” at Duke University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. And philosophize about the “moral imperatives of free mark …"

"… erent grants from private foundations. A $100,000 grant the University of North Carolina’s Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program received from the …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… campaign finance system that emerged following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010 the way Koch’s Oxbow Carbon LLC did. The decision allo …"

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 "House Majority Leader":

"… e Speaker John Boehner’s campaign has collected $5,000 from KOCHPAC, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s leadership PAC has received the same amount. The leadersh …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… bsp; …"

"… Its president, Thomas Pyle, is the former director of federal affairs for Koch Industries and former lobbyist for the National Petrochemical and Refiners Associatio …"

"… on. Board member Wayne Gable the a managing director of federal affairs at Koch Industries and has held leadership positions at Koch-funded nonprofits including Amer …"

"… ed by the trio and other conservative groups).William Koch, the brother of Koch Industries’ Charles and David, owns the energy company Oxbow Carbon and is one of t …"

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 "Washington":

"… s not so well-known is the activity of Koch Industries in the trenches in Washington, where a Center for Public Integrity examination of lobbying disclosure fi …"

"… pose.The money that Koch (pronounced “coke”) has spent on lobbying in Washington has soared in recent years, from $857,000 in 2004 to $20 million in 2008. …"

"… es and almost every state.Koch’s decision to pour millions into lobbying Washington has put them high on the list of corporations whose lobbyists work the cor …"

"… ork of the trade associations that Koch uses to represent its interests in Washington. There’s a major  industry group called  the National Petroche …"

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 "Gary Bass":

"… nufacturers, which Issa recently asked for input on government regulations.Gary Bass, a regulatory expert who has monitored government transparency and spendin …"

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 "America":

"… . "We were trying to show the relationships between European companies and American companies," she said. "We just happened to be able to go to the Airbus fa …"

"… ying versus legal becomes a gray area," said Paul Miller, president of the American League of Lobbyists. "To have someone in the House or Senate try to ident …"

"… allowed in drinking water.Mercatus also testified in favor of the Central American Free Trade Agreement before its passage in 2005.Mercatus' philosophy is o …"

"… Walsh, communications director for Ney. "He introduced that bill to reduce America's dependence on foreign countries for oil. We have not had a new refinery …"

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 "Tom DeLay":

"… $109,000); Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan. ($64,000); and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas ($53,000).Only one of the top 20 recipients of Koch campaign cash …"