Outside money pouring into governors races

By Ben Wieder

Dem, GOP associations are spending more than double as much on governors' races in the 2014 cycle than at the same period in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… ection still five months away, attack ads have already hit the airwaves in Michigan’s gubernatorial race thanks to two national organizations that are on pa …"

"… ;has been used to flood the airwaves with early ads, including in the Michigan race that pits incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Snyder against presumed Demo …"

"… r his support of the federal stimulus package when he served in Congress. Michigan’s primary is in August. The RGA has also targeted races with ads i …"

"… ne, Pennsylvania and Kansas. So far this cycle, the DGA has put up ads in Michigan and given more than $500,000 to a group active in the open Arkansas gubern …"

Donors, friends of governors often get state supreme court nod

By Rachel Baye

Judicial elections are often criticized for corrupting influence, but appointment process has problems too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney":

"… s close friend for 40 years, 25 of which Main served as Riley’s personal attorney. Riley’s wife, Patsy, was in Main’s wedding. Main served in Riley’s …"

"… ns.” Two years later, then-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, a Democrat, appointed attorney Brent Appel to the Iowa Supreme Court. Appel had never been a judge, but h …"

"… int him to the court. He first met Perry when he was working in the state attorney general’s office, before Perry was governor. “When Gov. Perry became …"

Toomey discloses trip after inquiry

By Michael Beckel

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey failed to disclose a March trip to an exclusive, 'off-the-record' conference.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chris Christie":

"… ouse Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ranked among the event’s headliners. At the summit, Toomey spoke on a p …"

GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ken Mehlman":

"… publican causes in Michigan; former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman; TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, a major GOP donor whose son, Pete Ric …"

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 "Justice Department":

"… ne slots. With the issue unsettled, states were unwilling to challenge the Justice Department’s interpretation, and none tried to license the practice. It all came t …"

"… cial transactions of unlicensed Internet betting. Essentially, it gave the Justice Department a tool to go after the offshore companies that were offering games to Amer …"

"… s a warning and pulled out of the U.S., but a handful did not. In 2011 the Justice Department sued the three biggest operators that remained, including PokerStars, for …"

"… use that opening to sell tickets online. New York and Illinois asked the Justice Department whether such a move would be legal, and in late 2011 the department respon …"

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 "Politics":

"… e Kondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “There are all sorts of other factors that go into it.” 2014 outlook …"

"… andidates, according to data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics, while the DGA has given nearly $29 million. The Center reported&nbs …"

RGA raises $50 million going into election year

By Ben Wieder

The top outside political spender of 2012 is preparing for a busy 2014, with 36 gubernatorial races this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… , the group will likely spend far more than that this year. The group’s Democratic Party counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association, has yet to release its …"

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 "National Security Agency":

"… e of House Republicans who voted for Amash’s amendment to limit the National Security Agency's surveillance ability: 40 Percentage of House Democrats who did the same …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "co-founder":

"… undation provides funding to the Center for Public Integrity) and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, gave heavily to help re-elect President Obama last year. …"

Super PACs swarming New Jersey special election

By Adam Wollner

Front-runner Cory Booker gets boosted — and bashed — by outside groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chris Christie":

"… lection, while the general election is slated for Oct. 16. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called the special election shortly after Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., d …"

Super PAC forms to elect liberal women governors

By Adam Wollner

Former EMILY's List official starts group to boost liberal, female gubernatorial candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rhode Island":

"… f women candidates in the United States and abroad. She currently heads a Rhode Island-based political consulting firm she formed last year called Campaign Fixer …"

"… rt abortion rights. Coyne-McCoy was also as the executive director of the Rhode Island chapter National Association of Social Workers from 1991 to 2002. In 2000, …"

"… In 2000, she made a run for office of her own as a Democratic candidate in Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District, but she did not advance past the primar …"

Chris Christie on hunt for D.C. campaign cash

By Dave Levinthal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set to rake in campaign riches at home of powerful D.C. lobbyist.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chris Christie":

"… in which both accused each other of affairs and desertion. …"

Daily Disclosure: Conservative outside ads spin Obama’s Sandy response

By Rachael Marcus

Spending groups contrast administration's response to Sandy with Benghazi.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… attack on the American consulate in Libya.Obama was “openly working with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during hurricane recovery,” the ALG ad begins. Chris …"

Veepstakes include leaks, lies, auditions

By The Associated Press

Leaks, lies, auditions and trial balloons are all part of the big veepstakes sideshow

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chris Christie":

"… ration? What about Romney's earlier comment that outspoken New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "really is something"? Why did Romney pull back the veil last month to ann …"

New Jersey: Best score in the country

By Colleen O’Dea

With a B+, the Garden State receives the highest score in the U.S., an 87

Excerpts from this story referencing "reporter":

"… Act; and the law has too many exemptions — currently 49.Josh Margolin, a reporter at the New York Post who previously covered the statehouse for the Star-Le …"

Corzine gave $5 million to help candidates win office; now he's being grilled by Congress

By Aaron Mehta and Sandy Johnson

Once a member of Congress, Corzine now grilled by lawmakers on MF Global

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chris Christie":

"… to successfully run for governor of New Jersey in 2005. He was defeated by Chris Christie in 2009 and returned to the world of finance.Over the years, Corzine has b …"

Half of GOP’s biggest bundlers still haven’t picked a presidential candidate to back

By Fred Schulte and Peter H. Stone

Why are so many GOP mega bundlers sitting on the sidelines?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Julie Finley":

"… onors are sitting on their wallets until they see some clarity,” he said.Julie Finley, a veteran GOP fundraiser in Washington, D.C. who is serving as general ch …"

FACT CHECK: Haley Barbour forgets his history

By FactCheck.Org

Miss. governor accuses fellow politician of 'amnesia', while glossing over facts himself

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… in O’Malley’s complaint that Republicans in Congress were impeding the president’s ability to create jobs. Barbour said that the Democratic governor was …"

"… Barbour’s forgetting his congressional history.There were two Democratic presidents after LBJ and before Obama: Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Let’s go to …"

"… bsp;historical tables to compare the Democratic majorities enjoyed by each president in his first term.Carter had larger Democratic majorities than Obama in bo …"

FACT CHECK: Gov. Christie leaves out the truth behind his tax cuts

By FactCheck.Org

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie drastically reduced his state's budget deficit, but slashed homeowner benefits to do so

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… ugene Kiely …"

"… year 2011, down from an average rebate check of $1,035 the year before.The New Jersey governor spoke Sept. 27 at the Reagan Library. His theme was “ …"

"… “Doubles the Homestead Benefit to provide direct property tax relief to New Jersey families.” The Office of Legislative Services says the average …"

Ethics news in New Jersey, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Mississippi

By Caitlin Ginley

There’s been movement on the ethics front in at least five states since the Center released its States of Disclosure rankings back in late J

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chris Christie":

"… e. The gubernatorial candidates, Gov. Jon Corzine and former U.S. attorney Chris Christie, are each claiming the high ground.Christie built his career running on an …"