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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… all as they duel over governorships in 36 states. Through March, the Republican Governors Association has spent five times more around the country than it did at the …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… tates, the Center found: Even in states where there are elections, like Minnesota and Texas, judges time their retirements so that the governor, rather than …"

"… as appointed six whose predecessors stepped down before election time. In Minnesota, another election state, six of the court’s current seven justices were …"

"… seek out political allies when making judicial appointments. In 2010, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, had ove …"

"… d to cut state agency budgets without legislative approval. University of Minnesota law professor David Stras filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case su …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… setting.  Republican politicians such as former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Go …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… an exclusive, “off-the-record” retreat. GOP 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Budg …"

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 …"

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 "Haley Barbour":

"… istie may have trouble matching the Midas touch of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who raised a staggering $87 million to help the party capture five new go …"

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 Governors Association":

"… more than that this year. The group’s Democratic Party counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association, has yet to release its final 2013 numbers, but through the first six mont …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… * assailed the “Do-Nothing Congress”: 511 Number of minutes Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spent reading Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" during a 21-hour …"

'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 "American Crossroads":

"… ove, former political strategists for President George W. Bush, co-founded American Crossroads, a well-funded, high-profile super PAC. The RSLC’s president, Chris Jank …"

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 "Scott Walker":

"… ecided — almost exclusively — by men.” This month, Republican Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio each signed contentious anti-abortion …"

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 "Chris Christie":

"… erican consulate in Libya.Obama was “openly working with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during hurricane recovery,” the ALG ad begins. Christie, a Republican wi …"

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 "Chris Christie":

"… d a numerical score of 87.The ranking may seem counter-intuitive.Yes, Gov. Chris Christie made his reputation by busting more than 100 public officials when he was …"

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 "campaign finance reports":

"… y of company among his fellow elite Republican fundraisers, an analysis of campaign finance reports by iWatch News shows.The party’s most loyal presidential fundraisers are …"

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 "Maryland":

"… ion,” Barbour, the Republican governor of Mississippi, responded to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s complaint that Republicans in Congress were imp …"

"… ut not the Senate.O’Malley’s Economic SpinFor O’Malley’s part, the Maryland governor buffed and muffed some economic facts, nationally and in New …"

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 "Chris Christie":

"… is less than half what it was before Christie took office.– Eugene Kiely …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… ancial disclosure rules in New Jersey, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Mississippi.In the wake of a corruption scandal that rocked New Jersey earlier this ye …"

"… o post the forms online and thus enhance public accessibility.Lawmakers in Mississippi, which emerged as the second-most improved state this year, authorized fun …"

"… to be placed online. At the time of States of Disclosure’s release, the Mississippi Ethics Commission was awaiting the funding needed to implement an online s …"