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 "Georgia":

"… is in August. The RGA has also targeted races with ads in Arkansas, Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Separately the D.C.-base …"

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 "California":

"… r to the federal process where judges are confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In California, the governor makes an appointment that is later confirmed by a three-memb …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… n our post-trip reporting in this case, which we have rectified,” Toomey spokeswoman E.R. Anderson said. The Senate Ethics Committee notes on its website that …"

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 "Congressional Budget Office":

"… nter, the deputy director of Google Ideas; Doug Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office; and Turki Al-Faisal, the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United St …"

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 "Andrew Cuomo":

"… uding New York, where the company’s lobbyist met with an adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November, according to a report by Capital New York. In late March …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… aceutical companies. The International Association of Firefighters and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, donated $400,000 and $375,000, respectively, while the drug industry’s …"

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 "Chris Christie":

"… fore the scheduled general election: $24,000,000 New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie's margin of victory in November over his Democratic challenger: 22 percent …"

'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 "Minnesota":

"… took control of the state House in Colorado and both chambers in Maine and Minnesota. In those states, Democratic candidates received significant help from out …"

"… ave heavily to help re-elect President Obama last year. ‘Dwarfed’ In Minnesota, liberal donor Alida Messinger (a former Center for Public Integrity donor …"

"… e. The largest-spending non-party outside group was Alliance for a Better Minnesota, which spent more than $1.9 million. The group was funded by two other out …"

"… e than $1.9 million. The group was funded by two other outside groups, WIN Minnesota and the 2012 Fund, whose biggest funders were wealthy individuals and orga …"

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 "Chris Christie":

"… are two gubernatorial elections on the docket. Incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is seeking to fend off a challenge from Barbara Buono, the D …"

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 "Virginia Gov":

"… e nation's leading lobbyists — BGR Group Chairman Ed Rogers.  Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will serve as the ceremonial host of the Christie fund …"

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 "Texas":

"… ending $575,000 opposing Obama and supporting Romney. Its biggest donor is Texas-based “Corporate Land Management,” which contributed $600,000. Mother …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… ire walk in a July Fourth parade with Romney? Why did Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota turn up in Ohio and Pennsylvania …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… hether, that bill, or other campaign and ethics reform measures, will pass. …"

"… bed-hopping, scantily-clad, tough-talking beach bums.And neither, then, is New Jersey the most corrupt state in the nation, according to the State Integrity Inv …"

"… grity and Public Radio International. In fact, the months-long probe ranks New Jersey ranks No. 1 for transparency and accountability in state government, with …"

"… se moral missteps and hard work by good-government groups and legislators, New Jersey now has some of the toughest ethics and anti-corruption laws in the nation …"

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 "Goldman Sachs":

"… .Corzine made his mark on Wall Street, rising to become co-CEO of behemoth Goldman Sachs. After losing a power struggle with Henry Paulson, who later became Treasu …"

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 "Arlen Specter":

"… nt, who both caucus with the Senate Democrats. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party gave Obama 58 Democratic senators — b …"

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 "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 …"