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 "Congress":

"… iticized for 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 …"

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 "Governor":

"… esman Matthew Paul. “When choosing among three candidates given to him, Governor Vilsack always chose whom he believed to have the most extensive legal kno …"

"… enwald "had an established record of public service that was well known to Governor Lingle," Hawaii court spokeswoman Tammy Mori said in an emailed statement. …"

"… partment of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Political soulmates get gavel Governors also frequently seek out political allies when making judicial appointmen …"

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 "Rob Portman":

"… former Federal Reserve Governor Kevin Warsh, economist Mark Zandi and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, among others. Including Toomey, the American Enterprise Institut …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… oreign Relations Committee, among others. A handful of current and former Obama administration officials also participated in the gathering. They included Austan Goolsbe …"

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 "Congress":

"… online gambling bills in seven others right now. In Washington, meanwhile, Congress is facing increasing pressure to either bar or regulate the fledgling indu …"

"… tive political causes, has pledged to spend “whatever it takes” to get Congress to ban Internet gambling outright, while industry giants like Ca …"

"… gambling industry was essentially relegated to just a few cities. But when Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988, which allowed tribes to r …"

"… d none tried to license the practice. It all came to a head in 2006, when Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, or UIGEA, which pre …"

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 "Charlie Crist":

"… orida voters prefer Democratic-challenger (and former Republican governor) Charlie Crist to incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Maine’s GOP Gov. Paul LePage, m …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… to resign his position with the political organization.     …"

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 "Congress":

"… Nothing Congress." The Center regrets the error. …"

"… in 1948, the year President Harry Truman* assailed the “Do-Nothing Congress”: 511 Number of minutes Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spent reading Dr. Seuss …"

"… our talk-a-thon in September: 5 ½ Number of hours per day the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recommends embattled freshmen spend fundraising: 4 …"

"… tled freshmen spend fundraising: 4 Amount of campaign cash all members of Congress have reported raising so far in 2013: $403,952,012 Number of seats Republ …"

'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 "Governor":

"… ay, organizations backed by unions and the largely union-funded Democratic Governors Association (DGA) would spend roughly $7 million on the New Hampshire ele …"

"… ate-level outside spender and the DGA’s counterpart, the Republican Governors Association (RGA). Both groups are based in Washington, D.C. The RGA …"

"… ending campaigns, according to the Center’s analysis, was the Republican Governors Association. The RGA was responsible for at least $34 million of the $209 …"

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 "Democratic National Committee":

"… te. And in Virginia, Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe are vying for the state’s top job. In 2014, 36 …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… n Kerry's 2004 campaign, when John Edwards was the running mate, says then-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson "very much wanted to be seen as being vetted in 2004, …"

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 "Washington":

"… inistration if Obama wins a second term.Some of these erstwhile friends in Washington are now grilling Corzine on the MF Global collapse. A few blocks away from …"

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 "Energy":

"… veral bundlers were installed in pivotal positions in agencies such as the Energy Department, which showered billions in taxpayer-backed stimulus dollars on …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… and governor buffed and muffed some economic facts, nationally and in New Jersey. O’Malley was wrong when he said “foreclosures are at their lowes …"

"… foreclosure rate jumped 7.21 percent in August.O’Malley also criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over his job-creation record, saying “unemployment i …"

"… ov. Chris Christie over his job-creation record, saying “unemployment in New Jersey is one of the higher unemployment rates in the country at 9.4 percent.” …"

"… tes in the country at 9.4 percent.” It’s true that the jobless rate in New Jersey is above the national average (which is 9.1 percent), but not by much …"

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 "Jon Corzine":

"… d on ethics reform as a critical issue. The gubernatorial candidates, Gov. Jon Corzine and former U.S. attorney Chris Christie, are each claiming the high ground …"