Koch-backed nonprofit spent record cash in 2012

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit, spent $122 million last year — exponentially more than it ever has.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… $122 million last year as it unsuccessfully attempted to defeat President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, according to a Center for Public Integrity re …"

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 "Sherrod Brown":

"… Obama and the Democrats running for U.S. Senate in Ohio and Virginia, Sen. Sherrod Brown and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.One American Commitment radio ad accuse …"

Daily Disclosure: Americans for Prosperity launches first ad of $25 million campaign

By Alexandra Duszak

Conservative nonprofit Americans for Prosperity launches massive anti-Obama ad campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colorado":

"… -Term Proposition,” will air in nine swing states: Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Florida.“Presid …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "House races":

"… ectioneering communications," mostly targeting Democratic candidates in 45 House races. These are ads broadcast within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days o …"

Donor profile: Foster Friess

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "bartender":

"… o joke, "A liberal, a moderate and a conservative walk into a bar. And the bartender says, 'Hello Mitt.’” Off-hand comments such as the Romney joke and th …"

Tea party leader Dick Armey gets first-class treatment

By Rachael Marcus

Chief of nonprofit backing populist tea party movement enjoys big salary, other perks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Theda Skocpol":

"… hat Armey represents a populist movement is “foolish, of course,” said Theda Skocpol, a Harvard professor and co-author of a book about the tea party. “The m …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… ief economist for the Republican National Committee and policy analyst for Citizens for a Sound Economy.Dick Armey (now ex-chairman of FreedomWorks Inc): A leader in the tea part …"

"… domWorks nonprofit was born in 2004 from the merger of Empower America and Citizens for a Sound Economy, an industry-funded think tank promoting deregulation and funded in large …"

Tea Party ‘super PAC’ going after Sen. Orrin Hatch

By Josh Israel

A new Tea Party ‘super PAC’ targets Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… ated FreedomWorks Inc. was formed in 2004 when Empower America merged with Citizens for a Sound Economy. Billionaire David Koch, an energy executive, political activist, and 1980 …"

"… ist, and 1980 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, was chairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy and a co-founder.   A spokesman for Sen. Hatch did not respond to a r …"

Global warming: Heated denials

By Lisa Chiu

Stand-up comedian Tim Slagle was on a roll. In a lunchtime routine tailored to 400 conference attendees, Slagle was killing ‘em with jokes a

Excerpts from this story referencing "ExxonMobil":

"… first began to garner regular headlines. The American Petroleum Institute, ExxonMobil, and other energy and automotive companies formed the now defunct industry …"

"… The group is now disbanded. In 1998, the American Petroleum Institute and ExxonMobil also organized a meeting to propose a $5 million campaign to train contrar …"

"… And a report last year by the Union of Concerned Scientists disclosed that ExxonMobil spent more than $16 million from 1998-2005 on groups that criticize the sc …"

"… 998-2005 on groups that criticize the science on global warming.Changes at ExxonMobilBut more recently, publicity about the workings of the denial movement appe …"

Traveling on the Abramoff plan

By Steve Henn

Dozens of members of Congress have accepted trips from non-profits with registered lobbyists on their boards

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… ute, the Brookings Institution, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Grover Norquist's Council for National …"

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 "Koch family":

"… ment as necessary."Another Koch group housed at GMU is the Mercatus Center.Koch family money was used to support Mercatus in the mid-1980s and still finances the …"

"… ing since then.Foundation for Research on Economics & the Environment. Koch family foundation money provides significant funding for this group, which holds …"

Here are the groups targeted by 'no-soft-money' pledge in New York race

By Marianne Holt and Kathryn Wallace

(Washington, October 3) New Yorks U.S. Senate candidates, Republican Representative Rick Lazio of Long Island and his Democratic opponent, f

Excerpts from this story referencing "Conservative Party":

"… Lazio’s pledge, stating it will follow the actions of New York state’s Conservative Party (profiled below). The group has pulled its television issue ads targeting …"

"… eese III, attorney general under President Reagan, is on the committee.The Conservative Party of New York, on whose ballot line Lazio is also running, has criticized Cl …"

"… ad costs an estimated $50,000 per week. Clinton specifically mentioned the Conservative Party as one of the most active organizations running issue campaigns, other con …"

"… issue campaigns, other conservative groups will gauge their actions by the Conservative Party. David Keene, executive director of the American Conservative Union, initi …"

Commentary: Lawsuit against Clean Air Act by members of Congress

By Curtis Moore

WASHINGTON, September 5, 2000 — For nearly a quarter-century, almost since the very day of his swearing in as a U.S. senator, Utah Republica

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… merous Coalition meetings, but made special recruiting trips. For example, National Journal reported that in December 1996, Gray “swept into Massachusetts to recrui …"

"… ” six figures per week, CSE communications director Brent N. Bahler told National Journal.Although CSE describes itself as “an army of activists committed to impr …"

The heat is on

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2000 — New York Republicans might be nominating Representative Rick Lazio instead of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for the U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… it fault, but it is paying the most expensive civil fine ever levied under United States environmental laws.Although the CSE has battled candidates in previous ele …"

Group to spend $10 million against candidates not hawkish on free market

By Marianne Holt and Kathryn Wallace

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2000 — A group of Wall Street investors, media executives and fiscal policy experts have created a new political group

Excerpts from this story referencing "director of fiscal policy study":

"… e Club for Growth website, www.clubforgrowth.org, president Stephen Moore, director of fiscal policy study at the libertarian Cato Institute, told a gathering of potential club memb …"

Stealth PACs revealed

By The Center for Public Integrity

February 9, 2000 — The 2000 election cycle promised to be a high-stakes and free-spending election by anyone's measure. The balance of power

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… it fault, but it is paying the most expensive civil fine ever levied under United States environmental laws.Citizens for the Republic Education Fund: Citizens …"

"… publican legislative and public policy issue agenda in the Congress of the United States, and to promote the political and philosophical objectives of the Republic …"