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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… e IRS by Friday. Alan Suderman contributed to this report.     …"

"… mation in 2004 through 2011. During its previous eight years of existence, Americans for Prosperity spent a combined $72 million, a review of Internal Revenue Service records …"

"… to engage on our issues, we go all-in," said Levi Russell, a spokesman for Americans for Prosperity. "You can expect that to continue." Organized as a “social welfare” no …"

"… “social welfare” nonprofit under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code, Americans for Prosperity advocates for “a limited government and free markets.” While these non …"

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 "National Public Radio":

"… for Energy Research has also received funding in the past from ExxonMobil, National Public Radio reported in 2008, as well as other foundations affiliated with energy exec …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ment firm and a private equity firm. …"

"… done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”Americans for Prosperity is organized as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit with the Internal Revenue Service, m …"

"… show its total revenue was $22 million in 2010, up from $7 million in 2008.Americans for Prosperity believes in “cutting taxes and government spending in order to halt the …"

"… tedly plan to steer more than $200 million into conservative group such as Americans for Prosperity ahead of the 2012 elections.In other outside spending news:Women VOTE!, th …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

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

"… ating” the tea party movement. The group emerged in 2004 as a spinoff of Citizens for a Sound Economy, an organization founded in 1984 by the Koch brothers.AFP supports “cutt …"

Donor profile: Foster Friess

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Santorum":

"… PACs: $2.6 million* $2.1 million to Red, White and Blue Fund (pro-Rick Santorum) $100,000 to Restore Our Future (pro-Mitt Romney) $100,000 to FreedomWor …"

"… America (pro-conservative) $50,000 to Leaders for Families (pro-Rick Santorum) $50,000 to Freedom PAC (pro-Connie Mack; pro-Allen West) $35,000 to USA …"

"… ommittee (2011) $5,000 to the Senate Conservatives Fund (2011) $2,500 to Rick Santorum's presidential campaign (2011) $2,500 to Newt Gingrich's presidential cam …"

"… centricities and dedication to keeping former Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign alive. Friess was the top donor to pro-Santorum …"

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 "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… mist for the Republican National Committee and executive vice president of Citizens for a Sound Economy.That group broke up in 2003, spinning off a foundation that became America …"

"… 3, spinning off a foundation that became Americans for Prosperity. In 2004 Citizens for a Sound Economy, with Kibbe as president, merged with Empower America to become today’s …"

"… as president, merged with Empower America to become today’s FreedomWorks.Citizens for a Sound Economy was an industry-funded think tank that promoted deregulation. It was funde …"

PAC profile: FreedomWorks for America

By Rachael Marcus and Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ron Paul":

"… its top presidential picks for the Republican presidential nomination were Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich.In 2012, the super PAC poured money into Senate primarie …"

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 "Department of Education":

"… h’s support for increased federal government spending and support of the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.   The organizati …"

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 "Exxon":

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

"… 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 co …"

"… 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 t …"

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

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 "Campbell Crane and Associates":

"… ) recently amended a travel report that originally listed a lobbying firm, Campbell Crane and Associates, as the sponsor of an Independence Day trip to Cape Cod. Enzi revised his …"

"… trade association. The Invest to Compete Alliance shares office space with Campbell Crane and Associates and Jeanne Campbell, one of the firm's named partners, organizes the Allia …"

"… ly 4th trip.Enzi is not the only member of Congress to have disclosed that Campbell Crane and Associates paid for a trip. Former Senator John Breaux disclosed the lobbying firm pa …"

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 "Cato Institute":

"… country's most prominent conservative and libertarian voices including the Cato Institute, the Reason Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Federalist So …"

"… 's other leading right-wing and libertarian advocacy groups.Among them:The Cato Institute. Charles Koch was a co-founder of this libertarian think tank in 1977. Koc …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… e think tank is financed by donations from such corporations as Microsoft, Koch Industries, Exxon Corp., General Electric and Philip Morris. All told, the group take …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… olumbia blocking enforcement of a key provision of the Clean Air Act. (The Supreme Court has agreed to review the appeals court’s decision in American Trucking A …"

"… pecificity compared with many laws that have previously been upheld by the Supreme Court. The Clean Air Act requires air pollution standards “the attainment and …"

"… little public attention, persuaded a court second in prestige only to the Supreme Court to cast a shadow over the legality of virtually every federal regulatory l …"

"… th 25,000 members plus scores of close affiliates nationwide – including Supreme Court Justices [Clarence] Thomas and Antonin Scalia, Senate Judiciary Committee …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… vocate conservative think-tank financed by corporate donations. Microsoft, Koch Industries, Exxon Corp., General Electric and Philip Morris all contribute to the gro …"

"… unders, David and Charles Koch, who are based in Washington. The owners of Koch Industries, the nation’s second wealthiest privately owned business, the brothers w …"

"… a part of the settlement agreement with the Environment Protection Agency, Koch Industries wasn’t required to admit fault, but it is paying the most expensive civi …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… mbers of Congress who don't favor free-market policies strongly enough.The Club for Growth is conducting a two-pronged campaign. One is regulated by the Federal Elec …"

"… idate or the bundling organization to find out just how much was given.The Club for Growth’s latest bundled support has gone to:Ric Keller, a Republican primary ca …"

"… tion; and Flake could not be reached for comment.The first donation by the Club for Growth went to Republican E. Scott Garrett, who is challenging moderate GOP incum …"

"… t had raised through its affiliated political action committee, called the Club for Growth PAC.Moderate Republicans call meetingThe actions by the Club for Growth, f …"

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 "Campaign finance":

"… how to research and track Section 527 groups and issue advocacy campaigns. Campaign finance expert David Magleby of Brigham Young University conducted the training co …"