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 "Politics":

"… e Kondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “As long as the money is there, I imagine they will be spending pretty …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… bsp; …"

"… Its president, Thomas Pyle, is the former director of federal affairs for Koch Industries and former lobbyist for the National Petrochemical and Refiners Associatio …"

"… on. Board member Wayne Gable the a managing director of federal affairs at Koch Industries and has held leadership positions at Koch-funded nonprofits including Amer …"

"… ed by the trio and other conservative groups).William Koch, the brother of Koch Industries’ Charles and David, owns the energy company Oxbow Carbon and is one of t …"

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 "Scott Walker":

"… e ads in Wisconsin ahead of the state's recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. At one rally, Phillips cal …"

Donor profile: Foster Friess

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wis":

"… n pro-Santorum radio and newspaper ads in Friess' birthplace of Rice Lake, Wis., the Center for Public Integrity reported. Before the Wisconsin GOP prima …"

"… e of Rice Lake, Wis., the Center for Public Integrity reported. Before the Wisconsin GOP primary was over, Friess spent roughly $71,600 out of his own po …"

"… After getting his degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, he served two years in the U.S. Army Intelligence, according to Bus …"

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 "Mark Meckler":

"… he smug elitism of our political class,” as tea partiers Ralph Benko and Mark Meckler wrote in 2010.The notion that Armey represents a populist movement is “f …"

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 "Oregon":

"… to a Utah communications firm for research, a D.C.-based polling firm, an Oregon-based yard sign manufacturer and a North Carolina online services company. …"

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 "American Petroleum Institute":

"… he late 1980s, when the issue first began to garner regular headlines. The American Petroleum Institute, ExxonMobil, and other energy and automotive companies formed the now defu …"

"… wrote in his book The Heat is On. The group is now disbanded. In 1998, the American Petroleum Institute and ExxonMobil also organized a meeting to propose a $5 million campaign t …"

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 "board member":

"… public interest comments filed by the group.John Graham, once an advisory board member of the Mercatus Center, is now a senior OMB official. His office has been …"

"… Koch.Reagan Office of Management and Budget Director James Miller became a board member of CSE in 1988. Wayne Gable, who replaced Fink as CSE President in 1989, i …"

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 "John Sweeney":

"… ooperate with the soft money agreement. On September 21, AFL-CIO president John Sweeney issued a written statement stating that labor wouldn’t sign the pact. Sw …"

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 "Lobbying":

"… the question whether Gray or Raul might have violated requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act, violations of which can trigger fines up to $50,000.Bliley …"

"… brightest searchlight. As lobbyists, Gray and Raul are both subject to the Lobbying Disclosure Act, which was enacted in 1995, supposedly to toughen penalties …"

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 "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… Senate, but one thing remains the same: Outside interest groups don't want Hillary Rodham Clinton elected.Even before Hillary Rodham Clinton formally accepted the Democrati …"

"… side interest groups don't want Hillary Rodham Clinton elected.Even before Hillary Rodham Clinton formally accepted the Democratic nomination on May 16, three interest grou …"

"… e drives as well as to television, radio and print advertisements opposing Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Gannett News Service reports that CSE plans to spend more than $1 mil …"

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 "executive director":

"… nt Economic Committtee and worked for the Heritage Foundation. Leila Bate, executive director, is a former legislative director for Representative David McIntosh, R-Ind …"

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 "John McCain":

"… ne group cloaked in this anonymity attacked presidential candidate Senator John McCain, R-Ariz. It called itself the Republicans for Clean Air, but had neither a …"

"… ampaign-finance reform in the 2000 election cycle — mentioned by Senator John McCain and President Clinton alike as a prime example of a misleading issue-advoc …"