Koch-linked organization uses ‘dark money’ to fight political disclosure

By Michael Beckel

Most of the $13 million raised by American Commitment has come three Koch-backed groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… pen — a veteran of Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth and the Cato Institute — American Commitment has vigorously opposed efforts to force donor disc …"

Can this 'dark money' group help the Democrats keep the Senate?

By Michael Beckel

Patriot Majority USA raises millions from unknown sources to play attack dog in the South.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… n — was first identified as a contributor to Patriot Majority USA by the Center for Responsive Politics. Greg Crist, a spokesman for the American Health Care Association, declin …"

Political nonprofits bungle IRS filings

By Michael Beckel

High-profile groups such as Crossroads GPS and Patriot Majority USA acknowledged mistakes after Center for Public Integrity inquiry.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lawyer":

"… e from “inadvertent mistakes.” Marcus Owens, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer who previously served as the director the IRS division overseeing tax-exem …"

"… d to be reported to the IRS as “payments for services.” But other tax lawyers contacted by the Center for Public Integrity expressed skepticism at this …"

How politics derailed EPA science on arsenic, endangering public health

By David Heath

A ban on arsenic-containing pesticides was lifted after a lawmaker disrupted a scientific assessment by the EPA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… ce, fruit juice, beer and wine. Under orders from a Republican-controlled Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency in 2001 established a new drinking-wa …"

"… investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found that one member of Congress effectively blocked the release of the EPA findings and any new regulation …"

"… conditioned on the EPA’s completing its scientific review. The delay by Congress caused the EPA to suspend its ban. The weed killer, called MSMA, remains o …"

"… found that a key reason for this is the intervention by a single member of Congress. The story of arsenic shows how easily industry thwarted the Obama’s ad …"

How lobbyists helped build John Cornyn’s election war chest

By Michael Beckel

Lobbyists’ role in Senate GOP whip's campaign helped him avoid, in his own words, a “fair fight.”

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alison Lundergan Grimes":

"… otion if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., loses this fall to Alison Lundergan Grimes, his well-funded Democratic challenger. A spokesman for Cornyn did not re …"

GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative nonprofits and super PACs have spent $10 million bashing Republicans to the delight of Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… primaries are conducted. One, in New Hampshire, features former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. Brown is in no way a tea party favorite. He faces accusations of …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… from the time show. Then, political groups were just making sense of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision that the Supreme Court dropped in late January 2010. It allowed c …"

Democrats easily outpace Republicans in super PAC fundraising race

By Michael Beckel

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alison Lundergan Grimes":

"… 000. Then there’s We Are Kentucky, a super PAC that is backing Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is vying for McConnell’s Senate seat. It raised $260,500 since its …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… the Fix the Debt Coalition calls for dramatic reforms to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the U.S. tax code — positions that might be objectionable …"

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 …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… on to the Republican State Leadership Committee and $1 million each to the Republican Governors Association and the Florida Jobs PAC. YG Network, the nonprofit arm of the “Young G …"

'Dark money' groups fueled by cable industry

By Julie Patel

Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform among beneficiaries, new disclosure shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… eiving National Cable & Telecommunications Association money include: Americans for Prosperity, which received $50,000, spent $33.5 million opposing Obama during the 201 …"

"… or Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign spending. Americans for Prosperity often supports Tea Party causes and candidates and is the main political a …"

"… d President Phil Kerpen is the former policy and legislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity and previously worked at Club for Growth, another group that doesn’t dis …"

Supreme Court 'McCutcheon' case could aid GOP

By Michael Beckel

Conservative donors who maxed out during the 2012 election far outnumbered liberals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… ndidates, including contributions to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Ohio Republican and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel and Indiana Republican an …"

"… Republican candidates including Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. On the other side of t …"

GOP lawyer launches political donation refund group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative lawyer Dan Backer launches 'nonpartisan' group to facilitate political refunds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… yer with a case before the U.S. Supreme Court next month — McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission — arguing that wealthy Americans have the right to invest even larg …"

"… n. “Everyone hates politicians who lie.” The group recently asked the Federal Election Commission for permission to use data contained in federal campaign finance reports t …"

Marco Rubio backs conservative super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Sen. Marco Rubio gave $30,000 to a prominent super PAC ahead of immigration reform push.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… tion, and in 2010, it donated $25,000 to the super PAC of the conservative Club for Growth.     …"

Nuclear Waste: Extremism in defense of federally-paid jobs is no vice in South Carolina

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART THREE IN A SERIES: Lawmakers shed their fiscal conservatism to keep a troubled nuclear plant alive at Washington’s expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… escribed as “a fighter for limited government” by the president of the Club for Growth, a group dedicated to cutting federal spending. “We must also eliminate …"

D.C.-based groups bombarded state high court races with ads

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Nearly $12 million spent by super PACs and nonprofits in 2012-13 state supreme court races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Miami":

"… we were not going to allow that to happen in Florida,” says Neal Roth, a Miami attorney and former head of the state’s trial lawyer association. Voters …"

Club for Growth ranks congressional members

By Michael Beckel

Club for Growth touts lawmakers, ranks politicians with new scorecards.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… being the lone U.S. senator to earn a score of zero from the conservative Club for Growth in its latest congressional scorecard, released today. The five-term …"

"… ing contest. During the 2012 election cycle, the Club's super PAC, called Club for Growth Action, spent nearly $17 million on advertisements that expressly advocate …"

"… idate who has announced her intentions to seek Rockefeller's seat. But the Club for Growth hopes she won't be the last. Last year, Club for Growth President Chris C …"

"… r's seat. But the Club for Growth hopes she won't be the last. Last year, Club for Growth President Chris Chocola issued a statement critizing Capito for having an …"

Democratic super PACs start year with cash advantage

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Democrats increasingly embracing super PACs despite previous opposition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… . The group was co-founded by Jonathan Soros, son of billionaire investor George Soros*, David Donnelly of Public Campaign Action and Ilyse Hogue, who was named …"

"… ntly joined public affairs firm Global Strategies Group as an executive. *George Soros is the chairman of the Open Society Foundation, which provides funding for …"

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… a similar fate. Bennett’s re-election was opposed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth as well as FreedomWorks, which is headed by former Republican House Majori …"

'Right-to-work' group gave Montana nonprofit $300,000

By Paul Abowd

Secretive nonprofit received $300,000 donation from anti-union group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Furniture Warehouse":

"… e.Among the initiative’s supporters was Jacob Jabs, president and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse. A 2008 letter to the IRS signed by former ATP employee Athena Dalton said …"

Barack Obama

Daily Disclosure: Democratic super PACs gain ground

By Rachael Marcus

Democratic super PACs gained ground against GOP counterparts and raised big bucks in August.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… the conservative Heritage Foundation.Meanwhile, the conservative super PAC Club for Growth Action brought in $589,000 in August, down significantly from the $2.9 mil …"

"… on hand. The Club’s top donor in August was Marilyn Hayden, the wife of Club for Growth board member Jerry Hayden.And conservative super PAC FreedomWorks for Amer …"

Daily Disclosure: It's labor versus tea party in PA House race

By Rachael Marcus

Unions pumping money into redrawn House district in Pennsylvania.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… rks for America, headed up by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Club for Growth, a free-market, conservative nonprofit.The seat is considered a tossup.Ori …"

"… im.An endorsement from the Tea Party Express, FreedomWorks for America and Club for Growth has earned Rothfus a badge of acceptance from tea partiers across the stat …"

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS makes $2.5 million ad buy in three Senate races

By Rachael Marcus

Crossroads GPS, the pro-Republican nonprofit, takes aim at Senate races in three states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… outside spending from fiscally conservative groups like Crossroads GPS and Club for Growth.The ad hits Brown on his support of the Affordable Care Act and other Obam …"

Arizona primary latest example of Club for Growth's clout

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group Club for Growth is top outside spender in U.S. Senate primaries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… f their party in primaries across the country, the deep-pocketed, anti-tax Club for Growth has proved itself a force to be reckoned with.If heavily favored Rep. Jeff …"

"… lion on independent expenditures in Republican Senate primaries this year, Club for Growth ranks No. 1, having spent more than $10 million, according to a Center for …"

"… supporting Flake through its nonprofit, political action committee and its Club for Growth Action super PAC — that’s about 70 percent of the $1.5 million spent b …"

"… t trailed Flake by 22 percentage points in a recent poll.Notably, the Club for Growth’s PAC has also steered about $885,000 in bundled contributions into Flak …"

Daily Disclosure: GOP nonprofits continue attacks on Senate Dems

By Alexandra Duszak

Non-disclosing nonprofit conservative organizations continue to blanket airwaves with attack ads in Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "GPS":

"… e tea party movement.Senate races have also drawn spending form Crossroads GPS, the nonprofit sister organization of super PAC American Crossroads as wel …"

"… ction: A previous version of this story said Nevada was part of Crossroads GPS's new ad campaign. The four states that are part of the campaign are Ohio, …"

Nonprofit profile: Club for Growth Inc.

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… board, Moore began his economics career at the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, both libertarian think tanks. He founded the Club for Growth and served a …"

"… at in 2011, Mother Jones reported. The couple is also a major donor to the Cato Institute, which was founded by David Koch.Howie Rich, a real estate developer, sits …"

"… y David Koch.Howie Rich, a real estate developer, sits on the board of the Cato Institute.John W. Childs, a private equity investor, Jerry Hayden, former president …"

"… get expert at the Heritage Foundation and a senior economics fellow at the Cato Institute.Larry Kudlow, the host of CNBC’s "The Kudlow Report," is a member of the …"

Former governor wins GOP Senate nod in Wisconsin

By Reity O'Brien and Michael Beckel

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson wins despite heavy spending by conservative super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… d to the loss of establishment contenders in U.S. Senate races in Indiana, Texas, Nebraska and Missouri.In the November general election, Thompson will fac …"

Outside spending helps make Wisconsin Senate primary a tossup

By Michael Beckel

Big spending, ideological divide create uncertainty in Wisconsin Republican primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… en its preferred candidates prevail in GOP Senate primaries in Indiana and Texas, where politicians favored by the party establishment were beaten handily. …"

Daily Disclosure: Club for Growth Action focuses on Wisconsin

By Rachael Marcus

Fresh off its victory in Texas, Club for Growth Action, a super PAC supporting tea part candidates, is targeting Wisconsin.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Neumann":

"… ompson, both Republicans. Club for Growth Action supports former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann in the Republican primary.The ad attacks Hovde for supporting the bailout …"