Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures

By Liz Essley Whyte

Corporations and national advocacy groups are throwing big dollars behind TV ads before voters decide 158 state ballot measures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… time marijuana legalization advocate from Ohio and chairman of Progressive Insurance, who died in 2013. Another backer is the Drug Policy Alliance, an anti-dru …"

Critic of artificial sweeteners pilloried by industry-backed scientists

By Chris Young

Any criticism of the artificial sweetener industry is met with a barrage of criticism, often from questionable sources.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… nty of no harm to consumers under their approved conditions of use,” FDA spokeswoman Theresa Eisenman wrote in an emailed response to questions. But while man …"

"… Industry is not the enemy.” A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center spokeswoman for Madelyn Fernstrom did not respond to requests for comment by press tim …"

"… trom did not respond to requests for comment by press time. Megan Kopf, a spokeswoman for NBC, issued a statement: “We take disclosure issues seriously and ar …"

"… rest of public health,” she wrote. Amy Patterson Neubert, a Purdue spokeswoman, wrote in an email to the Center that the university has always supported …"

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 "United States":

"… ine industry to the economy and jobs both in his home state and across the United States,” she said. Mike Graham, a lobbyist for the American Dental Association, …"

Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

By Wendell Potter

Conservative group's power has been under-covered.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paul Ryan":

"… eir time, despite the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were on the agenda. And despite the fact that even with …"

ALEC gets gift from Nuclear Energy Institute

By Michael Beckel

Controversial pro-business think tank received $10,000 from Nuclear Energy Institute last year, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… Bob Dole and Democrat Tom Daschle, which got $120,000.     …"

Coal industry's go-to law firm withheld evidence of black lung, at expense of sick miners

By Chris Hamby

In part 1 of a series, the Center details how a major law firm withheld evidence of black lung, helping defeat miners' claims for benefits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "West Virginia University":

"… when he smiles; it reminds them of Gary’s. The family shared a love of West Virginia University Mountaineers football. Terri went to every home game, and Gary went when h …"

Pro-gun group dramatically ups influence spending

By Dave Levinthal

The nonprofit National Association for Gun Rights spent $3 million lobbying last quarter, far more than the better-known NRA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… ctric, the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Google, Coca-Cola, the American Medical Association, Verizon Communications, drug maker Pfiz …"

Charitable 'matches' used to entice PAC giving

By Michael Beckel

Charitable 'matches' one way Coca-Cola, other companies incentivize employee PAC contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boeing":

"… While other companies offer similar PAC match programs — aerospace giant Boeing and American Express are among them — Coca-Cola rival PepsiCo. Inc. does …"

Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars

By Chris Young, Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller

Corporations and conservative foundations are top sponsors of judicial junkets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… conomic liberty” which regularly donates to conservative groups like the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, contributed a combined $400,000 to …"

Rockstar Energy Drink targets beverage laws

By Dave Levinthal

Energy drink maker hires sizable government affairs team to influence beverage laws.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Captain":

"… liquor brands as Guinness, Jose Cuervo, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Captain Morgan. The beverage industry — both makers of alcoholic and non-alcoho …"

Fiscal cliff, elections boost spending on lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Year-end reports show outlays on influence by most active groups went up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… $15.6 million), FedEx Corp. ($11.9 million), Microsoft ($8.1 million), and Coca-Cola ($4.8 million), disclosures show.   …"

Bank of America, unions among newly named inauguration sponsors

By Dave Levinthal

Sponsors of Obama's second inaugural have spent nearly $283 million on lobbying since 2009.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… mmission until 90 days after Monday’s inauguration. …"

"… edEx has spent more than $64 million on federal lobbying since 2009, while Coca-Cola has spent nearly $25 million and Bank of America more than $12.8 million, …"

Corporate cash helps fuel Democratic convention despite pledges

By Michael Beckel

Democrats kick off their convention in Charlotte Tuesday with plenty of corporate support despite grass roots pledge.

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Coca-Cola Company":

"… ost committee in Tampa for last week’s Republican National Convention.“The Coca-Cola Company believes we have a role to play in the political process and that includes …"

Bailed-out banks, Freddie Mac, AIG gave $6 million to 2008 conventions

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Corporate donors to 2008 party conventions included financial institutions bailed out by government.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wells Fargo":

"… ions as “our sponsors.”This year, companies ranging from Coca-Cola and Wells Fargo to Xerox and UPS are working to ensure that they have a presence at both c …"

"… both conventions.“There’s a lot of cost around the convention,” said Wells Fargo spokesman Kathy Harrison. “It is important as a good corporate citizen t …"

"… “It is important as a good corporate citizen to support the host city.”Wells Fargo was one of the banks that benefited from the government’s bank bailout, …"

"… s came from U.S. Bancorp ($1 million), Goldman Sachs & Co. ($255,000), Wells Fargo ($250,000), J.P. Morgan Chase ($100,000) and Morgan Stanley ($100,000) and …"

ALEC exempted from lobbyist status in three separate states

By Paul Abowd

Group faces IRS scrutiny, but is already exempt from lobbyist status in South Carolina, Indiana and Colorado.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… ember paychecks.  …"

Donor profile: Jerry Perenchio

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… n Lear and Bud Yorkin to establish Embassy Communications. They sold it to Coca-Cola in 1985 for $485 million. Perenchio took that money in 1992 and teamed up …"

ALEC scraps task force behind support for voter ID, 'Stand Your Ground' laws nationwide

By Gordon Witkin

Move follows pressure from liberal groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… had supported state legislators sponsoring voter ID measures.   …"

Beer and wine wholesalers behind legislators pushing controversial voter ID laws

By Paul Abowd

Wholesalers among those behind legislators pushing controversial new election rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… 2012. Since December, the Justice Department has rejected voter ID laws in South Carolina and Texas, subject to review by the courts. Under the Voting Rights Act of …"

"… 11, five ALEC-member legislators in Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, Kansas and South Carolina were primary sponsors of voter ID bills and relied in part on the flow of …"

"… , for which candidates usually raise less than $100,000.Parade of statesIn South Carolina, the Justice Department struck down a law sponsored by Rep. James Harrison …"

Brominated battle: Soda chemical has cloudy health history

By Brett Israel

Experts now urge a closer look at a chemical, banned in other countries, now popping up in U.S. sodas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… heir ingredients, which is required by the FDA. The most popular sodas — Coca-Cola and Pepsi — do not contain BVO.You don't have to be a gamer to drink the …"

Wealthy corporations with a trillion dollars stashed offshore lobby for a 'holiday' from U.S. taxes

By John Aloysius Farrell and Aaron Mehta

Wealthy corporations are lobbying for a tax holiday for a trillion dollars stashed offshore

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Tax Reform":

"… iWatch News. The Heritage report sparked a retort from Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform, another conservative group, who praised the stock buybacks and higher div …"

Commentary: Supreme Court ruling may help spur the buying of American politicians

By Bill Buzenberg and Josh Israel

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today opens a floodgate — making the buying of elections even easier. In the Citizens United v. Federal Elec

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United":

"… y opens a floodgate — making the buying of elections even easier. In the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, a Court majority granted corporat …"

"… n our research for The Buying of the President 2008 project, we spoke with Citizens United’s president, David Bossie. Bossie, a conservative activist best known fo …"

"… Moneyed interests may rejoice; but citizens are not likely to benefit from Citizens United. …"

How nonprofits won special treatment in student lending bill

By Sasha Chavkin, Ryan Tracy and Mar Cabra

Some nonprofits on the verge of getting government protection, even after acts of misconduct

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… ssociates, which also represents corporations such as AT&T, Boeing and Coca-Cola, records show. Between payments to BKSH and its own lobbying expenses, EFC …"

Governor v. lt. governor: The ethics match-up

By Sarah Laskow

From the highest echelons of public office in Maryland and Virginia to offices less than two blocks apart, the Democratic and Republican Nat

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… Myers, as well as more than $50,000 in stock in Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and Coca-Cola. Perhaps the pharmaceutical and oil industries will get a more welcome rec …"

A gateway to Brazil

By Kevin Bogardus

Telecom firm linked to Jefferson bribe probe helped pay for his, others' travel

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… l. The other four listed a number of sponsors, including iGate, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, General Motors, GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturer …"

"… tors; GlaxoSmithKline; Port of New Orleans; iGate Technologies; Odebrecht; Coca-Cola; Congressional Black Caucus FoundationApril 11 to April 17, 2004Rep. Willi …"

China steps up its lobbying game

By Marina Walker Guevara

The Chinese government is hiring the best of the best to advance its agenda

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Frist":

"… ns." Among others, the Chinese businessmen met with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who chairs the powerful Energy and …"

Grand Old Parties: Special interests shower Republicans with perks and parties in the Big Apple

By Meredith O'Brien

Cowboy boots and rock stars. Tuxedos and champagne. Batting practice in a Major League Baseball stadium and coveted tickets to the U.S. Open

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arnold Schwarzenegger":

"… s Island featuring New York Governor George Pataki and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Another big event is the Creative Coalition’s fundraiser at the nightcl …"

"… rk delegationsCalifornia delegationEllis IslandGovernors George Pataki and Arnold Schwarzenegger expectedRepresentative Michael Oxley (Ohio), chairman of House Committee o …"

"… udolph W. Giuliani (New York City, Governor George Pataki (N.Y.), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif.)Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Log Cabin RepublicansBryant ParkOutdoo …"

"… t to a pond in the heart of Central Park, featuring a glass gazeboGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California delegationCalifornia delegationTavern on the GreenRenow …"

A most favored corporation: Enron prevailed in federal, state lobbying efforts 49 times

By M. Asif Ismail

WASHINGTON, January 6, 2003 — Enron Corp., which ran a formidable lobbying machine in Washington and state capitals, gained favorable treatm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy policy":

"… moved to end the failed voluntary effort, Enron had yet to obtain a permit.Energy policyIn 2001, while Vice President Cheney was formulating a national energy poli …"