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 "Texas":

"… d. “That’s human nature.”    …"

"… rding to the analysis. Cornyn ultimately bulldozed Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, and several lesser-known challengers in a March 4 intra-party battle. Bu …"

"… t initially guaranteed. A June 2013 poll sponsored by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune, for example, found that only 54 percent of Republicans …"

"… lly guaranteed. A June 2013 poll sponsored by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune, for example, found that only 54 percent of Republicans viewed Cor …"

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 "ExxonMobil":

"… lthcare, ALEC’s corporate membership has included big names ranging from ExxonMobil and Wells Fargo to Johnson & Johnson and Kraft. And it has worked clos …"

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 "Tom Daschle":

"… Center, a charity whose founders include Republican 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 "Buffalo":

"… y become Fox’s lawyer. A native of East Aurora, N.Y., a small town near Buffalo, Cline came to southern West Virginia in 1968 at 22 to work for Volunteers …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… nter for Public Integrity analysis of congressional disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data indicates. About three-fifths, meanwhile, spent less during the year …"

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 "general counsel":

"… and “relatively uncontroversial,” said Larry Noble, the FEC’s former general counsel who now heads the nonprofit Americans for Campaign Reform. “People like …"

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 "Mercatus Center":

"… ne Studies, which received $3.7 million from the Koch foundations, and the Mercatus Center, whose board of directors includes Charles Koch. Officials from the Charl …"

"… nsumer credit. He is a senior scholar at the school’s conservative Mercatus Center, and has ties to the Goldwater Institute, a libertarian think tank, and th …"

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 "Coca-Cola":

"… is is, perhaps, no better illustrated than in 2009, when companies such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, and their affiliated trade groups, spent exponentially more t …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… nter for Public Integrity analysis of congressional disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data indicates. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s year-over-year lobbying …"

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 "energy giant":

"… viously disclosed corporations, such as AT&T Inc., Microsoft Corp. and energy giant Southern Co.  — a figure likely to grow as the inauguration co …"

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 "NASCAR":

"… te and many had their names memorialized on the exterior of on a pro-Obama NASCAR stock car displayed at the convention.When asked by the Center for Public …"

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 "Freddie Mac":

"… at won’t be giving this time around — American International Group and Freddie Mac.The two institutions together gave $1 million to the Republican convention …"

"… would eventually sink $71 billion into the insurance giant. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac gave $250,000 to both committees. Three days after the close of the Republ …"

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 "legislator":

"… y for the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative group of legislators and corporations that pushes free-market model legislation in the states …"

"… alds and Procter & Gamble,  to drop out of the group. Thirty-four legislators have also quit.Then ALEC announced in April it would shelve the task forc …"

"… ates allow ALEC to spend millions annually hosting corporate lobbyists and legislators at three yearly conferences, send “issue alerts” to legislators recom …"

"… ts and legislators at three yearly conferences, send “issue alerts” to legislators recommending votes on pending legislation, and draft press releases for l …"

Donor profile: Jerry Perenchio

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… . Perenchio served as John McCain’s national finance co-chair during the Arizona Republican's 2008 presidential campaign, and he gives more generously to R …"

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 "Coca-Cola":

"… aving an effect, as brand-name firms began dropping their ALEC membership. Coca-Cola quit on April 4 and Pepsi, Kraft Foods, Intuit and McDonalds soon followed …"

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 "ExxonMobil":

"… raws funding from hundreds of corporate members including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, UPS, AT&T, and Walmart. Corporate membership costs between $7 …"

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 "Colorado":

"… districts with high-tech and software industries, in states like Utah and Colorado. Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo, whose districts encompass California’ …"

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 "Michael Moore":

"… plained why he felt his paid-for anti-Hillary Clinton documentary — or a Michael Moore anti-George W. Bush documentary — should both be considered protected fr …"

"… g,” Bossie told us at the time. “The rules that the FEC had are wrong. Michael Moore shouldn’t have to abide by them, as a filmmaker making a political film. …"

"… uld just sit there and run a one-page flyer off. And you became the press. Michael Moore, I disagree with him. Ideologically, we are opposite. But he should have t …"

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 "Huffington Post Investigative Fund":

"… cation business. Interviews and a review of documents and e-mails for the Huffington Post Investigative Fund show how nonprofit lenders persuaded the U.S. House to award them the equi …"

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 "Virginia Gov":

"… o blocks apart, the Democratic and Republican National Committees selected Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and former Maryland Lieutenant Gov. Michael Steele to chair the …"

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 "Atiku Abubakar":

"… es abroad — even allegedly attempting to bribe Nigeria's vice president, Atiku Abubakar — to secure multimillion-dollar deals for the telecom company.Abubakar h …"

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 "consultant":

"… e. Therefore, more Chinese firms will be turning for advice, lobbyists and consultants," said Gill, the CSIS China expert. "Chinese companies want to invest her …"

"… l and Emery LLP, whose director of government relations, Paul Hatch, was a consultant to the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign.The law firm's assignment from the Chines …"

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 "Lindsey Graham":

"… ste of Brooklyn” party for the Republican Governors Association.Senators Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), along with a few other Southern congress …"

"… ians Brooks & Dunn. All Republican senators expected to attend.Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Senator Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) and other Southern members of Congre …"

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 "natural gas":

"… ry, the Center found. Its successful efforts to deregulate electricity and natural gas markets paved the way to its rise, and the exemptions it won from regulato …"

"… y, which struggled with a huge debt load in the tightly regulated world of natural gas markets. Under Lay’s direction, the company rose to transport as much as …"

"… ion, the company rose to transport as much as 20 percent of the nation’s natural gas, to become the largest wholesaler of electrical power, the seventh largest …"

"… . As president of Florida Gas Transmission in the mid-1970s, he pushed for natural gas deregulation. I went around the state and tried to educate all of the [Flo …"