Koch foundation proposal to college: Teach our curriculum, get millions

By Dave Levinthal

Proposed gift from Koch foundation to Florida State University in 2007 came with strings attached.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… eported in March. Florida State University ranked a distant second behind George Mason University of Virginia as a recipient of Charles Koch Foundation money. In a tax docu …"

GOP’s Senate hopes energized by Koch network ad blitz

By Michael Beckel

How many TV ads have groups connected to the billionaire brothers aired in your state?

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… rofound manner. In an interview with C-SPAN last month, Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, acknowledged that “it’s very difficult to …"

Fearing for the Second Amendment, militia groups grow in number

By Alex Lancial and Jim Tuttle

Fear of interference with Second Amendment rights and suspicion of elected officials have provoked a rise in self-described patriot militias

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Fear of the federal government’s interference with Second Amendment rights and suspicion that elected o …"

"… government over more than $1 million in grazing fees and fines owed to the federal government. When the BLM came to seize his cattle in April, many militia groups and o …"

Kochs put a happy face on free enterprise

By Chris Young

Initiative spearheaded by billionaire brothers paints positive portrait of free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… y William Inboden, a professor of public affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, and Chris Rufer, the president and founder of the Morning Star Com …"

Charles Koch's long history of education funding

By Dave Levinthal

The conservative billionaire's massive grant to United Negro College Fund is nothing new.

Judge who stopped Wisconsin campaign finance probe tied to Koch-funded junkets

By Chris Young

Federal judge who attended Koch-funded conferences halts campaign finance investigation into Wisconsin group with Koch ties.

Tobacco money fuels gay Republicans, business organizations

By Michael Beckel

Reynolds American gave thousands of dollars to politically active nonprofits such as the Log Cabin Republicans, Americans for Prosperity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican governor":

"… rth Carolina Foundation, an organization formed by allies of the state’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory; and $50,000 to Keep Texas Working, a pro-business group head …"

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 "Ohio":

"… Tuesday in a long-shot primary bid to unseat House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and win North Carolina’s U.S. Senate primary. But they still sought to …"

Supreme Court opens door to flood of political cash — again

By Michael Beckel

Citing First Amendment concerns, 5-4 Supreme Court majority tosses out aggregate limits on campaign contributions.

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

"… nor can financially support. The decision is the most important since the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case in 2010, which allowed for unlimited corporate and union spending in …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of Arizona":

"… a State University, Utah State University, Kansas State University and the University of Arizona. Most of the 20 officials interviewed at various schools receiving Koch f …"

"… e published on an easily accessible list.” Nick Mahon, president of the University of Arizona Young Democrats, says he’s not concerned with any political actor making …"

Issue ad or political ad? You be the judge

By Rachel Baye

Ads intended to influence elections often not reported because sponsors claim they are about issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… paign, running August through mid-November, by the Colorado chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation to elect the conservative slate. AFP paid for mailers, canvass …"

"… th the Colorado Secretary of State, and Comcast doesn’t have a record of Americans for Prosperity’s advertising purchase in its political files. Why? Because according t …"

"… tical files. Why? Because according to AFP, the ad wasn’t political. “Americans for Prosperity is an issue client that we’re not required to keep anything in the file …"

"… ry of State spokesman Rich Coolidge declined to say whether the ads run by Americans for Prosperity would be considered electioneering without someone filing a complaint agai …"

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 …"

Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

By Wendell Potter

Conservative group's power has been under-covered.

Anti-Obama nonprofit tells IRS it's not 'political'

By Michael Beckel

Meet the pro-coal group that spent millions attacking Obama while telling the IRS it wasn't engaged in candidate elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil":

"… gy policy" and for embracing "punitive and discriminatory tax measures for oil and gas producers." The group has also urged Congress to let a major tax …"

"… ht out of the polluters’ playbook" and a "policy that nobody but the big oil and coal billionaires who bankrolled his campaign could love."   &nb …"

'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 "Time Warner Cable":

"… ks, Fox Networks Group, Home Box Office, NBC Universal, Showtime Networks, Time Warner Cable and Turner Cable Networks. The National Cable & Telecommunications As …"

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 …"

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.

Supreme Court mulls axing campaign donation limits in 'McCutcheon' case

By Michael Beckel

Nine justices appeared divided on 'McCutcheon' campaign money case.

Top investigations from 2013 that you may have missed

By Sarah Whitmire

We compiled our favorites from the year's investigative work.

Wendy Davis kicks fundraising into top gear

By Adam Wollner

State senator from Texas raising profile — and big money — in D.C. as she mulls gubernatorial bid.

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.

Sarah Palin PAC takes fundraising nosedive

By Adam Wollner

Former Alaska governor's political committee is raising significantly less money these days.

Koch Industries PAC spending record cash

By Adam Wollner

Committee has biggest spending month ever during a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vice President":

"… who will face a primary challenge from Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney. KOCHPAC contributed $7,500 to Enzi’s campaign prior to Che …"

Mystery money in Missouri election not local

By Adam Wollner

Super PAC exclusively used out-of-state cash to influence Missouri special election.

Koch Industries PAC bolts to fast start in 2013

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Energy company's PAC has donated more than $500,000 to politicians in five months.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… et. David and Charles Koch have heavily supported the 501(c)(4) nonprofit Americans for Prosperity, which ranked among the 2012 election's biggest spenders. Because nonprofi …"

Majority of Supreme Court members millionaires

By Reity O'Brien and Chris Young

At least five and as many as eight of nine U.S. Supreme Court justices are millionaires, filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "T-Mobile":

"… ares of Time Warner, Microsoft and Texas Instruments and up to $200,000 in T-Mobile and Sirius XM Radio stock, according to his report. Roberts recused himse …"

Stealthy super PAC strikes in Mo. special election

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC launches last-minute effort in Missouri, won't disclose donors before special election.

Texas passes ethics bill, but many proposed reforms are left on the cutting room floor

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Good-government groups lament what's left out

Ron Paul using campaign cash to aid his nonprofit

By Dave Levinthal

Former Rep. Ron Paul bankrolling nonprofit he founded with congressional campaign cash.

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 "Virginia":

"… in the United States. Two schools — George Mason University, located in Virginia just outside Washington, D.C., and Northwestern University based in Evanst …"

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