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 "Florida":

"… when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings att …"

"… les Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired. And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian …"

"… d. And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three …"

"… ee-year term. The Charles Koch Foundation expressed a willingness to give Florida State an extra $105,000 to keep Benson — a self-described “libertarian …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… es the six most active nonprofit groups in the Koch brothers’ coalition: Americans for Prosperity, the American Energy Alliance, Concerned Veterans for America, the Freedom …"

"… alf as many ads to date as these six Koch-connected groups.  In all, Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ flagship political operation, alone has aired more t …"

"… “buy health insurance.” And Democrat Gary Peters has been slammed by Americans for Prosperity for supporting Obamacare, which the group contended was “making things w …"

"… r. In an interview with C-SPAN last month, Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, acknowledged that “it’s very difficult to beat a sitting United State …"

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

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 "The New York Times":

"… et to Happiness” speech. In December, Brooks published an op-ed in The New York Times titled, “A Formula for Happiness,” which mirrored his American En …"

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 "David Koch":

"… rm this November.     …"

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 "Peter Fenn":

"… ounts of money to attack their own, you have a smile on your face,” said Peter Fenn, president of Fenn Communications Group, whose many Democrat-supporting ro …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ates, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the Center for Responsive Politics. And about 1,700 people hit the aggregate limit on donations to political …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… out the “role of government institutions in a capitalistic society” at South Carolina’s College of Charleston. Dive into the “integrated study of philosoph …"

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 "Mitch McConnell":

"… McDaniel. It's also attempting to defeat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., while favoring conservative businessman Matt Bevin in th …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… reporters felt the summit was worth their time, despite the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were on the agen …"

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 "California":

"… olar energy company that went bankrupt despite the federal assistance. The California firm was backed by a major Obama fundraiser, as the Center for Public Inte …"

'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 "Club for Growth":

"… egislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity and previously worked at Club for Growth, another group that doesn’t disclose its donors. The Center for Individ …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Third Way":

"… to 26 nonprofit organizations, including ALEC. Its top beneficiaries were Third Way, a Democratic-aligned group that claims to represent “Americans in the …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "the Heritage":

"… Fuel Facility in South Carolina Needs Congress’s Support” appeared on the Heritage website. Coincidence or not, DeMint is not the only fiscal conservative wh …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lieutenant governor":

"… ust want to see good government,” Davis said. Davis ruled out a bid for lieutenant governor, but said she will either run for re-election in her state senate district …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sarah Palin":

"… Begich would “cruise” to re-election, the poll states.     …"

Koch Industries PAC spending record cash

By Adam Wollner

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

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.

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 "Taiwan":

"… s in Tai Shan Fund which invests in tech companies in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan and is part of a Boston-based capital management firm led by investor Thom …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wendy Davis":

"… l improvements in transparency.” While that may be the case, state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, noted that most of the changes in the bill apply to other bra …"

Ron Paul using campaign cash to aid his nonprofit

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… Election Commission. Carol Paul, his wife, is the group's president, Internal Revenue Service documents show. The Foundation for Rational Economics and Education, whic …"

"… ndation for Rational Economics and Education's most recent filing with the Internal Revenue Service lists assets of nearly $653,000 at the beginning of 2011, up from the more …"

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 "Charles G. Koch":

"… ponsors of the 109 seminars identified by the Center were the conservative Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, The Searle Freedom Trust, also a supporter of conse …"

"… enter, whose board of directors includes Charles Koch. Officials from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation did not return phone calls seeking comment for this …"

"… rofessor who has received thousands of dollars in research grants from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation; and Jason Johnston, a former fellow with the K …"

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