Grover Norquist nonprofit funded pro-Republican women’s group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative-leaning Independent Women's Voice got 13 percent of its revenue last year from Americans for Tax Reform, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… endent Women’s Voice spent about $160,000, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission, aiding Republican Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, du …"

Koch-backed nonprofit raised $44 million in 2013

By Michael Beckel

ObamaCare-bashing Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, raised $44 million in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Reynolds American":

"… rate interests, such as the American Petroleum Institute and tobacco giant Reynolds American, have also ranked among Americans for Prosperity’s donors over the years …"

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 "Virginia":

"… State University ranked a distant second behind George Mason University of Virginia as a recipient of Charles Koch Foundation money. In a tax document filed w …"

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 "Senate primary":

"… ed to about $4 million by Republican Dan Sullivan, who won a contested GOP Senate primary in late August. Koch-linked outside groups have helped Republicans cultiv …"

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 "University of California":

"… of America’s Constitution,” said Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Second Amendment expert. “Its great generalities are …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… tico reported on a memo from the Koch brothers’ powerful political group Americans for Prosperity, which laid the groundwork for its future political operations. “[W]e c …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… tions in November.       …"

"… ose like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who've sought to vilify Charles Koch and brother David as self-centered industrialists bent on buying elections …"

"… red industrialists bent on buying elections, it's status quo for the elder Koch sibling. As the Center for Public Integrity reported in March: In all, t …"

"… arch: In all, two of the six private charitable foundations the Koch brothers control and personally fund combined in 2012 to infuse colleges a …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal judge":

"… pped his authority when he ordered that prosecutors destroy documents. …"

"… sponsors of George Mason judicial conferences, which often serve state and federal judges a steady dose of free-market, anti-regulation lectures. Most recently, c …"

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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… on that lobbied against tobacco regulations proposed in 2013 by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City. Other notable Reynolds American payments included $60,0 …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… icy that’s lowering taxes and making government smaller.” Officially, Republican Party officials are floating above the fray, and per usual, not endorsing candid …"

"… ckoo caucus going against hardened conservatives. It shows how extreme the Republican Party has become, and that helps Democrats.” Said Matt Thornton, spokesman fo …"

"… er PAC House Majority PAC: “Pass the popcorn. It’s indicative that the Republican Party is at war with itself… the longer they’re spending money against each …"

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 "Politics":

"… a 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 "Education":

"… delsons are also benefactors of the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas, a pre-kindergarten through high school facilit …"

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.

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Boehner":

"… s only limited to primary season, not the general election. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is all but assured to win another term. But that hasn't dissuaded …"

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 "Wells Fargo":

"… s corporate membership has included big names ranging from ExxonMobil and Wells Fargo to Johnson & Johnson and Kraft. And it has worked closely with groups …"

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 "T. Boone Pickens":

"… well as any contribution from Tom Steyer, George Soros, Warren Buffett or T. Boone Pickens.” (Update, Nov. 19, 2013, 11:30 a.m.: One of the largest donors to the …"

'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 "Virginia":

"… t" during 2012, said Kyle Kondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “As long as the money is there, I imagine they …"

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 "Environment":

"… ss interests and state-level Republican lawmakers, maintains an “Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force” that seeks “to ensure states remain the fi …"

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

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "speaker":

"… nine Supreme Court justices, arguing that should party leaders such as the speaker of the House or Senate majority leader solicit seven-figure checks there i …"

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 "Reynolds American":

"… of dark money At the request of an unnamed shareholder, tobacco company Reynolds American publicly revealed donations to anti-tax nonprofit Americans for Tax Reform …"

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 "state senator":

"… ording to the Texas Tribune.  Her total haul, while impressive for a state senator, stills pales in comparison to her likely GOP opponent’s should she choo …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… ion campaign.) KOCHPAC last month also gave $9,000 to the campaign of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. A Koch Industries official could not immediately be reached for …"

Mystery money in Missouri election not local

By Adam Wollner

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "FreedomWorks":

"… practices. Two of Conservative StrikeForce’s donors also cut checks for FreedomWorks for America, the super PAC arm of a nonprofit group formed by conservative …"

"… 00 to Conservative StrikeForce in April following a $9,800 contribution to FreedomWorks for America last fall. San Diego retiree Edward Wong, who donated $725 to …"

"… ong, who donated $725 to Conservative StrikeForce, also gave $9,000 to the FreedomWorks super PAC in 2012. The lone corporation to contribute to the Conservative …"

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 "National Beer Wholesalers Association":

"… ands of registered PACs, including perennial PAC powerhouses Honeywell and National Beer Wholesalers Association, have donated so much cash so early. In May alone, KOCHPAC spread $145,00 …"

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 "Bloomberg":

"… ed capital management firm led by investor Thomas Clafflin, according to a Bloomberg report. Roberts has invested heavily in technology and telecommunications …"

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 "Public Citizen":

"… resources to serious ethics complaints, said Tom Smith, Texas director for Public Citizen, a Washington-based advocacy group. The legislation also calls for a chan …"

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