Senate committee delays vote on FEC nominees

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Obama's two new picks for elections agency must wait a little longer to learn their fate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… inees to the Federal Election Commission must wait a little longer for the Senate Rules and Administration Committee to vote on their nominations. Only Sen …"

"… meeting, instead gathering together during a break in action when the full Senate meets in session. The Rules Committee's recommendation would be forwarded …"

"… ssion. The Rules Committee's recommendation would be forwarded to the full Senate, which would conduct a final appointment vote. Senators are largely preoc …"

"… d. He was also a member of the Bush-Cheney recount team in 2000. The U.S. Senate must confirm Obama's two nominees, who have been nominated at a time when …"

Expenditure profile: Crossroads Media

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the media buying firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "political player":

"… on Biography: Crossroads Media was founded by Michael Dubke, a longtime political player who is also president of the nonprofit group Americans for Job Security. …"

Rove-affiliated groups spend $175 million, lose 21 of 30 races

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Super PAC American Crossroads goes 3-10, nonprofit Crossroads GPS goes 7-17

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… rack Obama win a second term and Democrats actually gain seats in the U.S. Senate.According to a Center for Public Integrity review of spending records, Rov …"

"… sub-optimal candidate quality” contributed to Republican losses in the Senate and that his groups will be a “permanent entity on the center-right.” …"

"… ACs fared far better, especially Majority PAC, launched by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The organization had a 14-3 record.Hous …"

"… entional wisdom was that Democrats would surely lose their majority in the Senate,” Gorin said. “But our growing financial momentum in the lead-up to No …"

Issa committee accused of making 'sham' campaign ad

By Rachael Marcus

House oversight committee releases anti-Obama ad that's not an ad; watchdogs cry foul.

Daily Disclosure: Environmental groups battle for New Mexico Senate seat

By Rachael Marcus

Sierra Club and others report spending against GOP candidate Heather Wilson.

New GOP super PAC aimed at attracting youth vote

By Rachael Marcus

Three Republican groups have given $750,000 to a new super PAC aimed at attracting youth voters.

PAC profile: Senate Majority PAC

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Democratic Senate members and candidates

Half the members of Congress are millionaires

By Amy Biegelsen

The fabulously rich members of Congress

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jared Polis":

"… o got too close to his products, “Protected by Viper, stand back.”Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., heads the House Democratic list for personal wealth with an esti …"

Darrell Issa's tangled business and congressional interests

By Jeremy Borden

Do Darrell Issa's personal and congressional interests intersect?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Issa’s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform":

"… lack of evidence that Issa had direct conflicts in his congressional role.Issa’s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hired staff that had deep ties to industry, including conservative billion …"

Obama groups raise $4-5 million in first two months

By Peter H. Stone

Democratic groups already collecting millions in unlimited contributions for Obama re-election

House, Senate banking panels led by chairmen with modest personal wealth

By Julie Vorman

Annual disclosures reveal stocks, bonds, land, other assets held by Congress members

Excerpts from this story referencing "Banking":

"… alued at less than $15,000 Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., chairman, Senate Banking CommitteeEarned income: NoneMajor assets: Two rental properties in Vermill …"

Obama pep talk to donors

By Peter H. Stone

President aims to raise a cool $1 billion for his re-election campaign; GOP will build on 2010 success....

Democrats desperately seek their own Rove

By Peter H. Stone

For chastened Democrats, ‘a lesson and a beating’; Republicans hone tactics that brought in secretive millions last year...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… the eventual nominee,” he said.Some Republicans, such as Barbour, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, have built fundra …"

Issa oversight committee staffs up with industry insiders

By Brooke Williams and Matt Pearce

As chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, Republican Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with cl

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercatus Center":

"… Charitable Foundation and coordinated a regulatory studies program at the Mercatus Center. The center, a think tank heavily funded by Koch and co-founded by Richard …"

"… view requests.At least three more oversight staffers also have ties to the Mercatus Center, which counts two Koch Industries executives on its board of directors, in …"

"… s.”That same month, the oversight committee brought on two alumni of the Mercatus Center as staffers — including Moore, who returned to the committee after a bri …"

"… och executives on the board have no influence either.Still, Issa asked the Mercatus Center for regulatory advice in his recent solicitation blitz. In response, Merca …"

Issa releases letters from industry on regulations

By Aaron Mehta

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, has released a massive collection of letters recei

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Agriculture":

"… and the American Meat Institute had complaints about regulations from the Department of Agriculture.A frequent complaint cutting across multiple industries centers on environ …"

Patrick Leahy — Senate Judiciary Committee

By Aaron Mehta

Longtime liberal stalwart Patrick Leahy of Vermont will continue to be a crucial figure in shaping the future path of the Supreme Court as c

Peter King — Homeland Security Committee

By Josh Israel

Peter T. King, one of just two Republicans in New York’s current 28-member House delegation, has represented much of Long Island’s Nassau an

Excerpts from this story referencing "King":

"… fight to secure our homeland and protect the lives of Americans” …"

"… Gillibrand, but ultimately opted to run for re-election to his House seat.King, 66, is expected to seek his old position as chairman of the House Committ …"

"… ause of Republican term limits for committee chairmen and ranKing members, King would likely require a waiver from the GOP steering committee to serve as …"

"… kely require a waiver from the GOP steering committee to serve as chairman.King took charge of the committee in mid-2005 after Republican Christopher Cox …"

Darrell Issa — Oversight and Government Reform Committee

By Josh Israel

Officials from the Obama administration will likely be frequent visitors to this panel once Darrell Issa takes the gavel....

Karl Rove, GOP heavyweights find sugar daddies for groups influencing elections

By Peter H. Stone

Despite having no official position, former President Bush adviser Karl Rove remains a potent, behind-the-scenes operative doing his utmost

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Action Network":

"… f outside GOP groups goes further than American Crossroads, to include the American Action Network, another group hoping to raise about $25 million to assist Republican Sena …"

"… Senate and House candidates. Former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., the CEO of American Action Network, credits Rove, along with Gillespie “in helping [the] group with some in …"

"… ber of Commerce, the Business Industry Political Action Committee, and the American Action Network. …"

Top lawmaker urges Obama to fill gov’t watchdog jobs

By John Solomon

The top Republican on the House’s main investigative committee today pressed President Barack Obama to fill the dozen or so vacant watchdog

Smooth confirmation hearing for FEC nominee John J. Sullivan

By Josh Israel

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has been a hotbed of partisan bickering and gridlock in recent years, but you wouldn't know it from to

Senators ask Specter for their money back, but will they return Specter’s?

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Three of Arlen Specter’s former Republican Senate colleagues are taking the former GOP-er up on his offer to return contributions they made

Will GOP miss Specter’s generous ways?

By Aaron Mehta

By now, it’s old news that Senator Arlen Specter switched parties to join the Democratic majority in the Senate. Earlier this week PaperTrai

Arlen Specter’s switch could prove costly

By Aaron Mehta

Hours after announcing his switch to the majority party in the Senate, newly minted Pennsylvania Democrat Arlen Specter has already put his

Politicization of Department of Justice

By The Center for Public Integrity

Ideological hiring and firing policies lead to resignation of top Justice officials

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Ashcroft":

"… n political grounds. Some of these decisions reached back to the tenure of John Ashcroft, who served as attorney general from 2001 to early 2005, but many of them …"

Executive Office of the President "loses" e-mails

By The Center for Public Integrity

Instead of using government e-mail addresses, which are automatically archived per federal law law, 88 Bush officials used RNC e-mails

Missouri ditches limits on campaign contributions

By Sarah Laskow

Starting in August, Missouri politicians can accept checks as big as they want, from whomever they want, whenever they want. Republican Gove

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… ive branch and a C on requirements for the legislature. …"

"… ons in any way, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.Missouri’s not doing so hot on keeping private interests out of politics. In the …"

"… Center’s investigation of states’ personal financial disclosure laws, Missouri scored a D on requirements for the executive branch and a C on requirement …"

Broken elections, stolen votes

By Susan Q. Stranahan

Were the chaotic presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 an anomaly or a harbinger of things to come this November? Is democracy, as Karl Ro

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bush administration":

"… U.S. Supreme Court.Since shortly after taking the White House in 2001, the Bush administration has relentlessly campaigned against voter fraud, asserting that voting by …"

"… after taking office in 2001, with Florida fresh in everyone’s minds, the Bush administration embarked on what would become a crusade within the GOP: a campaign to ferr …"

"… d an investigative report in April 2007 that said, “Five years after the Bush administration began a crackdown on voter fraud, the Justice Department has turned up vir …"

"… hat would play a pivotal role in the 2008 elections. In 2005 and 2006, the Bush administration replaced U.S. attorneys in nine of the states he listed: Florida, Colorado …"

Zero enforcement

By Caitlin Ginley

In a crucial election year rife with controversies and record spending, the Federal Election Commission, missing four of its six members, la

Consultant profile: Olsen & Shuvalov

By Robert Brodsky

Major Clients in 2003-2004 include George W. Bush and the Republican National Committee

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Trade Center":

"… red images of the front pages of nine newspapers, each with a photo of the World Trade Center ablaze and billowing smoke. Another image of the smoldering towers appeare …"

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