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 "Ann Ravel":

"… n, added during brief remarks that a vote on the FEC nominees — Democrat Ann Ravel and Republican Lee Goodman — could come as "early as tomorrow." Rules C …"

Expenditure profile: Crossroads Media

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the media buying firm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… roads GPS Americans for Job Security Cooperative of American Physicians Republican Governors Association Susan B. Anthony List Republican National Committee National Republican …"

"… level of elected government. Some of her most notable clients include the Republican Governors Association and the Republican National Committee. Crossroads Media lies at the cente …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… enter for Public Integrity review of spending records, Rove’s super PAC, American Crossroads, went 3-10 during the 2012 election cycle, while Crossroads GPS, its nonpr …"

"… for Democrats to compete in the fundraising arms race against groups like American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity, which has ties to conservative billionaire b …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… o the committee’s YouTube channel on Friday. It has made its way through Twitter and conservative blogs over the weekend.“Spend like he says, not like he …"

Daily Disclosure: Environmental groups battle for New Mexico Senate seat

By Rachael Marcus

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… We’re All Paying for It,” “Emma” and “Who’s Wilson With?”The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and conservative super PACs American Commitment and American Crossroads ha …"

"… .”The Sierra Club Political Committee, Environment America Inc., and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce can accept unlimited donations from individuals, corporations but are not …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… ding Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. In each of those states, Senate Majority PAC spent at least …"

"… te Majority PAC spent at least $2 million on independent expenditures. In Virginia's high-stakes contest between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George All …"

Half the members of Congress are millionaires

By Amy Biegelsen

The fabulously rich members of Congress

Darrell Issa's tangled business and congressional interests

By Jeremy Borden

Do Darrell Issa's personal and congressional interests intersect?

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 "Putnam High Yield Trust Fund":

"… erties, a commercial real estate company in Vista, Calif., and holdings in Putnam High Yield Trust Fund, each worth more than $50 millionMajor sources of unearned income: 11 inve …"

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 "Obama":

"… e House.Democrats have little worry about the top of the ticket. President Obama has a decent shot at raising as much as $1 billion for his re-election rac …"

"… des, Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, are launching another group to focus on Obama’s re-election.“Democratic donors are in a fighting spirit. Rove and hi …"

"… said Laska Nygaard, 40, a stay-at-home mom in St. Paul, Minn., who gave Obama $75 in 2008. “It seems like a tsunami of money.”Campaign finance refor …"

"… he presidential and congressional elections.”The presidential money chaseObama’s re-election campaign and his GOP rivals are already courting the “bu …"

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 "Daniel Epstein":

"… long history of advocating against government regulations.Another staffer, Daniel Epstein, was at the Koch foundation and worked “together with Koch Industries In …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Homeland Security":

"… nation’s anti-terror battle: the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security.Democrat Leahy, now 70, first won his Senate seat way back in 1974. He’s …"

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 "New York":

"… ect the lives of Americans” …"

"… ssau and Suffolk Counties since 1993. Earlier this year, the lawmaker from New York’s 3rd Congressional District considered a run for U.S. Senate against ap …"

"… rograms, King made headlines earlier this year when he clashed with fellow New Yorker Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, over the procedure used to consider a bill t …"

"… rmy, which supported Irish control in Northern Ireland.Top PAC contributorsNew York Life Insurance Co., a company that provides both insurance and mutual fund …"

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 Crossroads":

"… ed other party heavyweights on a conference call for prospective donors to American Crossroads, an independent conservative group he helped launch this year — a group …"

"… instrumental in organizing strategy meetings that draw top politicos from American Crossroads and ten or so other GOP allied groups collectively slated to spend almost …"

"… 0 million on ads and get out the vote efforts. And Rove’s money hunt for American Crossroads has included successful personal solicitations of GOP sugar daddies in Tex …"

"… irman Ed Gillespie, who also was on that Wednesday conference call, to get American Crossroads — a 527 which must publicly disclose its donors — off the ground in Ma …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican National Committee":

"… uld be archived automatically, 88 Bush administration officials were given Republican National Committee (RNC) e-mail addresses. Of those, the RNC preserved no e-mails for 51 offi …"

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

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 "Department of Justice":

"… d partisan politics to infiltrate the policies and daily operations of the Department of Justice.Among those enforcing the party line was Bradley Schlozman, the deputy chi …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… dvisory opinion, MUR, or ADR.Massie Ritsch, communications director at the Center for Responsive Politics, told the Center that because this will be the most expensive election in …"

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 "Austin":

"… epublican National Committee, but was the work of Olsen & Shuvalov, an Austin, Texas-based consulting firm that traces its roots to Karl Rove, President …"

"… s' attorney general. Two months after the relationship was reported by the Austin Chronicle, Delisi resigned from Cornyn's staff.Delisi left the consulting …"

"… n February 2003 to become chief executive officer of HillCo Direct LLP, an Austin-based company that focuses exclusively on grassroots campaigns. He also ru …"

"… mpaign.Richburg, meanwhile, is the president of RSD Advertising Design, an Austin business that printed promotional material for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campai …"