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 "American Crossroads":

"… rincipal: Michael Dubke (founder) Patti Heck (president) Clients: American Crossroads Crossroads GPS Americans for Job Security Cooperative of American Physi …"

"… the public relations trade publication O’Dwyers. It counts the super PAC American Crossroads and the nonprofit Crossroads GPS, both co-founded by Rove, among its top c …"

"… t was co-founded by Republican strategist Carl Forti, the director of both American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, and Dubke. Forti is also the founder of Restore Our Fu …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… n outspoken critic of Obama. Issa requested Friday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton justify the cost of a state dinner for the president of Mexico, Felipe Cal …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… olls in support of Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., on July 18, FEC filings show. …"

"… ic population and those voters tend to lean left. A win for Republicans in New Mexico could help the GOP take the Senate.The League of Conservation Voters has a …"

"… aided Wilson’s run with “Another,” “Stands,” and “Fighting for New Mexico.”The Sierra Club Political Committee, Environment America Inc., and the …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… ited Brotherhood of Carpenters; American Federation of Teachers; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Laborers International Union of North America all made seven-figure co …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… of the bigger GOP allied groups have set as goals for this election cycle. American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, two groups that have relied heavily on fundraising hel …"

"… ttleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia.American Crossroads, a 527, in the first six months of this year has reported raising $3.8 mil …"

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

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… , 324 bundlers raised at least $100,000 apiece for Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. For John McCain, 301 bundlers raised more than $100,000.Historically, big …"

"… lf of the nominees,” explained Sheila Krumholz, who runs the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.To jump start the 2012 fundraising marathon, Obama will try to inspire som …"

"… e liberal leaning organizations spent just $92.7 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Tens of millions more were spent by unions and some conservative groups t …"

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

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Frist":

"… rom his America’s Foundation PAC), and former Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist ($3,000 from his Volunteer PAC).One leadership PAC that may expand its sup …"

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 "spokesman":

"… the U.S. attorney dismissals. In response to a request for comment, a DOJ spokesman pointed the Center to a recent speech in which Mukasey said, “There is n …"

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

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 "Representative":

"… vsky approved the plan for redistricting Texas put forth in 2003 by former Representative Tom DeLay, despite the opinion of career lawyers that it discriminated aga …"

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