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.

Expenditure profile: Crossroads Media

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the media buying firm

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

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 "Washington":

"… of the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “It is one of the most outrageous abuses of official resources I’ve e …"

"… are attributed to unspecified “documents” in an October article in the Washington Examiner, the Web video’s only source.Democrats on the committee disavow …"

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

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 "bank":

"… in Washington has grown. Issa has ties to telecommunications companies and banks, among other interests.The story notes that a congressional ethics commit …"

"… favors from regulators; an inspector’s general report later cleared the bank.Earlier this year, Issa launched an investigation into a Bureau of Alcohol …"

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 "George Soros":

"… Another challenge facing the Democrats this year is convincing billionaire George Soros to open his checkbook wide. To date, he has only given $75,000 to the Hous …"

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 "Bank":

"… ns accounts, less than $200 each.Major liabilities: Loan from BBVA Compass Bank, $15,001-$50,000Summary: Bachus' most valuable assets belong to his wife, …"

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

"… r assets: Two rental properties in Vermillion, S.D., $115,002 to $300,000; Bank of America money market account, $50,001-$100,000Major sources of unearned …"

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....

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… ocrats: Obama’s independent Democratic allies hope to lure millions from George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and hedge fund titan who sat out 2010. For …"

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 "operative":

"… each raise $50 million in a primary slugfest to secure the nomination. GOP operatives project the nominee will need at least $500 million for the general elect …"

"… r the very rich.An equally intense effort is under way by Republicans. GOP operative Scott Reed estimated that a handful of the Republican candidates for presi …"

"… manuel) left the White House last month, they were approached by political operatives about starting a new group to back Obama. Details are sketchy, but Burton …"

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

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....

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform":

"… inia as ranking member — the top member of the minority party — of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.Issa, a frequent critic of the Obama administration, is generally assumed …"

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

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 "House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform":

"… mit it,” spokeswoman Dana Perino said. “We screwed up.”Follow-up:The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform continues to investigate the missing e-mails. A federal judge has ordered …"

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 "presidential election":

"… ther Jones, and Time. She lives in Narberth, Pennsylvania. …"

"… cans’ faith in the institution of free and fair elections since the 2000 presidential election was decided by a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.Since shortly afte …"

"… eal question remains unanswered: Are the systemic problems of the last two presidential elections likely to recur when the presumptive nominees, Republican John McCain and …"

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 "presidential election":

"… y shot during a quail hunting trip last February. …"