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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… a Republican.     …"

"… . In court, he has argued that the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling should allow the existing ban on direct corporate contributions to …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… Super PACs and nonprofits, which proliferated after the controversial 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, are allowed to accept contributions of unlimit …"

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 "executive director":

"… ale. I think it is clearly an ethics violation,” said Melanie Sloan, the executive director of the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican National Committee":

"… y, the group was created by the American Crossroads super PAC, the College Republican National Committee and the Young Republican National Federation. Each of the three groups gav …"

"… off than they were four years ago,” said Derek Flowers, formerly of the Republican National Committee, who serves as the group’s executive director.The Republican Party has n …"

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 "Arizona":

"… y PAC focused its efforts on Senate races in several key states, including Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and …"

Half the members of Congress are millionaires

By Amy Biegelsen

The fabulously rich members of Congress

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… the Center's analysis tallies the median values listed. …"

"… Politics.While the economy at home and abroad has limped along since 2008, Congress’ estimated median net worth remains robust — up about 7.6 percent from …"

"… age net worth of $448 million makes him the wealthiest member of the 112th Congress, according to the Center's analysis. Issa owes his fortune in part to his …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… efit. Those ties were the subject of a 2007 iWatch News investigation. …"

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 "Missouri":

"… tart June 27 and run in key battleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia.American Crossroads, a 527, in the first six months o …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… pectrum Group, a consulting and lobbying firm in Alexandria, Va. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman, House Oversight and Government Reform CommitteeEarned …"

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 "Ed Gillespie":

"… eme Court ruling in January 2010, letting Rove, former White House adviser Ed Gillespie and other Republican money men write the new script for a Wild West era of …"

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 "Scott Reed":

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

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 "Charles G. Koch":

"… e ties to the Kochs.One person completed a Koch Associate Program with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and coordinated a regulatory studies program at the …"

"… interests of Charles Koch.Mercatus received at least $7.6 million from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation between 2006 and 2008, according to the most recent …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

"… ased with searchable content. That file can be found by clicking here. …"

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 "Dick Cheney":

"… thy record, Leahy may be best known for being cursed out by Vice President Dick Cheney on the Senate floor in 2004. Six years later, Cheney would say, “That'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 "Bill Clinton":

"… blicans who voted no on all four articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton in 1998. More recently, King voted with the Democratic majority in the las …"

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 "Gray Davis":

"… ion to bankroll the successful effort to recall Democratic California Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. And in January 2009, he succeeded retiring Rep. Tom Davis of Virg …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Darrell Issa":

"… Obama to fill the dozen or so vacant watchdog jobs across government.Rep. Darrell Issa of California, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Governmen …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… e his re-election in 2004. $37,800 of that was given to national and local Republican Party organizations. That number includes a $15,000 donation to the National Rep …"

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 "Senate":

"… 650 in cash. …"

"… nference Chair Lamar Alexander ($5,000 from his Tennessee PAC), Republican Senate legend Orrin Hatch ($10,000 from his ORRIN PAC), former Pennsylvania senat …"

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 "federal judge":

"… ight and Government Reform continues to investigate the missing e-mails. A federal judge has ordered the White House to preserve all hard drives, tape backups, ser …"

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 "Ohio":

"… s from voting. Some charge that the Republicans stole the 2004 election in Ohio this way, assuring George W. Bush a second term.Next to the campaign fundr …"

"… ometimes the acts there steal the show, as happened in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004. Following each of those elections, a barrage of news accounts has …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… n a crucial election year rife with controversies and record spending, the Federal Election Commission, missing four of its six members, lacks the quorum necessary to take any a …"

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 "Vice President":

"… f incorporation in September 1981, is better known to the world as the man Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot during a quail hunting trip last February. …"