Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… s working to clinch the nomination, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance data. Romney’s own campaign committee ra …"

"… full 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and President Barack Obama’s campaign committee raised $715 million for …"

"… a co-chair of Romney’s 2012 campaign, recently told Bloomberg Politics he was “not happy” with Romney’s re-emergence as a potential 2016 ca …"

Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds

By Erin Quinn and Chris Young

Trade groups pay top PR, advertising firms $1.2 billion over five years to influence public.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… ncluding CTIA and the American Beverage Association, whose members include Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. From 2009 through 2012, the wireless association paid GMMB $ …"

Guess who's behind 2015's first super PAC?

By Michael Beckel

Curiously, it’s not the anticipated group backing a Jeb Bush presidential run.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… A super PAC called “We the People, Not Washington” registered with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, according to new documents released by the agency. Its treasur …"

Sex, drugs and political money

By The Center for Public Integrity

Center reporter Dave Levinthal goes one-on-one with the Democrats' former finance chief on C-SPAN2 show.

Luxembourg tax deals for Disney, Koch brothers empires revealed

By Alison Fitzgerald and Marina Walker Guevara

New leak discloses secret tax agreements between major American companies and Luxembourg.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… embourg that may have helped them slash the taxes they pay in the U.S. and Europe, according to the documents obtained by the International Consortium of In …"

"… stigation has sparked swift condemnation and calls for reform in Europe. In the wake of the revelations, Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of …"

"… the wake of the revelations, Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of the European Commission, who was prime minister of Luxembourg while many of the contr …"

"… troversial tax policies were enacted, survived a no-confidence vote in the European Parliament but saw his leadership questioned. Juncker has firmly m …"

'Banking Caucus' member aims for Senate

By Alison Fitzgerald

Republican candidate for Senate U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito defends little banks but big banks benefit too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "West Virginia":

"… ions into consideration.”    …"

"… are the biggest banks in the world. Capito, a Republican, is running for West Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat that’s being vacated by Jay Rockefeller after 30 ye …"

"… regulation. Capito has defended herself against criticism by her opponent, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, that she’s too cozy with the banking …"

"… ndustry is meant to help small, local banks. “I’m going to defend the West Virginia community banks and the West Virginia credit unions. We need to have a ful …"

FEC not 'Ready for Warren'

By Dave Levinthal

The nation's election regulator is telling an upstart super PAC to change its name, saying it violates federal law.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… ext month. Warren won her U.S. Senate office in 2012, defeating then-Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who's now attempting to win a U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. …"

Bush bundlers boost pro-Gillespie super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Co-chairman of U.S. Senate candidate's finance committee also helps bankroll supportive super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Georgia":

"… Association and Republican Attorneys General Association. Paul Bennecke, a Georgia-based political consultant, also serves an adviser to the We Can Do Better …"

How cozy can candidates be with political groups?

By Rachel Baye

A Wisconsin probe into recall campaigns highlights murky rules nationwide about how much candidates and outside groups can coordinate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Connecticut":

"… dates and supposedly independent groups seemingly work hand in hand, while Connecticut and Minnesota recently affirmed that such groups must keep their distance. …"

"… o support Schauer. Seeking clarity on state rules In April, the DGA sued Connecticut claiming its rules for independent spending by political groups were too v …"

Credit rating industry dodges reforms, despite role in financial meltdown

By Alison Fitzgerald

Despite playing a central role in the economic collapse, firms that gave inflated ratings to toxic bonds remain untouched by reforms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… ave not only two, but generally three or four ratings,” said Guy Cecala, CEO of Inside Mortgage Finance, a trade publication that tracks mortgage- …"

Donors, friends of governors often get state supreme court nod

By Rachel Baye

Judicial elections are often criticized for corrupting influence, but appointment process has problems too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Department of Agriculture":

"… d Appel declined to comment for this story. Vilsack, now secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was limited to picking from among the three names Iowa’s nominating com …"

GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… way president Dick DeVos, who has bankrolled numerous Republican causes in Michigan; former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman; TD Ameritrade …"

"… f the weekend, documents indicate. For instance, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels discussed “how to …"

Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall Street's secret weapon in Washington

By Daniel Wagner and Alison Fitzgerald

Industry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "commissioner":

"… our from consumer groups,” said Bart Chilton, who until last month was a commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulates derivatives. …"

'Jumbo joints': How big will the newest political animals get?

By Michael Beckel

Supreme Court ruling has emboldened political groups designed to serve as collective fundraising operations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Shaun McCutcheon":

"… e, Dan Backer — the conservative attorney who helped Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon bring the campaign finance lawsuit that now bears his name — predicts th …"

'Stop R.E.I.D. PAC' draws scrutiny of regulators

By Dave Levinthal

Regulators say conservative group should change its name.

Center wins three awards from Society of Professional Journalists

Two days after the Center is honored with a Pulitzer Prize, it collects three more journalism awards.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Society of Professional Journalists":

"… Center for Public Integrity has won three Sigma Delta Chi Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. In the online, independent category “Civil rights group's FCC position …"

Merriam-Webster makes 'super PAC' official

By Dave Levinthal

Merriam-Webster OKs shorthand term for the clunky 'independent expenditure-only committee.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… mmittee," a.k.a., IEOPC — the formal name for a super PAC, so far as the federal government is concerned. Carney's creation sure stuck: News tracking service LexisNe …"

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… n Depth, a research, education and public-relations arm of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. A former aide to Newt Gingrich, he’s a polished, …"

Center wins Polk award for financial coverage

By The Center for Public Integrity

Award honors 'After the Meltdown,' which showed those most responsible for financial crisis living in luxury.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Polk Awards":

"… s with the government and for the first time acknowledged wrongdoing. The George Polk Awards were established in 1949 to honor a CBS correspondent killed while coverin …"

New Fed chairwoman Janet Yellen in her own words

By Alison Fitzgerald

Janet Yellen comments on the role of the Fed, devastating unemployment and Congress in selected quotes from 2013.

Pro-Obama nonprofit boosted by undisclosed donors

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Priorities USA Action raised $8.4 million in 2012, the bulk of which came from four unnamed donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… m, Democracy Alliance Chairman Rob McKay and Jonathan Mantz, who served as Hillary Clinton's national finance director during her 2008 presidential campaign. In all …"

FEC: Prison is no excuse for campaign filing failures

By Dave Levinthal

Jailed ex-congressmen Jesse Jackson Jr., William Jefferson must still file disclosure reports, agency says.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ellen Weintraub":

"… gust, his campaign treasurer, Vicky Pasley, wrote a letter to FEC Chairman Ellen Weintraub informing her that she had resigned from Jackson's campaign. Pasley told W …"

Obama bundlers nominated for diplomatic posts in New Zealand, Iceland

By Michael Beckel

President Obama has named two more of his top campaign fundraisers for plum, overseas diplomatic posts.

Behind the story: how the Center revisited financial meltdown reporting

By Jackie Hryncewich

Senior Finance Reporter Alison Fitzgerald offers an insider's perspective on our "After the Meltdown" investigation.

Obama taps Goldman Sachs executive as ambassador to Canada

By Michael Beckel

Goldman Sachs executive is 20th campaign bundler nominated for an ambassadorship by Obama this year.

Legal fight brewing over 'Stop Pelosi PAC'

By Dave Levinthal

Political committee is pushing legal limits by naming itself after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… deral statues, as Paul is currently a candidate seeking re-election to the Senate in 2016, regardless of whether he makes a White House bid. Super PACs pro …"

Ex-SEC chief now helps companies navigate post-meltdown reforms

By Lauren Kyger, Alison Fitzgerald and John Dunbar

Former regulators profit from their experience with jobs, book deals and speaking fees.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bank":

"… ed big names including Verizon, American Airlines, Intel, Toyota, Deutsche Bank, and others. Cox says he’s worked on Internet tax issues, real estate le …"

"… arack Obama moved into the White House and former New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner assumed Paulson’s job. The discussion in Was …"

"… dominos, Timothy Geithner emerged from the shadows of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to become one of the most influential regulators in power duri …"

"… Geithner took matters into his own hands and the New York Federal Reserve Bank pumped $85 billion into AIG, a move that skirted the edges of the law, acc …"

Subprime lending execs back in business five years after crash

By Daniel Wagner

Executives from all of the top 25 subprime lending firms are working in the mortgage business five years later.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wells Fargo":

"… is peaked in October 2008. The bank was sold under regulators’ orders to Wells Fargo. Less than two weeks later, Wells received $25 billion of taxpayer bailout …"

Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world

By Alison Fitzgerald

CEOs of banks that fueled the subprime crisis that led to the economic meltdown largely avoid consequences.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wachovia":

"… tary of the Treasury in 2006 under Henry Paulson. Steel then became CEO of Wachovia, which nearly collapsed 11 days after Lehman and was sold to Wells Fargo a …"

"… losses mounted, O’Neal made overtures, first to Bank of America, then to Wachovia, about buying Merrill Lynch — without the approval of the board, accordi …"

"… can International Group and the sales of Merrill Lynch to Bank of America, Wachovia to Wells Fargo and Washington Mutual to JPMorgan, thousands of hours and m …"

Pro-Booker PAC propelled by hedge fund money

By Adam Wollner

Pro-Booker super PAC fueled by money from securities and investment industry.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… ge fund. Ravenel B. Curry III and Ravenel B. Curry IV, both investors with New York-based hedge fund Eagle Capital Management, each also chipped in $50,000. …"