'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 "political analyst":

"… Duffy, whose district “leans Republican” according to the non-partisan political analyst. Voters will go to the polls Nov. 4. That means their financial benefacto …"

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 "president":

"… med that "the goal of our campaign is to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016."  Sagrans noted that candidate draft committees aren't subj …"

"… ates it's a draft committee. Warren has repeatedly said she won't run for president in 2016, and last month, her election attorney, Marc Elias, disavowed the …"

"… ns of dollars to urge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president, doesn't violate federal political committee naming rules because Clinton …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… in the White House to President George W. Bush. Along with GOP strategist Karl Rove, Gillespie also helped found the super PAC behemoth American Crossroads, w …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… said Micah Hauptman of the Consumer Federation of America. Ford spokeswoman Margaret Mellott declined to say whether the company had asked every quali …"

"… ommending a roundtable on the issue, which was held in May 2013. An agency spokeswoman said the SEC staff is developing a recommendation for the commission but d …"

"… changes if they made just a minor public announcement,” he said. An SEC spokeswoman said the agency doesn’t disclose the companies’ names because of “fa …"

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 "David Stras":

"… dgets without legislative approval. University of Minnesota law professor David Stras filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case supporting Pawlenty’s side …"

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 "United States":

"… et Office; and Turki Al-Faisal, the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, were also featured at the forum, according to event documents. So, too, …"

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 "Wells Fargo":

"… r lending and finance companies, is married to a banker who has worked for Wells Fargo and Citigroup. Himes spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. before joi …"

'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 "attorney":

"… d such examples as a "wild hypotheticals." Nevertheless, Paul S. Ryan, an attorney at the Campaign Legal Center, is still concerned. "Members of Congress wi …"

"… with business before Congress," said Ryan. Kirk Jowers, a campaign finance attorney at Caplin & Drysdale, told the Center for Public Integrity that the us …"

"… ,000 per donor per year. While plausible, Dan Backer — the conservative attorney who helped Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon bring the campaign finance …"

'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 "Pulitzer Prize":

"… of ABC News. The news comes two days after the Center won its first Pulitzer Prize for “Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and M …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… have become electoral politics' white-hot stars since the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010 helped facilitate their creation later that year. Togeth …"

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 "oil producer":

"… ;The Weather Channel have examined what Texas, the nation’s biggest oil producer, has done to protect people in the Eagle Ford from the industry’s pollut …"

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 "Edward Snowden":

"… munication based on documents obtained by National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden. The Post was honored with a second Polk for a six-part series on the U.S. …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… al with it that we were not able to do during the financial crisis.” On Congress, a balanced budget and fiscal policy: "I certainly recognize the importan …"

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 "Jeffrey Katzenberg":

"… media mogul Fred Eychaner, trial lawyer Steve Mostyn, Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and several national labor unions. Fully 100 percent of Priorities USA Ac …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Society of American Business Editors and Writers":

"… an Prize for social justice reporting, and the "Best of the Best" from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.  What surprised you during the investigation? Two things: In …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ambassadors":

"… use: During his second term, Obama has now tapped 20 campaign bundlers for ambassadorships. Together, these moneymen and women raised at least $13.8 million — …"

"… government groups, even as Obama’s overall rate of appointing non-career ambassadors has remained in-line with those of previous administrations — about one …"

"… time to end the spoils system and the de facto ‘three-year rental’ of ambassadorships,” extolls the American Foreign Service Association website. “The a …"

"… y people,” Nixon said. “Big contributors in many instances make better ambassadors, particularly where American economic interests are involved.” At the t …"

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.

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":

"… Sept. 15, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11, the largest bankruptcy in the nation’s history. The move set off a series of dramatic act …"

"… ff a series of dramatic actions in Washington, D.C., and on Wall Street as bankers and regulators sought to avoid a shutdown of the global economy. To mar …"

"… tal that Bear Stearns and the other publicly traded Wall Street investment banks had on hand. Days later, Bear was gone, becoming the first investment ba …"

"… nks had on hand. Days later, Bear was gone, becoming the first investment bank to disappear in 2008 under the watch of Cox’s SEC. By the end of the yea …"

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 "bank":

"… Sept. 15, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11, the largest bankruptcy in the nation’s history. The move set off a series of dramatic act …"

"… ff a series of dramatic actions in Washington, D.C., and on Wall Street as bankers and regulators sought to avoid a shutdown of the global economy. To mar …"

"… rs hastened the downfall of Merrill Lynch after the Wall Street investment bank bought it in 2006 for $1.3 billion. He was still running First Frankl …"

"… t assure the quality of the loans we originate.” The next year, federal banking regulators said First Franklin was among the lenders with the highest f …"

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 "bank":

"… Sept. 15, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. filed for Chapter 11, the largest bankruptcy in the nation’s history. The move set off a series of dramatic act …"

"… ff a series of dramatic actions in Washington, D.C., and on Wall Street as bankers and regulators sought to avoid a shutdown of the global economy. To mar …"

"… t consumers and sluggish business investment. Many of the top Wall Street bankers who were largely responsible for the disaster — and whose companies e …"

"… ee time between mansions and golf, skiing and tennis. Meantime, the major banks that survived the crisis, largely because they were saved with taxpayer 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 "Politics":

"… 2011 — giving a combined $40,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Loews maintains a significant presence in Washington. Over the past five …"

Bear Stearns mortgage executives have plum jobs on Wall Street

By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Executives from the mortgage finance division that helped sink Bear Stearns have similar jobs at major Wall Street banks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Deutsche Bank":

"… owerful banks on Wall Street: JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Deutsche Bank. The fact they were able to emerge unscathed from a financial crisis that …"

"… attorney didn’t respond to requests for comment.  Renee Calabro, a Deutsche Bank spokeswoman, declined to comment on his current salary. Mayer owns a $3.7 …"

"… 2008 and awarded a nearly identical position. Two years later he jumped to Deutsche Bank, as head of corporate banking and securities in North America. Feds stay …"

Embattled McDonnell benefactor also boosted RGA

By Alan Suderman

Republican Governors Association got cash from embattled donor to Bob McDonnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "CEO":

"… o Z all the time," Jerry Kilgore, an attorney representing Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, told the Washington Post in March. Federal and Virginia …"

Campaign finance heavyweights in bitter battle

By Adam Wollner

It's CREW vs. James Bopp in row over payments from nonprofit to law firm.

More bundlers picked for plush ambassador posts

By Michael Beckel

Obama picks campaign fundraisers for diplomatic posts in Belgium and the Dominican Republic.

Excerpts from this story referencing "ambassadors":

"… comes a week after Obama picked three major campaign moneymen to serve as ambassadors in Europe. Denise Bauer — who served as the finance chair for Women for …"

"… wo dozen of Obama’s bundlers from his 2008 presidential run were awarded ambassadorships. Others received appointments, government contracts and stimulus funds …"

"… ously reported. On Friday, Obama also announced his picks for eight other ambassadorships, including former Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry t …"

Governments agree to share tax records

By Gerard Ryle and Marina Walker Guevara

Move by G8 leaders, in part, follows ICIJ's massive Offshore Leaks investigation.