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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "finance":

"… based Progressive Policy Institute and a strong advocate for campaign finance reform that would limit the amount of time politicians spend raising money …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… publicans’ successful bid to gain control of the U.S. Senate.  The Center for Responsive Politics calculated that David Koch and his wife Julia contributed at lea …"

'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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… top 20 donors to Capito’s Senate run, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. She also has the support of many energy companies. Capito is not among th …"

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 "House Minority Leader":

"… s of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rank among the FEC's other recent targets. But&nb …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… n as the We Can Do Better PAC, according to documents filed today with the Federal Election Commission. Leach, a businessman and investor, raised at least $100,000 for Bush's 2 …"

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 "Fundraising":

"… is made without the consent, authorization or cooperation of a candidate. Fundraising is part of the spending process because no group can spend money if it has …"

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 "Jack Reed":

"… from being liable for any ratings they issue. But lawmakers including Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, D-Ohio, specifically wanted ratings agen …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… or comment, and a representative of Stras and Gildea declined to comment. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been accused of playing politics by NOT appointing …"

"… Christie has been accused of playing politics by NOT appointing justices. New Jersey Supreme Court justices are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the …"

"… A Christie spokesman referred to the governor's past statements that the New Jersey Supreme Court had "overstepped its role." "Even before I officially becam …"

"… , Stuart Rabner, is believed to be at risk. Rabner’s term ends in June. New Jersey State Bar Association President Ralph Lamparello warned that Chr …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… an exclusive, “off-the-record” retreat. GOP 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Budg …"

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 "Center for American Progress":

"… ’s behavior isn’t uncommon, said Miller, who also is a fellow with the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning policy think tank. Elected officials “are very willing t …"

'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 "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… e organization can solicit up to $97,200 per donor annually to benefit the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican National …"

"… as each beneficiary receives no more than the "base" limit. Likewise, the National Republican Congressional Committee could itself establish a similar effort. There are currently 15 members o …"

'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 "Supreme Court":

"… rise: Super PACs have become electoral politics' white-hot stars since the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010 helped f …"

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 "Barnett Shale":

"… as more permanent monitors, provided to the wealthier, more suburban Barnett Shale region near Dallas-Fort Worth. Texas officials tasked with overseei …"

"… he Eagle Ford, all positioned far from the most heavily drilled areas. The Barnett Shale in North Texas, by contrast, has 35 permanent monitors, even though that f …"

"… inst God because he gave us this land to take care of.” Lessons from the Barnett Shale Texas regulators and politicians had a clear idea of the problems that wo …"

"… wells had been drilled within the city of Fort Worth, which lies atop the Barnett Shale formation, and six times that many were drilled in nearby communities. Tan …"

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.

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… ast year came in the form of negative ads against GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. One of its ads linked Romney to the death of a woman who lost her battle …"

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 "finance":

"… For the past several years, Jefferson's committee has routinely campaign finance reports weeks or even months after federal deadlines, records show. A repr …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… ity review of campaign disclosures and data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Meanwhile, Barber, an attorney at Boston-based Looney & Grossman LLP …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ian and stressed his “commitment to changing the way business is done in Washington.” The custom of elevating top donors and fundraisers to plum diplomatic …"

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 "Alexandria":

"… d federal regulators are pushing back. In a letter to Stop Pelosi PAC, an Alexandria, Va.-based hybrid political action committee that officially formed Sept. …"

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 "Troubled Asset Relief Program":

"… ns. The succinct piece of legislation — which led to the creation of the Troubled Asset Relief Program — demanded there be no oversight or second-guessing of his plans. His e …"

"… of the law, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Neil Barofsky. AIG’s counterparties — those that were owed — inclu …"

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":

"… rnight. They also remain far less regulated than Banks that take deposits. Banks tend to offer only the safest home loans — those that qualify automatic …"

"… ing to a civil complaint filed last year by the Justice Department against Bank of America, which purchased Countrywide in 2008. Kurland and other Countr …"

"… an, she says, from roughly $400 per month to more than $800. By that time, Bank of America had bought Countrywide. Fore asked Bank of America to change th …"

"… han $800. By that time, Bank of America had bought Countrywide. Fore asked Bank of America to change the loan terms until her husband’s workers’ compe …"

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 "Judiciary Committee":

"… me of these institutions have become too large,” he said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in March. Since that time, the Justice Department has walked back …"

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 "Washington":

"… Center for Responsive Politics. Loews maintains a significant presence in Washington. Over the past five years, it has spent about $2 million annually lobbying …"

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 "attorney":

"… unning our companies for the future?” asked Jordan Thomas, a former attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission who now runs the whistleblower …"

"… respond to an email sent to his office requesting an interview. Mayer’s attorney didn’t respond to requests for comment.  Renee Calabro, a Deutsche …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… ance in New York City and a campaign event with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Center for Public Integr …"

"… 12, McDonnell appeared at a campaign event with GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and nine other Republican governors in Aspen Colorado, where the RGA was h …"

"… ts Democratic counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association. In 2005, Mitt Romney, who was governor of Massachusetts at the time, drew criticism for a priva …"

Campaign finance heavyweights in bitter battle

By Adam Wollner

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics":

"… ervative campaign finance attorney Jim Bopp today lambasted watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington for filing a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service tha …"