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.

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.

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 "Finance":

"… rect the group, according to Rich Robinson, who runs the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, which tracks outside spending in the state and advocates for bett …"

"… candidate for governor Jeff Johnson recently asked the state’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board to clarify whether he could raise money for an …"

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 "Finance":

"… al Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Housing Finance Agancy are busy coming up with alternative ways to measure creditworthines …"

"… lly three or four ratings,” said Guy Cecala, CEO of Inside Mortgage Finance, a trade publication that tracks mortgage-backed securities. “You never …"

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.

GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

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

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 "Finance":

"… fact the stake was lower, said Guy Cecala, the CEO of Inside Mortgage Finance, a newsletter that tracks the industry. The rule would have affected only …"

'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.

'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.

Merriam-Webster makes 'super PAC' official

By Dave Levinthal

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 "Finance":

"… LLC, a firm that, among other things, defends businesses from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau and “consumer protection matters,” according to its …"

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 "Finance":

"… be, says Guy Cecala, publisher of the trade magazine Inside Mortgage Finance. "You're going to see a little more risk coming into the system" Cecala sa …"

"… n 2000. His boss at New Penn is CEO Jerry Schiano, who founded Wilmington Finance before the crisis. Schiano ran Wilmington until 2007, despite selling it t …"

"… lmington until 2007, despite selling it to AIG subsidiary American General Finance for $121 million in 2003. In 2010, Wilmington and another of AIG’s compa …"

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.

Pro-Booker PAC propelled by hedge fund money

By Adam Wollner

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

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 "Finance":

"… closures to federal regulators in a lawsuit brought by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees government-owned mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Fre …"

Embattled McDonnell benefactor also boosted RGA

By Alan Suderman

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

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.

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.

Obama campaign fundraisers picked for plum ambassadorships

By Michael Beckel

Obama’s new picks for ambassadorships in Denmark, Germany and Spain are all major fundraisers.

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