Koch foundation proposal to college: Teach our curriculum, get millions

By Dave Levinthal

Proposed gift from Koch foundation to Florida State University in 2007 came with strings attached.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… eported in March. Florida State University ranked a distant second behind George Mason University of Virginia as a recipient of Charles Koch Foundation money. In a tax docu …"

Koch-funded think tank offers schools course in libertarianism

By Chris Young

Koch-backed think tank wants to educate young minds on the benefits of the free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… eligion.   The Institute for Humane Studies, which is housed at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, is funded largely by billionaire brothers Charles …"

‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… 0, according to a 2011 tax return. The libertarian think tank is housed at George Mason University. Its mission is to “support the achievement of a freer society.” Its b …"

Briefing the president but keeping the public in the dark

By James Arkin

Washington kept grim early estimates of the death and destruction from a nuclear war with Russia secret for more than half a century.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… f war at that time,” according to Martin Sherwin, a history professor at George Mason University who focuses on cold war politics and nuclear history. The secretive subco …"

Kochs put a happy face on free enterprise

By Chris Young

Initiative spearheaded by billionaire brothers paints positive portrait of free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… tico reported on a memo from the Koch brothers’ powerful political group Americans for Prosperity, which laid the groundwork for its future political operations. “[W]e c …"

Koch brothers, major corporations sponsor pension reform seminar for judges

By Chris Young

Judges who may decide fates of public pension reform disputes to attend seminar sponsored by pro-business interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… enges. In some states and cities, reforms have already reached the courts. Illinois, for example, passed legislation in late 2013 that cut retirement benefits …"

"… ince filed several lawsuits, claiming that the pension changes violate the Illinois Constitution, which explicitly states that contractual pension benefits …"

"… nsion benefits “shall not be diminished or impaired.” Now the fate of Illinois’ pension reform efforts rests in the hands of the courts. How they rule …"

"… f the courts. How they rule could have nationwide implications. “If the Illinois Supreme Court says that what the Illinois legislature did is constitutiona …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ation, from Harvard University to American University to the University of California, Los Angeles.   In 2012, the Koch foundations sent six- or seven-fig …"

"… $387,000 to support drug addiction and recovery studies. The University of California, Los Angeles, for example, took in $300,000 to support programs  …"

Judges flock to company-sponsored seminars

Federal judges flock to seminars sponsored by corporations, conservative nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… onservative causes, were sponsors for most of the conferences organized at George Mason University and Northwestern University. Both schools conducted more judicial seminar …"

Judicial seminar backed by ex-president of Bolivia

By Michael Beckel and Chris Young

GMU center accepted funds from firm headed by former Bolivian president accused of human rights violations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… how that Petromina LLC is headed by Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, the former president of Bolivia, who fled to the United States nearly a decade ago amid major p …"

"… also known by the nickname “Goni.” Why a company headed by the former president of Bolivia would be interested in sponsoring expense-paid conferences for …"

"… ed in the United States, according to press reports. He served one term as president of Bolivia during the mid-1990s and was elected again in 2002. During his …"

"… of the judges involved appear to have gone on any free trips. The former president told the Miami Herald in 2004 that he authorized using only the “appropr …"

Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars

By Chris Young, Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller

Corporations and conservative foundations are top sponsors of judicial junkets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… conomic liberty” which regularly donates to conservative groups like the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, contributed a combined $400,000 to …"

Educational seminars or judicial junkets?

By Bill Buzenberg

Judges' travel to educational retreats creates the perception of corporations buying influence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… nted judiciary. In addition, the biggest conference organizer, located at George Mason University’s law school, is no longer listing sponsors, which is also troubling. T …"

Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

By Paul Abowd

Charity acts as screen for conservative foundations that feed network of state-based think tanks, media outlets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… ncluding the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies based at George Mason University in Virginia, have also received major funding from foundations set up by C …"

Redistricting: GOP and Dems alike have cloaked the process in secrecy

By Nicholas Kusnetz

GOP, Dems alike have cloaked process in secrecy

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Boehner":

"… . In Ohio, emails released in a lawsuit show that members of House Speaker John Boehner’s political team were in close contact with state leaders. In one note, …"

Barack Obama

Daily Disclosure: Mystery group spends $1 million opposing Obama

By Rachael Marcus

A mystery nonprofit group drops a cool million opposing Obama.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… erials for the conservative Heritage Foundation and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, both of which count billionaire businessman and financier of conservative …"

Daily Disclosure: Patriot Majority USA targets Koch brothers

By Alexandra Duszak

A liberal super PAC and a nonprofit kick off campaign targeting billionaire industrialists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… e Koch brothers are known for funding non-disclosing nonprofit groups like Americans for Prosperity, which support an anti-regulatory, free-market agenda. The Kochs are …"

Borrower Nightmares: $700 dormitory fee costs family its car

By Amy Biegelsen

Car-title loans are a quick way to get money but woe to those who fall behind in payments

Excerpts from this story referencing "Guard":

"… shington, D.C., Morris works in the technical support branch for the Coast Guard office that issues merchant seamen the equivalent of a driver’s license. …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… ng with her changes.”In early March, members of the Republican-led House Energy and Commerce Committee — many of whom had received campaign contribution …"

"… the low-carbon standards and other remedial climate measures in California.Energy industry tax breaksKoch lobbyists spend much of their time, according to t …"

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 "energy":

"… ofits or law firms. Others are former lobbyists with connections to labor, energy and the petroleum and chemical industries.On the Republican side, more tha …"

"… Koch companies reported spending about $40.5 million lobbying on behalf of energy and manufacturing interests. The companies lobbied significantly on Enviro …"

‘Baby steps’ for federal e-rulemaking process

By Jeremy Borden

Federal rules affect many aspects of American life, ranging from whether truck drivers can send text messages to standards for the quality o

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… made baby steps,” said Jerry Brito, who runs OpenRegs.com and teaches at George Mason University in Virginia. Brito was speaking specifically of Regulations.gov, the prima …"

Project updates on recovery.gov lack clarity

A Texas company that received $14,675 in economic stimulus money submitted a mandatory progress report to the federal government using just

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… d what is being used for,” said Jerry Brito, a senior research fellow at George Mason University who is monitoring the process on his website, www.stimuluswatch.org. Some …"

No guarantees at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

By John Solomon

Last November, the federal corporation charged with protecting Americans’ retirement funds issued an ominous public warning: the amount of p

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney":

"… eply to multiple e-mail messages seeking comment on the investigation. His attorney, Stan Brand, did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking commen …"

"… res.UPDATE — 5/3/10: After this story was published, Charles Millard’s attorney, Stan Brand, issued a statement saying that he and his client were “deli …"

Daschle had public and private role in push for digital health records

By Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz

Former Sen. Tom Daschle kept Washington's revolving door spinning

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… p at a private meeting on Nov. 30 in the office of Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-Nev.), where top Senate and White House officials had huddled to hash o …"

Ginnie Mae's troubling endorsements

By Brian Grow and Zachary Goldfarb

The trouble signs surrounding Lend America had been building for years. A top executive was convicted of mortgage fraud but still helped run

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney":

"… fy officials about transactions that could put the FHA at risk of fraud.An attorney for the lender could not be reached for comment, despite several attempts. …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sharon Meltzer":

"… ol the flood of counterfeit cigarettes streaming out of Iraq, according to Sharon Meltzer, an expert on cigarette smuggling and transnational crime at American Univ …"

Allegiance rewarded

By Marina Walker Guevara

Ethiopia reaps U.S. aid by enlisting in war on terror and hiring influential lobbyists

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ethiopia":

"… nt Database Editor Ben Welsh contributed this report. …"

"… ng country and overthrew a Taliban-like Islamist movement.The country that Ethiopia invaded is its neighbor to the east in the Horn of Africa, the disintegrat …"

"… over much of the country and was suspected of harboring al Qaeda members. Ethiopia remains militarily embroiled there today.Nevertheless, Ethiopia received a …"

"… a members. Ethiopia remains militarily embroiled there today.Nevertheless, Ethiopia received a huge increase in military assistance from the United States in …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

Influential groups sponsoring $20 million in travel not registered to lobby

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jacqueline Grapin":

"… icials and quantify the amount spent on these activities.Institute founder Jacqueline Grapin disputes characterizing the group's activities as lobbying. "We are not a …"

Privately sponsored trips hot tickets on Capitol Hill

By Jim Morris

Study finds almost $50 million spent on travel for lawmakers, aides

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jack Abramoff":

"… in nature — exceeded $28,000 for the couple. The outing was sponsored by Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who pleaded guilty in January to charges of fraud, conspirac …"

Koch's low profile belies political power

By Kevin Bogardus

Private oil company does both business and politics with the shades drawn

Excerpts from this story referencing "Merrill Lynch":

"… ted revenue of about $40 billion last year, Koch is bigger than Microsoft, Merrill Lynch and AT&T.Koch is the leading campaign contributor among oil and gas co …"

Party machines, lobbyists and special interests: Part four

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2000 — Throughout his political career, Bill Bradley has defined himself by what he is not. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Goldman Sachs":

"… m some of the most prominent firms on Wall Street, such as J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs.The Silicon Valley Fund-raisers: Dr. John Diekman: Fund-raiser. (see secti …"