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 "Education":

"… nimum Wage,” a video produced by the libertarian Foundation for Economic Education and featured on EDvantage. “But it doesn’t. It gets them fired.” Ac …"

‘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 "reporter":

"… not,” said one rider on his morning commute, asked about the poster by a reporter. “I wonder who is putting up the ads and how factual they are?” Good …"

"… Public Integrity, suggesting an investigation of the society and directing reporters to the Humanewatch.org website. Hamilton calls the Humane Society “the …"

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 "Economics":

"… Charleston, S.C., hotel is hosted by George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center. The “Judicial Symposium on the Economics and Law of Public Pens …"

"… iversity’s Law & Economics Center. The “Judicial Symposium on the Economics and Law of Public Pension Reform,” according to a George Mason event des …"

"… 30 days after it ends. Henry Butler, executive director of the Law & Economics Center, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. As the Center f …"

"… Public Integrity reported last year, George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center regularly organizes business-friendly judicial seminars. The Washi …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… stricts to aid children with special needs. Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the Republicans’ biggest political financier last election cycle who do …"

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 "George Mason University":

"… f corporate sponsors of expense-paid judicial education seminars hosted by George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center in years past includes the names of such bl …"

"… nter for Public Integrity only that Petromina LLC decided to donate to the George Mason University think tank "as part of its charitable giving" after being "approached by a …"

"… nd natural energy mining operations in South America.” Records filed by George Mason University with the Administrative Office of the United States Courts show that Petro …"

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 "Cigna":

"… Limits of Criminal Law,” both funded by AT&T, BB&T, BP America, Cigna, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, FedEx Corp. and others. “The Moral Foundation …"

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 "Nebraska":

"… state-based reporting projects in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. Recurring themes on the Frankl …"

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 "Senate":

"… new district lines in 1812 to solidify his party’s reign over the state Senate. A cartoonist chose one particularly awkward looking district, stretched t …"

"… the leaders would not even show them to many legislators. On July 19, the Senate approved the maps on a party line vote. The state’s redistricting proces …"

"… tate’s recall elections, when Republicans ultimately lost control of the Senate. Legislative leaders were so intent on beating the recall that they actual …"

"… olitical team were in close contact with state leaders. In one note, state Senate President Thomas Niehaus told Tom Whatman, a member of Boehner’s team, t …"

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 "George Mason University":

"… vative think tanks including the Cato Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.“Greed Agenda” and “Tycoons” are part of a larger campaign that Pa …"

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 "Car-title loans":

"… r protection advocates have long raised concerns about this kind of credit.Car-title loans, which are now regulated differently in each U.S. state, are on the list o …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arnold Schwarzenegger":

"… ing series of measures to slow climate change were launched by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Koch joined the fight to defeat them.A Koch subsidiary, Flint Hills Resou …"

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 "Charles G. Koch":

"… e ties to the Kochs.One person completed a Koch Associate Program with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and coordinated a regulatory studies program at the …"

"… interests of Charles Koch.Mercatus received at least $7.6 million from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation between 2006 and 2008, according to the most recent …"

‘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 "CEO":

"… ilures of communication and/or good faith errors.”A controversial former CEOSensitivities about PBGC’s procurement practices are also high in the aft …"

"… t or manage $2.5 billion of the corporation’s money. The probe found the CEO later sought personal job search help from an executive at one firm that h …"

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 "George Mason University":

"… ecisions, said Janine Wedel, a professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and author of the book, “Shadow Elite, How The World’s New Power Broke …"

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 "The Washington Post":

"… report is a collaboration between The Center for Public Integrity and The Washington Post. Zachary Goldfarb is a staff writer for the Post. Center st …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Paraguay":

"… d the world. Huge tobacco black markets have arisen from New York State to Paraguay to Eastern Europe, as smugglers move cheap and counterfeit cigarettes to s …"

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 "George Mason University":

"… rating from the area controlled by the UIC, according to Terrence Lyons, a George Mason University scholar on the region.But there was much more to the cooperation between t …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles G. Koch":

"… Act violations since 2000.) In addition to serving on Mercatus' board, his Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation donated more than $17 million to the Mercatus Center …"

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 "funded travel":

"… Hastert suggested in January that it might make sense to ban all privately funded travel for lawmakers and their staffs. But that idea quickly lost momentum.The ne …"

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 "Koch":

"… Protection Agency as a special assistant for legal and enforcement counsel. …"

"… f—unless, that is, you hang around the halls of government in Washington.Koch Industries (pronounced "coke") is a huge oil conglomerate controlled by br …"

"… coke") is a huge oil conglomerate controlled by brothers Charles and David Koch, two of the country's richest men and among the biggest backers of conserv …"

"… libertarian causes. With estimated revenue of about $40 billion last year, Koch is bigger than Microsoft, Merrill Lynch and AT&T.Koch is the leading c …"

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 "national campaign chairman":

"… ew Jersey Gov. James Florio as associate state treasurer under Bradley’s national campaign chairman Doug Berman between 1990 and 1993, and then served as chief of staff betwe …"