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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… cipient of Charles Koch Foundation money. In a tax document filed with the Internal Revenue Service, the foundation described its Florida State University funding for 2012 as …"

"… million in assets, according to its most recent tax return filed with the Internal Revenue Service.  In his 2007 memo to colleagues, Benson acknowledged the school’s …"

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 "Virginia":

"… r Humane Studies, which is housed at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia, is funded largely by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. The thi …"

‘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 "Humane Society":

"… cking allegations about the nation’s best-known animal rights group, the Humane Society of the United States. Featuring a baleful-looking caged dog, the ads accu …"

"… United States. Featuring a baleful-looking caged dog, the ads accuse the Humane Society of giving only a tiny portion of its revenue to animal shelters and using …"

"… rm — by restaurants and food companies, who are sometimes targets of the Humane Society. Humanewatch.org is vintage Berman. He pays his public relations firm wit …"

"… e creates online “watchdogs” that attack enemies of business, like the Humane Society, health advocates, unions and even Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Berman …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… uclear exchange was removed from the White House and placed directly under Pentagon control.  Defense Secretary Robert McNamara wrote in a Dec. 1964 mem …"

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 "Texas":

"… y William Inboden, a professor of public affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, and Chris Rufer, the president and founder of the Morning Star Com …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… trillion. Some states and cities are worse off than others. Illinois and New Jersey, two of the worst, are drowning in pension debt. Detroit and other cities, …"

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 "Newton":

"… ion through the Adelson Family Foundation to the Rashi School of Newton, Mass. — a kindergarten-through-eighth grade academy that touts its “j …"

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 "Competitive Enterprise Institute":

"… and has ties to the Goldwater Institute, a libertarian think tank, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is “dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, …"

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 "Illinois":

"… ed the Franklin Center expand by funding state-based reporting projects in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio and …"

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 "Indiana":

"… ota, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas, West Virginia, Alaska, New York, Oklahoma, Maine and Utah. Grades …"

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 "president":

"… C Priorities USA Action reported spending $3.3 million on ads opposing GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative nonp …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… regulator for title lending.The practice itself is a by-product of a 1978 U.S. Supreme Court decision, says King. Before then, most states imposed “usury caps” on …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alberta":

"… s, with a trading and supply office in Calgary and a terminal in Hardisty, Alberta. Much of the oil comes from the mining of oil sands, which have a particul …"

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 "Brooke Williams":

"… economists in the country and that they’re fair and balanced,” he said.Brooke Williams and Matt Pearce are reporters with The Watchdog Institute, a nonprofit jou …"

‘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 "Environment":

"… ll these different agencies.”The main overseer of Regulations.gov is the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Information Collection. Andrew Battin, a …"

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 "OMB Watch":

"… tive fields are not very informative,” said Sam Rosen-Amy, an analyst at OMB Watch, a watchdog group. “They can range anywhere from a few words that don’ …"

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 "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 "George Mason University":

"… nt to a fire,” said Anthony Sanders, professor of real estate finance at George Mason University.More than a dozen lenders with Ginnie’s endorsement have made loans that …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Mason University":

"… ggling is “huge,” says Louise Shelley, a transnational crime expert at George Mason University and an adviser to the World Economic Forum on illicit trade. “Worldwide …"

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 "Dick Armey":

"… ernment.The lobbying team included former House Republican majority leader Dick Armey and 12 other lobbyists. DLA Piper also produced and distributed a nine-pag …"

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 "Italy":

"… ostly excursions — at least 200 trips to Paris, 150 to Hawaii and 140 to Italy. While some of these trips might qualify as legitimate fact-finding missio …"

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 "oil and gas":

"… Merrill Lynch and AT&T.Koch is the leading campaign contributor among oil and gas companies for the 2004 election cycle, giving $587,000 so far. Next came&n …"

"… ro Energy at $568,000.Since 1998, Koch is the fourth biggest campaign oil and gas industry giver, behind ChevronTexaco, El Paso Corp. and Enr …"

"… onTexaco—which had revenue of almost $121 billion last year—topped all oil and gas companies with campaign contributions of about $4.6 million since 1998.&nb …"

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 "official":

"… l issues. Wilkins is a civil rights leader and a former Justice Department official. As an editorial writer, Wilkins shared in the Pulitzer Prize given to The …"