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 "U.S. military":

"… n the United States and Soviet Union in the late 1950s, at a time when the U.S. military already had more than 7,000 nuclear warheads and was busily expanding its …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… by advocates of public pension reform. Bill Lurye, general counsel of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, stands out as one of the only panelists offering a union perspective on t …"

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 "Koch Family Foundations":

"… g those receiving support, according to a document posted on the Koch Family Foundations & Philanthropy website. While the document doesn’t include dollar f …"

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 …"

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 "United States":

"… re forms, or about 11 percent of the more than 1,700 federal judges in the United States. Two schools — George Mason University, located in Virginia just outsid …"

"… ench. Those concerns quieted in 2007, when the Judicial Conference of the United States, a group of senior circuit judges who oversee the U.S. Courts, implemented …"

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 …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… e state-by-state report cards, twenty-one received F’s on redistricting: Kentucky, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Ohio, Alabama, Minnesota, Michiga …"

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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 "Charles Koch":

"… f which count billionaire businessman and financier of conservative causes Charles Koch as a board member.Citizen Awareness Project has no website that the Center …"

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 "Ohio":

"… ajority PAC, costs $1.6 million and features ads that will air in Indiana, Ohio, Montana and North Dakota.“Means,” from Patriot Majority USA, criticiz …"

"… Stocked,” from Majority PAC, cites a Dayton Daily News report that says Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel hired friends and college buddies …"

"… Senate candidate Josh Mandel hired friends and college buddies when he was Ohio’s treasurer.“Sly One,” also from Majority PAC, attacks North Dakota …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… r 300 days to repay plus an average additional $1,542 in fees and interest.Tennessee found similar results. At the end of 2006, nearly 90 percent of outstandin …"

"… te had been renewed beyond the first month, according to a report from the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions. And 14 percent of the borrowers had …"

"… ack of financial literacy among some citizens is a serious concern,” the Tennessee report concluded, “and we believe it is often a root problem for some of …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… they supported last year was Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat elected governor of New York with $87,000 from the Koch family.The emergence of “the Koch web — pol …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… through campaign contributions, lobbying and nonprofit groups — such as Americans for Prosperity, an activist organization with connections to the Tea Party movement — h …"

‘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 "OMB Watch":

"… ive,” said Matt Madia, a regulatory policy analyst at the advocacy group OMB Watch.Another official overseeing of Regulations.gov says many of the recommenda …"

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 "South Dakota":

"… overnment hands out stimulus checks to the buyers.Daschle, a Democrat from South Dakota, has not held a government post since he lost a re-election bid in 2004 an …"

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 "Department of Housing and Urban Development":

"… ments for participating in the program run by Ginnie Mae, an agency in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and allowed the firm to sell more than $1 billion in mortgages via Ginnie …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… tied to Hezbollah have pleaded guilty to smuggling low-tax cigarettes from North Carolina and untaxed cigarettes from New York Indian reservations to the high-tax 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 "presidential candidate":

"… Barack Obama (D-Ill.), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and 2008 presidential candidate.The bill never made it to the House floor. The Bureau of African Affairs a …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lobbying":

"… ng any member of Congress and nearly all paid congressional staff)The Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 states that an organization must register to l …"

"… Affairs was headed by a former Mercatus advisory board member, John Graham.Lobbying rules stipulate that groups have to register after spending more than $24, …"

"… register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), rather than the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA). A FARA violation is a criminal offense rather than 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 "George Mason University":

"… others — the Congressional Institute or the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, for example — are less obvious.The forms show that about 2,300 trips co …"

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 "National Journal":

"… esident on the Libertarian Party ticket in 1980, in an interview with National Journal, has described his philosophy this way: "My overall concept is to minimize …"

"… upport different approaches to achieve those objectives," he told the National Journal. "It's almost like an investor investing in a whole variety of companies." …"

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 "Congress":

"… written that because of politicians’ refusal to discuss trade policy in Congress or in the White House, global trade has not been an issue and therefore, U …"