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 "Charles G. Koch":

"… s is chaired by billionaire industrialist and conservative political donor Charles G. Koch. Pacelle said the Humane Society goes after “institutionalized cruel …"

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 "California":

"… ould destroy 169,000 square miles of land, a larger area than the state of California. A lethal blanket of radiation would cover up to half the nation for weeks …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… o this story. …"

"… s calling its “Inaugural Well-Being Forum” at the Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C. Not-so-diverse board The five-member advisory board of the Well-Being In …"

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 "George Mason University":

"… siness. The three-day gathering in a Charleston, S.C., hotel is hosted by George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center. The “Judicial Symposium on the Economic …"

"… uests for comment. As the Center for Public Integrity reported last year, George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center regularly organizes business-friendly judic …"

"… debate. Two of the conference’s featured lecturers — Todd Zywicki, a George Mason University law professor, and Eileen Norcross, a senior research fellow at George Mas …"

"… University law professor, and Eileen Norcross, a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s conservative Mercatus Center — co-wrote a 2010 op-ed headlined “Ho …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… and universities during 2012. Recipients include Princeton University in New Jersey ($249,150) and Yeshiva University in New York City ($106,350), according t …"

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 "graphic designer":

"… o paperwork filed with the D.C. city government. A website created by the graphic designer who produced Petromina LLC’s logo says the company is involved in the …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… y, a federal appeals court judge for the 5th Circuit which includes Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael B. Kaplan of the Distri …"

"… seminar was U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier, the Eastern District of Louisiana jurist presiding over a high-profile BP civil trial, which is being held w …"

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 "law school":

"… , the biggest conference organizer, located at George Mason University’s law school, is no longer listing sponsors, which is also troubling. The public will …"

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 "Paul Singer":

"… gtime booster of conservative causes Richard DeVos; hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer; and Philip Anschutz, owner of the conservative Examiner newspapers. …"

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 "George Mason University":

"… re. Michael McDonald, an associate professor of government and politics at George Mason University, helped create public competitions in several states where students and ot …"

"… going to completely wash politics out of the process,” said McDonald, of George Mason University.While the legislature in Florida maintains control of redistricting, voter …"

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 "North Dakota":

"… $1.6 million and features ads that will air in Indiana, Ohio, Montana and North Dakota.“Means,” from Patriot Majority USA, criticizes Montana U.S. Rep. Denny …"

"… n he was Ohio’s treasurer.“Sly One,” also from Majority PAC, attacks North Dakota Republican Senate candidate Rep. Rick Berg for his votes on Medicare and S …"

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 "George Mason University":

"… y a tough choice is better than no choice.Todd Zywicki, a law professor at George Mason University, has researched the business and says the loans play an important role. Si …"

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "ConocoPhillips":

"… cent meeting, five Koch representatives joined colleagues from ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Eli Lilly and other NEDA-CAP members to register concerns with EPA offici …"

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 "Kristina Moore":

"… ct on the oversight committee.For example, an oversight committee counsel, Kristina Moore worked in the same office as Shane Karr, an auto alliance executive whom o …"

‘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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

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

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 "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act":

"… average person.”ABOUT THE DATA:What: Periodic reports from recipients of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contracts, grants and loansWhere: Recovery.govAvailability: Online but not …"

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 "Lehman Brothers":

"… ssume are the electronics retailer Circuit City, the IndyMac Bank, and the Lehman Brothers investment firm.And General Motors’ and Chrysler’s continued losses le …"

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 "law":

"… em, Daschle began assisting private clients seeking to profit from the new law.Daschle helped set up a new health information technology group at Alston …"

"… ealth information technology group at Alston & Bird — the Washington law firm that employed him until last month. The group was formed to help clie …"

"… and his firm benefits from his previous activities,” said Scott Amey, a lawyer with the Project on Government Oversight.Steve Ellis, vice-president of …"

"… al practice.In the weeks after the stimulus bill passed, Alston & Bird lawyer Jacqueline Baratian pitched the idea of creating the new health informa …"

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 "loan applications":

"… ist, Michael Ashley, had been convicted of fraud, including for falsifying loan applications, and been subject to multiple investigations into his business practices.A …"

Terrorism and tobacco

By Kate Willson

Extremists, insurgents turn to cigarette smuggling

Excerpts from this story referencing "al-Qaeda":

"… this 2,000-mile corridor.Among those who control this underground trade is al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an Algeria-based terrorist organization wid …"

"… rly lucrative, low-risk way to fund operations.Hezbollah, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda are involved in smuggling cigarettes; so are the Real Irish Republican Arm …"

"… gangs, who find the big profits and low risk hard to resist.In addition to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb, at least a half-dozen terrorist groups and insurgen …"

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 "Federal Reserve Board":

"… ate Department undersecretary, a Defense Department deputy secretary and a Federal Reserve Board vice chairmanIf the institute had registered to lobby, records would shed …"

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 "Melanie Sloan":

"… rules. But were their trips really necessary?"I look for hot spots," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washingto …"

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 "Patterson":

"… Graham were copied on an e-mail sent to the White House by Bracewell & Patterson, a K Street lobby shop pushing for reform of the New Source Review section …"

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 "Iowa":

"… onprofit formed in 1996.Robert Osterhaus: Osterhaus was one of eight state Iowa state legislators who endorsed Bradley in September 1999.Uwe Reinhardt: Re …"

"… ntributions. Jackson once thought about heading up Bradley’s campaign in Iowa, but decided to become the Lakers coach instead. Jackson and other Nationa …"