Election 2014 by the numbers

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights key facts about the most expensive midterm in history.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… d amount spent on TV ads related to statewide ballot measures in California: $75 million Estimated time it would take to watch every TV ad for all st …"

FEC not 'Ready for Warren'

By Dave Levinthal

The nation's election regulator is telling an upstart super PAC to change its name, saying it violates federal law.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… lizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to seek the presidency. In a letter Sunday, the Federal Election Commission explained to Chicago-based "Ready for Warren PAC" that only committees aut …"

Can this 'dark money' group help the Democrats keep the Senate?

By Michael Beckel

Patriot Majority USA raises millions from unknown sources to play attack dog in the South.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… ocuments, include political consultant Joe Householder, who once worked as Hillary Clinton’s communications director in the U.S. Senate, and Bill Burke, the former …"

Who’s bankrolling secretive liberal group America Votes?

By Michael Beckel

A dozen anonymous donors accounted for most of the $12.7 million America Votes raised during its last fiscal year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "League of Conservation Voters":

"… Other social welfare nonprofits, such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the League of Conservation Voters and the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, have also financially supported …"

Japan reaffirms its plan to produce plutonium

By Douglas Birch and Jake Adelstein

The Abe government’s new energy plan calls for completing the Rokkasho plutonium fuel factory despite U.S. concern it poses terrorism risks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… pile of 44 tons of plutonium, some of which is stored in Japan and some in Europe. U.S. officials have complained to their Japanese counterparts that the p …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ocratic Party campaign operatives. The super PAC also aided Democrat Terry McAuliffe — a long-time friend of the Clintons — during his successful bid last …"

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… lobbyists are Christopher Libertelli, a former senior adviser at the Federal Communications Commission; Lisa Kountoupes, former assistant director of the Office of Management an …"

Democrats easily outpace Republicans in super PAC fundraising race

By Michael Beckel

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Bloomberg":

"… effective fundraising tool for the Democrats. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent, ranked as Senate Majority PAC’s biggest backer last yea …"

Pop-up pro-Clinton group fades after scrutiny

By Michael Beckel

Pro-Clinton super PAC linked to man sought by investigator regarding financial problems.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… it so why not learn how to manage it.”     …"

Hillary Clinton: the 'Citizens United' candidate

By Dave Levinthal

Era of super PACs, unlimited fundraising boosts Clinton as she mulls a presidential run.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… tion Commission decision is that it all began with a low-budget film about Hillary Clinton. Now today, on the fourth anniversary of Citizens United — a case that …"

"… amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates.) "I bet Hillary Clinton absolutely loves the Citizens United decision because she knows …"

A challenging two-step: cutting costs and covering the uninsured

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the political challenges of both cutting costs and providing health care coverage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ce companies operate. That was the same focus of the bill former governor Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts in 2006, which is why there are so many s …"

By the numbers: a 2013 money-in-politics index

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights the year's top stories and key trends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… ral Election Commission since January: 210 Number that explicitly mention Hillary Clinton in their own names: 8 Rank of New Yorkers and Californians, respectively, …"

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Democratic-aligned America Votes

By Adam Wollner and Michael Beckel

Nearly all of 'nonpartisan' Bull Moose Sportsmen's funding has come from a Democratic-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… cutive director Carl Pope and Harold Ickes, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton. In explaining America Votes' support for Bull Moose Sportsman, spokesman …"

Pro-Obama nonprofit boosted by undisclosed donors

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Priorities USA Action raised $8.4 million in 2012, the bulk of which came from four unnamed donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ast year came in the form of negative ads against GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. One of its ads linked Romney to the death of a woman who lost her battle …"

Koch-backed governors group gives big to Cuccinelli in Virginia

By Rachel Baye

Cuccinelli slams McAuliffe for accepting out-of-state cash while raking in millions from governors association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican National Committee":

"… cording to Federal Election Commission records, he also contributed to the Republican National Committee, which gave more than $85,000 to Cuccinelli. Even when categorizing the s …"

Pro-Clinton super PAC creators have dubious pasts

By Michael Beckel

People behind pro-Clinton super PAC have histories of legal troubles and bankruptcy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cory Booker":

"… essional basketball legend Magic Johnson, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker and actress Eva Longoria from its own Twitter account. Will this group de …"

Federal Election Commission gets new blood

By Dave Levinthal

The U.S. Senate approves Obama's Federal Election Commission picks by unanimous consent.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… t Wiley Rein LLP and as deputy counselor and special counselor to the Virginia governor during the late 1990s. He likewise served as assistant attor …"

"… during the late 1990s. He likewise served as assistant attorney general of Virginia. Goodman also worked as a registered lobbyist last decade, represent …"

"… donate $500 to Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen of Virginia and $250 to the National Republican Congressional Committee. Mi …"

Legal fight brewing over 'Stop Pelosi PAC'

By Dave Levinthal

Political committee is pushing legal limits by naming itself after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… less of whether he makes a White House bid. Super PACs promoting Democrat Hillary Clinton for president have likewise materialized in recent months, most notably Re …"

Audit: U.S. lacks anti-corruption plan for Afghan aid

By Douglas Birch

Audit says U.S. lacks blueprint to assure Afghan assistance is well-spent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… han corruption in 2010, but it was never signed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to the report, State Department officials told auditors they d …"

D.C. corruption probe spreads to Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign

By Michael Beckel and Alan Suderman

New York City businessman pleads guilty for work done in 2008 to support Hillary Clinton.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Bloomberg":

"… ire McCaskill, D-Mo., Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as the Clinton Foundation.     …"

Super PAC forms to 'draft' Ben Carson for president

By Adam Wollner

Group led by John Philip Sousa descendant wants neurosurgeon, Obamacare critic in White House.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… for the White House. In January, supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton created the Ready for Hillary super PAC, which has raised $1.25 million an …"

'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall

By Adam Wollner

Progressive nonprofit, fueled by unions, targeted Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… cutive director Carl Pope and Harold Ickes, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton. It first registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 527 committee …"

The slow deaths of presidential super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

Once mighty political committees are failing to reinvent themselves in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… f millions of dollars by the mega-donor likes of Republican casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Democratic media mogul Fred Eychaner, have in some cases dwindled into …"

Democrats seize super PAC crown

By Michael Beckel

Liberal groups outraised conservative counterparts 2-to-1 in first half of 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ed Gillespie":

"… ossroads, the behemoth co-founded in 2010 by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, raised $1.9 million during the first half of 2013, with large corporate c …"

Ready for Hillary? Not in Middle America

By Michael Beckel

New Yorkers, Californians give big bucks to pro-Clinton super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… dle America — are already backing a super PAC designed to boost Democrat Hillary Clinton should she run for president in 2016. Residents of New York, which Clinto …"

IMPACT: Delaware governor, Atlanta mayor forward tainted donations to charity

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

IMPACT: D.C. man's donations to Delaware governor, Atlanta mayor given to charity following Center story.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Philadelphia":

"… $40,000 to local candidates in Pennsylvania, including $20,000 in 2007 to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s campaign. A spokesman for Nutter did not return e …"

Super PACs swarming New Jersey special election

By Adam Wollner

Front-runner Cory Booker gets boosted — and bashed — by outside groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… founded by Harold Ickes, a political operative with close ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton. The group, which also lists Gruver its treasurer, has not been active in …"

Clinton supporter suspected of illegal donations

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Clinton's 2008 campaign received $50,000 from "assembly line of illegal campaign contributions."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Philadelphia":

"… tribution law requirements,” the firm’s statement said. Straughter, a Philadelphia resident who acted as a consultant to Thompson’s accounting firm, pleade …"

Nuclear Waste: How a huge U.S. nonproliferation program became a major proliferation concern

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

PART ONE OF A SERIES: More than a decade of negotiations with Russia produced a clear winner, and it was not the United States.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… ounts of smuggled plutonium were recovered by law-enforcement officials in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, according to the International Atomic Ener …"

White House nominates new FEC commissioners

By Dave Levinthal

White House nominates pair to agency overseeing campaign finance.

Excerpts from this story referencing "America Online":

"… n also worked as a registered lobbyist last decade, representing America Online and Time Warner, according to U.S. Senate disclosure records. He …"

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