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 "treasurer":

"… cially formed Aug. 7. Erica Sagrans, Ready for Warren PAC's treasurer, confirmed that "the goal of our campaign is to draft Elizabeth Warren to …"

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

"… 0 from the SEIU’s state council in Pennsylvania, and $1 million from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. These large labor union contributions were first reported by the Huffingt …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… financially supported America Votes in the past, according research by the Center for Responsive Politics and a Center for Public Integrity review of tax filings maintained by Citi …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… served as special advisor on nonproliferation to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The decision to complete Rokkasho and pursue plutonium production, he sai …"

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 "George Soros":

"… donors who hit the self-imposed ceiling of $25,000. Billionaire investor George Soros*, Salesforce.Com CEO Marc Benioff and philanthropist Susie Tompkins Buell …"

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 "Live Nation Entertainment":

"… spent more than Netflix on federal lobbying in 2013, while others such as Live Nation Entertainment ($220,000) and SiriusXM Radio ($200,000) spent less. Beyond lobbying, Net …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… the 2012 presidential race, that gave it $100,000. Texas billionaire Harold Simmons, who died in December, ranked as the top giver to the Congressional Leader …"

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 "Facebook":

"… ber. Since then, not only has the group’s website gone dark, but several Facebook and Twitter accounts linked to the Gibsons have also been deleted or had t …"

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 "health insurance":

"… g the number of uninsured Americans by establishing new guidelines for how health insurance companies operate. That was the same focus of the bill former governor Mi …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ate that failed to fully reveal their funders: Oct. 24 Date on which Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner resigned amid allegations that the age …"

‘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 "Pat Toomey":

"… he background check measure — crafted by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa. — failed to overcome a GOP-led filibuster in April, when 54 senat …"

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 "Ellen Malcolm":

"… ling include longtime Democratic fundraiser Jay Dunn, EMILY's List founder Ellen Malcolm, Democracy Alliance Chairman Rob McKay and Jonathan Mantz, who served as H …"

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 "Politics":

"… Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “Republicans really want to avoid a sweep because, if Mark Obenshain g …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… ed quest for employment would help shine light on the hidden side of a new Hillary Clinton-themed super PAC. When Sioni, then 27, saw an online advertisement from J …"

"… y come to our organization” and that it would keep striving “to ensure Hillary Clinton has the majority youth vote.” “Because our focus is on the youth vote …"

"… llary Apparel as a great way to reach our target audience,” he added. “Hillary Clinton has millions of very passionate supporters who would love to show their su …"

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 "Law":

"… m for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, according to his Republican National Lawyers Association biography.  In court, he has previously argued …"

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 "Washington":

"… rnment’s standing as a legitimate, sovereign authority,” Sopko wrote. Washington has already spent $96 billion on reconstruction projects as part of its ef …"

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 "Democratic presidential candidate":

"… 0:18 p.m.: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that the unnamed Democratic presidential candidate described in court documents was Hillary Clinton. New York City businessm …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… g new candidate-specific super PACs that are backing the likes of Democrat Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Like Priorities US …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… he re-election of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Likewise, American Crossroads, the behemoth co-founded in 2010 by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gille …"

"… oma-based Rooney Holdings ($150,000). Jonathan Collegio, the spokesman of American Crossroads, predicted that “enthusiasm about the opportunity to win control of the …"

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 "spokesman":

"… uding $20,000 in 2007 to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s campaign. A spokesman for Nutter did not return emails seeking comment. Thompson donated $10,00 …"

"… two from other employees at Thompson’s accounting firm. John Collins, a spokesman for Thompson Jr.’s current mayoral campaign, said that what Thompson and …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… nds, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows. …"

"… The charges stem from a federal investigation of the 2010 campaign of Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray. At the center of the probe is Thompson, who has …"

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 "energy":

"… ure more plutonium than they consume, inspiring dreams of almost limitless energy. By generating fast-moving neutrons that transform the uranium mixed into …"

"… eir fuel into additional plutonium, they hold the promise of a significant energy reward: One gram of plutonium can produce more energy than a ton of oil. A …"

"… ise of a significant energy reward: One gram of plutonium can produce more energy than a ton of oil. At one time or another, breeders have been pursued by e …"

"… til his retirement in 2011. “The Russians have always looked at it as an energy source,” ideal for use in breeders. In early discussions, Nikolai Yegor …"

White House nominates new FEC commissioners

By Dave Levinthal

White House nominates pair to agency overseeing campaign finance.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… Election Commission. The nominees are Lee E. Goodman, an attorney at law firm LeClairRyan, and Ann Ravel, chairwoman of the California Fair Po …"

"… een vetted and nominated, and look forward to returning to practicing law in the future." Ravel was appointed to the California Fair Political Prac …"

"… Republicans, except $300 in 2008 to the political action committee of the law firm LeClairRyan, where Goodman worked at the time. Goodman donated $750 …"

"… has made since becoming president in 2009. His only other nominee, labor lawyer John J. Sullivan, withdrew from consideration in 2010 after h …"

Pro-Rand Paul super PAC's name may violate law

By Michael Beckel

Federal regulators could crack down on independent groups using politicos' monikers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… during the 2012 GOP presidential primaries, the super PAC “Americans for Rick Perry” ran afoul of the rule and changed its name to “Restoring Prosperity F …"