Jeb Bush explores White House bid — unconventionally

By Carrie Levine

Instead of traditional presidential exploratory committee, potential GOP candidate GOP to create a leadership PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… d indirectly help a person’s eventual presidential campaign. Like Bush, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has also publicly declared interest in running for preside …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… er sources include the Cook Political Report, Federal Election Commission, Center for Responsive Politics and Sunlight Foundation. Rachel Baye, Carrie Levine, Dave Levinthal, Reit …"

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 "New Hampshire":

"… n. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who's now attempting to win a U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… hich is corrupting our elections.” The Senate races raging in Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina are of particular interest to Patriot Majority USA, whi …"

"… of every nine ads aired in the Arkansas Senate race, one of every eight in Louisiana and one of every 13 in North Carolina. That approaches — though does no …"

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 "Senate races":

"… tion cycle, Patriot Majority USA has emerged as a major player in the U.S. Senate races in Arkansas, North Carolina and Kentucky. America Votes was created ahead …"

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 "Japan":

"… Erika Kubo contributed to this article from Tokyo.  …"

"… urn hundreds of pounds of plutonium to the United States for disposal, the Japanese government on April 11 formally endorsed the completion of a …"

"… f the March 2011 Fukushima disaster.  The move is generally viewed in Japan as unpopular with the public but has been welcomed by Japan’s utilities, …"

"… ally viewed in Japan as unpopular with the public but has been welcomed by Japan’s utilities, which are struggling with massive debts. The mammoth plant …"

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 "Democratic Party":

"… lary continues to win over grassroots donors, it is helping mainstream the Democratic Party’s embrace of super PACs. Even as Bremer Muggli — a die-hard Democrat …"

"… h the firm Rising Tide Interactive LLC, which is largely staffed by former Democratic Party campaign operatives. The super PAC also aided Democrat Terry McAulif …"

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 "Congress":

"… ndwidth, with slower connection speeds or extra fees. The White House and Congress have both been targets of Netflix's governmental influence efforts. "We'r …"

"… te, R-Va.; the leadership PAC of Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt.; and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Federal Election Commission records show. At the …"

"… campaign filings. And it's not just Netflix showing financial interest in Congress. A handful of Congressmen are also sweet on Netflix — when it comes to t …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… ent Barack Obama win a second term in the White House and now plans to aid Hillary Clinton, should she opt to run in 2016. Ready for Hillary spokesman Seth Bringman …"

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 "Sarah Palin":

"… ckerberg, Jon Stewart, Timothy Geithner, John Boehner, Sarah Palin, Anthony Weiner and Politico's Mike Allen that …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… th care costs could not be done in a single piece of legislation. Bill and Hillary Clinton tried unsuccessfully to do it in the early 1990s. What happened then was t …"

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 "National Security Agency":

"… e of House Republicans who voted for Amash’s amendment to limit the National Security Agency's surveillance ability: 40 Percentage of House Democrats who did the same …"

‘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 "spokesman":

"… y Clinton. In explaining America Votes' support for Bull Moose Sportsman, spokesman John Neurohr said the gun group brings "an expertise on issues of growing …"

"… nter for Public Integrity previously reported. Neurohr, the America Votes spokesman, declined to say whether additional funds have been awarded since. Both A …"

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 "Virginia":

"… one in mind.” Alan Suderman and John Dunbar contributed to this report. …"

"… for governor across the country, according to state data collected by the Virginia Public Access Project. Tomorrow’s contest pits tea party favorite Cucci …"

"… e as a carpetbagger, backed by out-of-state liberals with no connection to Virginia. An Oct. 15 email warned supporters that “liberal Democrats in New York …"

"… that “liberal Democrats in New York and Hollywood are trying to buy the Virginia governor's mansion.” An Oct. 30 fundraising email blast from the Cuccin …"

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 "Florida":

"… ver paid the company. “We left on very bad terms,” said Ria Romano of Florida-based RPR Public Relations, adding that Worthington “didn’t pay his bi …"

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 "Ann Ravel":

"… of the Senate Rules Committee praised both appointees. “Lee Goodman and Ann Ravel will be outstanding commissioners and bring a wealth of experience to the …"

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 "Campaign Legal Center":

"… site, or some such," said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel for the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center. Former FEC Associate General Counsel Kenneth Gross concurred: "If the fo …"

"… her committees naming themselves after candidates they oppose, Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center cites the 1995 case of the NewtWatch PAC. In it, the FEC ruled that NewtWa …"

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 "Taliban":

"…   The situation has weakened local governments and strengthened the Taliban, the report said. Meanwhile, U.S. military officers sometimes rely on corr …"

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 "Claire McCaskill":

"… on of Wytehouse Marketing's website also includes the likes of Obama, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., and New York City Mayor Michael Bloom …"

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 "critic":

"… nbsp;   …"

'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 "Senate":

"… er won his election, but the Democrats briefly gained control of the state Senate following the recalls. In total, America Votes donated more than $1.6 mil …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ve-figure range, according to financial documents filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission. And the little income these and other presidential-focused super PACs re …"

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 "Michael Podhorzer":

"… ommonsense immigration process that includes a road map to citizenship,” Michael Podhorzer, political director at the AFL-CIO, wrote in an e-mail on behalf of the Wo …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… months of the year, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission reports filed today. That’s more than 40 percent of the $1.25 million R …"

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 "Ed Rendell":

"… ot return emails seeking comment. Thompson donated $10,000 to former Gov. Ed Rendell’s campaign in 2006. Thompson also gave $10,000 in 2005 to Steve Westly …"

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 "Cory Booker":

"… away, new super PACs are popping up to boost — or bash — Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s candidacy in New Jersey’s crowded U.S. Senate special election. A r …"

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 "Democratic Party":

"… ched battle with Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. There were about 20 people at the fundraiser, a …"

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 "official":

"… o unlikely to achieve its original ambitions that lawmakers and government officials in Washington are on the verge of killing it — even though $3.7 billion …"

"… 000, small amounts of smuggled plutonium were recovered by law-enforcement officials in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, according to the International …"

"… erties.” Nor has the risk of nuclear terror diminished since then, U.S. officials say. “Two decades after the end of the Cold War, we face a cruel irony …"

"… the tent,” said Henry Sokolski, who served as a senior nonproliferation official under President Reagan. The U.S. breeder revival got a more concerted pus …"