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 "Elizabeth Warren":

"… al election regulators are telling an upstart super PAC that's urging Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to seek the presidency. In a letter Sunday, the Federal Electio …"

"… rren PAC's treasurer, confirmed that "the goal of our campaign is to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016."  Sagrans noted that candidate draft c …"

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 "president":

"… 2.5 million to Patriot Majority USA since January 2011. Craig Varoga, the president of Patriot Majority USA, declined to answer specific questions from the Ce …"

"… ependent group that helped Reid win re-election. He’s also worked on the presidential campaigns of Democrats Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry, among othe …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ded. Several state-specific partners are also named. Tax filings with the Internal Revenue Service and documents submitted to the Department of Labor do provide some insight …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… , as did residents of California. Only in seven states — Alaska, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming — did fewer than 100 pe …"

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 "Washington":

"… distributor is nonetheless building itself into a political force in Washington, D.C., where just about every denizen seemed to binge-watch  …"

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 "Illinois":

"… , giving $1 million. Meanwhile, investor Virginia James of New Jersey and Illinois businessman Richard Uihlein each gave $500,000 to the Club for Growth’s …"

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 "Politics":

"… she's dead wrong on political money issues? Diplomatically, if at all. "Politics is full of irony," Smith said with a laugh. Sure, Smith said, h …"

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 "Washington":

"… ll in a health plan or pay a penalty. Lawmakers in both Massachusetts and Washington came to the conclusion that expanding coverage and attacking health care c …"

"… h care costs.” The problem is that the current political environment in Washington makes it unlikely that more reforms can be enacted anytime soon. As long a …"

"… state capitals and private sector where the work just might get done, not Washington.  …"

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 "Congress":

"… Nothing Congress." The Center regrets the error. …"

"… in 1948, the year President Harry Truman* assailed the “Do-Nothing Congress”: 511 Number of minutes Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spent reading Dr. Seuss …"

"… our talk-a-thon in September: 5 ½ Number of hours per day the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recommends embattled freshmen spend fundraising: 4 …"

"… tled freshmen spend fundraising: 4 Amount of campaign cash all members of Congress have reported raising so far in 2013: $403,952,012 Number of seats Republ …"

‘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 "Mark Udall":

"… Gaspar Perricone and Tim Mauck, both former staffers of Colorado Democrat Mark Udall, now the state’s senior U.S. senator. It touts a membership of 5,000 hu …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… per PAC and nonprofit fundraising juggernauts co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove. Unlike Rove’s network, where both the American Crossroads super PAC an …"

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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… the Cuccinelli campaign noted McAuliffe has been helped by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC and San Francisco environmentalist Tom Steyer’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 "Louisiana":

"… e, TimeforHillary.com. In his late twenties, Gibson originally hails from Louisiana, according to voter registration records that also indicate he’s a Democ …"

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 "California":

"… ey at law firm LeClairRyan, and Democrat Ann Miller Ravel, the head of the California Fair Political Practices Commission — by unanimous consent. This means …"

"… in an email. Ravel followed up to explain that she plans to remain at the California Fair Political Practices Commission "for one month from today, to finish s …"

"… previously noted by the Center, Ravel was appointed to the California Fair Political Practices Commission in 2011 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Dur …"

"… ecretive organization that spent millions of dollars immediately on a California ballot initiative to reveal its donors. The group accused her in …"

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 "Politics":

"… d political contributions.  Sign up now to receive our Money in Politics newsletter. ------------------------- Attendees at that event descr …"

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 "California":

"… ars and Stripes Forever,” as its national chairman. Sousa also formed a California-based political action committee in January 2012 to back Maricopa County, …"

'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 "Wisconsin":

"… ral nonprofit group with significant union funding, made the 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin recall elections a top priority, providing a major cash infusion to a hand …"

"… e Center for Public Integrity. Of the total, $725,400 went to the Greater Wisconsin Committee and $150,000 went to We Are Wisconsin, a nonprofit launched shor …"

"… 25,400 went to the Greater Wisconsin Committee and $150,000 went to We Are Wisconsin, a nonprofit launched shortly after Walker announced his controversial leg …"

"… e bargaining. America Votes also gave nearly $45,000 to Citizen Action of Wisconsin and $20,000 to Wisconsin Progress. America Votes is a “social welfare …"

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 "U.S. House":

"… roader electoral agendas, such as helping Democrats or Republicans win the U.S. House or U.S. Senate. Or they’re bankrolling new candidate-specific super PACs …"

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 "Chellie Pingree":

"… ussman — founder and chairman of Paloma Partners and the husband of Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine — earned the distinction of being that super PAC’s No. 1 dono …"

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 "Bill Thompson":

"… failed bid to be California’s governor. New York City mayoral candidate Bill Thompson Jr. received several donations worth more than $20,000 from Thompson assoc …"

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 "Politics":

"… 5 million during the 2006 midterms, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Since the Mobilization Project and American Commitment Action Fund offic …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

"… to Thompson. Last year, Obama, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, and Sen. Tim Kaine, Va., all returned or gave away some portion of Thompson-related donations …"

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 "senior official":

"… creation of more separated plutonium, not less,” said Tom Z. Collina, a senior official with the Arms Control Association. “That’s one of the dangers of the a …"

White House nominates new FEC commissioners

By Dave Levinthal

White House nominates pair to agency overseeing campaign finance.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… nie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which has criticized Obama for not nominating FEC commissioners sooner. …"

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 "California":

"… .” Brandon Edwards — the 27-year-old, self-described libertarian from California who is the chairman of the newly created Rand PAC 2016 — said that if hi …"

"… also created an Iowa-based group called "Hillary Clinton Super PAC" and a California-based super PAC called "Hillary FTW," an acronym standing for "for the win …"