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 "president":

"… med that "the goal of our campaign is to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016."  Sagrans noted that candidate draft committees aren't subj …"

"… ates it's a draft committee. Warren has repeatedly said she won't run for president in 2016, and last month, her election attorney, Marc Elias, disavowed the …"

"… ns of dollars to urge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president, doesn't violate federal political committee naming rules because Clinton …"

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 "Senate races":

"… ed against “hidden dark money which is corrupting our elections.” The Senate races raging in Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina are of particular interes …"

"… tedly criticized the Koch brothers’ nonprofits for spending big in their Senate races. “We can’t let our Democratic Senate be bought,” pleaded one recent …"

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 "Department of Labor":

"… x filings with the Internal Revenue Service and documents submitted to the Department of Labor do provide some insight into the social welfare nonprofit’s funding. Th …"

"… on between October 2012 and September 2013, according to a filing with the Department of Labor. Other labor unions supporting America Votes include the Service Employee …"

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 "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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… mmunications Commission; Lisa Kountoupes, former assistant director of the Office of Management and Budget; Shawn Whitman, former chief of staff to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; and&n …"

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 "Mitch McConnell":

"… Cochran, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, a former Republican …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… t we want to accomplish." …"

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 "House Speaker":

"… dorsed: 5 Number of votes Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., received to be House Speaker in January: 1 Percentage of House Republicans who voted for Amash’s ame …"

‘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 "Democrats":

"… D.C.-based America Votes — which has spent millions of dollars promoting Democrats and attempting to defeat Republicans such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker …"

"… omatic weapon ban, which was backed by Obama and a number of other liberal Democrats. The group also came out against a national registry of gun owners. This …"

"… ique member [of the American Votes coalition] because our members are both Democrats and Republicans, and our issues are driven by the hunting and angling comm …"

"… epends very heavily on the right to use firearms.” “We work well with Democrats on conservation, and we work well with Republicans on the right to bear ar …"

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 "Jeffrey Katzenberg":

"… media mogul Fred Eychaner, trial lawyer Steve Mostyn, Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and several national labor unions. Fully 100 percent of Priorities USA Ac …"

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 State Leadership Committee":

"… y, received more than $155,000 from the RGA and $428,000 from the national Republican State Leadership Committee. Of the $12.5 million the RSLC has raised this year, about 7.5 percent cam …"

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 "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 "Bank":

"… create a strong financial sector following the 2010 collapse of the Kabul Bank. In March, the Bank’s founder and 20 others were convicted on charges th …"

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 "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 "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 "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 "Mitch McConnell":

"… d $1.2 million — is supporting the re-election of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Likewise, American Crossroads, the behemoth co-founded in 2010 by …"

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 "Alison Lundergan Grimes":

"… $100,000 for Clinton’s 2008 presidential run. Lundergan is the father of Alison Lundergan Grimes, herself a Democrat who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConn …"

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 "Hillary Clinton":

"… idates and campaigns and hosted a fundraiser for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at his accounting firm the same year as Markell’s fundraiser. Clinton’ …"

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 "Frank Lautenberg":

"… Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called the special election shortly after Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., died in June. Aside from Booker — the favorite to win the seat …"

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 "America":

"… ed into a classic Washington disaster. The plant here — the core of the American half of the bargain — is so grossly over its original budget and so unl …"

"… s a clear and present danger, to the international community as well as to American lives and liberties.” Nor has the risk of nuclear terror diminished si …"

"… nuclear security in Washington. Former vice president Dick Cheney told the American Enterprise Institute the following year that a terrorist with nuclear mat …"

"… the deputy minister at Russia’s Ministry of Atomic Energy, described the American plan to immobilize the plutonium in ceramic and glass as foolhardy. Yeger …"

White House nominates new FEC commissioners

By Dave Levinthal

White House nominates pair to agency overseeing campaign finance.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… s in recent years: $500 to John Kerry’s campaign in 2003, $2,300 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2007 and $1,000 to Barack Obama’s campaign&nbs …"

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 "Michigan":

"… , but Democratic heavyweights such as strategist James Carville and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm have already made pitches for the group. “We are …"