Barack Obama

Re-elected, Obama heads back to divided government

By The Associated Press

Given a 2nd term, Obama still confronted by a divided Congress, challenging economic times

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… ir allies spent nearly $1 billion on television commercials, winning Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Colorado and Virginia. The Rep …"

FACT CHECK: Missteps in final presidential debate

By The Associated Press

A look at some of their statements from the final presidential debate and how they compare with the facts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Syria":

"… t some of their statements and how they compare with the facts: ROMNEY on Syria: "What I'm afraid of is we've watched over the past year or so, first the …"

"… CTS: Under Obama, the United States has taken a lead in trying to organize Syria's splintered opposition, even if the U.S. isn't interested in military int …"

"… ganized dozens of meetings in Turkey and the Middle East aimed at rallying Syria's political groups and rebel formations to agree on a common vision for a …"

"… rebel formations to agree on a common vision for a democratic future after Syrian President Bashar Assad is defeated. And Secretary of State Hillary Rodham …"

FACT CHECK: Slips in vice president's debate

By The Associated Press

Slips on Libya, Syria, auto bailout in vice presidential debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… RYAN: "And then they put this new Obamacare board in charge of cutting Medicare each and every year in ways that will lead to denied care for current seni …"

"… Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. It has the power to force cuts in Medicare payments to service providers if costs rise above certain levels and Congr …"

"… Congress fails to act. But it doesn't look like the board will be cutting Medicare "each and every year," as Ryan asserts. Medicare costs are currently risin …"

"… the board will be cutting Medicare "each and every year," as Ryan asserts. Medicare costs are currently rising modestly and the government's own experts proje …"

Donor profile: William “Bill” Koch

By Amy Myers

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… io of Florida and John McCain of Arizona and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. He sold his share of the family business for a reported $1.3 billion in …"

Mitt Romney

Documents conflict on when Romney left Bain

By The Associated Press

Romney adviser Gillespie charges Obama campaign making false charge against former governor

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… date's statements about when he gave up control of the private equity firm Bain Capital. President Barack Obama's campaign seized on the discrepancies Thursday to …"

"… ma campaign "a lie" and asserted that job outsourcing wasn't the policy at Bain Capital when Romney was in charge. Even as it sought the upper hand …"

"… in attacks on Romney's business record. Romney helped found Bain Capital in 1984. The private equity firm invested in various companies, often rest …"

"… on. Romney eventually negotiated a retirement agreement with Bain Capital in 2002. The agreement was made retroactive to February 1999. …"

Mitt Romney

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

By The Associated Press

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… slation. 4. CLINTON MAKES HISTORIC LAOS VISIT Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes the first secretary of state to visit the nation in more than five …"

FACT CHECK: GOP candidates proving to be factually challenged

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts large and small trip up Republican presidential candidates

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… s, in a volley of misfires by the candidates. Those battles were fought in Massachusetts in 1775.In the months since, Cain promoted Chile's retirement system as on …"

"… er each candidate is up for the job.Romney, too, stepped in it. The former Massachusetts governor said Obama engaged in "one of the biggest peacetime spending bing …"

Obama, first lady, VP combine for 45 fundraisers since official campaign launch

By Aaron Mehta and Peter H. Stone

Obama, first lady and vice president use perks of presidency to enhance fundraising

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mel Sembler":

"… ublicans have enjoyed it too. “Surrogates are vitally important,” says Mel Sembler, a veteran GOP fundraiser and former U.S. ambassador to Italy and Australi …"

White House visitor logs riddled with holes

By Fred Schulte and Viveca Novak

Obama touts release of Secret Service logs but data has huge gaps

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… Similarly, the logs list just 21 visits for “Hillary R. Clinton” or “Hillary Rodham Clinton.” Most are social or ceremonial events; seven are described in the logs …"

A listening tour? It worked for Hillary

By Julie Vorman

What’s on Elizabeth Warren’s to-do list now that she’s a White House adviser helping to launch the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? Th

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… a mistake." …"

"… led to officially open as a full-fledged agency on July 11, 2011, when the White House plans to transfer to it certain powers from other federal regulators. It w …"

"… e ranking member on the Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to the White House complaining about the “unusual arrangement” surrounding Warren’s new …"

Nondisclosure forms needed as contractor ranks grow

By Julie Vorman

Almost half of a sampling of contracts issued by the Pentagon, Homeland Security Department, and Health and Human Services Department did no

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… files of presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and John McCain.Other new watchdog reports released by the Government Accountability Offic …"

Illegal defense

By Lauren Bonora, Kate Sheppard and Alex Knott

Center finds violations, missing records regarding legal expense funds

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesperson":

"… ity that all donations that are not in compliance will be returned," Delay spokesperson Kevin Madden told the Center. In addition to looking into these contributi …"

"… t have taken those donations, we will return them."Meanwhile, Tessa Hafen, spokesperson for Reid, said his office has recently "talked to the Senate Ethics Commit …"

"… cials to follow the rules that are on the books," said Celia Viggo Wexler, spokesperson for the campaign finance advocacy group Common Cause about the Center's st …"

Broadcast lobbying tops $186 million

By Robert Morlino

One story you won't hear on the news

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… ce policies that affect how electronic communications are regulated in the United States. The survey took roughly eight months and involved the work of as many as …"

Networks of influence

By John Dunbar, Daniel Lathrop and Robert Morlino

The political power of the communications industry

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… munications industry sectors that control the information pipelines in the United States – broadcasting, cable television and telecommunications. Researchers als …"

"… ce policies that affect how electronic communications are regulated in the United States. The survey took roughly eight months and involved the work of as many as …"

"… 02 trips since 2000 worth $198,727. Second was another lobbying group, the United States Telecom Association, with 62 trips at $106,689. Third was SBC Communicatio …"

"… nducts investigative research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and around the world.This project was made possible thanks to funding from …"

The party's parties

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2004 — At this year's Democratic national convention in Boston, special interests are planning and paying for a reported

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… the gold-domed State House on Beacon Hill and the hometown favorites, the Massachusetts delegation, in the grand Boston Public Library.Others will be treated to u …"

"… in the city’s high-end shopping area (Newbury Street), and the gala for Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy at Boston Symphony Hall.The Creative Coalition—a gro …"

"… celebrity guests. Kennedy, along with Representative Mike Capuano, also of Massachusetts, is scheduled to make an appearance at the Biotechnology Industry Organiza …"

"… akers, including Clinton, that’s expected to be attended by 2,000 people.Massachusetts Congressman Bill Delahunt, looking to capitalize on the party going, is ho …"

The Clinton top 100: Where are they now?

By M. Asif Ismail

WASHINGTON, March 31, 2003 — Two years after they left the federal government and one year after a ban that limited their lobbying activitie

Excerpts from this story referencing "Verizon Communications":

"… and Republic Parking. Mickey Ibarra & Associates has among its clients Verizon Communications.In addition to Slater, two former cabinet colleagues have spun the revolvi …"

Impending ban hasn't stopped soft money rush by presidential hopefuls

By Alex Knott and Adam Mayle

WASHINGTON, October 17, 2002 — Potential candidates for the 2004 presidential primaries have raised more than $7.6 million in unregulated so

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… inked to a possible presidential candidate is HILLPAC, the 527 for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY. Clinton has raised $196,100 this year while making $68,916 in expen …"

"… ve $5,000 in January of 2002 to HILLPAC, a political committee for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. The donation was the maximum amount allowed by federal law, according to …"

Fat Cat Hotel still open for business

By M. Asif Ismail

WASHINGTON, August 22, 2002 — The White House released last week a list of guests who stayed overnight in the presidential mansion since Geo

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… t released in September 2000 showed that a substantial number of donors to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate race were among the 404 guests that stayed overnight at the Whi …"

Capitol Hill stem-cell backers received health industry dollars

By M. Asif Ismail and Christine Morente

WASHINGTON, August 30, 2001 — U.S. representatives and senators who strongly pushed for federally subsidized embryonic stem cell research ha

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… eived $49,200 from the biotech industry and pharmaceutical manufacturers); Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., ($43,500); Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ($39,000); Ernest Hollings …"

Bush's choice of EPA advisers signals tilt toward industry

By Josey Ballenger

February 12, 2001 — The composition of the team that advised George W. Bush on the Environmental Protection Agency during his transition to

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Ford":

"… n Chemistry Council (formerly the Chemical Manufacturers Association), and Jim Ford, the American Petroleum Institute’s federal regulations director. Andrew …"

In Congressional races, money talked all the way to the voting booth

By Kathryn Wallace and Marianne Holt

WASHINGTON, November 9, 2000 — If anyone doubted that huge campaign war chests reap big political payoffs, just look at the House and Senat

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive":

"… as the second most expensive in the nation. Democrat Jon Corzine, a former executive at Goldman Sachs, raised more than $55.6 million, 90 percent from his own …"

Here are the groups targeted by 'no-soft-money' pledge in New York race

By Marianne Holt and Kathryn Wallace

(Washington, October 3) New Yorks U.S. Senate candidates, Republican Representative Rick Lazio of Long Island and his Democratic opponent, f

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… ifornia, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, Texas and Missouri.Many recognizable names of the Republican leadership, such as Senators Rob …"

White House overnight guests listed

By The Center for Public Integrity

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2000 — A list released by the White House shows that 404 guests stayed overnight at the White House and Camp David

Excerpts from this story referencing "Society of Professional Journalists":

"… n the Lincoln Bedroom. The story later won the public service award of the Society of Professional Journalists. A year after the Center’s initial request for names of sleepover guests …"

When the Democrats wined and dined, here's who paid the piper

By Josey Ballenger

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2000 — Anyone who thought the Democratic National Convention was only about presidential nominee Al Gore must have

Excerpts from this story referencing "chief of staff":

"… United States Telecom Association (whose president, Roy Neel, is a former chief of staff for Gore), AT&TLocation: Dodger Stadium“An Afternoon in Casablanca, …"

"… ident Prepares to Govern,” with speaker Leon Panetta, Clinton’s former chief of staff, Thurs., August 17, 10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.Sponsor: Council for Excellence …"

Joint fund-raising committees: One-stop shopping for donors

By Marianne Holt

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2000 — Political parties are turning to raising money jointly with candidates for Congress in greater numbers than ever

Excerpts from this story referencing "primary":

"… candidate receives the first cut, limited to $2,000 ($1,000 per election, primary and general) per contributor. The rest of the hard-dollar contributions ar …"

Why Mitch wants Rudy's money

By Marianne Holt and Nathaniel Heller

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2000 — Before calling it quits, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani had raised more than $19 million for his Republican Sen

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate race":

"… ion to Lazio’s campaign of no more than $1,000.“Giuliani, who quit the Senate race May 19, remains mum on the issue of the excess campaign cash, and while he …"

The heat is on

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2000 — New York Republicans might be nominating Representative Rick Lazio instead of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for the U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… Senate, but one thing remains the same: Outside interest groups don't want Hillary Rodham Clinton elected.Even before Hillary Rodham Clinton formally accepted the Democrati …"

"… side interest groups don't want Hillary Rodham Clinton elected.Even before Hillary Rodham Clinton formally accepted the Democratic nomination on May 16, three interest grou …"

"… e drives as well as to television, radio and print advertisements opposing Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Gannett News Service reports that CSE plans to spend more than $1 mil …"

Stealth PACs revealed

By The Center for Public Integrity

February 9, 2000 — The 2000 election cycle promised to be a high-stakes and free-spending election by anyone's measure. The balance of power

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… n elections. These new soft-money groups fell in between regulation by the Federal Election Commission on one hand and the IRS on the other, allowing the groups to campaign in a …"

"… up meeting these criteria could simply remain outside the oversight of the Federal Election Commission.One group cloaked in this anonymity attacked presidential candidate Senato …"

FBI tracked alleged Russian mob ties of Giuliani campaign supporter

By Knut Royce

WASHINGTON, December 14, 1999 — The Center for Public Integrity is investigating how billions of dollars of allegedly corrupted money from t

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Francisco":

"… e strict anti-laundering laws. Last month, the Center reported how a small San Francisco bank became a conduit for questionable funds as it, like many other banks …"

"… s silent owner, notorious Hungarian mobster Semion Mogilevich. In 1994, a San Francisco diamond company headed by a young Russian businessman contributed $25,000 …"

The looting of Russia

By David E. Kaplan and Christian Caryl

WASHINGTON, August 3, 1998 — "Can you take a look at this?" asked Joe Davidson's supervisor at the FBI, handing him a file. Davidson cracked

Excerpts from this story referencing "general counsel":

"… lary, the 54-year-old Immendorf agreed. He, in turn, hired as the firm’s general counsel State Sen. Quentin Kopp, another fixture in San Francisco politics. The tw …"

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