D.C.-based groups bombarded state high court races with ads

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Nearly $12 million spent by super PACs and nonprofits in 2012-13 state supreme court races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Law Enforcement Alliance of America":

"… cally non-partisan. Coleman’s other backer, the northern Virginia-based Law Enforcement Alliance of America, did not disclose its donors or spending. Coleman won with 58 percent of …"

"… r ran on state TV. Instead, the state was blanketed by ads paid for by the Law Enforcement Alliance of America. The LEAA also ran attacks ads in 2008 against then-state Supreme Court J …"

Gay rights lobby courts lawmakers with cash

By Michael Beckel

Human Rights Campaign lobbies Congress, donates to lawmakers, as it makes case for marriage equality.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington, D.C.":

"… year — more than any other group focused on LGBT issues. The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign, which is the largest advocacy group focu …"

Barbara Boxer — Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

By Kristen Lombardi

Since becoming the first female chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in 2007, California Democrat Barbara Boxer has fo

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… female chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in 2007, California Democrat Barbara Boxer has focused on combating climate change — calling …"

"… ng 6.9 million of them in her 2004 re-election over Republican Bill Jones, California’s former secretary of state.On Nov. 2, Boxer defeated Republican challen …"

"… abeled her “famous for protecting the 3-inch smelt instead of protecting California jobs and farms.” Another depicted her as an ominous-looking blimp hoveri …"

"… fe Refuge, in 2003 and in 2005. She was the Senate sponsor of the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act, which was signed into law by Preside …"

DOMA supporters still have friends in Washington

By Michael Beckel

Conservative groups that supported DOMA have courted lawmakers with campaign cash.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Human Rights Campaign":

"… same-sex couples to polygamy and bestiality. By contrast, the PAC of the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgend …"

"… 2012 election cycle, mostly to Democrats. Ahead of the 2012 election, the Human Rights Campaign also donated $100,000 to Women Vote!, the super PAC of EMILY’s List, whi …"

"… support abortion rights. After the Supreme Court’s ruling this morning, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin praised federal recognition of married lesbian and …"