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 "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ed from campaign finance reports, tax records and documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission — originated outside the election states, mostly from Washington, D.C.-b …"

"… 88,000, according to records filed by Memphis television stations with the Federal Communications Commission. The ads portrayed Phillips as a greedy trial attorney. The total does not …"

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 "California":

"… ng arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to California's Proposition 8, which voters passed in 2008 to define marriage in the sta …"

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 "Hewlett-Packard":

"… platform of clean energy and environmental protection, besting the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, who spent $5.5 million of her own money in the race. Industry groups …"

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 …"