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 "National Rifle Association":

"… o weeks leading up to the election. Founded in 1991 with support from the National Rifle Association, which has long been a partial financial backer, the LEAA frequently pays …"

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 "Susan Collins":

"… ;Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif.; and Dirigo PAC, the leadership PAC of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, each received $1,000, records indicate. The PAC's top beneficia …"

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 "Environment":

"… politics to the job” …"

"… inking water, and that’s what we’re going to have as I get back to the Environment and Public Works Committee.” The panel oversees not just air pollution, …"

"… ransportation firms, and energy corporations that have business before the Environment and Public Works Committee. Companies with some history of Environmental p …"

"… ncentives to speed the transition to clean, renewable sources of energy.”Environmental advocates expect Boxer will take a more defensive stance in her committe …"

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 …"