Global warming: Heated denials

By Lisa Chiu

Stand-up comedian Tim Slagle was on a roll. In a lunchtime routine tailored to 400 conference attendees, Slagle was killing ‘em with jokes a

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil":

"… ughs.“Sheryl Crow said that maybe we should be limited to one square of toilet paper a day. That’s not a bad idea for me, because I’m a guy,” Sla …"

"… not a bad idea for me, because I’m a guy,” Slagle said. “I can sell toilet paper subsidy credits to all the women.”Even bigger laughs.It wasn’t …"

"… secondhand smoke studies, are now working for chemical producers, for the oil companies, [and] the coal companies,” said David Michaels, professor of …"

"… 2006.The Sarah Scaife Foundation, run by the heirs to the Mellon banking, oil, and industrial fortune, also increased its funding from $3.9 million to s …"

New Media Communications

By Chris Landers

Consultant profile: Major Clients in 2003-2004: George W. Bush (R), Republican National Committee

Excerpts from this story referencing "International Republican Institute":

"… site for the board.New Media went international under the auspices of the International Republican Institute, for which Connell consults. The company created Web sites and sent cell p …"

Traveling on the Abramoff plan

By Steve Henn

Dozens of members of Congress have accepted trips from non-profits with registered lobbyists on their boards

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Breaux":

"… sclosed that Campbell Crane and Associates paid for a trip. Former Senator John Breaux disclosed the lobbying firm paid for a weekend in Florida in December 2003 …"

Thanks to sponsors, GOP threw twice the party the Democrats did

By Sean Peoples

October 24, 2000 — Officially, thousands of delegates, legislators and elephant banner-wavers swarmed Philadelphia from July 31 to Aug. 3 to

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… h Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washing …"

"… phia292. Brunch for Senate Spouses, August 3, 10 a.m. – noonHost: Former South Carolina Governor and Mrs. Carroll Campbell and Senator and Mrs. Trent Lott (Miss.) …"

Hagel warns Pentagon officials that change is coming

By R. Jeffrey Smith

He decries spending on overly costly and risky weapons systems

The high cost of rattling North Korea’s cage

By Douglas Birch

Bombers cost $135,000 per hour to fly; two round trips to S. Korea, maybe a cool $5.4 million.

Hagel leaves the door ajar for defense policy changes

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The Secretary of Defense nominee leaves the door ajar for defense policy changes.

Weekly Watchdog: Our new blog sheds light on secret spenders

By Bill Buzenberg

Our new blog publishes daily reports on all things 'influence-related.'

I'll take embattled Obama administration nominees for $200, Alex

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group targets U.S. senators with anti-Hagel TV ads.

Commercial jets not affected by rules for Grand Canyon tours

By The Associated Press

As Grand Canyon legislation makes its way through the Senate, the Arizona congressman ignores his history

McCain changes tune on support for Grand Canyon air tours

By Rita Beamish

McCain now boosts Grand Canyon tourist flights his law curtailed

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… ion, the battle may not end there. …"

Public financing system’s 150 million death knells

By Josh Israel

Barack Obama’s stunning fundraising total for September leaves little doubt that the public financing system he eschewed is now in serious p

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… 150 million last month alone — dwarfing the nearly $85 million limit John McCain agreed to for the entire general election campaign cycle when he accepted …"

"… te initially pledging to participate in the primary matching funds system, John McCain backed out and opted to forgo the federal funding, thus freeing himself fr …"

Pro-Hillary 527 takes aim at McCain

By Josh Israel

The American Leadership Project is back. This pro-Hillary Clinton group is a 527 — one of those independent nonprofits notorious for skirtin

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… rious for skirting campaign finance law — and now it's targeting John McCain with a new ad. The ALP's latest: "More Money, More Problems," …"

Lining the pockets of McCain’s Reform Institute

By Jaime Amrhein

The Reform Institute — borne of John McCain’s failed 2000 presidential bid — was created as part of the senator’s efforts to clean up campai

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… fornia co-chairs of the committee. …"

Tracking the great bundler migration: Democratic edition

By Aaron Mehta

So, Rudy Giuliani’s bundlers have proven the most generous to the new Republican nominee, rewarding John McCain with at least $3.25 million.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… ers have proven the most generous to the new Republican nominee, rewarding John McCain with at least $3.25 million. On the other side of the aisle, who’s b …"

The Manhattan connection

By Aaron Mehta and Aaron Mehta

Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain visited Yankee Stadium over the weekend with former rival Rudy Giuliani. Aside from likely hurtin

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… e money ranges his campaign has provided. …"

McCain's mixed blessings

By Caitlin Ginley

Republican John McCain, self-proclaimed champion of campaign finance reform, has a much-changed outlook on the role of the Federal Election

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… n, for not being willing to enforce the campaign finance reforms passed by Congress.“I am deeply disturbed about the appointments of Mr. [Michael] Toner, Mr …"

McCain's friends

By Caitlin Ginley

While Republican John McCain has severed ties with two campaign advisers who lobbied for the military junta in Myanmar, connections between

Party machines, lobbyists and special interests: Part one

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2000 — It is no surprise and nothing new in the land of the spin and the home of the sound bite that each and every can

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… ome crossovers, most of the candidate’s policy people come from Arizona, South Carolina and academia, while the crucial fund raisers and politicos are based in Wa …"

"… ts with McCain frequently, as he is in Arizona often. She has also been in South Carolina with McCain’s wife, Cindy. She has advised the rest of the Arizona congr …"

"… rd.Edward T. McMullen Jr.: Education adviser. McMullen is president of the South Carolina Policy Council, essentially a state-based affiliate of the Heritage Founda …"

"… at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. McMullen has served on the South Carolina commission on higher education, has developed programs on technical school …"

Belying his rhetoric, McCain worked for megamerger sought by campaign patron AT&T

By Nathaniel Heller and Annys Shin

WASHINGTON, December 7, 1999 — Republican Senator John McCain, outspoken advocate of campaign-finance reform, has built his presidential can

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… T&T lobbyists have played a major role in raising money from corporate America for his presidential bid. Last spring, Timmons, along with super-lobbyis …"

"… ., and the MediaOne purchase would enable the giant to reach 60 percent of American cable consumers. To protect its nascent cable business, AT&T has fl …"

"… 100,000 contributions to his campaign. “Literally every business in America falls under the Commerce Committee,” he said. “I oversee liter …"

"… rce Committee,” he said. “I oversee literally every company in America, whether it be trains, planes, buses, telecommunications, whatever it is.& …"