New FEC chief on 'dark money' mission

By Dave Levinthal

New Chairwoman Ann Ravel says she'll fight to out people behind secretive political cash, regardless of party.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… irman who now leads pro-campaign deregulation group Center for Competitive Politics, says the agency might have some measure of success next year. “Commiss …"

Happy birthday, super PAC!

By Marcelo Rochabrun

Name for 'independent expenditure-only committee' turns 4 years old, but still not fully integrated into common language.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… n Stewart upon announcing his bid for “President of the United States of South Carolina.” Colbert ultimately regained control of his super PAC — a legitimate, …"

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 "board member":

"… leigh retail magnate Art Pope as the state’s budget director. Pope is a board member of the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity. A nonprofit political group h …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… to three landmark court battles with Bullock and the state of Montana.The U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision invalidated a federal ban on corporate spe …"

Daily Disclosure: Sierra Club pushes wind industry tax credit

By Rachael Marcus

The Sierra Club is going after Republican congressmen who oppose a tax credit for wind energy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… nd energy.Both groups are partially funded by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.In a confidential memo obtained by The Guardian, a proposal from …"

"… ltra-conservative American Tradition Institute, which also has ties to the Koch brothers, proposed a national public relations campaign aimed at discredit …"

NRA, Ralph Reed group plan get-out-the-vote efforts

By Peter H. Stone

Conservative groups are gearing up to spend millions on efforts to bring Republicans to the polls in November.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… r conservative groups — or possibly major donors such as the billionaire Koch brothers — which are trying to share their largesse with allies with eff …"

"… ltimillion dollar data banks (one of which is reportedly bankrolled by the Kochs) filled with voter information have been assembled.The more robust spendi …"

Questions about Herman Cain's financial support from a tax-exempt charity

By Peter H. Stone

Cain hit with financial questions, in addition to sexual harassment charges

Excerpts from this story referencing "Prosperity":

"… questions about tens of thousands of dollars in expenses that were paid by Prosperity USA, an organization claiming 501(c)(3) charity status with the IRS that i …"

"… harity status with the IRS that is barred by law from political activities.Prosperity USA paid $40,000 in expenses, including bills for chartered planes, iPads …"

"… With respect to potential violations of campaign finance laws, Potter said Prosperity USA could have other legal problems unless it provided similar services to …"

"… es as well as sexual harassment allegations by two former female employees.Prosperity USA was set up in 2010 by Mark Block, now his campaign chief of staff and …"

Obama groups raise $4-5 million in first two months

By Peter H. Stone

Democratic groups already collecting millions in unlimited contributions for Obama re-election

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Burton":

"… oups were set up in late April by two former high level White House aides, Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, to compete with major GOP groups. “We feel like we’r …"

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 "economist":

"… Villaraigosa (speaker emeritus, California Assembly), James K. Galbraith (economist, University of Texas), Celinda Lake (pollster, Lake Snell Perry) and Roger …"

Koch foundation proposal to college: Teach our curriculum, get millions

By Dave Levinthal

Proposed gift from Koch foundation to Florida State University in 2007 came with strings attached.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… cipient of Charles Koch Foundation money. In a tax document filed with the Internal Revenue Service, the foundation described its Florida State University funding for 2012 as …"

"… million in assets, according to its most recent tax return filed with the Internal Revenue Service.  In his 2007 memo to colleagues, Benson acknowledged the school’s …"

Kochs put a happy face on free enterprise

By Chris Young

Initiative spearheaded by billionaire brothers paints positive portrait of free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "public relations":

"… -being — even if you’re poor. The message appears to be part of a new public relations initiative spearheaded by America’s most high-profile free-market advoca …"

"… ’s second-largest privately held company, hired Steve Lombardo of global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller as “part of an effort by the Koch brothers to tel …"

Charles Koch's long history of education funding

By Dave Levinthal

The conservative billionaire's massive grant to United Negro College Fund is nothing new.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… tions in November.       …"

"… ose like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who've sought to vilify Charles Koch and brother David as self-centered industrialists bent on buying elections …"

"… red industrialists bent on buying elections, it's status quo for the elder Koch sibling. As the Center for Public Integrity reported in March: In all, t …"

"… arch: In all, two of the six private charitable foundations the Koch brothers control and personally fund combined in 2012 to infuse colleges a …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… Harvard University to American University to the University of California, Los Angeles.   In 2012, the Koch foundations sent six- or seven-figure donations …"

"… support drug addiction and recovery studies. The University of California, Los Angeles, for example, took in $300,000 to support programs for black wor …"

"… ample, took in $300,000 to support programs for black workers in Los Angeles.   The Soros Fund Charitable Foundation — a private charity w …"

Democrats use Kochs to scare up campaign cash after Center report

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic party committees fundraising around record Koch Industries PAC spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… n numerous fundraising emails to describe the actions of David and Charles Koch, the billionaire oilmen who rank among conservative interests’ top bankr …"

"… he spending habits of KochPAC, the political action committee sponsored by Koch Industries Inc., which the Koch brothers run. The Center's article also ap …"

"… he political action committee sponsored by Koch Industries Inc., which the Koch brothers run. The Center's article also appeared in the Huffington Po …"

"… 2013’s mid-year campaign finance reporting deadline, repeatedly used the Koch brothers as fundraising tools:     …"

Koch brothers pour more cash into think tanks, ALEC

By Paul Abowd

Billionaire Koch brothers continue to shower free-market causes with tax-exempt gifts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dave Levinthal":

"… able Foundation Why is 2013 an important year for campaign finance? Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel will answer that, and many other questio …"

Daily Disclosure: Koch-funded groups attack Obama for 'war on coal'

By Rachael Marcus

Billionaire-backed nonprofits press defense of coal industry with ads knocking president's policies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Phil Kerpen":

"… a non-disclosing nonprofit led by former Americans for Prosperity staffer Phil Kerpen, is one of the pro-coal leaders this election. It runs WarOnCoal.com and h …"

New documentary underscores Koch brothers' broad influence in policy and politics

By Sandy Johnson

New Bloomberg video underscores iWatch News findings about Koch influence in Washington

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… er at iWatch News. Farrell documented Koch's rapidly expanding presence in Washington in a project published in April titled, "Web of Influence."Some key findin …"

Koch brothers wade into Wisconsin union fight

By Jeremy Borden

Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit funded in part by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, has launched a 30-second television adve

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… for Prosperity, a nonprofit funded in part by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers, has launched a 30-second television advertisement in Wisconsin t …"

"… sconsin’s future: Voters or government unions?”Charles G. and David H. Koch are primary financial supporters of the Virginia-based political organizat …"

"… s all over the country.Americans for Prosperity is closely linked to David Koch, the co-chairman of the Kansas-based energy giant Koch Industries. The gro …"

"… ely linked to David Koch, the co-chairman of the Kansas-based energy giant Koch Industries. The group had announced plans last year to spend more than $40 …"

Behind the climate skepticism curtain: The Koch family and the Cato Institute

By Te-Ping Chen

The name of huge oil conglomerate Koch Industries didn’t appear anywhere on the ad the Cato Institute placed in the The Washington Post and

Excerpts from this story referencing "Microsoft":

"… vertisement run by the Cato Institute this week.Bigger in size than either Microsoft or AT&T, Koch Industries tends to fly under the public radar screen. Y …"

Koch's low profile belies political power

By Kevin Bogardus

Private oil company does both business and politics with the shades drawn

Excerpts from this story referencing "disease":

"… ogy, fire protection, safety and explosive safety, and pest management and disease control for Defense activities worldwide." While at Koch, Beehler served a …"