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 "Stephen Colbert":

"… political comedy show “The Colbert Report.” As part of the gag, host Stephen Colbert created his own super PAC, then transferred its control to Comedy Central …"

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 "Texas":

"… aces were launched right before the election. The LEAA was also active in Texas that year, running attack ads against the Democratic attorney general cand …"

"… rs who funded those ads, a ruling that’s currently being appealed to the Texas Supreme Court. No one from the Chamber or the LEAA responded to requests …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… ican Tradition Partnership — the Colorado-based group pushing to rewrite Montana’s campaign finance laws — and that’s just the way the secretive nonp …"

"… y thing we plan on reporting is our success to contributors like you.”“Montana has very strict limits on contributions to candidates,” reads the docume …"

"… light thanks to three landmark court battles with Bullock and the state of Montana.The U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision invalidated a feder …"

"… an on corporate spending similar to what 24 states had on their books, but Montana held fast to its law. ATP sued to overturn it, losing to Bullock in the st …"

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 "Sierra Club":

"… on, the super PAC. This article has been updated to reflect this.  …"

"… en who have opposed renewing a tax credit for the wind energy industry.The Sierra Club so far has taken aim at six Republicans in its pro-wind campaign: Reps. Bo …"

"… lligence branch and front businesses to buy ads.It is unclear how much the Sierra Club has spent on its “Wind Works” ad campaign, which began July 12. Becaus …"

"… ads” and therefore not reportable to the Federal Election Commission.The Sierra Club's super PAC, Sierra Club Independent Action, had $16,000 on hand through t …"

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 "Koch":

"… ervative advocacy group started in 2004 with largesse from the billionaire Koch brothers. It has 501(c)(4) status and can accept unlimited contributions f …"

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 "Koch":

"… groups—including a few with close ties to Karl Rove and the billionaire Koch brothers—which together spent well over $200 million last election cycle …"

"… f public and secret fundraising arms. “It was our view that Rove and the Koch brothers had enough advantages and we weren’t going to give them another …"

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 "American Israel Public Affairs Committee":

"… ewish Community Convention Celebration, August 13, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Sponsors: American Israel Public Affairs Committee, National Jewish Democratic Council, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los …"

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 "spokesman":

"… did not respond to questions, although Benson and Florida State University spokesman Dennis Schnittker each confirmed that the emails and documents are authent …"

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 "Koch":

"… by America’s most high-profile free-market advocates: Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who have built a powerful political empire based …"

"… on libertarian principles. Brooks, whose high-profile think tank receives Koch funding, was recently tapped to serve on the advisory board of the Charles …"

"… funding, was recently tapped to serve on the advisory board of the Charles Koch Institute’s “Well-Being Initiative,” which “aims to advance our un …"

"… tive may be billed as a way to explore well-being, but some critics of the Koch brothers are skeptical. “The question needs to be: Whose well-being are …"

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 "Oakland":

"… er PAC Priorities USA Action — made small contributions to the Oakland (Calif.) School for the Arts and the Pasadena (Calif.) Waldorf School. Te …"

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 Industries":

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

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 "Koch":

"… Four foundations run by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch hold a combined $310 million in assets according to tax filings obtai …"

"… sp;revenue for 2011. The school is the largest recipient of Koch foundation money since 1985, and it houses several free-market and liberta …"

"… he Institute for Humane Studies, which received $3.7 million from the Koch foundations. The D.C.-based American Legislative Exchange Council&nb …"

"… porate representatives draft model legislation with state legislators. The Koch brothers have decades-long connections with ALEC, which gave the brothers …"

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 "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… ip positions at Koch-funded nonprofits including Americans for Prosperity, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.The Institute for Energy Res …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… deo news program about Charles and David Koch, the brothers who built Koch Industries into a multibillion-dollar global corporation and have increasingly used t …"

"… n April titled, "Web of Influence."Some key findings from the Koch project:Koch Industries has increased its lobbying from $857,000 in 2004 to $20 million in the las …"

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 "America":

"… litical donor. Today, Koch is the second-largest privately held company in America.While Koch has a long history of pushing libertarianism through its grant- …"

"… tute’s latest ad. Founded by David Koch (Charles' brother), for example, Americans for Prosperity — which has launched a major PR blitz around the nation …"

"… outrageous economic costs” of “so-called global warming regulations.”Americans for Prosperity also describes Charles Koch as a “true hero to the free …"

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 "Charles G. Koch":

"… tor of environmental and regulatory affairs and concurrently served at the Charles G. Koch Foundation as vice president for environmental projects.Prior to joining K …"