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 "lawyer":

"… rson. Her target audience: outside-the-Beltway folks who aren’t election lawyers or political practitioners, but are nevertheless concerned about big mone …"

"… le, morale on the agency’s dwindling staff, which has been without a top lawyer since mid-2013, is notoriously low. The FEC ranks among the worst places …"

"… onal Twitter handles. Ravel, who last decade served as the top government lawyer in Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara County, intends to infuse the agency wit …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… round for days or even hours to come up with this term,” Carney told the Center for Public Integrity, although she emphasized that she is particularly conscious of word choice …"

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 "Republican candidate":

"… re their spending helped retain four justices, and in Louisiana, where the Republican candidate they supported won the seat. *** In Mississippi, out-of-state organizatio …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lawyer":

"… ourt, missing several deadlines to produce evidence requested by the state.Lawyers in Bullock’s office filed a motion to compel ATP to present evidence, i …"

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 "Hawaii":

"… ich support Wilson.Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic candidate for U.S. House in Hawaii, has also benefitted from Sierra Club Independent Action’s spending. The …"

"… has spent $58,000 on direct mail and staff support in favor of the former Hawaii state representative.In other outside spending news:Restore Our Future, a …"

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 "Steven Law":

"… ctoral drives that directly back or oppose candidates.Crossroads President Steven Law has told the Center that it spent about $10 million in 2010 on voter mobil …"

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 "CEO":

"… w about the report until you brought it up on the show.”Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, has steadily climbed to the top tier of Republican …"

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 "lobbyist and strategist":

"… ey Katzenberg, Wall Street hedge fund executive Orin Kramer and Washington lobbyist and strategist Harold Ickes.Priorities USA Action is a 527 Super PAC which must disclose …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… is a compilation of the many private, invitation-only parties held in the Los Angeles area from before the convention gavel officially opened the proceedings Au …"

"… ided information to The Public i, and the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Associated Press reported much of the event infor …"

"… /party promoter)United Food and Commercial Workers UnionWestfield Corp. (a Los Angeles-based real estate development firm)Northrop Grumman Corp. ($285,000, 42 pe …"

"… or services to the convention worth at least $1 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.)Walt Disney Co. (876,000, 53 percent to Democrats)WebMD (a health w …"

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 "Senate races":

"… e Kochs have combined to air about 44,000 television ads in U.S. Senate races through late August, with the ads typically promoting Republicans or criti …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… advice, and I thought it would be a great thing to do,” Cabrera told the Center for Public Integrity in an interview. Cabrera — not a libertarian, he says — explained tha …"

"… hat free markets are inherently moral. In an interview, Zak told The Center for Public Integrity that he had reservations about joining the advisory board when he was firs …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… philosophy, politics and economics” at Duke University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. And philosophize about the “moral imperatives of free mark …"

"… erent grants from private foundations. A $100,000 grant the University of North Carolina’s Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program received from the …"

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 "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… hich received $3.7 million from the Koch foundations. The D.C.-based American Legislative Exchange Council received $150,000 to help finance its activities, including …"

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 "Virginia":

"… lars and is running for two weeks in the coal-producing states of Ohio and Virginia.The ad accuses President Barack Obama of wanting to bankrupt the coal indu …"

"… voting against Obama and the Democrats running for U.S. Senate in Ohio and Virginia, Sen. Sherrod Brown and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.One American Commit …"

"… unning for U.S. Senate in Ohio and Virginia, Sen. Sherrod Brown and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.One American Commitment radio ad accuses Obama and Brown of …"

"… g $2.5 million opposing Obama and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in Virginia, Wisconsin and North Dakota. The super PAC Planned Parenthood Votes r …"

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 Industries":

"… 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 million. D …"

"… heads the board of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a sister nonprofit.Koch Industries was one of the biggest contributors to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s cam …"

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 "Mercatus Center":

"… such as the Pacific Research Institute, the Media Research Center, and the Mercatus Center, are concerned with an array of other issues, including free enterprise, p …"

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 "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… nd libertarian voices including the Cato Institute, the Reason Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Federalist Society. All regularly beat the drum in official Washin …"

"… r at the university, he helped found another Koch-funded think tank called Citizens for a Sound Economy in the mid-1980s.One of the groups housed at GMU is the Institute for Huma …"

"… to have the most incestuous relationship with Koch is the Washington-based Citizens for a Sound Economy.CSE was founded in 1984 by Charles and David Koch and Richard Fink, the gr …"

"… laint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that groups, including Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Bush/Cheney campaign and the Nader campaign, had violated federal cam …"