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 "Pennsylvania":

"… s on the Family, the D.C.-based National Organization for Marriage and the Pennsylvania-based Patriot Voices run by former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, s …"

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 "Texas":

"… ans in its pro-wind campaign: Reps. Bob Latta of Ohio, Blake Farenthold of Texas, Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, Frank Guinta …"

"… ed ad that hits at “Illinois liberals” for their position on taxes.The Texas Conservatives Fund, a super PAC backing Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst …"

"… st, spent $325,000 on ads two days ahead of today’s GOP Senate runoff in Texas, with Dewhurst, the establishment favorite, facing off against former soli …"

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 "American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees":

"… iers to talk to non-union members, not just fellow rank and filers.And the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees will reportedly spend $100 million this year on its electoral efforts incl …"

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 "Colorado":

"… he first ads will start June 27 and run in key battleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia.American Crossroads, a 527, in the …"

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 …"

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 "president":

"… large block letters that spelled “H-A-P-P-I-N-E-S-S,” the charismatic president of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, explained …"

"… ember advisory board of the Well-Being Initiative includes Ángel Cabrera, president of George Mason University and Tyler Cowen, a popular libertarian professo …"

"… of public affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, and Chris Rufer, the president and founder of the Morning Star Company. A former fellow at the American …"

"… the American Enterprise Institute, Inboden was previously the senior vice president of the London-based Legatum Institute, which publishes the “Prosper …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… t on buying elections, it's status quo for the elder Koch sibling. As the Center for Public Integrity reported in March: In all, two of the six private charitable foundat …"

"… olleges and universities with more than $12.7 million, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Internal Revenue Service tax filings. The vast majority …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… s attacking President Barack Obama, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. In all, Americans for Prosperity spent $122 million during 2012&nbs …"

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 "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 "ExxonMobil":

"… e Institute for Energy Research has also received funding in the past from ExxonMobil, National Public Radio reported in 2008, as well as other foundations affi …"

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":

"… y. …"

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

"… ew with John Farrell, a senior reporter at iWatch News. Farrell documented Koch's rapidly expanding presence in Washington in a project published in April …"

"… t published in April titled, "Web of Influence."Some key findings from the Koch project:Koch Industries has increased its lobbying from $857,000 in 2004 t …"

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 "House races":

"… last Congressional elections. The organization was the largest spender on House races in a one-month period late last summer, according to Campaign Media Analys …"

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 "House races":

"… President 2000, Triad was responsible for pro-Republican advertising in 26 House races and three Senate races. Triad was connected to two not-for-profit organiza …"