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 "Karl Rove":

"… at the two are different kinds of organizations. In a photo caption about Karl Rove, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote: “Karl Rove: ‘Bush’s …"

"… aption about Karl Rove, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote: “Karl Rove: ‘Bush’s brain’ helped organize the super-PAC Crossroads GPS, a ‘n …"

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 "Brien":

"… ericans for Prosperity estimates they spent less than $100,000. Slade O’Brien, the Florida director of Americans for Prosperity, says he was looking to …"

"… s — the justices were retained with about two-thirds of the vote — O’Brien claims his group enjoyed a strong return on a modest investment. “Now t …"

"… ’s a level of scrutiny, they can’t just toil away in anonymity,” O’Brien says. Roth said the money raised by his group showed that out-of-state gr …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ron Marlenee":

"… onwide.Tea party tiesOne of ATP’s founders is former Montana Congressman Ron Marlenee, who served from 1977 until the state dropped from two House seats to one …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… paign: Reps. Bob Latta of Ohio, Blake Farenthold of Texas, Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Joe Heck …"

"… , Blake Farenthold of Texas, Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Joe Heck of Nevada.The TV and radio ads …"

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 "Christian Coalition":

"… e that badly outhustled on the ground again,” said Ralph Reed the former Christian Coalition leader.This year, Reed hopes to deploy another conservative religious grou …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… of the bigger GOP allied groups have set as goals for this election cycle. American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, two groups that have relied heavily on fundraising hel …"

"… ttleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia.American Crossroads, a 527, in the first six months of this year has reported raising $3.8 mil …"

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 "Microsoft Corp.":

"… ooley (Calif.), Adam Smith (Wash.) and Jim Moran (Va.) and othersSponsors: Microsoft Corp. (Koch Industries, America Online, AT&T Wireless, Lucent Technologies a …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… ees. As their public profile has risen, so too has criticism. In January, Koch Industries, America’s second-largest privately held company, hired Steve Lombardo o …"

"… he Koch brothers to tell their story better,” according to Politico. “Koch Industries is working to improve the daily life of people around the world,” he sai …"

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 "Education":

"… delsons are also benefactors of the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas, a pre-kindergarten through high school facilit …"

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 "Texas":

"… ners Association. He also served as a policy analyst for Rep. Tom Delay, R-Texas, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.The American Energy Allia …"

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 "David Koch":

"… company. …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… onaire Koch brothers, has launched a 30-second television advertisement in Wisconsin that asks, “Who decides Wisconsin’s future: Voters or government union …"

"… 30-second television advertisement in Wisconsin that asks, “Who decides Wisconsin’s future: Voters or government unions?”Charles G. and David H. Koch ar …"

"… e private sector. Governor Walker has the courage to do what’s right for Wisconsin.”The Center reported in October that Americans for Prosperity was one of …"

"… a sister nonprofit.Koch Industries was one of the biggest contributors to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign. Americans for Prosperity was a key Republi …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… 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 — describes it …"

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

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 "David Koch":

"… nced "coke") is a huge oil conglomerate controlled by brothers Charles and David Koch, two of the country's richest men and among the biggest backers of conserv …"

"… d to repeated phone calls and emails requesting interviews for this report.David Koch, who ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 1980, in an …"

"… the same time avoiding regulation by state or federal election authorities.David Koch has given $165,000 to such committees, dividing the money between three Re …"

"… ian think tank in 1977. Koch foundations have helped fund Cato since then. David Koch is on the board of directors of Cato.Tax Foundation. Koch group money resc …"