Lobbying activity declines among top special interests

By Dave Levinthal

Three-fifths of nation's top 100 lobbying entities spent less on influence in the second quarter compared to a year ago.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ntegrity of analysis of new congressional disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data. Spending by several others remained stagnant. Unlike last year …"

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 …"

How lobbyists helped build John Cornyn’s election war chest

By Michael Beckel

Lobbyists’ role in Senate GOP whip's campaign helped him avoid, in his own words, a “fair fight.”

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… lobbyists volunteered. Government influencers representing Goldman Sachs, Koch Industries and Lockheed Martin ranked among the “bundlers” who helped fill Cornyn …"

"… e incumbent avoid, in his own words, a “fair fight.” Big bundles from Koch Industries, Goldman Sachs Elite political fundraisers credited by campaigns for rais …"

"… to federal records. Brian Henneberry, a lobbyist for energy conglomerate Koch Industries, ranked as Cornyn’s second-most-prolific lobbyist-bundler, bringing in a …"

"… ringing in about $109,000. Through subsidiaries and associated companies, Koch Industries — which is ranked by Forbes as the nation’s second-largest private com …"

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ntegrity of analysis of new congressional disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data. These new numbers reverse — at least temporarily — top lob …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… $1 million to the group last year while tobacco company Reynolds American, Koch Industries and health insurer Wellpoint each contributed more than $500,000, accordin …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle. Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, the America …"

Negative ads make Peterson 'more inclined' to run

By Michael Beckel

Democratic lawmaker Collin Peterson says a secretive nonprofit's media blitz makes him more likely to seek re-election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… ment.  Peterson himself noted that the political action committee of Koch Industries “regularly” contributes to his campaign. In fact, the Koch Industries …"

"… Koch Industries “regularly” contributes to his campaign. In fact, the Koch Industries PAC has given Peterson $43,500 since the 2006 election cycle, according to …"

Anti-Obama nonprofit tells IRS it's not 'political'

By Michael Beckel

Meet the pro-coal group that spent millions attacking Obama while telling the IRS it wasn't engaged in candidate elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… enter for Responsive Politics, the American Energy Alliance, led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle, told the Internal Revenue Service that it did not "e …"

"… rofit backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, who lead Koch Industries. And Politico reported last year that the American Energy Alliance — an …"

Koch-backed governors group gives big to Cuccinelli in Virginia

By Rachel Baye

Cuccinelli slams McAuliffe for accepting out-of-state cash while raking in millions from governors association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… in the first half of 2013 was billionaire David Koch, who gave $1 million. Koch Industries, the company he owns with brother Charles, gave $25,000, according to IRS …"

"… s raised this year, about 7.5 percent came from Virginia, IRS data shows. Koch Industries is also an RSLC backer, having given more than $202,000 through Sept. 20 o …"

"… donors in 2013 include health insurance and tobacco companies, as well as Koch Industries. Similar to McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for attorney general Mark Her …"

Lobbying dips overall, but the beat goes on for guns, drugs and agriculture

By Dave Levinthal

But third-quarter expenditures are down for many special interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… rm Lockheed Martin and telecom giant Verizon Communications. FedEx Corp., Koch Industries, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Ford Motor Co., Visa Inc. and the American P …"

Pro-gun group dramatically ups influence spending

By Dave Levinthal

The nonprofit National Association for Gun Rights spent $3 million lobbying last quarter, far more than the better-known NRA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… ), the National Cable & Telecommunications Association ($4.7 million), Koch Industries ($3.2 million), FedEx Corp. ($3.1 million), Microsoft ($3 million), Wal-Ma …"

Koch Industries PAC spending record cash

By Adam Wollner

Committee has biggest spending month ever during a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… 08, records show.       …"

"… t month also gave $9,000 to the campaign of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. A Koch Industries official could not immediately be reached for comment. ------------------ …"

"… nclear exactly how much financial support the Kochs have given the group. Koch Industries has also spent more than $62 million on efforts to lobby the federal gover …"

Outside money from D.C. groups, Koch brothers gushes into local politics

By Bill Buzenberg

Two investigations this week show how money from out-of-state groups continues to permeate elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… y lays out the most detailed analysis to date of the political spending of Koch Industries, one of the largest privately held corporations in the world. Led by Cent …"

"… s from the Koch brothers personally, donations to political campaigns from Koch Industries’ political action committee and the lobbying activities of Koch Companie …"

"… bbying activities of Koch Companies Public Sector. The cumulative cost to Koch Industries and Charles and David Koch for this extraordinary alchemy of political and …"

"… to 89 nonprofit organizations and an annual libertarian conference. Koch Industries and Charles and David Koch contributed $8.7 million to candidates and the …"

Gun groups, defense contractors buck downward trend in lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Gun groups, defense contractors, oil companies and Facebook increased spending on lobbying last quarter.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… rter lobbying spikes, including ExxonMobil ($4.2 million to $4.8 million), Koch Industries ($2.3 million to $2.6 million), Chevron ($3.2 million to $3.7 million), th …"

Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars

By Chris Young, Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller

Corporations and conservative foundations are top sponsors of judicial junkets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… ere being wined, dined and entertained by FREE’s funders, which included Koch Industries and Texaco Inc. (now part of Chevron Corp.). Media scrutiny prompted memb …"

"… speakers. Two were attorneys who have represented corporate clients like Koch Industries and ExxonMobil. A third speaker, Johnston, the former Property and Environ …"

Nonprofit spends big on politics despite IRS limitation

By Michael Beckel

Questions raised about whether nonprofits like Koch-connected American Future Fund are primarily about politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… blic and government affairs for the Kochs’ Wichita-based refining giant, Koch Industries, registered with the state of Kansas to lobby on behalf of the American Fu …"

GOP gov's group raises $100 million in mostly losing effort

By Paul Abowd and Andrea Fuller

Many of the same super-rich Republican donors that financed super PACs were active at the state level.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… Koch is co-owner of the second-largest privately held company in America, Koch Industries, an energy conglomerate.Seven of the RGA’s top 10 donors are corporate e …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… bsp; …"

"… Its president, Thomas Pyle, is the former director of federal affairs for Koch Industries and former lobbyist for the National Petrochemical and Refiners Associatio …"

"… on. Board member Wayne Gable the a managing director of federal affairs at Koch Industries and has held leadership positions at Koch-funded nonprofits including Amer …"

"… ed by the trio and other conservative groups).William Koch, the brother of Koch Industries’ Charles and David, owns the energy company Oxbow Carbon and is one of t …"

Pro-environment group gave grant to conservative nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Why would a pro-environment group give $125,000 to a pro-energy, anti-regulatory nonprofit?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… clear Energy Institute, the Edison Electric Institute, energy conglomerate Koch Industries, oil refining giant Valero Energy and Exelon, which is the largest nuclear …"

Donor profile: William “Bill” Koch

By Amy Myers

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… r of Charles and David Koch and one the four sons of Fred Koch, founder of Koch Industries. Unlike his conservative-leaning brothers, Koch has given money to candida …"

"… lion in 1983 after a failed takeover bid and later sued for more, accusing Koch Industries of stealing oil from federal land. In 2001, the company settled the lawsui …"

Million-dollar donation in Indiana race may skirt limits on corporate giving

By Paul Abowd

D.C.-based Republican Governors Association uses super PAC to move $1 million to GOP candidate in Indiana.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… e PACs, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of IRS records.Koch Industries has given the RGA $2 million, health insurance giant Blue Cross/Blue Shiel …"

Big business prefers GOP over Democratic super PACs

By Michael Beckel

Corporations have made big contributions to super PACs with conservative groups the biggest benefactors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… but he does not own a stake in the billionaire brothers’ privately held Koch Industries.Oxbow’s interests include coal, natural gas and petroleum.Energy interes …"

U.S. Chamber, GOP block election ad transparency bill

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Bill would force underwriters of attack ads to come out of the shadows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… ichita Independent Business Association, whose board of directors includes Koch Industries’ vice president of government and public affairs, Mark Nichols.The bill …"

Tea party spends big in Texas Senate primary showdown

By Rachael Marcus and Michael Beckel

Texas GOP primary to test tea party's influence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… ership PAC has received contributions from the political action committees Koch Industries, AT&T and other major corporations.Club for Growth's traditional PAC s …"

FACT CHECK: TV ad makes slippery claims about Romney's oil connection

By FactCheck.Org

Collaborative pro-Obama TV ad calls out Romney for his $200M 'oil connection', but the claim is a stretch.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… million or more to conservative groups this fall. But the oil interests of Koch Industries are tiny in comparison to those of the better known multinationals that do …"

"… at is true is that David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers behind Koch Industries, are planning to “steer more than $200 million — potentially much more …"

"… ” according to a Politico report from last November. But while Koch Industries does have considerable oil interests, it is hardly in the league of the tr …"

"… the Trans Alaska Pipeline System through the Koch Pipeline Company LLC.But Koch Industries, which is one of the country’s largest private companies, has …"

ALEC scraps task force behind support for voter ID, 'Stand Your Ground' laws nationwide

By Gordon Witkin

Move follows pressure from liberal groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… iples. ALEC receives funding from hundreds of corporate members, including Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, AT&T and Walmart. In addition, two thousand legislators …"

Beer and wine wholesalers behind legislators pushing controversial voter ID laws

By Paul Abowd

Wholesalers among those behind legislators pushing controversial new election rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… principles. It draws funding from hundreds of corporate members including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, UPS, AT&T, and Walmart. Corporate membership cost …"

State Integrity Investigation highlighted ethics problems plaguing Virginia and its governor

By Laura LaFay

WaPo cites Center investigation in editorial on commonwealth's "swiss cheese" ethics laws.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… slative Exchange Council, which is funded by Exxon Mobil, Wal-Mart Stores, Koch Industries, and other wealthy corporations, writes model legislation of interest to i …"

Chamber spends early, often on GOP congressional candidates

By Peter H. Stone

The nation's largest business lobby taps corporate giants in an attempt to recapture Senate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… by America’s largest oil company Exxon Mobil and included the likes of, Koch Industries, Peabody Energy and Southern Co. Energy lobbyists say that the Chambe …"

15 Tea Party Caucus freshmen rake in $3.5 million in first 9 months in Washington

By Aaron Mehta and Bob Biersack

Tea Party Caucus freshmen gobble up special interest contributions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… defense contractors in the country, with 30 donations for at least $28,000Koch Industries, the company run by conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Ko …"

"… st for comments were not returned from the American Bankers Association or Koch Industries. All 15 of the freshmen mentioned were contacted. Anyone not quoted here d …"

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