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 "White House":

"… g them: the tech and telecom industries, which have wrestled Congress, the White House and federal agencies on a variety of issues ranging from corporate mergers …"

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 "America":

"… erest groups to gain support for their agendas from government and average Americans. When Arthur C. Brooks stepped on stage in December, the influential co …"

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

"… age appears to be part of a new public relations initiative spearheaded by America’s most high-profile free-market advocates: Charles and David Koch, the b …"

"… ing are we talking about?” asks Tony Carrk, a director at the Center for American Progress, a liberal advocacy group that serves as a counterweight to the …"

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 "Sunlight Foundation":

"… than a dozen known fundraisers in the nation’s capital, according to the Sunlight Foundation. Because the Sunlight Foundation’s database is not comprehensive, the a …"

"… the nation’s capital, according to the Sunlight Foundation. Because the Sunlight Foundation’s database is not comprehensive, the actual number is likely larger. Co …"

"… ornyn is a heavy favorite to win a third term this fall. Kathy Kiely, the Sunlight Foundation’s managing editor, says bundlers provide “a concierge service for poli …"

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 "Energy":

"… irm Amgen, Shell Oil, Prudential Financial, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Duke Energy, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, 3M Co. and the Securities …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… esponse to the scandal, he wouldn’t be the first governor to do so. Then-South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford abdicated the position after revelations that he had sec …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… was founded in 2012 by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming and North Carolina Democrat Erskine Bowles, who served in the Clinton administration. Scores …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… as commenced a media attack against Rep. Collin Peterson, the 12-term Minnesota Democrat already been marked by national Republicans for defeat in 2014. …"

"… ure Committee, Peterson represents a Republican-leaning portion of western Minnesota. In 2012, he was one of only nine House Democrats who prevailed on Electi …"

"… from the Iowa-based American Future Fund accuse Peterson of losing his “Minnesota nice” and being unresponsive — although the spot itself cites no speci …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… idential battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. In addition to its pre-election “st …"

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 "Kansas":

"… s top sponsors. Koch — who listed a New York address for himself and a Kansas address for his company — gave another $25,000 directly to Cuccinelli. A …"

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 "General Electric":

"… this year’s third quarter include the National Association of Realtors, General Electric, the American Hospital Association, Google, aerospace company Boeing, defe …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… facturers of America, Google, Coca-Cola, the American Medical Association, Verizon Communications, drug maker Pfizer and defense firm Northrop Grumman. Even Facebook, whic …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… illion), the American Hospital Association ($4.5 million to $3.8 million), Verizon Communications ($4.6 million to $3.7 million), Dow Chemical ($3.3 million to $2.7 million …"

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 "Democratic Party":

"… s political activities have followed it since its creation. In 2008, the Democratic Party in Minnesota contended that the group needed to register as a political co …"

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 "Humana":

"… ural giant Monsanto, credit card company Visa and health insurance company Humana were large donors to both the RGA and DGA — each giving about $100,000 t …"

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 "Jeb Bush":

"… f Minnesota, former GOP Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida.Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer group Public Citizen …"

Donor profile: William “Bill” Koch

By Amy Myers

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Rodham Clinton":

"… sachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, former Vice President Al Gore and former Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and John McCain of Ari …"

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 "Oregon":

"… 2010. The group was a top donor in the Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, Oregon, New Mexico, and Iowa races. In 2004 and 2008, its PAC also gave a to …"

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 "Indiana":

"… n Crossroads has also received $400,000 this year from Weaver Popcorn, the Indiana-based maker of the popcorn brands Pop Weaver and Trails End, which is sold …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… eived a $100,000 infusion from Pitcock and $500,000 from Texas super donor Harold Simmons.Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s super PAC, FreedomWorks for Am …"

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 "Walmart":

"… of corporate members, including Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, AT&T and Walmart. In addition, two thousand legislators pay $50 a year to be members.ALEC …"

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 "Brennan Center for Democracy":

"… o possess government-issued identification.A 2006 survey conducted for the Brennan Center for Democracy found that 25 percent of African Americans and 16 percent of Latinos do no …"

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 "Nevada":

"… 2 million on “issue advocacy” ads late last year — in Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.In February, the pro-business behemoth …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… t. But while many say Black and her companions have created a split in the Republican Party, it is not visible among the companies and interest groups that are donati …"

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