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 "Harry Reid":

"… aised a larger sum from lobbyist-bundlers. And only Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who collected about $357,000 during the same period, raised a sim …"

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 Public Integrity":

"… year’s first quarter than they did the year before, according to a Center for Public Integrity of analysis of new congressional disclosure reports and Center f …"

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 "Maine":

"… epublican governor) Charlie Crist to incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Maine’s GOP Gov. Paul LePage, meanwhile, faces a three-way race without a clea …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… s formation in the early 1990s amid the “Republican revolution” led by Newt Gingrich. Last week, Yahoo News reported that the group would drop …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… Energy Alliance — says the messages weren’t designed to aid Republican Mitt Romney in his bid to unseat President Barack Obama. In a new tax return filed Fr …"

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 "Ken Cuccinelli":

"… ar contributed to this report. …"

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 "Facebook":

"… urveillance Transparency Act. It also lobbied in favor of patent reforms. Facebook, for its part, ticked upward in the third quarter, spending $1.4 million o …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ence elections and policy. For instance, the Koch brothers co-founded the Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy organization that was among the biggest spenders …"

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 "Charles G. Koch":

"… ponsors of the 109 seminars identified by the Center were the conservative Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, The Searle Freedom Trust, also a supporter of conse …"

"… enter, whose board of directors includes Charles Koch. Officials from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation did not return phone calls seeking comment for this …"

"… rofessor who has received thousands of dollars in research grants from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation; and Jason Johnston, a former fellow with the K …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… port. …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ries and has held leadership positions at Koch-funded nonprofits including Americans for Prosperity, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundatio …"

"… ore drilling.American Commitment, a non-disclosing nonprofit led by former Americans for Prosperity staffer Phil Kerpen, is one of the pro-coal leaders this election. It runs …"

"… “betraying coal,” saying their “war on coal is also a war on jobs.”Americans for Prosperity, which was founded by David Koch, continued its own pro-coal campaign with …"

"… s well.All three groups, along with a handful of others, oppose  what Americans for Prosperity calls Obama’s “draconian” fuel efficiency standards — requirements …"

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 "George W. Bush":

"… as Holtz-Eakin, who headed the Congressional Budget Office under President George W. Bush, served as top adviser to 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain and ha …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… del of disclosure subterfuge,” said Bob Biersack, a senior fellow at the Center for Responsive Politics and former longtime Federal Election Commission official. “It’s not wh …"

"… nd Bob Perry have each added $750,000 to the RGA coffers, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.If Pence were running to keep his 6th District congressional seat, his cam …"

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 "Public Citizen":

"… corporate spending — not less,” he added.Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, the nonprofit advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, disagrees. …"

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 "Twitter":

"… ion, follow our Source2012 Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter.* George Soros is the chairman and founder of the Open Society Foundations …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… Dewhurst, a wealthy self-financing candidate, against the tea party-backed Ted Cruz.Cruz himself has raised $6.4 million — a fraction of the $21.6 million r …"

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 "Walmart":

"… members including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, UPS, AT&T, and Walmart. Corporate membership costs between $7,000 and $25,000, according to the A …"

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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