Koch-backed nonprofit raised $44 million in 2013

By Michael Beckel

ObamaCare-bashing Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, raised $44 million in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ked among Americans for Prosperity’s donors over the years.    …"

"… raised about $26 million and spent about $18 million. Founded in 2004, Americans for Prosperity is organized as a “social welfare” nonprofit under the U.S. tax code. …"

"… ies — particularly his “ObamaCare” health care reform law. In 2013, Americans for Prosperity spent nearly $22 million on “print, radio and television ads to increase …"

"… ded to a Dec. 6 runoff election against Republican Bill Cassidy. In 2013, Americans for Prosperity also spent nearly $9 million supporting its state chapters, financial docu …"

GOP’s Senate hopes energized by Koch network ad blitz

By Michael Beckel

How many TV ads have groups connected to the billionaire brothers aired in your state?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… ateful for the outside assistance. Kermit Parks, chairman of Union County Republican Party in Arkansas, called the anti-Obamacare ads from Americans for Prosperity t …"

"… rk Pryor “money well spent.” Steve Lux, chairman of the Saline County Republican Party in Arkansas, agrees. “Obviously everybody says they hate negative ads, …"

Koch-funded think tank offers schools course in libertarianism

By Chris Young

Koch-backed think tank wants to educate young minds on the benefits of the free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… nimum Wage,” a video produced by the libertarian Foundation for Economic Education and featured on EDvantage. “But it doesn’t. It gets them fired.” Ac …"

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 "board member":

"… highlighted past well-being events and work published by Brooks and other board members dating back to last fall. It also linked to Brooks’ “Secret to Happin …"

"… brain science and economics to explore economic decision-making. Advisory board member Paul Zak, aka “Dr. Love,” is a neuroeconomist and founding director of …"

"… ” he asked. “Probably.” More libertarianism The other two advisory board member positions are filled by William Inboden, a professor of public affair …"

"… ountries based on wealth, economic growth and quality of life. Rufer is a board member of the Free to Choose Network, which produces broadcast programs that …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Issue ad or political ad? You be the judge

By Rachel Baye

Ads intended to influence elections often not reported because sponsors claim they are about issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "announcer":

"… y, Colo. “Liberals are fighting school choice in Douglas County,” the announcer intoned. “But four conservatives — Doug Benevento, Meghann Silverthorn …"

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 "energy policies":

"… ads were “designed to inform the American public about President Obama's energy policies… not his re-election efforts.” “We could just as easily run those s …"

"… said in a press release at the time. "It's time to pull the plug on broken energy policies and chart a new course." This year, the American Energy Alliance has crit …"

'Dark money' groups fueled by cable industry

By Julie Patel

Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform among beneficiaries, new disclosure shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… egislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity and previously worked at Club for Growth, another group that doesn’t disclose its donors. The Center for Individ …"

Koch-backed nonprofit spent record cash in 2012

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit, spent $122 million last year — exponentially more than it ever has.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… ve the $7 million it spent in 2008, when voters first elected Obama to the White House. "When we see opportunities to engage on our issues, we go all-in," said …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… lections thanks to the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed super PACs, unions and certain nonprofits to raise and spen …"

Koch Industries PAC bolts to fast start in 2013

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Energy company's PAC has donated more than $500,000 to politicians in five months.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… Democrats. But unlike other conservative mega-donors such as casino mogul Sheldon Adelson or the Kochs' estranged brother, William Koch, David and Charles Koch have …"

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 "Cato Institute":

"… conomic liberty” which regularly donates to conservative groups like the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute, contributed a combined $400,000 to …"

Barack Obama accused of 'dark money' hypocrisy by non-disclosing nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity slams the president's nonprofit in a new ad, yet the group doesn't plan on revealing its funders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Campaign finance":

"… that Americans for Prosperity does sometimes thank its sponsors by name. Campaign finance watchdogs, such as Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, have critic …"

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 "Dave Levinthal":

"… able Foundation Why is 2013 an important year for campaign finance? Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel will answer that, and many other questio …"

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 …"

Daily Disclosure: Koch-backed nonprofit ‘educates’ voters about Obama

By Rachael Marcus

Obama's 'failing agenda' subject of new negative ad blast from big outside-spending nonprofit.

Daily Disclosure: Patriot Majority USA targets Koch brothers

By Alexandra Duszak

A liberal super PAC and a nonprofit kick off campaign targeting billionaire industrialists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… ajority PAC, costs $1.6 million and features ads that will air in Indiana, Ohio, Montana and North Dakota.“Means,” from Patriot Majority USA, criticiz …"

"… Stocked,” from Majority PAC, cites a Dayton Daily News report that says Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel hired friends and college buddies …"

"… Senate candidate Josh Mandel hired friends and college buddies when he was Ohio’s treasurer.“Sly One,” also from Majority PAC, attacks North Dakota …"

Daily Disclosure: Americans for Prosperity launches first ad of $25 million campaign

By Alexandra Duszak

Conservative nonprofit Americans for Prosperity launches massive anti-Obama ad campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ment firm and a private equity firm. …"

"… done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”Americans for Prosperity is organized as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit with the Internal Revenue Service, m …"

"… show its total revenue was $22 million in 2010, up from $7 million in 2008.Americans for Prosperity believes in “cutting taxes and government spending in order to halt the …"

"… tedly plan to steer more than $200 million into conservative group such as Americans for Prosperity ahead of the 2012 elections.In other outside spending news:Women VOTE!, th …"

Nonprofit profile: American Commitment

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… .6 million grant in 2011 for "general support" from another nonprofit, the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights.According to the Center for Respons …"

"… deral candidates in the 2012 election. That includes $1.4 million spent in Arizona's U.S. Senate race on ads supporting Republican Jeff Flake or opposing Dem …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arlington":

"… Number: 75-3148958Supports: Conservative candidatesFounded: 2004Location: Arlington, Va.Website: americansforprosperity.orgSocial media: Twitter pro …"

Koch-related group is reviewing financial transactions with Cain aide's charity

By Peter H. Stone

Americans for Prosperity ties to Cain aide under review

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's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "ConocoPhillips":

"… cent meeting, five Koch representatives joined colleagues from ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Eli Lilly and other NEDA-CAP members to register concerns with EPA offici …"

Issa oversight committee staffs up with industry insiders

By Brooke Williams and Matt Pearce

As chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress, Republican Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with cl

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Rapallo":

"… enberg 11 times to obtain it. She only released the name of Staff Director David Rapallo.The Committee on House Administration, which oversees the day-to-day opera …"

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 …"

Americans for Prosperity blasts Ohio Democrat’s climate change vote

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group with links to the billionaire co-owner of industrial giant Koch Industries, has launched an a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… by any candidate or candidate’s committee. www.americansforprosperity.org …"

"… ia-based 501©(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to limited government. Americans for Prosperity spent just over $100,000 on the new 30-second ad, according to a filing wi …"

"… ville and a largely rural area of Ohio.Mary Ellen Burke, a spokeswoman for Americans for Prosperity, told the Center that the ad will be aired through Oct. 27 and that the gr …"

"… for comment.Ad Title: “Tell Zack Space No New Energy Taxes"Paid for By: Americans for ProsperityCost: $100,050Disclaimer: Americans for Prosperity paid for and is respon …"

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 "Congress":

"… mate skeptics. A briefing book Cato distributed among members of the 107th Congress dismissed the Kyoto protocol and further asked, “Is the way the planet w …"

"… nd the scenes. Last year alone Koch Industries spent $7.4 million to lobby Congress on global warming and other issues. Meanwhile as the Center noted in Septe …"

"… he post originally stated that Koch Industries spent $7.4 million to lobby Congress solely on global warming. The money actually went to lobbying on a variety …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

Influential groups sponsoring $20 million in travel not registered to lobby

Excerpts from this story referencing "French government":

"… d.Grapin, whose online biography lists her as a counselor to the French government on foreign trade, said that the nonprofit does not have a specific agenda. …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… re Koch has refineries, pipelines, or offices, including Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota and Oklahoma.While the Senate committee did not officially char …"