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 "Senate":

"… this election cycle in an attempt to help Republicans take control of the Senate in the upcoming November election. That amounts to nearly one out of ever …"

"… at amounts to nearly one out of every 10 TV ads in the 2014 battle for the Senate according to a new Center for Public Integrity analysis of data provided b …"

"… eground states — accounting for about one out of every 16 ads across all Senate races, according to Kantar Media/CMAG. Koch-connected groups reportedly i …"

"… families. The top six Koch-connected nonprofits have hammered Democratic Senate candidates on an ever-expanding geographic field. Through the end of Augu …"

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.

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":

"… by America’s most high-profile free-market advocates: Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who have built a powerful political empire based …"

"… on libertarian principles. Brooks, whose high-profile think tank receives Koch funding, was recently tapped to serve on the advisory board of the Charles …"

"… funding, was recently tapped to serve on the advisory board of the Charles Koch Institute’s “Well-Being Initiative,” which “aims to advance our un …"

"… tive may be billed as a way to explore well-being, but some critics of the Koch brothers are skeptical. “The question needs to be: Whose well-being are …"

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 "Oakland":

"… er PAC Priorities USA Action — made small contributions to the Oakland (Calif.) School for the Arts and the Pasadena (Calif.) Waldorf School. Te …"

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 "Colorado":

"… 000 outside spending campaign, running August through mid-November, by the Colorado chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation to elect the conservati …"

"… c record of how the nonprofit organization spent its money exists with the Colorado Secretary of State, and Comcast doesn’t have a record of Americans for P …"

"… k, the organization didn’t have to file records of its spending with the Colorado Secretary of State the way political action committees and other election- …"

"… t do with its money, state and federal laws make a critical distinction. Colorado requires groups to report electioneering to the Secretary of State. State …"

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 …"

'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 "Congress":

"… ealms that include politics, business, advocacy and media. Among them: the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the National Association for the Advancement …"

"… the cable and telecommunications industry's public policy interest before Congress, the executive branch and the courts, and to encourage and promote the ind …"

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 "political analyst":

"… portunities” and “decided to push it" during 2012, said Kyle Kondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “As long as the m …"

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 "Darrell Issa":

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

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.

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 "Koch Industries":

"… has previously reported.     …"

"… OCHPAC, which had nearly $1 million in cash reserves at the end of May. A Koch Industries representative could not immediately be reached for comment, but spokesman …"

"… k among the country's most prominent influencers of elections and policy. Koch Industries, for example, has spent more than $62 million on federal lobbying efforts …"

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.

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.

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 "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… ip positions at Koch-funded nonprofits including Americans for Prosperity, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation.The Institute for Energy Res …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… of ads that urge a yes or no vote, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The entire sum has been spent opposing Obama, but Americans for Prosperit …"

Daily Disclosure: Patriot Majority USA targets Koch brothers

By Alexandra Duszak

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

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ”Americans for Prosperity is organized as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit with the Internal Revenue Service, meaning that it’s primary purpose is not electoral politics but rather …"

Nonprofit profile: American Commitment

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Mexico":

"… lion ad buy targeting Senate candidates in competitive races in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia.In 2010, it spent $1.3 million on so-called …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… , Koch Industries, a sprawling international business with large stakes in energy, paper products and financial services.In 2005 and 2006, Cain traveled to …"

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

Koch's web of influence

By John Aloysius Farrell

The Koch Industries web of influence

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… rothers are renowned as free market libertarians. But as a major trader in energy and financial markets, Koch Industries also knows how to hedge.As its corp …"

"… hs’ commercial interest to preserve America’s reliance on carbon-based energy sources. Despite recent diversification, Koch remains a major petrochemica …"

"… ures to encourage or require the use of low-carbon fuels. These sources of energy, in their manufacture and use, contribute less than other fuels to global …"

"… ouse gases from peat lands and boreal forest, and requires a great deal of energy to heat and sweat the oil out.“Canadian crude generates more greenhouse …"

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 "Mercatus Center":

"… Charitable Foundation and coordinated a regulatory studies program at the Mercatus Center. The center, a think tank heavily funded by Koch and co-founded by Richard …"

"… view requests.At least three more oversight staffers also have ties to the Mercatus Center, which counts two Koch Industries executives on its board of directors, in …"

"… s.”That same month, the oversight committee brought on two alumni of the Mercatus Center as staffers — including Moore, who returned to the committee after a bri …"

"… och executives on the board have no influence either.Still, Issa asked the Mercatus Center for regulatory advice in his recent solicitation blitz. In response, Merca …"

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

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

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 "America":

"… litical donor. Today, Koch is the second-largest privately held company in America.While Koch has a long history of pushing libertarianism through its grant- …"

"… 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 …"

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

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "online biography":

"… obbying. "We are not a lobbying organization," she said.Grapin, whose online biography lists her as a counselor to the French government on foreign trade, s …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… l of its business dealings are known primarily only by the company and the Internal Revenue Service. In fact, it is the second largest private company in the country, trailin …"

"… ampaign financing, so-called 527 committees.Named after the section of the Internal Revenue Service code under which they're organized, these political committees can raise u …"