Four years after passage, House keeps trying to kill Dodd-Frank

By Jared Bennett

On the fourth anniversary of the passage of landmark financial reform law, opponents still trying to kill it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "CFPB":

"… aws over the past year have been aimed at disassembling some aspect of the CFPB. The bills range from the trivial to the systemic. The Bureau Research Tr …"

"… systemic. The Bureau Research Transparency Act, for example, asks that the CFPB provide any studies or data when publishing a related research study, whil …"

"… de any studies or data when publishing a related research study, while the CFPB Data Collection Security Act would limit the bureau’s ability to collect …"

"… st since its inception. A proposal before the 112th Congress to change the CFPB leadership structure from a single director to a commission has resurfaced …"

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 "George Soros":

"… ams and institutions. Billionaire financier and Democratic megadonor George Soros is chief among them. He’s pumped tens of millions of dollars into e …"

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 "Montana":

"… vately funded conferences conducted in vacation destinations like Arizona, Montana and Florida. Critics claimed that the undisclosed trips created conflicts …"

"… ics and the Environment (FREE) attracted the most attention. FREE, a Montana-based think tank championing “free-market environmentalism,” drew crit …"

"… heir free time golfing, fishing and horseback riding at the conference’s Montana resort location. They worried that judges were being wined, dined and ente …"

Donors use charity to push free-market policies in states

By Paul Abowd

Charity acts as screen for conservative foundations that feed network of state-based think tanks, media outlets.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arthur C. Brooks":

"… tage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute — whose president, Arthur C. Brooks, is on the Donors Trust board. In recent years, it has taken a strong int …"

Barack Obama

Daily Disclosure: Mystery group spends $1 million opposing Obama

By Rachael Marcus

A mystery nonprofit group drops a cool million opposing Obama.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… t organization. It reported the independent expenditure opposing President Barack Obama Thursday, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission.The e …"

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 …"

New GOP campaign is aimed at Hispanics

By Peter H. Stone

Initiative will focus on economic freedom to attract Hispanic votes

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercatus Center":

"… onomic freedom,” such as the American Enterprise Institute, CATO and the Mercatus Center, Garza said. “We want to be a partner and a resource.”Other groups are …"

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 "member":

"… grity is a founding member of INN. …"

"… ss, San Diego Republican Darrell Issa has built a team that includes staff members with close connections to industries that could benefit from his investig …"

"… stitute applied the same research standards to majority and minority staff members. Because the Democrats, however, haven’t outlined an agenda akin to Iss …"

"… e-quarters of the staffers have been hired since Issa took over as ranking member of the committee at the beginning of 2009. In most cases, the Institute di …"

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 "Microsoft":

"… vertisement run by the Cato Institute this week.Bigger in size than either Microsoft or AT&T, Koch Industries tends to fly under the public radar screen. Y …"

Global warming: Heated denials

By Lisa Chiu

Stand-up comedian Tim Slagle was on a roll. In a lunchtime routine tailored to 400 conference attendees, Slagle was killing ‘em with jokes a

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… position was diverting attention from the issue,” said Alan Jeffers, the spokesman for the ExxonMobil Corporation. “We felt that we would prefer to focus o …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercatus Center":

"… spent significant resources to work side-by-side with Congress is the Mercatus Center, a policy research-based organization located on the campus of George …"

"… Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation donated more than $17 million to the Mercatus Center and the George Mason University Foundation between September 1989 and Janu …"

"… nd 2005, spending more than $55,000 each year on congressional travel."The Mercatus Center does not engage in lobbying," Carrie Conko, the organization's communicati …"

"… communications director, said in a written statement for this story. "The Mercatus Center and the university faculty members who teach our programs do not take posi …"

Privately sponsored trips hot tickets on Capitol Hill

By Jim Morris

Study finds almost $50 million spent on travel for lawmakers, aides

Excerpts from this story referencing "Palm Beach":

"… 2003, Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla., was a guest at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla., site of the Restoration Weekend event Nov. 14-16. Harris's form sho …"

"… e did go to an Association of American Railroads legislative conference in Palm Beach in 2004."I think if members are going to be writing legislation regarding …"

"… ational trips. If you're there to give one speech, you don't need to be in Palm Beach for three days."Slaughter said her personal policy on travel abroad is sim …"

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 "Merrill Lynch":

"… ted revenue of about $40 billion last year, Koch is bigger than Microsoft, Merrill Lynch and AT&T.Koch is the leading campaign contributor among oil and gas co …"