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 "Congress":

"… man of the House Financial Services Committee, and the 10 other members of Congress featured in the Center’s investigation, have done their best to derail D …"

"… Frank. At least 30 bills have been proposed to the House during the 113th Congress, aimed at chipping away at aspects of Dodd-Frank. Members of the banking c …"

"… B have been steady almost since its inception. A proposal before the 112th Congress to change the CFPB leadership structure from a single director to a commis …"

"… vision to change the bureau’s funding source from the Federal Reserve to Congress beginning in 2016. The bill passed the house on July 16. Finance-related …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… and universities during 2012. Recipients include Princeton University in New Jersey ($249,150) and Yeshiva University in New York City ($106,350), according t …"

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 "Open Society Institute":

"… n. But there are a few exceptions. A June 2010 conference sponsored by the Open Society Institute, a foundation founded by liberal investor George Soros, focused mainly on …"

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 "North Dakota":

"… oard member Rudie Martinson, a former assistant state director for AFP’s North Dakota’s chapter, and Franklin’s vice president of strategic initiatives …"

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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 "Mercatus Center":

"… duced marketing materials for the conservative Heritage Foundation and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, both of which count billionaire businessman an …"

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 "Tommy Thompson":

"… t nearly $662,000 on advertising opposing former Republican Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who is running for U.S. Senate in the state.Union PAC SEIU COPE spent mor …"

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 "George Mason University":

"… rers. The committee later hired at least two more Mercatus alumni.Based at George Mason University in Virginia, Mercatus’ activities overlap with the commercial and ideolo …"

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 "Mercatus Center":

"… such as the Pacific Research Institute, the Media Research Center, and the Mercatus Center, are concerned with an array of other issues, including free enterprise, p …"

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 "chemicals":

"… rough Koch Industries, a $110 billion corporation that works in petroleum, chemicals, fibers and polymers, and commodity and financial trading and services.In …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… ressional officials to Toulouse, France, where Airbus is headquartered.The Washington-based European Institute, whose board includes executives from dozens …"

"… or congressional chiefs of staff, who are often put up in posh hotels near Washington and attend seminars on public policy."There is no conceivable argument of …"

"… backed the nuclear initiative and partnered with a group that also hired a Washington lobbying firm "to help push through the U.S.-India civilian nuclear agreem …"

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 "Washington":

"… ct with other government officials. All told, the travelers were away from Washington for a minimum of 81,000 days — a combined 222 years.The analysis found m …"

"… American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in Washington. "Education through travel is important, but it's just totally being abuse …"

"… d.Most of Lugar's travel was at the expense of the Aspen Institute, a Washington-based nonprofit whose well-regarded seminars are attended by lawmakers fro …"

"… and from now on will meet with groups like the rail association in either Washington or Houston.All told, the Association of American Railroads spent about $45 …"

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 "deputy director":

"… l and aggressive when it comes to policy and politics," says Jeff Krehely, deputy director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, who co-authored a r …"