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 "Texas":

"… ermine key provisions in the financial reform law. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, named by the Center’s April report as the captain of the banking caucus …"

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 "Duke University":

"… e into the “integrated study of philosophy, politics and economics” at Duke University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. And philosophize about the …"

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 …"

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 "Missouri":

"… and by funding state-based reporting projects in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. Recurring theme …"

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 "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 "North Dakota":

"… $1.6 million and features ads that will air in Indiana, Ohio, Montana and North Dakota.“Means,” from Patriot Majority USA, criticizes Montana U.S. Rep. Denny …"

"… n he was Ohio’s treasurer.“Sly One,” also from Majority PAC, attacks North Dakota Republican Senate candidate Rep. Rick Berg for his votes on Medicare and S …"

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 "Charles G. Koch":

"… e ties to the Kochs.One person completed a Koch Associate Program with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation and coordinated a regulatory studies program at the …"

"… interests of Charles Koch.Mercatus received at least $7.6 million from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation between 2006 and 2008, according to the most recent …"

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 "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 …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Public Citizen":

"… ig Holman, who analyzes special interests for the political advocacy group Public Citizen. "This is not carelessness — this is just breaking the law and these tri …"

"… zations also have been criticized by congressional watchdog groups such as Public Citizen for acting on behalf of corporate entities.Both the Ripon Educational …"

"… y have met the threshold that makes them a lobbying group," said Holman of Public Citizen, whose group investigated Mercatus and reported that the OMB's Office of I …"

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 "Texas":

"… "In terms of private travel dollars spent, the office of Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who resigned as House majority leader in January after being indicted on …"

"… the Carter, Bush, Clinton, and Bush II Administrations."Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, accepted more than $175,000 in travel for himself and his wife, Helen, at …"

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 "Mercatus Center":

"… as little government as necessary."Another Koch group housed at GMU is the Mercatus Center.Koch family money was used to support Mercatus in the mid-1980s and still …"

"… ments filed by the group.John Graham, once an advisory board member of the Mercatus Center, is now a senior OMB official. His office has been particularly receptive …"