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 "Mercatus Center":

"… dd-Frank world, nor should we,” he said at a conference organized by the Mercatus Center and the Cato Institute. Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Servi …"

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 "Education":

"… delsons are also benefactors of the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas, a pre-kindergarten through high school facilit …"

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 "spokesman":

"… t popular George Mason conference, drawing at least 10 federal judges. BP spokesman Scott Dean says the company has no record of ever directly contributing to …"

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 "Paul Singer":

"… gtime booster of conservative causes Richard DeVos; hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer; and Philip Anschutz, owner of the conservative Examiner newspapers. …"

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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 "Mercatus Center":

"… r funders of conservative think tanks including the Cato Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.“Greed Agenda” and “Tycoons” are part o …"

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 "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 …"

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 "Europe":

"… onsors were from abroad, including think tanks in India, China, Australia, Europe, and Canada.The Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change is composed of m …"

"… received over $542,000 from the ExxonMobil Foundation, has also created a European group of the same name. In January, CFACT-Europe published “The Climat …"

"… ion, has also created a European group of the same name. In January, CFACT-Europe published “The Climate Catastrophe — What Is It All About? — The Nai …"

Unregistered advocates?

By Anupama Narayanswamy and Alex Knott

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Israel Education Foundation":

"… ountries they are promoting but are not registered under FARA are the American Israel Education Foundation ($950,000 spent during the study period); the Japan Center for I …"

"… not a lobbyist … we are not pushing a standpoint," Gannon said.The American Israel Education Foundation and the American-Turkish Council did not return phone calls from the …"

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 "John Boehner":

"… staffs. But that idea quickly lost momentum.The new House majority leader, John Boehner of Ohio, is himself a frequent traveler, having taken more than five month …"

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 "board member":

"… public interest comments 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 …"

"… Koch.Reagan Office of Management and Budget Director James Miller became a board member of CSE in 1988. Wayne Gable, who replaced Fink as CSE President in 1989, i …"