Washington's cynical misinformation game

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the role of distortion in health care politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… paigns designed to manipulate public opinion. The most recent evidence: a National Journal article about a new tactic used by the National Republican Congressional C …"

"… sources. The NRCC has created about two dozen “faux news sites,” the National Journal reported, all of which feature articles that “begin in the impartial voi …"

"… uently call upon to front for them is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As the National Journal reported in 2012, AHIP funneled more than $100 million to the Ch …"

Happy birthday, super PAC!

By Marcelo Rochabrun

Name for 'independent expenditure-only committee' turns 4 years old, but still not fully integrated into common language.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… ;Americans for Prosperity, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit linked to the billionaire Koch brothers, a super PAC. Salon made the same mistake, calling American …"

"… Salon made the same mistake, calling Americans for Prosperity “the Koch brothers’ personal super PAC.” Reuters got it wrong, too, callin …"

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… l, I consider that shameful.  …"

"… the actual impact the law is having on our lives. The title of the May 21 Senate Commerce Committee hearing: “Delivering Better Health Care Value to Cons …"

Merriam-Webster makes 'super PAC' official

By Dave Levinthal

Merriam-Webster OKs shorthand term for the clunky 'independent expenditure-only committee.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… on and spent $609 million during the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. These groups already have spent tens of millions of dollars more during t …"

OPINION: hidden influence-peddling in Washington

By Wendell Potter

Lack of media interest allows hidden influence-peddling.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… what they want in Washington. That was certainly the case last week after National Journal reporter Chris Frates disclosed how America’s Health Insurance Plans, th …"

Does the public favor defense budget cuts?

By Steve Kull

The more citizens think about the deficit, the less interested they are in keeping military spending at current levels

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… versity in March simply told respondents that defense, Social Security and Medicare together constitute more than half of the federal budget, 54% favored cutt …"

"… the least year asked respondents to choose where they would prefer to cut Medicare, social security or the military, 45-55 percent chose the military, 16-21 …"

"… security or the military, 45-55 percent chose the military, 16-21 percent Medicare, 13-17 percent Social Security.If respondents are given choices between la …"

FACT CHECK: Foreign policy themed GOP debate full of falsehoods

By FactCheck.Org

Republican presidential candidates stretch the truth on international issues in South Carolina debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "World Trade Organization":

"… s Hollow Threat on WTO and ChinaRomney threatened to haul China before the World Trade Organization to address currency manipulation. But as Huntsman suggested, the WTO isn …"

EPA appears firm on limiting air toxics at coal power plants

By Evan Bush

Industry, Republicans aim to stall what agency considers life-saving limits on mercury and other emissions

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… licymakers, has downplayed the impact of EPA regulations to its investors, National Journal reported.Some power companies are more openly enthusiastic about the EPA's …"

Max Baucus — Senate Finance Committee

By Jeremy Borden

Raised on a Montana ranch, Sen. Max Baucus now wrangles tax policy as head of the powerful Finance Committee. The Big Sky State Democrat, 69

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… ing “abusive to Sen. Baucus’ staff,” according to Downen. …"

"… MT-Sen: Getting Rid of Baucus,” urging a 2014 primary challenge to the Montanan. According to the National Journal, in 2007 Baucus voted the liberal posi …"

"… n an exchange with Republican Rep. Dennis Rehberg. Rehberg, who represents Montana’s sole current Congressional district, had challenged both Montana senat …"

"… sents Montana’s sole current Congressional district, had challenged both Montana senators to ban the use of earmarks. Rehberg wrote, “Even in the Senate, …"

Jeff Bingaman — Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

By Aaron Mehta

As chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, New Mexico Democrat Jeff Bingaman has been in the middle of the contentious debate o

Excerpts from this story referencing "astronaut":

"… al before being elected to the Senate four years later by defeating former astronaut Harrison Schmitt. Bingaman’s wife Anne, a lawyer — as is he — served …"

Chamber seeks cash from insurers, financial firms for new effort

By Peter H. Stone

Even as it plowed tens of millions of dollars into ads this year to help mostly Republicans notch Congressional victories, the U.S. Chamber

Excerpts from this story referencing "senior vice president for communications":

"… ampaign’s ad component, which is being coordinated by Tom Collamore, the senior vice president for communications, began in November in inside-the-Beltway publications like Politico and Na …"

Political inaction committees: How political action committees are spending your donations

By Josh Israel, Aaron Mehta and Gabriel Debenedetti

Jay Peters is a psychology instructor at a Durham, North Carolina, community college who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to conserv

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… a political action committee (or “PAC”) founded and chaired by former presidential candidate Alan Keyes: Black America’s PAC (BAMPAC, for short). Peters …"

"… a mere 1.14 percent of overall spending. Over the same period, the PAC’s president received almost $200,000 in salary payments — about 10 percent of the gr …"

"… ive ways to go about this as there are creative people.”Mary Boyle, vice president for communications for the pro-campaign finance reform group Common Cause, …"

"… former United Nations Economic and Social Council ambassador and frequent presidential and senatorial candidate Alan Keyes. BAMPAC now claims to be “among t …"

Blue Dogs fill their bowls with cash

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Whether the subject is health care reform, climate change, or pay-as-you-go budgeting rules, almost everyone, it seems, suddenly wants to ta

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… bloc.” This is confirmed somewhat by the Center’s analysis of the 2008 National Journal annual Congressional vote rankings: on economic issues, the average Democr …"

Tracking lobbying giant PMA’s former clients

By Nick Schwellenbach

To say that Washington is a town built on relationships is an understatement. A recent example: In the wake of the embattled lobbying firm P

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… Rich Kaelin, Brian Morgan, Joseph Spata and Thomas Veltri. According to a National Journal story in February, “Two sources say that some clients have received comm …"

"… est for comment. However, Patrick Dorton, a spokesperson for PMA, told the National Journal, "It seems like clients are making their transition decisions based on the …"

Hidden Chamber of Commerce hand behind anti-Solis ad

By Aaron Mehta

There’s a new ad floating on the “BlogAds” network, and it’s quite a doozy. In giant font, the ad warns of “Obama’s ETHICAL Problem,” which

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… in 2007. The group does not disclose its backers, but according to a 2003 National Journal article (subscription only) “500 corporate and individual members help 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 "Cato Institute":

"… country's most prominent conservative and libertarian voices including the Cato Institute, the Reason Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Federalist So …"

"… 's other leading right-wing and libertarian advocacy groups.Among them:The Cato Institute. Charles Koch was a co-founder of this libertarian think tank in 1977. Koc …"

Commentary: Political mugging in America

By Charles Lewis

Anatomy of an "independent" smear campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Soros' Open Society Institute":

"… e midst of a presidential election?* Full disclosure: Since the mid-1990s, Soros' Open Society Institute has been a major supporter of various Center for Public Integrity projects …"

Commentary: Lawsuit against Clean Air Act by members of Congress

By Curtis Moore

WASHINGTON, September 5, 2000 — For nearly a quarter-century, almost since the very day of his swearing in as a U.S. senator, Utah Republica

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… rguably violated congressional ethics rules.Hatch and his allies — Gray, Washington lobbyist Alan Charles Raul and Bliley, R-Va., chair of the powerful House …"

"… ts for November 7.)In pursuing this case, one or more of these influential Washington insiders might have violated requirements of the ethics and lobbying rules …"

"… e AQSC was described by Industry Week as “one of the largest and richest Washington lobbying coalitions in memory.” The magazine added: Comprising “nearly …"

"… ers Association. “Its chief strategist,” the magazine continued, “is Washington lawyer C. Boyden Gray, a White House counsel in the Bush Administration. …"

Party machines, lobbyists and special interests: Part three

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2000 — The goal of Texas Governor George W. Bush's advisers in the early days of the campaign was to make him the man t

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Antonio":

"… congressman from Texas, is an elite Pioneer and has long ties to Bush. The San Antonio native spends half of his time in Washington as a partner and lobbyist at …"