Washington's cynical misinformation game

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the role of distortion in health care politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Federation of Independent Business":

"… ealth insurers, secretly funneled $1.593 million to its longtime ally, the National Federation of Independent Business, to pay for a TV ad targeting Democratic senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas. T …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… ral court cases. The first case, Citizens United v. FEC, reached the Supreme Court, which concluded that corporations, associations and trade unions should b …"

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… sp; …"

"… d son had pre-existing conditions, the only policies available to them pre-Obamacare would not cover any medical care pertaining to those maladies. And eve …"

"… and GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin about whether the color of President Obama’s skin might explain why some people are opposed to the law.  Rock …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… have become electoral politics' white-hot stars since the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010 helped facilitate their creation later that year. Togeth …"

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 "National Journal":

"… a major cut? Two other polls have given respondents some actual numbers. A National Journal poll last September asked respondents whether they favored the plan for …"

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 "National Journal":

"… Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. It was sponsored by CBS News, the National Journal and the South Carolina Republican Party. The first hour of the 90-min …"

"… Base in Afghanistan.In a fact-check of the South Carolina debate, the National Journal — one of the debate sponsors — wrote that Bachmann’s claim that …"

"… nce operatives have no place to detain captured terrorists is simply false.National Journal: The Bush administration operated a network of secret prisons in Afghanist …"

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 "National Journal":

"… ucus,” urging a 2014 primary challenge to the Montanan. According to the National Journal, in 2007 Baucus voted the liberal position just 57 percent of the time — …"

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 "Senate":

"… tics, winning a 1978 race for attorney general before being elected to the Senate four years later by defeating former astronaut Harrison Schmitt. Bingaman …"

"… -economy standards for cars since 1975 and nearly succeeded in getting the Senate to pass a bill requiring utilities to generate 15 percent of their energy …"

"… tained more than $120 million, including a $1.6 million earmark he and two Senate colleagues secured for General Motors to develop a new Air Force vehicle. …"

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 "National Journal":

"… ns, began in November in inside-the-Beltway publications like Politico and National Journal. The ads focus on what the Chamber sees as an expanding regulatory threat …"

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 "author":

"… ceive sufficient information from them on what they were doing.” Chicago author Peter Ascoli, another $1,000 donor, said he supported DAPAC because of its …"

"… cations” expressly advocating for candidates note whether that candidate authorized and/or paid for the messaging, a Center for Public Integrity review of …"

"… Chronicle. The ad did not, as required, identify whether those candidates authorized the flyer. The Campaign Legal Center’s Paul Ryan said that this appe …"

"… r her name [on the advertised slate], in my view that should be considered authorization.” Either way, he added, the ad should have said it was or was not …"

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 "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 …"

Commentary: Political mugging in America

By Charles Lewis

Anatomy of an "independent" smear campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… t hard to kill and a lie told well is immortal."In the 21st century in the United States of America, it is still astonishingly easy to assassinate a political oppo …"

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 "attorney":

"… I couldn’t even print the briefs for less than $2,000,” said a veteran attorney who has argued cases under the Clean Air Act. According to Senate Ethics C …"

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 "Michigan":

"… , according to figures from the Center for Responsive Politics. Meanwhile, Michigan Gov. John Engler and Rep. Jennifer Dunn of Washington state are among Bush …"

"… fered him a share of his lecture-circuit business.John Engler, governor of Michigan, and Tom Ridge, governor of Pennsylvania, are unpaid political and policy …"

"… rs, drumming up numerous endorsements. He also secured early support among Michigan GOP officeholders. Ridge was credited with locking up Pennsylvania’s pol …"

"… s were members of President Bush’s Team 100, including Heinz Prechter of Michigan, whose company American Sunroof Co., won a lucrative contract after travel …"