Washington's cynical misinformation game

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the role of distortion in health care politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal judge":

"… y a $33 million fine after the SEC accused it of lying. Just last month, a federal judge ordered that same bank to pay a $1.27 billion fine after a jury found it l …"

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 "National Journal":

"… orter for coining “super PAC” as it’s known today. Then writing for National Journal, Eliza Newlin Carney first used the term in a column published on June 26, …"

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "West Virginia":

"… e toward the end of the hearing between Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, and GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin about whether the color of …"

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 "Fred Wertheimer":

"… The entry also includes quotations from campaign finance reform advocate Fred Wertheimer and New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore to illustrate the use of " …"

OPINION: hidden influence-peddling in Washington

By Wendell Potter

Lack of media interest allows hidden influence-peddling.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… what corporations and other moneyed interests do to get what they want in Washington. That was certainly the case last week after National Journal reporter Chr …"

"… 2010 to pay for an anti-reform advertising campaign — is one of the few Washington reporters investigating how corporations and trade associations hide the m …"

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 "Chuck Grassley":

"… y initiatives.Baucus has frequently collaborated with Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who was long the committee’s ranking member, and also the panel’s cha …"

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 "National Journal":

"… eliably Democratic vote and was ranked as the 31st most liberal senator by National Journal.Not surprisingly, many of Bingaman’s donors are related to the energy bu …"

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 "Wales":

"… nsultants and a variety of spirits originating in locales from Anguilla to Wales.Using money from her Committee for a Democratic Future leadership PAC, DeL …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… contracts, in 2007, CQ reported earlier this year.Earlier this month, the Center for Responsive Politics published an accounting of where PMA’s lobbyists have gone. PaperTrail t …"

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 "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… nd libertarian voices including the Cato Institute, the Reason Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Federalist Society. All regularly beat the drum in official Washin …"

"… r at the university, he helped found another Koch-funded think tank called Citizens for a Sound Economy in the mid-1980s.One of the groups housed at GMU is the Institute for Huma …"

"… to have the most incestuous relationship with Koch is the Washington-based Citizens for a Sound Economy.CSE was founded in 1984 by Charles and David Koch and Richard Fink, the gr …"

"… laint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that groups, including Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Bush/Cheney campaign and the Nader campaign, had violated federal cam …"

Commentary: Political mugging in America

By Charles Lewis

Anatomy of an "independent" smear campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "presidential election":

"… insist on knowing who is mucking around their democracy in the midst of a presidential election?* Full disclosure: Since the mid-1990s, Soros' Open Society Institute has …"

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 "The Washington Post":

"… omes from corporations with a vested interest in the outcome. For example, The Washington Post reported that soon after CSE began opposing an Army Corps of Engineers pla …"

"… e $20 billion oil company, Koch Petroleum. It is also helpful to have read The Washington Post of July 26, which reported the following:“Two major oil companies – BP …"

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 "National Journal":

"… s president and CEO of the Chemical Manufacturers of America. According to National Journal, Webber helped round up about five industry CEOs who went to Austin to mee …"

"… n Texas and have dealt with the governor on a number of issues,” he told National Journal. An important point on the chemical industrys agenda is the voluntary redu …"