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Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… ined fundraising levels of 2013 with some nostalgia.” …"

"… x days later, another $52,000 in materials appeared. By Election Day, the Tennessee affiliate of StudentsFirst, the education-focused organization behind the …"

Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

By Wendell Potter

Conservative group's power has been under-covered.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… on & Johnson and Kraft. And it has worked closely with groups like the National Rifle Association as well. It is the organization’s association with the NRA, in fact, tha …"

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

By Nicholas Kusnetz

A year after Newtown, communities searching for answers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… ther states actually passing laws — Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas — according to NCSL. Some districts have used existing laws t …"

Police killing of boy, 13, with pellet gun spotlights foiled attempts to regulate replicas

By Susan Ferriss

Andy Lopez, 13, was shot dead by deputies in California who came upon him walking with a pellet gun shaped like an AK-47.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… r for Public Integrity reported on how pressure from retail stores and the National Rifle Association helped defeat a bill by Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, who ca …"

Lobbying dips overall, but the beat goes on for guns, drugs and agriculture

By Dave Levinthal

But third-quarter expenditures are down for many special interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… er large lobbying forces with prominent health care interests, such as the American Chemistry Council ($4.75 million), American Medical Association ($4.27 million) and the Biot …"

Gun groups raising unprecedented cash in 2013

By Adam Wollner and Reity O'Brien

Advocates, opponents of firearms control gin up money machine as Congress debates legislation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… did not top $70,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The National Rifle Association has also had a big year, raising more than three times the money this year …"

Youth: Stand Your Ground laws put us at risk

By Susan Ferriss and Joy Crane

Youths in Florida and other states speak out against Stand Your Ground laws, racial profiling, following Zimmerman verdict.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The proposal was pushed by the National Rifle Association, which contributed heavily to Republican legislators running for office an …"

Pro-gun group dramatically ups influence spending

By Dave Levinthal

The nonprofit National Association for Gun Rights spent $3 million lobbying last quarter, far more than the better-known NRA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… ly four times the second-quarter lobbying expenditures of the better-known National Rifle Association, which itself spent a near-record $840,000 during the year’s second quar …"

D.C.-based groups bombarded state high court races with ads

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Nearly $12 million spent by super PACs and nonprofits in 2012-13 state supreme court races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… o weeks leading up to the election. Founded in 1991 with support from the National Rifle Association, which has long been a partial financial backer, the LEAA frequently pays …"

Gun lobby's money and power still holds sway over Congress

By Alan Berlow and Gordon Witkin

But lawmakers' fear may not be entirely justified.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… ories for gun rights activists, the firearms industry and particularly the National Rifle Association, the nation’s pre-eminent gun lobby. The power of the gun lobby is root …"

Gun groups, defense contractors buck downward trend in lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Gun groups, defense contractors, oil companies and Facebook increased spending on lobbying last quarter.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… nal disclosures show. As debate over gun control raged in the Senate, the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Mayors Against Illegal Guns e …"

"… increases. While not among the nation’s biggest lobbying spenders, the National Rifle Association spent $810,000 during the first three months of the year to lobby the fede …"

NRA spends record money on lobbying this year

By Dave Levinthal

Pro-gun organization increases influence effort as congressional debate rages.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… bsp;   …"

"… levels, new filings with the U.S. Senate indicate. The NRA and affiliated National Rifle Association of America Institute for Legislative Action together spent at least $800,0 …"

"… d to spend at least another $100,000 lobbying on behalf of the NRA or National Rifle Association of America Institute for Legislative Action from January through March. C …"

Controversy over cops in schools flares anew

By Susan Ferriss

Push for more police post-Newtown runs up against concern about 'school-to-prison pipeline'

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… he only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun,” National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said after a young man shot his wa …"

EPA unaware of industry ties on cancer review panel

By David Heath and Ronnie Greene

An EPA panel appointed to study hexavalent chromium included scientists who had consulted for industry in lawsuits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Chemistry Council":

"… aths. The chemical industry’s trade association and chief lobbyist, the American Chemistry Council, urged the EPA to wait for more research, a common practice to delay actio …"

"… wait for the results of new studies costing $4 million and paid for by the American Chemistry Council. The EPA decided to wait at the urging of a panel of scientists chosen to …"

"… on the EPA panel. Another scientist who urged the EPA to wait for the American Chemistry Council studies served as a consultant on those studies. “You don’t have to b …"

"… a took office had been a primary author of research articles funded by the American Chemistry Council over the past dozen years. In all, 11 of the 68 members appointed to EPA …"

Current gun debate may not help beleaguered ATF

By Alan Berlow

Federal gun cops handicapped by weak laws, stagnant budgets and Congressional restrictions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… New York College at Cortland, says the ATF’s critics, in particular the National Rifle Association (NRA), have been “extremely successful at demonizing, belittling and hem …"

"… ame a lightning rod for controversy in the late 1970s, around the time the National Rifle Association was taken over by a contingent set on transforming what had historically b …"

Super Bowl ad cost Mayors Against Illegal Guns $100,000

By Michael Beckel

Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns drops $100K on ad during NFL's biggest game of the year, new records show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… Beautiful," along with 1999 congressional testimony by Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's current executive vice president and CEO. "The NRA once supported backg …"

ATF's struggle to close down firearms dealers

By Fred Schulte

Agency's crippled oversight of the industry means troubled gun dealers can stay open for years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"…   ATF criticized By contrast, some gun-rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, have blasted ATF oversight as arbitrary and unfair — and are lobbying t …"

Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns: 'Money is not all that matters'

By Michael Beckel

Mayors Against Illegal Guns sees 'intensity' on its side as its pitted against the National Rifle Association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… onn., Mayors Against Illegal Guns will be pitted against the deep-pocketed National Rifle Association. That doesn't faze Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Gu …"

Fiscal cliff, elections boost spending on lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Year-end reports show outlays on influence by most active groups went up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… While not yet among the nation’s biggest-spending lobbying forces, the National Rifle Association and the affiliated NRA Institute for Legislative Action together fueled th …"

Juvenile court judges latest to express concern over armed security in schools

By Susan Ferriss

Juvenile judges latest group to express concern over armed guards in schools

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… y Sen. Barbara Boxer, a liberal Democrat from California. In addition, the National Rifle Association has been vocal in its backing of armed security in the nation’s schools. …"

"… ay into the school with semi-automatic weapons belonging to his mother.The National Rifle Association, in response to the shooting, has offered to train staff at schools in com …"

Internet ammunition sales draw scrutiny

By Fred Schulte

Legislators want to crack down, but NRA says history shows regulation is not effective

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… t too much information out there,” he added.Fervent opposition The National Rifle Association strongly opposes ammunition regulation. The NRA argues that banning online …"

School discipline reform groups question proposals for armed security

By Susan Ferriss

School reform groups question proposals emerging from shootings

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… is week in his role as leader of the post-Newtown effort —among them the National Rifle Association.The NRA, under scrutiny for its intense efforts to preserve gun-ownership …"

Donor profile: Michael Bloomberg

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… omberg’s vast wealth has created a challenge to the politically powerful National Rifle Association as the nation revisits the debate over gun control. On Dec. 14, 20-year-ol …"

After Sandy Hook shootings, NRA campaign clout still formidable

By Joe Eaton

Will Connecticut shooting change the calculus?

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… ary school lunchbox.”The NRA did not respond to requests for comment. …"

Daily Disclosure: Tennessee congressman targeted in ads over alleged affair

By Rachael Marcus

Ad targets Rep. Scott DesJarlais over sex scandal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… titute for Legislative Action, the politically active nonprofit arm of the National Rifle Association, released an ad supporting former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, the Repub …"

Daily Disclosure: Realtors spend big on California race

By Rachael Marcus

National Association of Realtors backs Rep. Brad Sherman in a big way

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… 2.5 million. This makes the Realtors’ outside spending comparable to the National Rifle Association.In addition to the PAC’s $500,000 in support of Sherman, its super PAC h …"

Daily Disclosure: NRA goes after Democrats in contested Senate races

By Rachael Marcus

The nation's powerful gun lobby has stayed relatively quiet, but is now spending big on ads in Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… Romney.New super PACs: America Forever in Chatham, N.J. …"

ALEC faces new challenge to tax-exempt status

By John Dunbar

A group of clergy is challenging the tax status of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… for asbestos claims, the “stand your ground” legislation pushed by the National Rifle Association and an immigration bill which reportedly served as the basis for Arizona …"

House votes to hold attorney general in contempt

By The Associated Press

The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… and Steven LaTourette of Ohio — joined other Democrats in voting No.The National Rifle Association pressed hard for the contempt resolution, leaning on members of both parti …"

Supreme Court rejects Montana's election spending law

By Paul Abowd and Amy Myers

Citizens United decision has major impact on elections in nearly half of states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… t called Montana Sports Shooting Association, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association. In October 2010, District Court Judge Jeffrey Sherlock sided with the cor …"

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