Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

By Julie Patel

Super PAC founders enjoy fine dining, big salaries and a steady business for their consulting firms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mississippi":

"… went to 1911 United’s bus tour to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi and Louisiana to raise awareness about youth gun violence, said Sinclair S …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… s.” When Restoring Ohio applied for tax-exempt status, it told the Internal Revenue Service that it intended to solicit funds from both individuals and businesse …"

Carrying concealed weapons just keeps getting easier

By Rick Schmitt

A multitude of states have eased requirements to carry concealed weapons

Excerpts from this story referencing "mayor":

"… use of opposition from moderate Republican Gov. George Voinovich, a former mayor of Cleveland. His successor, Robert Taft III, also a GOP moderate, did not …"

"… capital are still scratching their heads. One critic, Michael Coleman, the mayor of Columbus, has suggested that the legislature “should do unto themselv …"

Trading in favors

By Alex Knott and Aubrey Bruggeman

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2003 — Legislative favors, increased access to federal lawmakers and instructions on how to use loopholes to evade feder

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senator":

"… , Republican Representatives Joe Barton (Texas) and Billy Tauzin (La.) and Senator Richard Shelby (Ala.), stem from executive e-mails suggesting that Tauzin …"

"… rgest career contributor, requested that its industry heads be seated with Senators Robert Bennett, R-Utah; Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; John Ensign, R-Nev.; John K …"

"… mittee on Energy and Commerce chairman Representative Billy Tauzin, R-La.; Senator Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska; Senator Don Nickles, R-Okla.; Senator Larry Cra …"

"… man Representative Billy Tauzin, R-La.; Senator Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska; Senator Don Nickles, R-Okla.; Senator Larry Craig, R- Idaho; as well as Energy Sec …"

Shays-Meehan opens soft money loophole in the States

By John Dunbar

If the campaign finance reform bill that passed the House becomes law, it will eliminate a colossal loophole

Excerpts from this story referencing "Common Cause":

"… t increase. And both parties are on track to eclipse all existing records. Common Cause reports the parties have already raised $160 million in preparation for th …"

"… rs and federal politics,” said Celia Wexler, a senior policy analyst for Common Cause. “That’s the most important part of this.” …"

N.C.'s public financing system drowned out by outside spending

By Chris Young

State supreme court elections vulnerable to outside spending by ideological groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… f State Legislatures.The flood of spending was made possible thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010. Unlike candidates, outside spending gr …"

Redistricting: GOP and Dems alike have cloaked the process in secrecy

By Nicholas Kusnetz

GOP, Dems alike have cloaked process in secrecy

Operating accounts

By Robert Moore

Alaska, Michigan, Ohio and South Carolina all have unlimited donation limits

Excerpts from this story referencing "Columbus":

"… came from?"Three years ago, the message coming from the capitol complex in Columbus was slightly different.In 1999, political high-rollers were invited to par …"