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 "Arkansas":

"… t well with anybody,” said Herman Ahrens, a retired Air Force colonel in Arkansas who donated $235 to the Tea Party Leadership Fund last year. He recalled …"

"… nbsp;website, to vice president. Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is a paid executive director of the super PAC “compe …"

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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… 0 politically active nonprofits, from major trade associations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to pro-business alliances such as the Fix the Debt Coalition. Many such tr …"

"… s on this is in their self-interest.” Chamber backers revealed The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a vocal opponent of more robust corporate disclosure, was the most freque …"

"… s largest nuclear power plant operator, which contributed $250,000 to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2012, according to a company document. Exelon reported doling out $13. …"

"… oreover, three of the largest industry trade groups in the country — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers — …"

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 "Ohio Republican Party":

"… he Ohio House of Representatives, the Secretary of State, the chair of the Ohio Republican Party, and the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.Members — 33,500 people …"

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 "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ees, said he was put off by recent fundraising overtures from DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe.“Terry basically told me that if I gave $50,000 by the end of the year, …"

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 "Campaign Finance Institute":

"… ill would be allowed to raise Levin money, according to an analysis by the Campaign Finance Institute. Shays-Meehan detractors, like Republican Representative Bob Ney of Ohio, …"

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 "Michigan":

"… s certified in our [public financing] program don’t have that ability.”MichiganThe Michigan Supreme Court election is the nation’s most expensive judici …"

"… in our [public financing] program don’t have that ability.”MichiganThe Michigan Supreme Court election is the nation’s most expensive judicial race this …"

"… state’s highest court.“This is madness,” said Rich Robinson, of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, who says outside spending has reached a “ridic …"

"… ats on so-called “issue” ads, which are not reported to the state. The Michigan Campaign Finance Network has been monitoring the ads.The watchdog group es …"

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

By Nicholas Kusnetz

GOP, Dems alike have cloaked process in secrecy

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… y-one received F’s on redistricting: Kentucky, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Ohio, Alabama, Minnesota, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, I …"

Operating accounts

By Robert Moore

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