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 "Vermont":

"… Steakhouse in Minneapolis, Henri in Chicago and Michael’s on the Hill in Vermont. And even though it is an “independent expenditure-only committee” …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch and led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle. Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, the America …"

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 "John Gibbon":

"… opposing the request. “All they did was file a canned complaint,” says John Gibbon, the city law director. More guns, more crime?The impact of all this …"

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 "Richard Shelby":

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

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 "House of Representatives":

"… ocrat and Republican parties to attract some of that money.Last month, the House of Representatives passed Shays-Meehan, a sweeping campaign finance reform bill that would ba …"

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 "energy":

"… errence O’Donnell, received from Firstenergy Corp. The Akron, Ohio-based energy company contributed shortly after the judges began hearing arguments in a …"

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 "Brennan Center for Justice":

"… was to secure the seats they already have. According to an analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice,part of the New York University School of Law, Republicans pushed 11 addit …"

Operating accounts

By Robert Moore

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… eported each year by state political party organizations.Alaska, Michigan, Ohio and South Carolina state election regulations make explicit exceptions to …"

"… s it isn't required to be reported, so it's not done."Accounting for "Team Ohio"Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, both Repub …"

"… isn't required to be reported, so it's not done."Accounting for "Team Ohio"Ohio Gov. Bob Taft and Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, both Republican …"

"… party with Gov. Taft at the official Governor's Residence, and to watch an Ohio State University football game from the governor's box seat at Ohio Stadiu …"