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 "media buyers":

"… mselves, more than 140 people and groups benefited from the spending, with media buyers ranking among the top. Three media buyers, Waterfront Strategies, SKDKnic …"

"… nefited from the spending, with media buyers ranking among the top. Three media buyers, Waterfront Strategies, SKDKnickerbocker, and Smart Media Group, collected …"

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 "presidential election":

"… and led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle. Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, the American Energy Alliance organized a 17-state bus tour and spent more …"

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 "Trent Lott":

"… -writes on the bottom of the letter: “I hope your meeting with [Senator] Trent Lott [R-Miss.] was productive. Thanks Phil!”Also sought after is access to me …"

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 "general election":

"… e than $1,000 to a candidate in the primary, and another $1,000 during the general election. However, contributors can give unlimited contributions to “non-federal …"

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 Democratic Party":

"… in American soldier says in one ad from the group. “How could you?”The Michigan Democratic Party ran ads claiming Democrats Connie Kelley, Shelia Johnson and McCormack wou …"

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 "South Carolina":

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

"… ocratic and Republican candidates in a recent state Supreme Court election.South Carolina Republican Party director Ron Thomas said the public can trust political o …"