OPINION: insurers hiding political spending

By Wendell Potter

Insurance firms don't want to say how much they're spending on lobbying and campaigns

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lobbying":

"… es facing such resolutions to do. In its 2012 Political Contributions and Lobbying Activity Report, Cigna stated that the total dues it paid to AHIP was $837 …"

Las Vegas Sands PAC no Sheldon Adelson

By Dave Levinthal

Political committee for casino company owned by Sheldon Adelson thin on cash.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker grants significant access to companies, donors

By Kate Golden, Bill Lueders and Amy Karon

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Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican governor":

"… lared his candidacy for governor.“Wisconsin is Open for Business,” the Republican governor proclaimed in a press release on the night he was elected. His calendars f …"

House ethics panel clears 'Murtha Method' representatives

By Nick Schwellenbach

The House ethics committee ended its investigation of the last two defense appropriators remaining in its crosshairs, according to a report

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… ” investigation, named after the panel’s late chairman, John Murtha, a Pennsylvania Democrat, who died earlier this month. While the ethics committee did clea …"

Battling over social security

By Kevin Bogardus

Several groups associated with 527s are now engaged in the dispute over Bush's plan to overhaul the entitlement program

Excerpts from this story referencing "State of the Union":

"… advertising, direct mail and voter mobilization efforts.As outlined in his State of the Union address, President Bush considers reforming Social Security a priority for …"

"… rican Progress, to campaign against private accounts. On the day of Bush's State of the Union address, CAF helped organize press calls for spokespeople against private …"

The Pentagon's stealth rainmaker

By Alex Knott

How revolving doors and large donations allow a defense lobbying firm to dominate

The Republican convention: The party begins in New York City, paid for by special interests

By Meredith O'Brien

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2004 — President Bush will accept his party's nomination in New York City at the Republican National Convention, an e

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance regulations":

"… Cable.On top of the lavish parties, private groups are getting around the campaign finance regulations by pouring unlimited amounts of money into the committees hosting the conv …"

Gore spent recount money in primary states before bowing out

By Alex Knott

Ethical questions raised by Gore's spending of recount funds on his presidential run

A most favored corporation: Enron prevailed in federal, state lobbying efforts 49 times

By M. Asif Ismail

WASHINGTON, January 6, 2003 — Enron Corp., which ran a formidable lobbying machine in Washington and state capitals, gained favorable treatm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Honeywell":

"… ources and promote greater use of natural gas. Its current members include Honeywell, the Maytag Alliance to Save Energy and the American Wind Energy Associati …"

'I Can't Breathe' now a federal super PAC

By Liz Essley Whyte

A New York activist wants to honor Eric Garner, who died in police custody, though a new political committee.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tarik Mohamed":

"… deral Election Commission’s stamp of approval this week after New Yorker Tarik Mohamed, a visual communications strategist for Outfront Media and a volunteer for …"

New FEC chief on 'dark money' mission

By Dave Levinthal

New Chairwoman Ann Ravel says she'll fight to out people behind secretive political cash, regardless of party.

Secretive nonprofits flourished — and succeeded — in 2014 state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits backed winning candidates, or bashed losers, in 63 percent of the state races in which they sponsored ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… Arkansas secretary of state. In the past, the group has been backed by the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, though neither group has reported grants …"

Jeb Bush explores White House bid — unconventionally

By Carrie Levine

Instead of traditional presidential exploratory committee, potential GOP candidate GOP to create a leadership PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hillary Clinton":

"… ue his party's presidential nomination in a field that's likely to include Hillary Clinton. PAC money can’t be used for political campaign expenses, though it can …"

Crossroads GPS' cash plummeted in 2013

By Carrie Levine

Conservative nonprofit's income drop coincided with a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… spending a combined $176.4 million on the 2012 elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Roughly $70 million of that was spent by Crossroads GPS. The groups’ mo …"

Gillespie's rich friends leave him hanging

By Carrie Levine

Consummate GOP insider Ed Gillespie nearly wins Virginia Senate seat, no thanks to his deep-pocketed friends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican National Committee":

"… shot. No one, though, thought the American Crossroads co-founder, former Republican National Committee chairman and ex-lobbyist would have trouble attracting big money. Convent …"

Surprise! No. 1 super PAC backs Democrats

By Carrie Levine and Dave Levinthal

To the surprise of many, the top-spending super PAC this election backs Democrats, not Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ority PAC’s spending is a fraction of the close to $700 million the Center for Responsive Politics predicts outside groups will spend on the midterm elections. Overall,  …"

Mega-donors give big to state candidates

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien and Ben Wieder

More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… isan National Institute on Money in State Politics, top donors include: Illinois Republican candidate Bruce Rauner, who has given more than $26 million, mo …"

"… ger Ken Griffin, who has given more than $4.7 million, mostly to Rauner in Illinois. The analysis is preliminary — the totals will only go up as more cont …"

"… said Brian Gaines, a political science professor at the University of Illinois. Limitations on influence But other donors who give directly to candidat …"

"… tical action committees can give candidates as much as they want, and Illinois, whose governor’s race allows unlimited contributions this cycle. Six-f …"

Power shifts to outsiders in U.S. Senate fight

By Michael Beckel

Battle for control determined in large part by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kay Hagan":

"… d out. Take North Carolina, for instance, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis have raised a combined $30 million t …"

Super PACs exploit disclosure loophole

By Dave Levinthal

Several political committees that materialized in recent days aren't required to reveal donors until after Election Day.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… peka, Kansas, and Constitutional Veterans for Freedom Super PAC of Wilmer, Texas. Futhermore, a South Dakota-based super PAC calling itself Many True Cons …"

Bloomberg helps Democratic governors' group close gap on Republicans

By Ben Wieder

The Republican Governors Association is outpacing its Democratic counterpart but Democrats are catching up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of Teachers":

"… s two largest teachers unions, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, and their related political groups, have been the second- and third-large …"

Secretive groups spend millions to influence state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits hit TV airwaves with attacks on state-level candidates, gaining traction since the U.S. Supreme Court 'Citizens United' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nebraska":

"… returned to spend more than $360,000 to boost Republican candidates in the Nebraska gubernatorial and Arkansas attorney general contests this cycle. The  …"

Controversial Republican telemarketer forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Gabriel S. Joseph III's past political efforts include an anti-Obama spam text message campaign that prompted legal complaints.

Non-candidate spending increases in state elections

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Ben Wieder

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "NextGen Climate Action Committee":

"… bid is also getting help from two political groups, PA Families First and NextGen Climate Action Committee, which have already aired an unprecedented $3 million in ads themselves, 1 …"

"… s Freedom Political Action Committee ($4.9 million) and the aforementioned NextGen Climate Action Committee ($2.3 million), created by California hedge fund manager and environmental …"

"… t $4.9 million attacking wealthy Republican gubernatorial nominee Rauner. NextGen Climate Action Committee, the group funded by deep-pocketed environmentalist Tom Steyer, has s …"

"… ctions to 26 percent of ads afterward. In Pennsylvania, for example, NextGen Climate Action Committee and the Democratic Governors Association-backed PA Families Firs …"

'Outside' groups swamp Florida's airwaves in race for governor

By Rachel Baye

Lax laws allow candidates to work so closely with outside groups, contribution limits become almost irrelevant.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… same sources, going through different vehicles.” …"

"… AG. The phenomenon stems in part from a new campaign finance law that the Florida Legislature passed last year. The change made it easier for independent po …"

"… n Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall election campaign, for example. Yet in Florida, such coordination is not only legal, but the norm. “The idea that ther …"

"… ion,” said Dan Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida. Without firewalls, though, limits on how much money candidates can raise …"

Secret politics pervade popular companies

By Dave Levinthal

Some well-known brands keep their political spending secret while others are more forthcoming, new survey shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ertly advocating for or against federal-level candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.  Topping the list is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the natio …"

'Ready for Warren' to change name

By Dave Levinthal

Federal regulators convince a pro-Elizabeth Warren super PAC to change its name.

In New Hampshire, quixotic super PAC shaking up Republican primary

By Dave Levinthal

Big-spending Mayday PAC giving Jim Rubens an unexpected boost — and Scott Brown a headache — ahead of GOP primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… so competing in Tuesday’s GOP primary. Despite serving New Hampshire in Congress for nearly two decades, including two terms in the U.S. Senate, his latest …"

FEC not 'Ready for Warren'

By Dave Levinthal

The nation's election regulator is telling an upstart super PAC to change its name, saying it violates federal law.

Outsiders dominate Alaska's Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Washington, D.C.-based groups are dominating the airwaves in the Last Frontier, home to one of the nation's most contested Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate race":

"… most recent campaign finance reports filed by the candidates in Alaska’s Senate race, Begich had raised about $8.4 million and had more than $2 million still i …"

Pat Roberts' merry band of boosters

By Dave Levinthal

Outside groups are using the power of positivity to help save career of Kansas' longtime U.S. senator.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… erican Hospital Association, American College of Radiology Association and National Rifle Association — have collectively spent $337,000 on ads and other messaging that promo …"

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