Health insurers win midterm election!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: midterm results create a friendlier Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… re prices of five of the six largest for-profit Health insurers — Cigna, Health Net, Humana, UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint/Anthem — reached their highe …"

"… ix largest for-profit Health insurers — Cigna, Health Net, Humana, UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint/Anthem — reached their highest points in a year last W …"

"… d — and in some cases even tripled. If you had invested $25,000 in UnitedHealthcare stock in 2010, you would have $78,750 today, a 315 percent return. Bu …"

"… in: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for M …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… rginia’s race like they did in other U.S. Senate contests from Alaska to North Carolina. “Shame on them,” said Howard Leach, one of only six donors to the We …"

"… hould have put some money in Ed’s race.” Reported outside spending on North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, the most expensive in history, was $81.2 million. Th …"

U.S. Senate races to attract 1 million TV ads

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Super PACs, nonprofits help fuel relentlessly negative messaging in U.S. Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… r Public Integrity is tracking political advertising in races for the U.S. Senate and state-level offices. Use these two, interactive features to see who is …"

"… ng the shots and where the money is being spent. After this year’s U.S. Senate races are run and done, the notoriously nasty contests will likely limp in …"

"… . Evil — one million television ads. Through Monday, about 908,000 U.S. Senate-focused TV ads have aired this election cycle, according to a Center for P …"

"… ed, to say nothing of the deluge of messaging that would flood anticipated Senate runoff contests in Georgia and Louisiana, the million-ad mark will be ecli …"

Ex-senators Breaux and Lott confirm lobbying for Russian bank on Ukraine sanctions

By Alexander Cohen

A new filing says two former senators were part of a team that earned $150,000 for roughly a month of work.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patton Boggs":

"… with the U.S. Senate. The former senators and their colleagues at Squire Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C., were retained over the summer by a banking subsidiary …"

"… have done or are still doing for the bank. Three other members of Squire Patton Boggs have worked with Breaux and Lott on the Gazprombank account, according to …"

"… ring the Clinton-Bush transition, according to their biographies on Squire Patton Boggs website. Neither Breaux, Lott or Squire Patton Boggs responded to the Cen …"

"… iographies on Squire Patton Boggs website. Neither Breaux, Lott or Squire Patton Boggs responded to the Center’s inquiries. Sergey Perminov of Gazprombank’s …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… n the first nine months of this year, but reports filed Wednesday with the Internal Revenue Service show that the gap is narrowing. Though the Republican Governors Associati …"

McAuliffe names panel to reform Virginia’s ethics laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Governor cites Center’s State Integrity Investigation in announcing new initiative.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… aningful reforms. “I’m skeptical,” he said. …"

"… f a series of gifts the couple had accepted from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., a Virginia businessman. That scandal, which emerged last year, pushed ethics reform t …"

Can this 'dark money' group help the Democrats keep the Senate?

By Michael Beckel

Patriot Majority USA raises millions from unknown sources to play attack dog in the South.

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

"… n — was first identified as a contributor to Patriot Majority USA by the Center for Responsive Politics. Greg Crist, a spokesman for the American Health Care Association, declin …"

Democrats embrace 'McCutcheon' decision

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Ahead of high-stakes battle for the Senate, Democrats create massive fundraising group blessed by contentious 'McCutcheon' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… a new big-money fundraising vehicle — after repeatedly blasting the U.S. Supreme Court decision that made it possible — that could help candidates, state parti …"

"… e Democrats’ first foray into the territory opened up in April after the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling. That decision …"

"… ecision in messages to supporters. Franken, for instance, argued that the Supreme Court had “stripped away some of the last remaining protections against keepin …"

"… tly as Aug. 13, the DSCC itself lambasted the McCutcheon decision. “The Supreme Court’s misguided rulings in the Citizens United and McCutcheon cases have ope …"

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Political foes prefer to score points rather than work together on solutions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… a commentary shortly after his testimony, Lilly added that, “The current Congressional budget process is too elaborate, too time consuming and worse off con …"

"… dded.) Lilly’s words could have applied to every other issue members of Congress take up, especially health care. Had message-makers not been in control of …"

"… rocess of exploring options for legislation at the time. Actual bills that Congress would ultimately vote for or against would not materialize for many months …"

"… ear. The Words That Work boxes that follow are already being used by a few Congressional and Senatorial Republicans. From today forward they should be used by …"

Most senators wait to take e-filing leap

By Michael Beckel

Only a slice of the Senate has opted to e-file campaign finance documents as members debate mandating the practice.

Outside money pouring into governors races

By Ben Wieder

Dem, GOP associations are spending more than double as much on governors' races in the 2014 cycle than at the same period in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "primary":

"… of the federal stimulus package when he served in Congress. Michigan’s primary is in August. The RGA has also targeted races with ads in Arkansas, …"

Tobacco money fuels gay Republicans, business organizations

By Michael Beckel

Reynolds American gave thousands of dollars to politically active nonprofits such as the Log Cabin Republicans, Americans for Prosperity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Reynolds American Inc.":

"… do they have in common? All received financial support from tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. in 2013, according to a document released by the company and reviewed by t …"

Senate power players quarrel over fate of e-filing

By Michael Beckel

A growing number of senators voluntarily e-file their campaign finance reports. But will the practice ever be mandated?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… Tester’s legislation has 39 cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who signed on earlier this month. Senate Minority Leader Mitch M …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Argentina":

"… he position after revelations that he had secretly visited his mistress in Argentina while claiming to be hiking the Appalachian Trail. Sanford’s departure …"

GOP governors group dwarfs Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder and John Dunbar

This year features 36 governors' races; Republicans enter with a big fundraising advantage over Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pfizer":

"… ted $325,000. Health insurer Aetna gave $300,000 and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer gave $275,650. Other top donors included hedge fund billionaire environmen …"

Do senators fear the Internet?

By Rachel Baye

Nearly one-fifth of upper chamber members say they support e-filing campaign finance reports — but won't be this week.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kirsten Gillibrand":

"… as; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Al Franken, D-Minn.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Angus King, I-Maine; Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo …"

Senate Democrats' January of doom

By Dave Levinthal

DSCC drenches supporters in negativity to wring cash from them.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minority Leader":

"… dustrialists David and Charles Koch as the Democrats' arch enemies. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell periodically plays the role of the Kochs' elected henchman …"

Fighting the 'spin' war over Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: GOP topping Dems with message discipline.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… proved what became the Affordable Care Act, just about every GOP member of Congress rose to condemn the legislation as a “government takeover of health care …"

Koch-backed nonprofit spent record cash in 2012

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit, spent $122 million last year — exponentially more than it ever has.

Methodology

By Ben Wieder

'Puppet states' project required collection of data from 38 states, plus extensive analysis.

Was the glut of outside spending in 2012 state races just the start?

By Bill Buzenberg

You can expect more money — and ads — pouring into state races next year based on new Center analysis of 2012 election.

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… it in 2012. National unions, seemingly shattered following Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s easy victory in a recall election the previous June, roared back with …"

West Virginia races primed for super PAC activity

By Michael Beckel

'West Virginians for Results' registered by D.C. attorney with strong ties to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… hope to pick up both a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. A group called “West Virginians for Results” submitted paperwork to …"

"… r chest as she seeks his seat. No Democratic contenders have yet announced Senate bids. Additionally, both the 2nd Congressional District and the 3rd Congr …"

'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall

By Adam Wollner

Progressive nonprofit, fueled by unions, targeted Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… combined $940,000 to four organizations that tried to boot Republican Gov. Scott Walker and several other GOP lawmakers out of office. America Votes, which aims …"

OPINION: an outbreak of bipartisanship

By Wendell Potter

Republicans, Democrats work together to expand Medicaid.

IRS scandal sparks fundraising blitz

By Dave Levinthal

Numerous candidates, committees fundraising off agency's targeting of conservative groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican National Committee":

"… tea party and other right-leaning nonprofit groups for enhanced scrutiny. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus blasted a missive to backers Wednesday asserting t …"

Retiring senators sitting on $10.5 million

By Michael Beckel

Eight retiring senators are collectively sitting on $10.5 million.

How governors' associations keep donations secret

By Paul Abowd

Political groups led by state executives increasingly raising undisclosed cash through nonprofits.

Democrats seeking money for Massachusetts' special Senate election

By Michael Beckel

DSCC solicits funds ahead of Massachusetts special election.

Tester offers e-filing amendment to budget bill

By Michael Beckel

Montana Democrat Jon Tester offers budget amendment requiring e-filing of campaign finance disclosures.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Minority Leader":

"… Representatives for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., could not be immediately reached for comment. Upd …"

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