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 "Gazprombank":

"… retained over the summer by a banking subsidiary of the Russian oil giant Gazprombank and lobbied the Senate and the Department of State on the sanctions and ot …"

"… anking laws, according to the filing. Disclosure of their connection with Gazprombank by The Center for Public Integrity on Sept. 2 sparked widespread public cr …"

"… that they “are no longer expected to act as a lobbyist” for the bank. Gazprombank is Russia’s third largest bank. On July 16 — a month and a half b …"

"… fice had asked them to look into possible Congressional actions related to Gazprombank. The current disclosure does not say what work Breaux or Lott did during t …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… lican group, which counts energy companies and billionaires David Koch and Sheldon Adelson among its top donors. Battling over 36 governorships up for election this …"

McAuliffe names panel to reform Virginia’s ethics laws

By Nicholas Kusnetz

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

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 "Senate":

"… l for the defeat of Republican politicians, who are seeking to pick up six Senate seats in November to win control of Congress’ upper chamber and who have …"

"… groups. The union-backed Patriot Majority USA is led by a staunch ally of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who has demonized the Koch brothers as …"

"… ed against “hidden dark money which is corrupting our elections.” The Senate races raging in Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina are of particular i …"

"… up has accounted for about one out of every nine ads aired in the Arkansas Senate race, one of every eight in Louisiana and one of every 13 in North Carolin …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… dates will also benefit: Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana Sen. J …"

"… against keeping even more money out of our elections.” An email from the Minnesota Democrat email urged his backers to sign a petition to “protect our Demo …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… ut also in the state capitals. As a young reporter, I covered politics in Tennessee when Republican Winfield Dunn was governor and Democrats controlled both t …"

"… t, Democrat Tip O’Neill was House Speaker and Republican Howard Baker of Tennessee was Senate Minority Leader. Baker, who died last month, was a true moderat …"

"… running for a third term, bears little resemblance to the man who governed Tennessee in a bipartisan fashion and who was first elected to the Senate as a moder …"

"… rsed his opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr — Alexander is trying to persuade Tennessee GOP voters that, despite allegations to the contrary, he’s a dyed-in-the …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… all as they duel over governorships in 36 states. Through March, the Republican Governors Association has spent five times more around the country than it did at the …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… eased by the company and reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. The North Carolina-based company donated $4,000 to the Koch-supported Americans for Prosperit …"

"… contributed at least $550,000 last year to trade associations, such as the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Tobacco Outlets and the Bodeg …"

"… hich has backed Republicans in state-level elections; $50,000 to the Renew North Carolina Foundation, an organization formed by allies of the state’s Republican g …"

"… conservative group has continued to assail vulnerable Democrats, including North Carolina’s incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, who is seeking re-election to a second term …"

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 "Elizabeth Warren":

"… D-R.I.; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Jon Tester, D-Mont.; Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.; John Walsh, D-Mont; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; and Ron Wyden, D …"

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 "Haley Barbour":

"… istie may have trouble matching the Midas touch of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who raised a staggering $87 million to help the party capture five new go …"

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 "Aetna":

"… esearchers and Manufacturers of America, donated $325,000. Health insurer Aetna gave $300,000 and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer gave $275,650. Other top don …"

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 "Thad Cochran":

"… makers were Tester and Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont.; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; Dianne Feinstein, D- …"

Senate Democrats' January of doom

By Dave Levinthal

DSCC drenches supporters in negativity to wring cash from them.

Fighting the 'spin' war over Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: GOP topping Dems with message discipline.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… e handed and repeat them over and over again. And it’s because many Washington reporters have demonstrated a willingness to be little more than dictation …"

"… e meetings with Republican strategists in years past — at PR agencies in Washington and in airport hotel conference rooms in cities like Chicago and Dallas …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… group arose out of the split of an earlier Koch-backed organization called Citizens for a Sound Economy, which became Americans for Prosperity and Freedomworks. The latter group …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… ormer chairman of the Republican National Committee and close associate of Karl Rove. Gillespie and Rove, former political strategists for President George W. …"

Methodology

By Ben Wieder

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… national political groups, such as the Republican Governors Association or Democratic Governors Association, were among the donors. Groups were classified as in-state or out-of-stat …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… how that he personally donated $1,500 to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2011, $50 to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina during her 2 …"

'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 "Wis":

"… ral nonprofit group with significant union funding, made the 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin recall elections a top priority, providing a major cash infusion to …"

"… e Center for Public Integrity. Of the total, $725,400 went to the Greater Wisconsin Committee and $150,000 went to We Are Wisconsin, a nonprofit launche …"

"… 25,400 went to the Greater Wisconsin Committee and $150,000 went to We Are Wisconsin, a nonprofit launched shortly after Walker announced his controversi …"

"… e bargaining. America Votes also gave nearly $45,000 to Citizen Action of Wisconsin and $20,000 to Wisconsin Progress. America Votes is a “social wel …"

OPINION: an outbreak of bipartisanship

By Wendell Potter

Republicans, Democrats work together to expand Medicaid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… during state legislative sessions this year has been whether to expand the Medicaid program for low-income individuals and families, as Congress intended when …"

"… urt ruled last year that Congress can’t force the states to expand their Medicaid programs, even if the feds will always cover no less than 90 percent of th …"

"… s, even if the feds will always cover no less than 90 percent of the cost. Medicaid is jointly funded by the states and the federal government. All of the st …"

"… ama administration that they would take the federal money and expand their Medicaid programs to include families with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal …"

IRS scandal sparks fundraising blitz

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… ave the resources to take this fight to the highest levels possible." The National Republican Congressional Committee, for its part, has set up a page featuring a large photo of House Speaker …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… by the Center for Public Integrity on Thursday, the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association together have poured tens of millions …"

"… , gubernatorial seats. The two nonprofit groups — the RGA’s Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee and the DGA’s America Works USA — are not …"

"… West Virginia and Missouri, according to IRS records. The RGA nonprofit, Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee, promised the IRS it would spend only 20 percent o …"

Democrats seeking money for Massachusetts' special Senate election

By Michael Beckel

DSCC solicits funds ahead of Massachusetts special election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… hand and debts totaling $9.5 million, FEC records show.     …"

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 "Thad Cochran":

"… ponsors, including Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Thad Cochran, R-Miss. and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. "It's 2013 and high-time for th …"

Fox News host Sean Hannity bankrolls Republicans despite assertion he's not one

By Michael Beckel

Fox News host's political giving benefits Republicans despite assertion he's not one.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… son, D-Minn., accused Fox News host Sean Hannity of being "a shill for the Republican Party." Hannity's response: denying the charge and betting Ellison $10,000 that …"

News Corp. leans left by donating to Democrats

By Dave Levinthal

Media powerhouse's PAC bankrolls liberals despite reputation for conservatism.

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

"… t to Democrats, the rest to Republicans, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. The 2006 election cycle was the most recent during which the PA …"

Four Democratic senators already girding for midterm elections

By Dave Levinthal

Four Democratic senators already girding for midterm elections, forming joint fundraising committee.

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