Election ads were about issues, says 'Carolina Rising' chief

By Carrie Levine

'Dark money' nonprofit spends millions backing candidate but says ads are about issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… run electioneering communications, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. During the 2012 election cycle, 31 groups reported running such ads, down …"

Pro-McConnell nonprofit hit with IRS complaint

By Michael Beckel

A watchdog organization wants the IRS to investigate a nonprofit that spent millions backing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… cs in Washington has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a conservative nonprofit that spent millions of dol …"

"… iolations of tax law and head off others from copying it.” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who is set to become the Senate majority leader next year, face …"

"… rom Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Ahead of the November election, the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition spent more than $14 million on advertisements, accor …"

"… al consultant who serves as its spokesman. That spending spree earned the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition the distinction of being the top-spending group in t …"

Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Lobbying firm, advocacy organization did much of the work.

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

"… r sector — more than $1.4 million over the past decade, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Jindal’s office …"

Conservative group fumbles disclosure in new tax document

By Michael Beckel

Koch-linked nonprofit American Commitment to amend tax documents after questions from the Center for Public Integrity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ive nonprofit American Commitment is amending its 2013 tax return with the Internal Revenue Service after questions this week from the Center for Public Integrity. The nonpr …"

Koch-linked organization uses ‘dark money’ to fight political disclosure

By Michael Beckel

Most of the $13 million raised by American Commitment has come three Koch-backed groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… pen — a veteran of Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth and the Cato Institute — American Commitment has vigorously opposed efforts to force donor disc …"

PR firm busts disclosure deadline while representing Burkina Faso

By Carrie Levine

CD Global Strategies took months — instead of 10 days — to inform the Justice Department of its work for Burkina Faso.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Department of Justice":

"… alf of foreign principals to register and disclose their activities to the U.S. Department of Justice within 10 days of agreeing to become a foreign agent and before doing any …"

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 "Politics":

"… 76.4 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 …"

Grover Norquist nonprofit funded pro-Republican women’s group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative-leaning Independent Women's Voice got 13 percent of its revenue last year from Americans for Tax Reform, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… f dollars backing Republican politicians such as 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Chris McDaniel, who unsuccessfully challe …"

Congress' never-ending political money chase

By Dave Levinthal

Congressional lawmakers are hard at work raising campaign cash in D.C. as lame duck session begins.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… eady back on the fundraising trail, according to documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity: Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., will hold court Wednesday evening at Rosa Me …"

Obama administration let opponents define the Affordable Care Act

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obama administration let foes define Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… industry job in 2008 was because of those abuses. When he was running for president, Obama often cited those abuses, but after he became president, he and tho …"

"… running for president, Obama often cited those abuses, but after he became president, he and those around him seemed to forget the importance of constantly rem …"

Slow start to Landrieu's runoff campaign

By Dave Levinthal

Louisiana's incumbent U.S. senator goes dark as runoff opponent Bill Cassidy airs hundreds of post-Election Day TV ads

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mary Landrieu":

"… between Landrieu and Cassidy is Dec. 6. Early voting begins Nov. 22. …"

Nuclear weapons lab used taxpayer funds to obtain more taxpayer funds

By R. Jeffrey Smith

A government auditor uncovers a textbook case of lobbying by a contractor at federal expense.

Excerpts from this story referencing "DOE":

"… of their contract funds to pay for lobbying and other forms of pressure on DOE to obtain the contract renewal. The firm argued during the department’s …"

"… ’s leaders make an informed decision, according to the Nov. 12 report by DOE Inspector General Gregory H. Friedman. But Friedman called that decision …"

"… ise wording of Sandia’s longstanding, multi-billion dollar contract with DOE. Friedman’s slender six-page summary of his extensive investigation — …"

"… not new. Sandia used “operating costs” — a budget account funded by DOE — “in the same way in securing” contract extensions in 1998 and 2003 …"

Hate political ads? Skip morning shows

By Dave Levinthal

'Today,' 'Good Morning America' were top draws for U.S. Senate message machines ahead of the 2014 midterms.

Koch-backed nonprofit raised $44 million in 2013

By Michael Beckel

ObamaCare-bashing Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, raised $44 million in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… n supporting its state chapters, financial documents indicate. Chapters in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia ranked highest, all receiving between $1 million …"

Health insurers win midterm election!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: midterm results create a friendlier Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health Net":

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

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 "Mississippi":

"… political action committee ran U.S. Senate-focused ads in Kansas, Alaska, Mississippi and Arkansas during the 2014 cycle, according to Kantar Media/CMAG, an adv …"

"… ly by the National Association of Realtors, ran U.S. Senate-focused ads in Mississippi, Alaska, Kentucky, Michigan and Kansas but also avoided the Senate race in …"

GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

By Michael Beckel, Dave Levinthal and Carrie Levine

Super PACs, 'dark money' nonprofits help make Election Day difference as Republicans seize a U.S. Senate majority

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… on funding has changed since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010. Democrats, who enjoyed a six-seat Senate majority going i …"

"… ber, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of filings with the Federal Election Commission. Yet all outside groups active in Colorado had reported spending about $5 …"

Ad war winners take governors' mansions

By Ben Wieder, Reity O'Brien and Rachel Baye

Three out of four races won by top spending candidates and their allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… nt her on the Lone Star State’s airwaves $24 million to $15 million. In Pennsylvania, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf unseated unpopular incumbent Go …"

"… n Committee, backed by billionaire Tom Steyer, helped knock out Corbett in Pennsylvania but didn’t find success in Florida or Maine where it supported Democrats …"

The meanest U.S. Senate races of all

By Chris Kirk and Dave Levinthal

Many of the nation's most competitive U.S. races featured the most negative political advertising.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kay Hagan":

"… est races had the most mudslinging. In North Carolina, where the U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, and Thom Tillis, a Republican, have been locked in a dead hea …"

Meet Center reporters at our Nov. 13 event in D.C.

By William Gray

Center for Public Integrity is holding its 2nd Silver Symposium at the National Press Club, and you're invited.

FEC hunts political ghosts on Halloween

By Carrie Levine

On Halloween, the elections agency sent disclosure demands to hundreds of candidates — including those no longer alive.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… including $208,000 in unpaid civil penalties owed to the FEC itself. …"

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,  …"

Election 2014 by the numbers

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights key facts about the most expensive midterm in history.

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

"… er sources include the Cook Political Report, Federal Election Commission, Center for Responsive Politics and Sunlight Foundation. Rachel Baye, Carrie Levine, Dave Levinthal, Reit …"

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 …"

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 "Arkansas":

"… tar Media/CMAG. U.S. Senate races in Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky and Arkansas all saw about one TV ad every two minutes last week. That illustrates a ma …"

Center wins four Eppy awards

By William Gray

The Center was honored with four awards from Editor & Publisher including Investigative/Enterprise Feature.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ;Editor & Publisher.  Congratulations to all of the winners. …"

Flush with mystery money, Kentucky nonprofit haunts Grimes’ Senate bid

By Michael Beckel

Formerly modest nonprofit becomes deep-pocketed, dark money benefactor of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… ned rules on corporate electioneering following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision for Kentucky Opportunity Coalition’s unexpected rise. Certain t …"

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 "Georgia":

"… enate-focused TV ads that have so far aired in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshir …"

North Carolina's state of political hate

By Dave Levinthal

North Carolina's U.S. Senate race is the nation's nastiest — and few are particularly friendly affairs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… firm. No other U.S. Senate race — even the bitter contests in Kentucky, Iowa and Georgia — has experienced such sustained vitriol during the 2014 ele …"

"… s TV messaging. Only 9 percent of the more than 8,300 TV ads last week in Iowa’s Senate race were positive. There, Republican Joni Ernst is locked in a …"

Pennsylvania super PAC gets 'dark money' infusion

By Michael Beckel

Nonprofit Green Orchard Inc. is listed as the sole donor to new Prosperity for Pennsylvania super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… its 2013 tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. When asked by the Center for Public Integrity about Green Orchard recent six-figure contribution to the Prosperity for P …"

"… drawn more than $43 million for television advertisements, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of estimates from Kantar Media/CMAG, an advertising tracking serv …"

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