Deadbeat politicos outrun federal enforcers

By Dave Levinthal

Sharpton, Gingrich committees among dozens that owe taxpayers money.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… gal campaign contributions, according to federal records. It also owes the Federal Election Commission several thousand dollars in unpaid fines, even after paying off a separate …"

Senate transparency push gets new GOP allies

By Michael Beckel

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will soon introduce a bill requiring Senate candidates to electronically file campaign finance documents.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… so did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Lisa Rosenberg, a lobbyist for the Sunlight Foundation, which supports e-filing, called the bill a …"

Republican bills take aim at EPA science, rulemaking

By David Heath

Already limited in its ability to evaluate toxic chemicals, the EPA is targeted by Republican legislation the White House pledges to veto.

National donors pick winners in state elections

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

Two giant D.C.-based players dominated political giving in 2014 state-level elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… ign efforts, the group gave about $14 million to candidates including Illinois’ new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. It also gave more than $3 million to …"

"… $4.6 million before the election to the campaign committee of Rauner, the Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate, according to data from the National In …"

"… ican Governors Association, and more than $500,000 to state GOP parties in Illinois and Florida. A representative for Griffin declined to comment. Some of t …"

"… an half million dollars to Democrat Pat Quinn’s failed bid to retain the Illinois governorship, but saw more success with the $410,000 it gave to Wolf’s s …"

Obama administration to open Atlantic coast to drilling, handing victory to governors group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Administration action a victory for governors group that was subject of Center investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… awareness of Arctic issues and the importance of the Arctic region to the United States.” In the statement announcing the Arctic for All campaign, CEA …"

Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… s working to clinch the nomination, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance data. Romney’s own campaign committee ra …"

"… full 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and President Barack Obama’s campaign committee raised $715 million for …"

"… a co-chair of Romney’s 2012 campaign, recently told Bloomberg Politics he was “not happy” with Romney’s re-emergence as a potential 2016 ca …"

12 ways 'Citizens United' has changed politics

By Michael Beckel and Jared Bennett

Here are 12 stories that illuminate the ways 'Citizens United' has changed the political landscape.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… ame candidate-specific super PACs, like those in 2012 that aided President Barack Obama and his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. The 2014 election cycle brought on the new …"

States continue war over Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

State lawmakers at odds over hundreds of bills to either cripple or prop up Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… se they claim to represent.” Similar bills have been advanced in Oregon, Kentucky and California. Compact Lens The Health Care Compact Alliance attacks Oba …"

Selling out for big business: business as usual on Capitol Hill

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: upcoming Obamacare bills benefit corporations, not regular folks.

There are 153 presidential candidates running

By Dave Levinthal

Amid the 'undecided' Romneys and Bushes, a gaggle of unknowns has formally filed paperwork to run for president.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… Rubio, R-Fla. and Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis.  But, according to Federal Election Commission records, there are no fewer than 153 people who've filed paperwork to beco …"

"… andidates with any semblance of support have, in a post-Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission political environment, discarded the traditional playbook for ea …"

Center’s Medicare Advantage Money Grab series wins Meyer Journalism Award

By William Gray

Center’s ground-breaking Medicare Advantage investigation named first-place winner of the 2014 Philip Meyer Journalism Award.

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

"… ollow @FredSchulte and @zubakskees on Twitter. …"

"… ;despite little evidence elderly patients received more treatment. “The Center for Public Integrity is extremely pleased to win the Philip Meyer Award for the second time in …"

Liberal ‘dark money’ group could face IRS fine

By Michael Beckel

Union-backed Pennsylvanians for Accountability could face IRS fine after failing to file a mandatory tax return.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ections, thanks, in part, to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, which allowed corporations, including certain nonprofit co …"

Guess who's behind 2015's first super PAC?

By Michael Beckel

Curiously, it’s not the anticipated group backing a Jeb Bush presidential run.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arkansas":

"… n Huntsman. Some of Satterfield’s other super PAC clients have included Arkansas Horizon, which last year spent more than $1.8 million against Sen. Mark Pr …"

"… 0,000 during the 2014 midterms against the Democratic Senate candidates in Arkansas, Georgia and Louisiana. Super PACs sprung into existence in 2010. By law, …"

National security findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

Investigations into nuclear proliferation, the war against terror and the conduct of U.S. officials.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… tured by at least 21 different countries, including China, Russia, and the United States. This is just the latest finding to document the missteps and unintended c …"

Federal politics findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

Were you paying attention? Here are some of the major money-in-politics stories the Center helped bring to light in 2014.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… fluential than ever. Keep reading …"

Good news on health care in 2014, but we're still spending too much

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: fewer uninsured, but debt, mental health coverage and dental care are on the agenda for 2015.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… level it’s been in years. That’s according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released data last Thursday showing that the percentage …"

"… ions of Americans with their premiums and out-of-pocket spending.   Health care inflation has been tamed—at least for the foreseeable future. The b …"

"… 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 …"

'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 "Barack Obama":

"… a visual communications strategist for Outfront Media and a volunteer for Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, filed paperwork registering the group. The …"

American Future Fund: No election, little cash

By Carrie Levine

American Future Fund's income plummeted in 2013 — a non-election year — after massive haul in 2012.

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

"… arrow (D-Ga.), who lost, according to campaign finance data tracked by the Center for Responsive Politics. The group also spent more than $360,000 on broadcast TV ads to boost Rep …"

FEC gets modest budget boost

By Dave Levinthal

The election watchdog's 2015 funding level reverses years of cuts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… her FEC chairwoman.     …"

Sex, drugs and political money

By The Center for Public Integrity

Center reporter Dave Levinthal goes one-on-one with the Democrats' former finance chief on C-SPAN2 show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic National Committee":

"… edy, D-Mass., to play video games. And yet, you still go on to become the Democratic National Committee's head of fundraising. These are just a few of the many revelations about …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… the public with great success by government agencies such as NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency— is comparatively pathetic: It averages one tweet about every three days …"

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 "Politics":

"… elevision and said her consulting business has been hurt by the bad press. Politics has strained her family life, too.  A classmate of Kennedy’s 16-yea …"

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 "White House":

"… e — the traditional organizing and fundraising vehicle used by potential White House hopefuls — Bush says he's forming a leadership political action committe …"

'I felt like I was getting pelted with excrement': Readers weigh in on political ads

By Sarah Whitmire

We asked readers if they found political TV ads to be informative, here's some of what they said.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… dislike. I guess that is what works generally. From Ashley Vavasseur of Louisiana: Tell me what your plans are, how you are going to make things better, w …"

Koch group's income plummeted in non-election year

By Carrie Levine

Nonprofit Center to Protect Patient Rights raised in 2013 a tiny fraction of what it did during 2012, when federal political campaigns raged

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Jewish Coalition":

"… American Commitment ($45,000), Americans for Prosperity ($225,000) and the Republican Jewish Coalition ($15,500). In addition, it paid Noble’s firm, DC London, $2.1 million, …"

Charities risked tax-exempt status with political ads

By Rachel Baye

The IRS bans charities from participating in elections, but some groups pushed the envelope in 2014.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… eering” communications, the group filed a report with the Federal Election Commission disclosing the spending because the last week of the ad’s run was less t …"

Who's responsible for the CIA's torture policy?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Who's who in authorizing the CIA's brutal treatment of detainees.

'Revolving door' spins between AT&T, GSA

By Dave Levinthal

AT&T hires a top GSA official, then and scores a lucrative service contract with the agency.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… not involve a communication to or an appearance before an employee of the United States.” Coleman, whose official title is client executive vice president of A …"

A long-term blank check for 'war' spending

By Julia Harte

In the federal budget, emergency spending for combat operations is the new normal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… s Contingency Operations (OCO) fund – is supposed to work. The White House in 2011 reaffirmed that the OCO, originally established in 2001 under …"

"… ll -- a slush fund used by the military services, by lawmakers, and by the White House to escape budgetary constraints, officials and independent experts say. Al …"

"… m for some stuff the Pentagon didn’t ask for.’ And then this year, the White House discovered it, with programs like the European Reassurance Initiative.” …"

Koch-linked operative mum on mystery millions

By Michael Beckel

Sean Noble oversaw a seven-figure grant to American Commitment, which says it wasn't the beneficiary. So where did the money go?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… significant because in 2011, the Center to Protect Patient Rights told the Internal Revenue Service it gave $1.6 million — one of its largest grants that year — to a soci …"