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 "Politics":

"… organization could face a fine or lose its tax-exempt status as a charity. Politics ‘absolutely prohibited’ The IRS says 501(c)(3) groups are …"

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 "Law Enforcement Alliance of America":

"… gubernatorial and Arkansas attorney general contests this cycle. The Law Enforcement Alliance of America, another Virginia-based nonprofit was active in Michigan’s state supreme …"

The beautification of Thad Cochran

By Dave Levinthal

Senator's supporters suddenly turn cheery in final bid to save Mississippi mainstay's job.

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

"… p;in a U.S. Senate primary since the 2010 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The winner of tonight's runoff faces Democrat Travis Childers, a former …"

Supreme Court opens door to flood of political cash — again

By Michael Beckel

Citing First Amendment concerns, 5-4 Supreme Court majority tosses out aggregate limits on campaign contributions.

IRS sets its sights on political 'dark money'

By Michael Beckel

The Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curb the ability of social welfare nonprofits to influence elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… re both "nakedly obvious in this latest move." …"

Booker burying Lonegan in super PAC cash dash

By Dave Levinthal

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful has derided outside money but is greatly benefiting from it.

Excerpts from this story referencing "conservative":

"… elming amount of cash, but it's not nothing, either. An X factor could be conservative organization FreedomWorks, a major spender during the 2012 election, which …"

Booker supports e-filing in theory, not in practice

By Michael Beckel

Cory Booker supports an e-filing requirement for campaign finance reports, but he still opts for paper.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jon Tester":

"… s to the FEC, which then pays an outside firm to perform data entry. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., has introduced bipartisan legislation to make e-filing the rule. …"

Super PACs swarming New Jersey special election

By Adam Wollner

Front-runner Cory Booker gets boosted — and bashed — by outside groups.

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… a similar fate. Bennett’s re-election was opposed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth as well as FreedomWorks, which is headed by former Republican House Majori …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Exxon Mobil":

"… las Economic Research Foundation, a free-market think tank underwritten by Exxon Mobil and Koch foundation money, according to a report by the Institute for Sout …"

Daily Disclosure: It's labor versus tea party in PA House race

By Rachael Marcus

Unions pumping money into redrawn House district in Pennsylvania.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Shanghai":

"… ’ criticisms of Rothfus have focused on alleged outsourcing to China (“Shanghai” from the DCCC), Medicare (“Not on Our Side” from SEIU COPE) and his …"

Texas Senate race attracts $13 million in super PAC spending

By Alexandra Duszak and Reity O'Brien

Texas Senate race features battle of the super PACs, tea party underdog versus favorite.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… he Center for Responsive Politics.The top spender on behalf of Cruz is the Club for Growth Action Fund at just over $5 million. Also supporting him is FreedomWorks f …"

"… ary election. Hatch won easily earning two-thirds of the vote in that race.Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America advocate for limited government, defic …"

"… deficit reduction, tax cuts and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.Both Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks have run ads that paint Dewhurst as an “establis …"

"… n contrast to Cruz, a “true conservative” and strict constitutionalist.Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller said the anti-tax group has tried to make people a …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

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

"… ating” the tea party movement. The group emerged in 2004 as a spinoff of Citizens for a Sound Economy, an organization founded in 1984 by the Koch brothers.AFP supports “cutt …"

Ethics champion Mike Rose loses big in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

Sen. Mike Rose had proposed reforms based on State Integrity Investigation.

Super PACs play major role in California House contests

By Michael Beckel

Golden State's jungle primary creates intra-party contests this November.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. House of Representatives":

"… ent expenditures touting the veteran lawmaker who was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982."The committee believes that its efforts were effective at raising …"

Romney, GOP seek $50,000 for joint fundraising committee

By Peter H. Stone

Now that Mitt Romney has cinched the nomination, he joins forces with RNC, state parties to raise big bucks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic National Committee":

"… aign has used with great success to raise funds for his reelection and the Democratic National Committee.Obama has already raised almost $300 million for his reelection and the DN …"

Illinois Democrat gets eleventh hour boost from family-funded super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Family, friends fund super PAC supporting Raja Krishnamoorthi ahead of Tuesday's primary election

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

"… ake of federal court rulings in 2010, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, super PACs are allowed to collect unlimited amounts of money fro …"

IG: No special favors for Illinois bank owned by Senate hopeful’s family

By Julie Vorman

Politics did not delay federal bank regulators’ closing of Broadway Bank in Chicago, an institution owned by the family of Alexi Giannoulias

Organizational donors

By Neil Gordon

Profiles of the top organizational donors in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "AIDS":

"… he Republican National Committee, member of the Presidential Commission on AIDS (1987-88)Places: In 1959, Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos founded Amway, …"

Kerry almost doubles Bush's recount funds

By The Center for Public Integrity

Primary campaign funds give Kerry the edge

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesperson":

"… n filings. By contrast, the Bush campaign has $26.8 million. Bob Biersack, spokesperson for the Federal Election Commission, said "it's possible" that Kerry could …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… or state parties and paying for travel expenses. Senators John F. Kerry of Massachusetts, John Edwards of North Carolina, Bob Graham of Florida and Joe Lieberman o …"

Bloomberg super PAC targets Jackson's former seat

By Dave Levinthal

Illinois special congressional election attracting millions in spending by super PACs.