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 …"

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 "Nebraska":

"… returned to spend more than $360,000 to boost Republican candidates in the Nebraska gubernatorial and Arkansas attorney general contests this cycle. The  …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… at of federal political candidates during the 2012 election cycle. As the Center for Public Integrity previously reported, the League of Conservation Voters alone spent more th …"

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 "Scott Brown":

"… m outside group spending. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., signed such a pledge during their election last year, and Booker …"

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.

Super PACs swarming New Jersey special election

By Adam Wollner

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… canvassing operation costing nearly $74,000 in support of Booker’s bid, Federal Election Commission filings today show. That follows an effort from another new super PAC, Am …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ,000 in 2011 from two donors, according to an IRS document obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics. Earlier this year, Liljenquist complained to The Salt Lak …"

"… Congress in the 2011-2012 election cycle, some $448,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The 78-year-old lawmaker sits on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and …"

"… SC operative and Ensign aide. Sheila Krumholz, the executive director the Center for Responsive Politics, said PhRMA’s $750,000 contribution to Freedom Path allowed the drug lob …"

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

By Paul Abowd

Obscure nonprofit threatens campaign finance limits beyond Montana

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 "the primary":

"… according to The Washington Post.Labor began rallying around Critz during the primary, largely because of Critz's support for the Affordable Care Act (though he …"

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 "David Dewhurst":

"… nt groups, according to Federal Election Commission records.Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has raised nearly $30 million for the race against former state solicitor …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Ethics champion Mike Rose loses big in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… ght out in your report,” Hayes said in May. …"

"… Rose, a close follower of the State Integrity Investigation — which gave South Carolina an F — had planned to introduce a series of reform measures based on the …"

"… o run in the general election held in November.The defeated Rose served in South Carolina's Senate from 1988 to 1996. After more than a decade out of office, he ran …"

"… rer, Curtis Loftis, was eating lunch with Rose when John Crangle, who runs South Carolina’s state's chapter of Common Cause, approached the table.“You'll never …"

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 "the primary":

"… gainst someone in your own party, you have just one chance any given year: the primary election. But under new rules passed by California voters in 2010, several …"

"… Elect an Effective Valley Congressman, which was launched in December with the primary purpose of supporting Berman, spent more than $550,000 on independent expe …"

"… nied up $25,000 of the $60,000 the super PAC reported in receipts prior to the primary, including money from Ted Dutton’s consulting company.For his part, Agui …"

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.

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 "Raja Krishnamoorthi":

"… igns of the candidates they are supporting. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… arack Obama’s former Senate seat.The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Illinois regulators shut Broadway Bank on April 23, 2010, three months after orderi …"

"… or inappropriate influence,” the inspector general report said. In fact, Illinois bank regulators said they made the enforcement order public earlier than u …"

"… senior loan officer at his family’s Broadway Bank before he was elected Illinois state treasurer in 2006. Some polls show Giannoulias tied with Republican …"

Organizational donors

By Neil Gordon

Profiles of the top organizational donors in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Edward Kennedy":

"… n Haber, chief executive officer—worked on the presidential campaigns of Edward Kennedy in 1980, Walter Mondale in 1984, Richard Gephardt in 1988, Bill Clinton in …"

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 "Associated Press":

"… t funding advantage, it may be temporary. Last week, the FEC told the Associated Press that candidates will be allowed to raise money for recount costs thro …"

Silent Partners: Special Report

By Derek Willis and Aron Pilhofer

How political non-profits work the system

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… ss information. A filing for the non-federal PAC of Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid contains a contribution of $60,000 with no other information accompanying …"

Bloomberg super PAC targets Jackson's former seat

By Dave Levinthal

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