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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earthjustice":

"… king process,” said Kendra F. Brown of the environmental group Earthjustice. “We must do what protects the people. The RAA seeks to turn the process …"

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's EPA breaks pledge to divorce politics from science on toxic chemicals

By David Heath

To the delight of industry, the EPA is completing fewer chemical assessments than ever before.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… lawmakers still found ways to delay science at the EPA. For example, the Senate has a gentleman’s agreement that a single lawmaker can stall a president …"

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 "George H.W. Bush":

"… ington, D.C. He originally met Jeb Bush while working on former President George H.W. Bush’s 1980 campaign, which Graves describes as his “first political endeav …"

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 "Missouri":

"… paid under the Affordable Care Act. The measure was introduced in Kansas, Missouri and Ohio, but didn’t pass. ALEC also wants to shield state residents fr …"

"… . In one case, a federal district court in January 2014 struck down a Missouri law tightening standards on navigators, though the state is appealing. Ha …"

Mary Landrieu abandoned on airwaves

By Dave Levinthal

Republicans bombard Democratic senator ahead of U.S. Senate runoff vote.

GOP shelves FEC complaint against Van Hollen

By Dave Levinthal

Republicans had threatened a federal complaint against the Democratic congressman, but don't appear to be following through.

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… haven't made any efforts to move forward with an FEC complaint," said NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek, who declined to elaborate. Van Hollen spokeswoman Bridgett …"

"… said NRCC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek, who declined to elaborate. Van Hollen spokeswoman Bridgett Frey declined to comment Tuesday, but she had earlier decried Rep …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… American Commitment, it has done so without disclosing its funders. …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… Republicans Senatorial Committee, ran more than 420 ads on "Ellen." Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., meanwhile, who's poised to become Senate majority leader, strongly …"

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 "Senate":

"… for Prosperity ultimately aired more than 28,000 TV ads in contested U.S. Senate races, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of data provided …"

"… political advertising. Just two other non-party groups aired more ads in Senate races — Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC operated by allies of Senate Ma …"

"… ising. Just two other non-party groups aired more ads in Senate races — Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC operated by allies of Senate Majority Leader Har …"

"… in Senate races — Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC operated by allies of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Crossroads GPS, a social welfare n …"

Health insurers win midterm election!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: midterm results create a friendlier Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… reform debate, they won the major battles. The insurance companies got the White House and Democratic leaders to stifle any real discussion of single payer healt …"

"… ublicans on board to allow that, so are many Democrats. With Obama in the White House and the GOP in control of Congress, insurers are in the catbird seat. They …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… less than a quarter as much as the Virginia Progress PAC, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Virginia “is a rich state for us in terms of members and supporters an …"

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 "White House":

"… by about five percentage points. Ultimately, the current occupant of the White House decided the 2014 election, said Steven Law, president of American Crossroa …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… because they didn’t fully unleash the powers available to them in a post-Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission era of politicking. Senate Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC dedicat …"

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 "Senate races":

"… ive TV ads aired in North Carolina’s Senate race: 18 Number of key Senate races in which “dark money” groups have aired at least 20 percent  …"

"… ats Republicans must wrest from Democrats to control the Senate: 6 Pivotal Senate races where Democratic-aligned dark money groups have aired more ads than GOP on …"

"… es back-to-back: 60 days Minimum number of TV ads in state-level and U.S. Senate races that have mentioned President Barack Obama or the Obamacare heal …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… imits at the federal level in April, with its ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.  States such as Connecticut and Wisconsin have p …"

"… paigns. Thanks to the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and subsequent rulings, there is no limit to what a person, corporation o …"

"… o given about $8 million to federal super PACs this year, according to the Federal Election Commission. In 2012, he was the largest Democratic donor to independent spending grou …"

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 "Senate races":

"… ng the shots and where the money is being spent. After this year’s U.S. Senate races are run and done, the notoriously nasty contests will likely limp into his …"

"… c Integrity’s analysis of estimates provided by Kantar Media/CMAG. U.S. Senate races in Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky and Arkansas all saw about one TV ad e …"

"… out 2,000 TV ads — about one spot every five minutes. Twelve other U.S. Senate races drew more ads last week. Recent polls have shown Peters with a solid lead, …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… al welfare nonprofits in Kentucky — bringing in more money, according to Internal Revenue Service records, than some of Kentucky’s more high-profile nonprofits, such as 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 "Kentucky":

"… at have so far aired in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire and South Dakota, acco …"

"… o is more than 40 percent in the U.S. Senate races in Colorado, Alaska and Kentucky. And in New Hampshire, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is …"

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 "New York":

"… hose president is libertarian-leaning real estate developer Howard Rich of New York. The $900,000 contribution from Green Orchard amounted to nearly 80 perce …"

"… tax records. Among other beneficiaries in 2013 of Green Orchard money: New York-based Education Reform Now Advocacy, which advocates for charter schools a …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… n the first nine months of this year, but reports filed Wednesday with the Internal Revenue Service show that the gap is narrowing. Though the Republican Governors Associati …"

Democrats seize air supremacy in Senate battlegrounds

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Liberals aired more TV ads last week than their conservative foils in seven of the nine top Senate battlegrounds races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitch McConnell":

"… Pryor’s campaign aired. Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell battled Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. The state ranked No …"

A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… s becoming more common — and is a highly debated area of law. The White House on Sept. 30 also approved a plan to allow a limited number of minors to ap …"

"… schools. In September, as part of the budget process, Congress rejected a White House request for $64 million to hire more immigration judges to clear backlogs …"

Eyeballs burn in North Carolina, Iowa ahead of U.S. Senate elections

By Michael Beckel

Last week, North Carolina, Iowa residents saw three political ads focused on contentious Senate elections every five minutes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Karl Rove":

"… including American Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the U.S. Chamber of Comm …"

Senate Democrats lead TV ad blitz

By Michael Beckel

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee aired more TV ads in key Senate races last week than any other group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… e of ads the DSCC produced last week, the party committee only once — in Iowa — ranked as the top spender in a Senate race. There, it essentially tie …"

"… 0. Both American Crossroads and the DSCC aired about 1,000 TV ads each in Iowa, according to estimates from Kantar Media/CMAG — or about one ad every 1 …"

Non-candidate spending increases in state elections

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

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… million), Florida ($33.7 million), Illinois ($26.4 million) and New York ($14.5 million). Through Sept. 8, one day before the final five state pri …"

"… g the pack. Andrew Cuomo’s bid to remain the Democratic governor of New York put the Empire State fourth, with $13.2 million in spending, while bl …"

Oops: Republican super PAC misidentifies source of massive donation

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC acknowledges a $300,000 gift came from parents of GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, not a wealth management firm.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… reviously donated $250,000 to an Alaska-based super PAC known as "Alaska's Energy/America's Values,” which supports their son. That super PAC has raised …"

Iowa, Michigan bombarded with political ads

By Michael Beckel

Open-seat Senate battles in Iowa and Michigan have attracted a flurry of TV ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… V ads across eight, battleground states: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina and New Hampshire. Since the beginning of 2013, …"

Mitch McConnell revs ad machine

By Michael Beckel

Kentucky’s embattled senior senator has aired roughly one campaign ad every five minutes since Labor Day.

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

"… ax code, does not. Both types of groups have flourished in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling t …"