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 "Maryland":

"… nsylvania, at $3.99 spent per eligible voter, was second, followed by Maryland ($3.48), Nebraska ($3.12) and Illinois ($2.94). S …"

"… pire State fourth, with $13.2 million in spending, while blue-leaning Maryland came in at fifth ($12.1 million) thanks to a heated Democratic primar …"

Donors, friends of governors often get state supreme court nod

By Rachel Baye

Judicial elections are often criticized for corrupting influence, but appointment process has problems too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "general counsel":

"… was brought on to offer some advice. Five years later, he became Perry’s general counsel, eight months after that, his chief of staff, and a little over a year aft …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

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

"… to political candidates across the country. According to figures from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics, from 2009 to 2012 ( …"

"… n account last year, and a Sands PAC gave another $5,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The senator’s office did not respond to requests for comment, but Graha …"

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "professor of political science":

"… derived from oil and gas development, said Robert Forbis Jr., an assistant professor of political science at Texas Tech University. “Energy wins practically every time,” Forbi …"

Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… . He has leased some of his own land to oil companies in the past, and the law firm where he practices specializes in negotiating oil and gas agreements. …"

"… nbsp;residents live in small towns or on farms and have scant influence on lawmakers. About 23 percent have incomes below the federal poverty line,  …"

"… borate or respond to further questions. Soon after the legislation became law, the TCEQ voluntarily narrowed the focus of its rules. Today the tighter s …"

"… nate. She is now a policy advisor at Patton Boggs, a Washington D.C.-based law and lobbying firm that advises U.S. and international clients on oil and g …"

Top GOP donor Harold Simmons dead at 82

By Dave Levinthal

Texas billionaire ranked among top donors to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… und (pro-David Dewhurst) $1 million to Make Us Great Again (pro-Rick Perry), all from Contran Corp. $500,000 to Conservative Renewal (pro-Dewhurst) …"

"… $100,000 to Restoring Prosperity Fund (pro-Perry, formerly Americans for Rick Perry) $50,000 to Strong Utah (pro-Orrin Hatch) $25,000 to Women Speak Out PAC …"

"… sp;it was influenced by Simmons’ donations to groups that supported Gov. Rick Perry. Although Simmons' has given tens of millions of dollars to conservative …"

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

By Nicholas Kusnetz

A year after Newtown, communities searching for answers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oregon":

"… used was intended for private security guards only. Districts in Colorado, Oregon and Ohio have taken similar steps, and schools in several other states are …"

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… ose arrangements have drawn their own scrutiny. Two funds under Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s control have spread hundreds of millions of dollars to corporations ov …"

Wendy Davis kicks fundraising into top gear

By Adam Wollner

State senator from Texas raising profile — and big money — in D.C. as she mulls gubernatorial bid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Blumenthal":

"… major national Democratic figures. Headlining Davis’ first event: Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Al Franken, D-Minn.; Kirsten Gillibrand …"

Embattled McDonnell benefactor also boosted RGA

By Alan Suderman

Republican Governors Association got cash from embattled donor to Bob McDonnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bob McDonnell":

"… by Jonnie Williams Sr., the businessman whose gift giving to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has drawn the scrutiny of federal law enforcement officials, donated …"

IMPACT: 'Dentists' probe leads to new Texas law

By David Heath

Center's 'Dollars and Dentists' investigation brings about new Texas law.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… . Currently, the state maintains no information about dental chains. Gov. Rick Perry signed the bill last week. It takes effect on Jan. 1.     …"

Texas passes ethics bill, but many proposed reforms are left on the cutting room floor

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Good-government groups lament what's left out

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… the reauthorization bill in case of a veto of the stand-alone bill by Gov. Rick Perry, who opposed the effort. But lawmakers removed the amendment Friday night, …"

"… ts Perry to sign the bill. Update: (June 17, 11:33 a.m.): On Jun 14, Gov. Rick Perry vetoed the bill. Perry said he supported some components of the …"

Pro-Rand Paul super PAC's name may violate law

By Michael Beckel

Federal regulators could crack down on independent groups using politicos' monikers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… during the 2012 GOP presidential primaries, the super PAC “Americans for Rick Perry” ran afoul of the rule and changed its name to “Restoring Prosperity F …"

GOP super donor Bob Perry dead at 80

By Dave Levinthal

Texas homebuilder among most prominent contributors ever to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… k; pro-Allen West)   $100,000 to Make Us Great Again (pro-Rick Perry)   $15,000 to Maverick PAC USA (pro-Republican) Perry also financ …"

"… n season to Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who Bob Perry has long backed at the state level. (The two men are not re …"

Governors’ groups rely increasingly on 'dark money' affiliates

By Paul Abowd

Powerful state governors' associations are pumping more funds into nonprofit arms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… for governor. The state’s Democratic Party, whose candidate lost to Gov. Rick Perry in the race, sued unsuccessfully to keep the Green candidate off the ballo …"

Rick Perry zings fellow Republicans on national stage

Former presidential candidate blames some Republicans for Medicaid expansion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… Texas Tribune's Emily Ramshaw, click here.     …"

GOP super donor's foundation leans left

By Paul Abowd and Dave Levinthal

Billionaire Republican super donor Harold Simmons chairs a foundation that backs liberal causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… to Make Us Great Again, a short-lived super PAC that supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential bid. Simmons’ seemingly contradictory giving patterns …"

Non-political nonprofit's spending spikes in election years

By Dave Levinthal

Law says groups like Americans for Job Security cannot make politics its primary purpose.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… ion in 1997 by Carney, who himself has maintained close ties to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It also shares Alexandria, Va., office space with Crossroads Media, whic …"

Donor profile: Republican Governors Association

By Alexandra Duszak and John Dunbar

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Scott":

"… an Party, which in turn contributed $5.2 million to winning candidate Gov. Rick Scott.And in Pennsylvania, the RGA contributed $6 million of the $28.7 million G …"

Pennsylvania governor benefited from untraceable $1.5 million donation

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

How Pennsylvania's governor benefited from an untraceable $1.5 million donation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… ts PACs in Michigan and Pennsylvania, it sent $5.3 million to Michigan’s Republican Party and $2.3 million to bolster the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s efforts. …"

"… Michigan’s Republican Party and $2.3 million to bolster the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s efforts. By contrast, the RGA uses a more direct method in states whe …"

Transparency in Texas: Dallas suburbs lead in attempts to deny public information requests

By Kelley Shannon

Dallas suburbs lead in attempts to deny public information requests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… ntonio Express-News sued for access to the detailed travel records of Gov. Rick Perry’s taxpayer-funded security officers after Abbott’s office said summari …"

Donor profile: Steve and Amber Mostyn

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

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

"… more than $950,000 to advocate for Obama’s re-election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The couple earned their fortune from their legal practice, M …"

"… exas. Last updated: Jan. 30, 2013 *2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission re …"

OPINION: Why insurers want ObamaCare's Medicaid business

By Wendell Potter

Pay no attention to GOP governors; health insurers want that new Medicaid business.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cigna":

"… e big five for-profit insurance companies (UnitedHealth, WellPoint, Aetna, Cigna and Humana), you’ll see that the biggest growth in their membership has …"

US Senate Race: Can passion push Cruz to victory?

By The Associated Press

Grassroots fervor carried Cruz to US Senate runoff; can it topple mainstream choice Dewhurst?

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Dewhurst":

"… no chance of competing against the GOP front-runner in the race, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. With the backing of national conservative groups and a fiery stage presen …"

Gov. Perry tells feds Texas won't expand Medicaid

By The Associated Press

Gov. Perry tells feds Texas won't expand Medicaid, set up online service to shop for insurance

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… key elements of the federal Health care overhaul.In a letter sent to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Perry said both elements " …"

"… cost of billions to Texas taxpayers," said Perry, a Republican. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has estimated the Medicaid expansion would c …"

Tea party spends big in Texas Senate primary showdown

By Rachael Marcus and Michael Beckel

Texas GOP primary to test tea party's influence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… ot yet been chosen. …"

"… rding to FEC filings.)Delayed since March due to redistricting issues, the Texas Republican primary is a chance for the tea party to build on its momentum …"

"… $2.5 million on ads, mostly opposing Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor of Texas. A pro-Dewhurst super PAC, Texas Conservatives Fund, fought back with $2.3 …"

"… sing Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor of Texas. A pro-Dewhurst super PAC, Texas Conservatives Fund, fought back with $2.3 million in ads against Cruz, Tex …"

Donor profile: Harold Simmons

By Alexandra Duszak and Dave Levinthal

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… million to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the group whose ads helped sink Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Most recently, …"

Beer and wine wholesalers behind legislators pushing controversial voter ID laws

By Paul Abowd

Wholesalers among those behind legislators pushing controversial new election rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… set up education programs for underage consumers of alcohol.In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry decried the Justice Department’s decision to block a voter ID law introd …"

Santorum’s withdrawal leaves super PAC without a candidate

By Michael Beckel

Red, White and Blue Fund super PAC backed Santorum, vows to back conservatives.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… s $18.5 million. But Santorum ultimately failed to keep up with the former Massachusetts governor, who one recent poll showed beating Santorum even in Pennsylvania …"

FACT CHECK: Latest attacks from Santorum evoke deja vu

By FactCheck.Org

Santorum campaign ad attacking Mitt Romney makes false claims, again

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… dealt with this issue when Texas governor and then-presidential candidate Rick Perry said in a September debate that the Massachusetts health care law killed 1 …"

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