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 "John Kasich":

"… noting his ties to other prospective candidates, including Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former New York Gov. George Pataki. Add Graham, the U.S. senator from …"

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 "Jeb Bush":

"… hip PAC, you’ll have to closely scrutinize what he is doing.” …"

Health worries pervade North Texas fracking zone

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

Some residents of the heavily fracked Barnett Shale in North Texas blame their health problems on toxic oil and gas emissions.

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

"… uth Texas, where drilling has soared the past several years. The Center for Public Integrity and InsideClimate News have been reporting on air pollution in the Eagle F …"

"… w several people who’ve left. They all got better.” Jim Morris of the Center for Public Integrity and Lisa Song and David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News contributed to this …"

Fired: Texas regulators say they tried to enforce rules, lost jobs

By David Hasemyer

Two former inspectors with the Texas Railroad Commission say they were fired for being too strict with the oil and gas industry.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney":

"… omplied with certain rules when they had not.” According to a letter his attorney wrote to the U.S. Department of Labor, he was “threatened, intimidated, …"

"… e said the agency doesn’t discuss personnel issues. Wright, 64, and his attorney declined to be interviewed for this article because of his pending litigat …"

"… hould note the deficiencies at the same time he approved the projects, his attorney said. That way the wells could go into production and the operators could …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… ees can be traced in part to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, decided early in 2010. The ruling gave the green light to unions and corp …"

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 "Tom Vilsack":

"… ourtesy in exchange for contributions.” Two years later, then-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, a Democrat, appointed attorney Brent Appel to the Iowa Supreme Court. App …"

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 "Europe":

"… y, when a handful of companies based in loosely regulated jurisdictions in Europe and the Caribbean began offering online gambling games worldwide, includin …"

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 "San Antonio":

"… KARNES CITY, Texas — When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor’s office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red …"

"… t aims to figure out how Eagle Ford pollution may be affecting cities like San Antonio, just beyond the shale play. The study’s director said the data will be …"

"… the University of Texas’ Center for Energy and Environmental Resources. San Antonio’s ozone levels have violated federal standards dozens of times sinc …"

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 "Barnett Shale":

"… nts from people in North Texas, where a gas-drilling boom had begun in the Barnett Shale in 2002, were drawing unwanted attention from the EPA. And a TCEQ study ha …"

"… House. SB1134 prohibited the TCEQ from extending the new rules outside the Barnett Shale unless the agency first performed a time-consuming and costly analysis for …"

"… he focus of its rules. Today the tighter standards apply in only 15 of the Barnett Shale’s 24 counties. While the legislature was slamming the door on the TCEQ …"

Top GOP donor Harold Simmons dead at 82

By Dave Levinthal

Texas billionaire ranked among top donors to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harold Simmons":

"… role of big special interest money in American politics.”     …"

"… the Center's biography of Simmons: For a man worth more than $9 billion, Harold Simmons has had his share of problems. The owner of Contran Corp. nearly lost …"

"… lic Integrity review of Internal Revenue Service documents indicates. The Harold Simmons Foundation in 2011 most notably contributed a combined $600,000 to an arch …"

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 "receptionist":

"… rom the middle of the building to right next to the main entrance, where a receptionist can look out on a new glass-enclosed extension off the front door. Visitor …"

"… cut a window into the wall between the office and the main corridor so the receptionist can watch visitors approach. If anything is amiss, the receptionist can hi …"

"… so the receptionist can watch visitors approach. If anything is amiss, the receptionist can hit a red panic button that dispatches police directly to the school. …"

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 "Apollo Group":

"… xecutives from Alliance Bank of Arizona, one of the state’s largest, and Apollo Group, which owns the for-profit University of Phoenix. The office that Team ACA …"

"… zation had secured a three-year $600,000 commitment from Alliance Bank and Apollo Group. The controversy over Team ACA funding only grew worse when Cardon abruptl …"

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 "National Press Club":

"… n about her political prospects in front of more than 100 people at a National Press Club luncheon. If Davis opts to run for governor, she will have a tall task ah …"

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 "Virginia":

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

"… nwealth and repaid Williams $120,000 worth of loans. Star Scientific is a Virginia-based dietary supplement manufacturer that is listed as having given nearl …"

"… 9 campaign for governor and to his political action committee, Opportunity Virginia PAC, according to multiple media reports. Those donations were listed as i …"

"… re listed as in-kind travel contributions in state forms, according to the Virginia Public Access Project’s online records. "They used the company plane to …"

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 "Utah":

"… s who stand for liberty," such as Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah. In January, several notable Clinton supporters formed a super PAC called …"

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 "Scott Walker":

"… nprofit Greater Wisconsin Committee was mobilizing against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill. Greater Wisconsin put the $425,000 grant toward a multim …"

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 "Dallas":

"… d conservative political groups with tens of millions of dollars. But the Dallas-based billionaire’s recent philanthropic giving has been anything but ri …"

"… nter. Simmons’ foundation, however, also donated $10,000 in 2011 to the Dallas-based Council for Life, a pregnancy resource charity that states it suppor …"

"… 100,000); North Texas Public Broadcasting ($30,000); Catholic Charities of Dallas ($25,000); and the anti-death penalty group Equal Justice USA ($20,000). …"

"… group Equal Justice USA ($20,000). The donation to Catholic Charities of Dallas helps fund the organization's Brady Center, which provides services for&nb …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… h impunity, unafraid of the IRS, said Craig Holman, the government affairs lobbyist for reform advocacy group Public Citizen, which has filed several complain …"

"… ears. Some Republicans have also criticized the group, with prominent GOP lobbyist Charlie Black telling the Center for Public Integrity in 2010 that its fou …"

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 Perry":

"… $6 million to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (2010)$3 million to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (2010)Background:The Republican Governors Association’s appearance on a …"

"… names in the Republican Party: former President Ronald Reagan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.Over the past few months, the Ce …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… nbsp; The $1.5 million could not travel directly from the RGA to Corbett. Pennsylvania law bans candidates from accepting corporate money and the RGA accepts mil …"

"… ;  Also, state law requires all non-individuals to establish PACs in Pennsylvania.   In a single day, the $1.5 million gift traveled from the D.C.-bas …"

"… om the D.C.-based parent organization to the RGA Wisconsin PAC, to the RGA Pennsylvania PAC and finally to Corbett’s campaign account. By the time the donation …"

"… e RGA with success in a number of races for governor in 2010, according to Pennsylvania Common Cause Executive Director Barry Kauffman. The RGA’s funding playe …"

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 "San Antonio":

"… t all cities tally their batting averages, nor does Abbott’s office, but San Antonio’s results were especially low, with only 49 percent of requests to withh …"

"… e of delay,” Prather said.Reporter Brian Collister of WOAI television in San Antonio recently sought city records about public money going to a nonprofit group …"

"… ti, Fort Worth, Dallas and El Paso.Ranking 11th through 20th were Lubbock, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Irving, Amarillo, Brownsville, Laredo, Pasadena and Gran …"

"… ion Act.Among those tracking their batting average with Abbott’s office, San Antonio got rejected the most, 51 percent of the time, according to city statistic …"

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 "Politics":

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

"… 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 "Rick Perry":

"… be fooled by Republican governors like Florida’s Rick Scott and Texas’ Rick Perry, who are saying they’ll opt out of the Medicaid expansion now that the S …"

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 "Rand Paul":

"… he has won the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, both tea party superstars. Further complicating matters for …"

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 "Kathleen Sebelius":

"… care overhaul.In a letter sent to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Perry said both elements "represent brazen intrusions into the sovereignt …"

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 "GOP primary":

"… been chosen. …"