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 "Democratic governor":

"… is ($26 million) leading the pack. Andrew Cuomo’s bid to remain the Democratic governor of New York put the Empire State fourth, with $13.2 million in s …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… reject the list of nominees and ask for more. In two states, Virginia and South Carolina, the legislature appoints judges to the state supreme courts. In the othe …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… s based in exotic locales like Costa Rica and Gibraltar. One casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, a prominent backer of conservative political causes, has pledged to spend …"

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 "Colorado":

"… ules were unexceptional when compared with regulations being considered in Colorado, also a major drilling state. But for the pro-industry Texas legislature, …"

"… introduced legislation that included many of the environmental safeguards Colorado has adopted to police the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing. H …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… little success. Last March, Wilma Subra, an environmental consultant from Louisiana, and Sharon Wilson of the advocacy group Earthworks, accompanied Calvin Ti …"

Top GOP donor Harold Simmons dead at 82

By Dave Levinthal

Texas billionaire ranked among top donors to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jeb Hensarling":

"… tor to conservatives’ campaigns, donating to Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.; Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… was about school safety. Within weeks of the shooting at Sandy Hook, Gov. Rick Perry indicated his support for allowing more guns in schools. Lt. Gov. David De …"

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 "Ioanna Morfessis":

"… ’s put Arizona on par with some of the best states for business,” says Ioanna Morfessis, who founded the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, a local public-private …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… Current Texas Lt. Gov. Greg Abbot — the favorite to take over for Gov. Rick Perry, who is not seeking re-election — brought in nearly $4.8 million du …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… k paid for by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer through the RGA. And former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson had to defend his use of corporate jets paid for by a …"

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 "Ethics Commission":

"… ormers, though. The legislation, officially a reauthorization of the state Ethics Commission, did include several changes to the Lone Star state’s ethics laws. The m …"

"… unspent campaign funds to sitting lawmakers for two years, and directs the Ethics Commission to divide its cases into three categories, ranging from clerical errors to …"

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 "treasurer":

"… produce political advertisements. Bill Willenbrock, Stand with Rand PAC's treasurer, said his group had not been asked to change its name by the FEC, adding t …"

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 "Iowa":

"… then distributed the funds to three Christian groups focused on unseating Iowa’s Supreme Court justices who had ruled unanimously in 2009 in favor of g …"

"… tion, in turn gave money to support yet another political committee called Iowa for Freedom. Run by Republican and failed gubernatorial candidate Bob Van …"

"… . Run by Republican and failed gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa for Freedom ran ads attacking “liberal, out-of-control judges ignoring o …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… owed to give away half his wealth to charity, explained last year that the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision prompted his expansive political gi …"

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 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 "American Crossroads":

"… H.W. Bush in 1992. Hundreds of these executives met with Barbour, Malek, American Crossroads strategist Karl Rove and presidential candidate Mitt Romney in August for …"

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 "City spokeswoman":

"… fidential, he says he was told, “I don’t know — haven’t looked.” City spokeswoman Di Galvan said Collister made a broad request for “any and all documents …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… Mayor Bill White’s unsuccessful gubernatorial run against Gov. Rick Perry (2010) Notable state-level contributions: (see here) $1.36 mil …"

"… backer of laws to lessen jury awards — donated $1.5 million to Gov. Rick Perry’s successful bid. This year, Steve Mostyn gave $3 million alone to Prio …"

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 "Aetna":

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

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 "Dallas":

"… sts," said Jonathan Neerman, a Dewhurst supporter and past chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party, referring to the lieutenant governor's network of …"

"… ley Hutchison. Dewhurst and Cruz are campaigning hard in the Dallas area to win over supporters of the third place finisher, former Dallas May …"

"… the Dallas area to win over supporters of the third place finisher, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, who hasn't endorsed either. But getting voters to the p …"

"… g voters to the polls at all will be a challenge, said Neerman, the former Dallas GOP chairman. "In the summer in Texas," he said, "folks are …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… omlinson contributed to this report from Austin.  …"

"… oman Rebecca Acuna called Perry's announcement "both cruel and negligent.""Rick Perry's Texas solution is to let Texans stay ill and uninsured," Acuna said. "Th …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… Texas Conservatives Fund received a $100,000 contribution from super donor Bob Perry of Texas-based Perry Homes and $100,000 from James Pitcock, Jr., of Willia …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ire’s recent philanthropic giving has been anything but right-leaning, a Center for Public Integrity review of Internal Revenue Service documents indicates. The Harold Simmon …"

"… 013 *2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission records. Totals include contributi …"

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 "Brennan Center":

"… o possess government-issued identification.A 2006 survey conducted for the Brennan Center for Democracy found that 25 percent of African Americans and 16 percent of …"

"… ws, together with restrictions on voter registration and early voting, the Brennan Center says, could affect 5 million Americans in 2012. Since December, the Justic …"

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 "Campaign Legal Center":

"… gal and permissible use,” said Paul Ryan, an attorney at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center.Practical considerations would likely prevent super PAC operatives from do …"

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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