Evan Bayh's multi-million-dollar head start?

By Dave Levinthal

If Democrat Evan Bayh runs for governor, he could tap nearly $10 million parked in his old Senate campaign account.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… idential bid. Later, he nearly become then-Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate. Pence himself has some presidential pro …"

Nearly $100 million in campaign cash sits idle

By Dave Levinthal

What happens to campaign money of former congressional candidates? It often sits in accounts for years.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… r Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., who also served as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of the Department of the Interior from 2009 to 2013. His Senate campaign a …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… es an appointment that is later confirmed by a three-member commission. In Massachusetts, the governor can reject the list of nominees and ask for more. In two st …"

Obama's pardoned turkeys courtesy of lobbyists

By Michael Beckel

Influential National Turkey Federation behind time-honored Thanksgiving tradition.

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.

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

Conflicts of interest run rampant in state legislatures

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Legislation may overlap with business interests but part-time lawmakers vote anyway.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance salesman":

"… clients who deal with government contracts and regulation. “If he’s an insurance salesman, if he’s a lawyer, if he’s in any of these kinds of fields,” Bycel s …"

Detroit faces ‘emergency’ takeover despite voter disapproval

By Paul Abowd

Despite voter disapproval, governor uses special powers in bid to resolve Motor City's fiscal woes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Snyder":

"… -led effort to put the law up for referendum.     …"

Club for Growth ranks congressional members

By Michael Beckel

Club for Growth touts lawmakers, ranks politicians with new scorecards.

Four Democratic senators already girding for midterm elections

By Dave Levinthal

Four Democratic senators already girding for midterm elections, forming joint fundraising committee.

IMPACT: Florida Senate votes for stronger ethics rules

By Nicholas Kusnetz

After scoring a C- in the Center's 'State Integrity Investigation', Florida's legislative leaders push for reform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida Commission on Ethics":

"… , adding that he’d also like to strengthen the enforcement powers of the Florida Commission on Ethics, which oversees ethics rules. Gaetz joined the Senate in 2006 after a long …"

Baby steps toward ethics reform in South Carolina

By Nicholas Kusnetz

South Carolina takes baby steps toward reform measures

South Dakota campaign funds move sideways

By Denise Ross

Campaign funds move sideways, effectively skirting individual giving limits

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Party":

"… Democratic Party. "The rules aren't difficult to get around."South Dakota Republican Party Executive Director Tony Post is a bit more equivocal, but concedes that hi …"

"… ittee. The former state Senate majority leader said it's healthier for the Republican Party if a team of people contribute to support candidates."Money could have bee …"

"… 0 primary challenger Dave Knudson; contributed $10,000 to the South Dakota Republican Party, contributed $1,000 to a state senate candidate and $1,000 to a U.S. Senat …"

"… w for this story.Gant also received at least $85,000 from the South Dakota Republican Party, believed to be among the highest amounts given by the party to any candid …"

Daily Disclosure: 'Young Guns' target Democratic House candidates

By Rachael Marcus

A super PAC supported by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spends $2 million on House races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Cantor":

"… th the conservative “Young Guns” movement led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, reported spending nearly $2 …"

Secretaries of state lead charge for strict voter requirements

By Joe Henke and Emily Nohr

Activist state election officers are changing the role of a traditionally non-partisan job.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… in 2011 when its law passed with bipartisan support.Arizona’s Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett added to the birther debate, largely tea party-driven …"

"… Bush’s campaign simultaneously,” he said.While serving as Florida’s Secretary of State under then-Gov. Jeb Bush, Harris was accused of partisan bias as …"

"… a, state law keeps some partisan politics out of the Secretary’s office. Secretary of State Tom Schedler can’t endorse candidates, serve on campaign commit …"

"… ign committees of candidates or make campaign contributions.In New Mexico, Secretary of State Dianna Duran has not endorsed candidates. Her office believes it …"

Akin wins Missouri Senate primary, Dems get their wish

By Michael Beckel and John Dunbar

Evangelical Christian congressman wins GOP Senate primary in Missouri free-for-all.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… , a self-funder who enjoyed favorable advertising paid for by the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce, was the target of more than $1.1 million in attack ads paid for by Majori …"

Outside groups spend $2.2 million in Missouri Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Attack ads by Republican and Democratic super PACs may lead to a dark-horse winner in Missouri GOP Senate primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… oads GPS, which was co-founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is supporting Brunner.The Democratic super PAC Majority PAC, which …"

Daily Disclosure: Dem super PAC wants to avoid Brunner in Missouri

By Rachael Marcus

A Democratic super PAC is spending heavily against businessman John Brunner who has yet to win the GOP nomination.

Transparency missing in Arizona's legislature

By Kathleen Ingley and Maureen West

Mystery budgeting and 'striker' bills cut public from the process.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Planned Parenthood":

"… ey were end runs around the public process.Volunteers and staff members of Planned Parenthood lobbied hard against a House bill banning abortions of fetuses more than 2 …"

"… t I knew it would be short lived,” said Michelle Steinberg, lobbyist for Planned Parenthood.The Center for Arizona Policy, which was pushing for more restrictive abor …"

Daily Disclosure: U.S. Chamber drops $5.9 million on ad blitz

By Rachael Marcus

Ad blitz targets eight key Senate races with attack ads.

Ethics champion Mike Rose loses big in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

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

Watchdog 5/10/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… rage of 15 percent and Democrats 22 percent. Lugar loses to super PACsIndiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost in the Indiana Republican primary on …"

"… ar loses to super PACsIndiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday to Richard Mourdock, a tea party favorite wh …"

"… spends on influencing legislation. But in three states — South Carolina, Indiana and Colorado — it turns out that ALEC has quietly, and by name, been spe …"

Iowa governor cites State Integrity Investigation at bill signing

By Caitlin Ginley

Branstad says new enforcement body could improve Hawkeye State's grade.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… f its work, therefore, will involve state agencies of the executive branch. …"

"… .But Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill last week that would create the Iowa Public Information Board, a nine-member commission that will oversee and e …"

"… orcement was highlighted by the State Integrity Investigation and affected Iowa’s overall grade. Iowa ranked 7th among the 50 states and earned an overa …"

"… by the State Integrity Investigation and affected Iowa’s overall grade. Iowa ranked 7th among the 50 states and earned an overall grade of C+. “ …"

State Integrity Investigation highlighted ethics problems plaguing Virginia and its governor

By Laura LaFay

WaPo cites Center investigation in editorial on commonwealth's "swiss cheese" ethics laws.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… slative Exchange Council, which is funded by Exxon Mobil, Wal-Mart Stores, Koch Industries, and other wealthy corporations, writes model legislation of interest to i …"

Six things you didn’t know about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

By Corbin Hiar

New profile sheds light on the background, politics, and priciples of the embattled Wisconsin governor

FACT CHECK: Gov. Christie leaves out the truth behind his tax cuts

By FactCheck.Org

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie drastically reduced his state's budget deficit, but slashed homeowner benefits to do so

FACT CHECK: Perry exaggerates statistics on oil imports, federal debt

By FactCheck.Org

A roundup of false claims on oil imports, federal debt, Social Security and health care from the latest presidential candidate

Grassley targets federal charge card abuses

By Laurel Adams

Many federal employees have government-issued charge cards for work-related expenses, and a handful of workers are using taxpayer dollars to

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… to pay for entertainment, prostitutes, and gambling.Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wants to require federal agencies to put safeguards on the charge cards a …"

Health industry gave millions to state officials involved in lawsuit

By Caitlin Ginley

The state officials who joined together to file a lawsuit challenging health care reform have collectively received at least $5 million in c

Excerpts from this story referencing "Physicians Hospitals of America":

"… in little from the health reform legislation, according to the trade group Physicians Hospitals of America, as it bans the creation of new facilities and stifles the expansion of th …"

Jeff Bingaman — Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

By Aaron Mehta

As chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, New Mexico Democrat Jeff Bingaman has been in the middle of the contentious debate o