Mary Landrieu abandoned on airwaves

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… cording to their most recent round of financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission. Two factors have conspired to sink Democrats' enthusiasm for investing i …"

Slow start to Landrieu's runoff campaign

By Dave Levinthal

Louisiana's incumbent U.S. senator goes dark as runoff opponent Bill Cassidy airs hundreds of post-Election Day TV ads

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… Action Fund booking significant TV ad buys for mid-to-late November. The Federal Election Commission next requires the Landrieu and Cassidy campaigns to file financial disclos …"

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.

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barbara Boxer":

"… ures. Headlining Davis’ first event: Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Al Franken, D-Minn.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Mazie Hirono, …"

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 "energy":

"… office. For decades, commissioners have pulled in huge contributions from energy companies while spending much of their time campaigning for another positi …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… es, some lawmakers head groups that lobby the legislature, or even work as lobbyists themselves. “It’s an absolute problem,” said Ben Bycel, a lawyer w …"

"… s suburbs since 2005, and spends the rest of the year working as a federal lobbyist. His clients last year included a town in eastern New Mexico, a public wat …"

"… ing Ryan’s situation described to him. “Legislators should not also be lobbyists.” Ryan declined repeated requests for an interview. His arrangement ra …"

"… bill, which updates marriage license procedures, that he helped draft as a lobbyist. “I am the most knowledgeable person in the building on this issue. I …"

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 "Michigan":

"… ell as a union-led effort to put the law up for referendum.     …"

"… he way for Snyder’s announcement. The move comes only four months after Michigan voters repealed Public Act 4, known as Snyder’s “emergency manager” …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… 2014, a federal joint fundraising committee, new paperwork filed with the Federal Election Commission indicates. Such a committee raises cash on behalf of each participan …"

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":

"… he Tallahassee Democrat posted the relevant section of the rules. …"

"… , 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 …"

"… id Dan Krassner, executive director of the open-government group Integrity Florida, in a statement released Monday. In July, the group issued a report c …"

"… p;State Integrity Investigation for corruption risk.Rep. Will Weatherford, Florida’s new House Speaker, has also called for reforms. Earlier this month&nbs …"

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 "Dennis Daugaard":

"… total of $100,000 to two different gubernatorial candidates, sitting Gov. Dennis Daugaard and 2010 primary challenger Dave Knudson; contributed $10,000 to the South …"

"… uth Dakotans elected former state lawmaker and Rounds' lieutenant governor Dennis Daugaard to the state's top elected office in 2010.During his campaign for governor …"

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 "Senate race":

"… nservatives questioned Ritchie for calling Al Franken the winner of a 2008 Senate race, and two years later Mark Dayton the winner of a gubernatorial recount.Bot …"

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 "treasurer":

"… groups. Super PACs and politically active nonprofits targeted former state treasurer Sarah Steelman, who was endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and mi …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… e pro-McCaskill Majority PAC are Democratic super donor Fred Eychaner, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.When including all ou …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… ns, president of Euclidean Capital, Fred Eychaner, CEO of NewsWeb, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.In other outside spending news:Democrat-aligned super PAC American Bridge …"

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 "Arizona":

"… have any input into it, they won’t have any trust or confidence in it.” …"

"… l lawmakers were on the floor ready to vote.Technology is in theory giving Arizonans unprecedented access to the Legislature, with documents posted online an …"

"… ay the "strikers" are the antithesis of transparency, making it harder for Arizonans to follow legislation and bypassing committee discussion. As for the sta …"

"… any public comment at all,” said Tim Schmaltz, coordinator of Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition. His sole chance to argue for reversing cuts in healt …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… da$1 million for “The Express” (aka “Wrong Track”) opposing former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine$914,000 for “Own It,” opposing the re-election of Democ …"

"… na, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin. But it has not commented on its ads in Virginia, Missouri and Maine.Until recently, the secretive Chamber only bought elec …"

"… y an independent group to exceed $100,000 for that race, to FEC records.In Virginia, the anti-Kaine ad says he proposed “billions in new taxes” and “hig …"

"… higher energy costs for families.” It did not mention that he eliminated Virginia’s estate tax and increased the earning threshold to help remove low-inco …"

Ethics champion Mike Rose loses big in South Carolina

By Corey Hutchins

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Crangle":

"… ate's Republican treasurer, Curtis Loftis, was eating lunch with Rose when John Crangle, who runs South Carolina’s state's chapter of Common Cause, approached t …"

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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.

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… ugene Kiely …"

"… year 2011, down from an average rebate check of $1,035 the year before.The New Jersey governor spoke Sept. 27 at the Reagan Library. His theme was “ …"

"… “Doubles the Homestead Benefit to provide direct property tax relief to New Jersey families.” The Office of Legislative Services says the average …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas governor":

"… rts, the federal debt, Social Security and the federal health care law.The Texas governor gave a speech Aug. 13 in South Carolina to announce he will run …"

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 "Forest Service":

"… ut fraud at the Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration and Forest Service.According to Grassley, millions in taxpayer dollars are being fraudulently …"