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 "Evan Bayh":

"… ce since Democrats last occupied it in 2005.     …"

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 "Politics":

"… analysis of federal campaign finance disclosures and Center for Responsive Politics data indicates. Dozens of other former members and congressional also-ran …"

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 "Politics":

"… and 2006, according to data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Recktenwald "had an established record of public service that was well k …"

Obama's pardoned turkeys courtesy of lobbyists

By Michael Beckel

Influential National Turkey Federation behind time-honored Thanksgiving tradition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Cantor":

"… beneficiaries of the trade group's PAC money include House Minority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., who has received $5,000, and Speaker of the House John Boehner, R- …"

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 "Texas":

"… s capital for a heavy fundraising push — and confirmed she may run for Texas governor. This time around, Davis, who rose to political stardom in late …"

"… olitical stardom in late June following her 11th-hour filibuster against a Texas anti-abortion bill, spoke this afternoon about her political prospects&nbs …"

"… Davis raised more than $933,000 in the final two weeks of June, a recent Texas Ethics Commission report shows. About one-third of that money came from o …"

"… bout one-third of that money came from outside the state, according to the Texas Tribune.  Her total haul, while impressive for a state senator, stil …"

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 "Wendy Davis":

"… l improvements in transparency.” While that may be the case, state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, noted that most of the changes in the bill apply to other bra …"

Conflicts of interest run rampant in state legislatures

By Nicholas Kusnetz

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

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.

Club for Growth ranks congressional members

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chris Chocola":

"… Growth hopes she won't be the last. Last year, Club for Growth President Chris Chocola issued a statement critizing Capito for having an "anti-growth record," an …"

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.

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

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 "Illinois":

"… Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., Maj. Gen. Bill Enyart, the Democrat running in Illinois’ 12th District, and Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass.McIntrye faces Republican …"

"… s voted like a liberal.Enyart, a retired general who until recently headed Illinois’ National Guard, faces Republican businessman Jason Plummer for retiring …"

"… sman Jason Plummer for retiring Democratic Rep. Jerry Costello’s seat in Illinois’ 12th District.“Something New” paints Enyart as out-of-touch and rem …"

"… Enough” opposing Rodney Davis, the Republican candidate for Congress is Illinois’ 13th District. The DCCC also released “Out for Himself” opposing Re …"

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.

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 "Deb Fischer":

"… s three-way race saw a surprise victor on Election Day. In May, Republican Deb Fischer won the Nebraska GOP Senate primary after her two main rivals and their al …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… ed from high-profile endorsements from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and Phyllis Schlafly, the founder and pre …"

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.

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.

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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.

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

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 "Jim Gibbons":

"… y Barbour, governor of Mississippi; Janice K. Brewer, governor of Arizona; Jim Gibbons, then-governor of Nevada; Sonny Perdue, then-governor of Georgia; and Dani …"

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