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 "Mary Landrieu":

"… between Landrieu and Cassidy is Dec. 6. Early voting begins Nov. 22. …"

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 "Indiana":

"… n 2005.     …"

"… all money raised for federal campaigns toward state-level political bids, Indiana Election Division Co-Director Trent Deckard confirmed in an email to the C …"

"… or Public Integrity previously reported. And it's exponentially more than Indiana's Republican Gov. Mike Pence reported having in his campaign fund at 2013' …"

"… I don't want to foreclose any possibilities at this time." Bayh served as Indiana's governor from 1989 to 1997, and as Jerry Brown in California has proven, …"

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 "Florida":

"… t year to the Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center in Florida, for one — and has more than $1.26 million remaining as of Mar …"

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 "California":

"… r to the federal process where judges are confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In California, the governor makes an appointment that is later confirmed by a three-memb …"

Obama's pardoned turkeys courtesy of lobbyists

By Michael Beckel

Influential National Turkey Federation behind time-honored Thanksgiving tradition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kay Hagan":

"… er, R-Ohio, who has received $2,500. Meanwhile, embattled incumbent Sens. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., account for more than 40 percent of the m …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Public Justice":

"… re extremely disappointed,” said Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice, a good-government group in Austin. “There were a lot of good things in …"

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 "Senate":

"… it.” Sitting in a meticulously organized office, with a map of the 15th Senate district on the wall, Ivey-Soto said his work as executive director is not …"

"… hulking, former college football player now serving his first term in the Senate as a Republican, is also the head of the New Mexico Dental Association, wh …"

"… onsored 127 bills that affected their employers. More recently, the state Senate censured Sen. Ulysses Currie last year for failing to disclose nearly $250 …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… being the lone U.S. senator to earn a score of zero from the conservative Club for Growth in its latest congressional scorecard, released today. The five-term …"

"… ing contest. During the 2012 election cycle, the Club's super PAC, called Club for Growth Action, spent nearly $17 million on advertisements that expressly advocate …"

"… idate who has announced her intentions to seek Rockefeller's seat. But the Club for Growth hopes she won't be the last. Last year, Club for Growth President Chris C …"

"… r's seat. But the Club for Growth hopes she won't be the last. Last year, Club for Growth President Chris Chocola issued a statement critizing Capito for having an …"

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 "Dave Levinthal":

"… ommittee's treasurer. Why is 2013 an important year for campaign finance? Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel will answer that, and many other questio …"

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 "California":

"… ars ago, was founded by Cantor, Ryan and Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy of California. After its launch, the NRCC folded it in as part of its fundraising progra …"

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 "Iowa":

"… n’t alone.Secretaries of State Brian Kemp of Georgia and Matt Schultz of Iowa, both Republicans, have supported voter ID legislation. All the states tha …"

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 "Missouri":

"… ov. Mike Huckabee, won a hotly contested Republican U.S. Senate primary in Missouri, meaning he will face incumbent Claire McCaskill, a Democrat the GOP …"

"… 0 percent and Steelman was a close third at 29.2 percent, according to the Missouri Secretary of State's offfice. Steelman called Akin to concede a little aft …"

"… lican candidates. Notably, her advertisements targeting Akin called him “Missouri’s true conservative,” which may have helped the underfunded congressma …"

"… ve advertising, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported.The Missouri GOP Senate primary marks the second time in a week where a self-funded can …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… merged with another company that already had hundreds of existing jobs. In Tennessee," the narrator says. "That's not creating jobs. He's taking credit for job …"

"… rivate equity firm purchased it in 2006 and merged it with a rival firm in Tennessee. Brunner remained CEO of Vi-Jon for three more years.As the ad claims, the …"

"… t 1,400 people, but about 800 of them came from Vi-Jon’s merger with the Tennessee-based company, as the Majority PAC ad points out. The Majority PAC ad is c …"

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 "Ken Strobeck":

"… low the radar. “You didn’t know if they were going on or when,” said Ken Strobeck, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.The secrecy …"

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 "Utah":

"… They have so far run two pro-Democrat ads, supporting Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah and Rep. John Barrow of Utah, Latoff said.The Chamber announced five of th …"

"… Democrat ads, supporting Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah and Rep. John Barrow of Utah, Latoff said.The Chamber announced five of these new Senate ads in a press …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… ght out in your report,” Hayes said in May. …"

"… Rose, a close follower of the State Integrity Investigation — which gave South Carolina an F — had planned to introduce a series of reform measures based on the …"

"… o run in the general election held in November.The defeated Rose served in South Carolina's Senate from 1988 to 1996. After more than a decade out of office, he ran …"

"… rer, Curtis Loftis, was eating lunch with Rose when John Crangle, who runs South Carolina’s state's chapter of Common Cause, approached the table.“You'll never …"

Watchdog 5/10/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… three statesIt could take several years for the IRS to decide whether the American Legislative Exchange Council is indeed a lobbyist required to register with that label and disclose how …"

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 "Senate":

"… d hundreds of thousands of dollars into last year’s state House and Senate races. By the time the dust cleared, 15 state Senate campaigns had each sp …"

"… epresent you. Photo credits: Virginia State Capitol (Anderskev), Virginia Senate chamber (Waldo Jaquith). …"

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 "Chris Christie":

"… is less than half what it was before Christie took office.– Eugene Kiely …"

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