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.

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… for Public Integrity 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.

Obama's pardoned turkeys courtesy of lobbyists

By Michael Beckel

Influential National Turkey Federation behind time-honored Thanksgiving tradition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… $560 to the political action committee of the National Turkey Federation, Federal Election Commission records show. Only one other resident of his ZIP code has even contributed …"

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.

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ording to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of records filed with the Federal Election Commission. That sum included more than $5.6 million on ads aiding Republican Ted Cr …"

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 "Senate":

"… ahassee Democrat posted the relevant section of the rules. …"

"… vocal push for ethics reform by the state’s incoming legislative leaders.Senate President Don Gaetz, who took control during today’s organizational meet …"

"… son."I hope that's the first step in many steps we are able to take in the Senate and House when it comes to ethics," Gaetz told the Miami Herald, …"

"… lorida Commission on Ethics, which oversees ethics rules. Gaetz joined the Senate in 2006 after a long career as a health care executive.The rules requ …"

Baby steps toward ethics reform in South Carolina

By Nicholas Kusnetz

South Carolina takes baby steps toward reform measures

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… d by each party in the state House, one by the majority Republicans in the Senate and one at the direction of GOP Gov. Nikki Haley.The House Republican pane …"

South Dakota campaign funds move sideways

By Denise Ross

Campaign funds move sideways, effectively skirting individual giving limits

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… ACs.Rounds and roundMost notably, former GOP governor and likely 2014 U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds moved $50,000 from his still-open governor's candida …"

"… to simply distribute funds from his candidate committee. The former state Senate majority leader said it's healthier for the Republican Party if a team of …"

"… Party, contributed $1,000 to a state Senate candidate and $1,000 to a U.S. Senate candidate. According to the most recent campaign finance reports, the GPS …"

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 "Richard Mourdock":

"… which resulted in the moderate Lugar being ousted in favor of tea partier Richard Mourdock.YG Action Fund’s new ads appear to be the super PAC’s first major camp …"

"… Action, a conservative super PAC, reported $792,000 in new ads supporting Richard Mourdock, the tea party Republican running against Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly for …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… to essentially make it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” she said.In Louisiana, state law keeps some partisan politics out of the secretary’s office. S …"

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 "CEO":

"… Missouri, likewise spent millions of his personal wealth. The former CEO of his family’s health products company, Brunner is worth between $25.5 …"

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 "CEO":

"… -whammy cost nearly $700,000, records show.The wealthy Brunner, the former CEO of his family’s health products company, is personally responsible for n …"

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 "Missouri":

"… ion Commission. …"

"… runner’s biggest challengers. Majority PAC is the biggest spender in the Missouri Senate election so far, despite not having a candidate to oppose, having s …"

"… Post-Dispatch reported that under Brunner, the company grew from about 50 Missouri employees to 500 by the time he stepped down.Now Vi-Jon employs about 1,40 …"

"… omises that “this Marine will never back down.”The U.S. Senate race in Missouri has attracted much attention from outside spending groups. In addition to …"

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 "director":

"… e was no way for us to get there in time,” said Caroline Isaacs, program director.By noon, the appropriations committees had both heard and approved the gen …"

"… dn’t know if they were going on or when,” said Ken Strobeck, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.The secrecy and dearth of public …"

"… g Alliance, whose members range from banks to local governments, executive director Val Iverson was stunned when the budget deal was announced and the revenue …"

"… e strikers, a number that has been typical for the past decade.Sandy Bahr, director of the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter, combs through committee agend …"

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 "Missouri":

"… only Republican senatorial candidate it has attacked is Sarah Steelman in Missouri, because the Chamber favors her rival, Republican businessman John Brunner …"

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

"… xploration off Virginia’s coast, over President Obama’s opposition.The Missouri ad links Democrat McCaskill to Steelman, one of her Republican rivals, say …"

"… r Never PAC, a super PAC supporting GOP Senate candidate Sarah Steelman of Missouri, reported spending $218,000 on Friday on ads opposing John Brunner, her ch …"

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 "Nikki Haley":

"… ay have reached a new tipping point. The state's Republican governor, Nikki Haley, is the subject of an investigation by a legislative ethics panel that is …"

Watchdog 5/10/12


Excerpts from this story referencing "Richard Lugar":

"… crats 22 percent. Lugar loses to super PACsIndiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar lost in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday to Richard Mourdock, a t …"

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 "Bob McDonnell":

"… ouse gas emissions. According to the ProgressVA report, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R.) has supported the introduction of at least three pieces of ALEC-writt …"

"… e state has a longstanding “reputation for good government.” Governor Bob McDonnell agreed. “Virginia has long been a state marked by honest, transparent an …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… 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 …"

"… next 75 years. Also in November, Perry exaggerated how much Texas' share of Medicaid costs would increase as a result of the new federal hea …"

"… sult of the new federal health care law. Perry said the new law would cost Texas "$27 billion more, over and above what we’re already paying over the nex …"

"… ng out to 90 percent by 2020. Kaiser estimated that Medicaid enrollment in Texas will increase 63.5 percent by 2019. The total Medicaid cost for the state …"

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 "Georgia":

"… more than $1 million from health care professionals since 1996, and former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, who took in at least $970,163 from the industry sta …"

"… rted the bill, various state affiliates, including those in both Texas and Georgia, broke ranks with the national organization and came out against the law. …"

"… zona; Jim Gibbons, then-governor of Nevada; Sonny Perdue, then-governor of Georgia; and Daniel S. Sullivan, then-attorney general of Alaska.Alaska’s attorn …"