Chattanooga wants feds to pre-empt broadband ban

By Allan Holmes

Tennessee city seeks to expand municipal broadband service, pre-empting industry-backed state ban.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… R-Nebraska, Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Marco Rubio, R-Florida, wrote a letter warning Wheeler not to act on the state laws, sa …"

CPAC activists urged to fight IRS

By Michael Beckel and Julie Patel

Tax agency called a 'cancer' and 'criminal enterprise' at conservative convention.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cleta Mitchell":

"… We are going to have to take matters into our own hands,” said attorney Cleta Mitchell, a panelist at both events who has represented conservative nonprofits. M …"

Tea party operative likely behind mysterious web blitz

By Daniel Wagner

The campaign against government crackdown on online payday lenders is likely created by a consultant to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Excerpts from this story referencing "online payday lenders":

"… ks that debit people’s accounts illegally on behalf of companies such as online payday lenders, firearms dealers, porn sites and pyramid-style sales schemes where fraud …"

"… artment has subpoenaed dozens of banks that work with industries including online payday lenders, firearms dealers and porn sites. At least two banks have settled&nbs …"

The mysterious online war against a payday lending crackdown

By Daniel Wagner

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… id in an email. The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, California Rep. Darrell Issa, last month demanded more information on the i …"

By the numbers: a 2013 money-in-politics index

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights the year's top stories and key trends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Speaker":

"… dorsed: 5 Number of votes Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., received to be House Speaker in January: 1 Percentage of House Republicans who voted for Amash’s ame …"

Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

By Wendell Potter

Conservative group's power has been under-covered.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coca-Cola":

"… rs to as the “Prodigal Son Project” to woo back companies like Amazon, Coca-Cola, GE, Kraft and McDonald’s that have dropped their membership. Another …"

Tea party-aligned FreedomWorks fueled by elite donors

By Michael Beckel

Four unnamed contributors provided most of the $15 million raised last year by the tea party-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mother Jones":

"… llments as consulting fees, according to the Associated Press. Armey told Mother Jones that other FreedomWorks executives were insisting on a “direction” tha …"

Opponents' missteps locked in Obamacare's future

By Wendell Potter

COMMENTARY: Republicans overplayed their hand, just as WellPoint did in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Brown":

"… and other special interests had taken its toll. It even helped Republican Scott Brown win what was thought to be a safe seat for Democrats in a special election …"

Wall Street favorite Rep. Garrett flirts with default

By Alison Fitzgerald

Will investment firms that deal in U.S. Treasury securities regret their support of GOP congressmen who are flirting with default?

Excerpts from this story referencing "UBS":

"… ign $9,500. He also received contributions from the PACs of Deutsche Bank, UBS AG, Nomura Securities and HSBC, all of which are primary dealers. Garrett …"

"… Toomey’s campaign received contributions from Goldman, Credit Suisse and UBS, among others. Earlier this week, Toomey, an anti-tax crusader, tried to …"

"… dit Suisse spokesman Jack Grone also declined to comment. Spokespeople for UBS and Deutsche Bank did not respond to calls or emails seeking comment. &nbs …"

'Stand with Rand PAC' takes a stand

By Dave Levinthal

Political committee tells federal regulators to take a hike when prompted to change its name.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Campaign Legal Center":

"… ld thus be impermissible." Senior Counsel Paul S. Ryan of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center scoffed at the PAC's arguments. "Any argument by the Stand with Rand PAC …"

"… e organization’s website that the PAC is named for Sen. Rand Paul." The Campaign Legal Center, which advocates for various campaign reforms, has not decided whether it …"

Before death, Bob Perry gave to tea party hero Cruz

By Michael Beckel

After spending $600,000 toward his 2012 defeat, Texas super donor backed Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "GOP primary":

"… sumed office in 2012 after defeating Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a bruising GOP primary fight — during which Perry contributed $600,000 to a pro-Dewhurst super …"

Democrats seize super PAC crown

By Michael Beckel

Liberal groups outraised conservative counterparts 2-to-1 in first half of 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Carolina":

"… that advantage will bring many tough campaigns in 2014 — from Alaska to North Carolina. GOP groups expect enthusiastic donors With several major conservative b …"

Pro-Rand Paul super PAC's name may violate law

By Michael Beckel

Federal regulators could crack down on independent groups using politicos' monikers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Campaign Legal Center":

"… to clarify its own rules,” Paul S. Ryan, an attorney at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, told the Center for Public Integrity. An FEC spokesman directed question …"

GOP senators urge FCC to avoid new disclosure rules

By Michael Beckel

13 Republican senators urge FCC to implement no new disclosure rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and a dozen of his Republican colleagues have asked the Federal Communications Commission to resist implementing new rules targeting the makers of political adverti …"

Dem senator: Campaign finance laws a 'mockery'

By Reity O'Brien

Sheldon Whitehouse spars with Justice officials, Ted Cruz over political money.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… in U.S. politics prior to the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. Among Whitehouse's complaints about these nonprofits: Discre …"

"… bout these nonprofits: Discrepancies in reporting to the IRS and to the Federal Election Commission Discrepancies between reported and actual political activity Characteriz …"

Pro-Rand Paul PAC to amplify conservative message

By Dave Levinthal

New group aims to amplify conservative message, founder says

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… other candidates who stand for liberty," Willenbrock said, offering Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah., as examples. Stand With Rand PAC is "in …"

FACT CHECK: Conservative Political Action Conference

By FactCheck.Org

Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Sarah Palin stretch the truth at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wall Street Journal":

"… Railroad Commissioner David Porter warned in a Dec. 5, 2012, op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that such a designation “would make drilling all but impossible” in th …"

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 …"

GOP super donor's foundation leans left

By Paul Abowd and Dave Levinthal

Billionaire Republican super donor Harold Simmons chairs a foundation that backs liberal causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… r, lost a primary fight for U.S. Senate to tea party favorite and now-Sen. Ted Cruz.) Contran Corp. also contributed $1 million to Make Us Great Again, a sho …"

Democratic super PACs start year with cash advantage

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Democrats increasingly embracing super PACs despite previous opposition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… logically driven super PACs are also preparing for new electoral battles. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the conservative Club for Growth, is redoubli …"

"… al battles. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the conservative Club for Growth, is redoubling its efforts to “elect fiscally conservative candidates to …"

"… d 15 Democratic candidates last year, 12 of whom won on Election Day. The Club for Growth, too, enjoyed significant electoral victories in 2012. Its preferred candi …"

"… e, Arizona’s Jeff Flake and Texas’ Ted Cruz are now sitting senators. Club for Growth Action started the year with $422,000 in the bank, and the League of Conse …"

Democrats maintain control of Senate

By The Associated Press

Dems win GOP seats in Indiana, Massachusetts; McCaskill survives in Missouri

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vermont":

"… handle. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders won a second term in Vermont. Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse in Rhode Island, Ben Cardin in Maryla …"

'Right-to-work' group gave Montana nonprofit $300,000

By Paul Abowd

Secretive nonprofit received $300,000 donation from anti-union group.

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil":

"… argeted donors from 2009 obtained by Frontline includes representatives of oil, gas, and mining interests. It also lists Asbjornson as a “top priority …"

House candidates draw one-campaign super PACs

By Russ Choma

Super PACs devoted solely to supporting a congressional candidate spent $28 million in the 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nebraska":

"… idlock targeted Deb Fischer, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Nebraska. She faces former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, who is trying to get his old job b …"

Daily Disclosure: FreedomWorks for America releases deluge of ads

By Rachael Marcus

Contested Senate races hit with ad onslaught by tea party-aligned FreedomWorks for America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… merica released 11 new ads over the weekend targeting hotly contested U.S. Senate races in Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia:“The American Drea …"

"… ona, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia:“The American Dream” supports the U.S. Senate run of Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., who is challenging Democratic Sen. Bill N …"

"… s President George W. Bush’s surgeon general and is now running for U.S. Senate in Arizona against Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican;“A Proven Leader” sup …"

"… t His Record” opposes Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., who is running for U.S. Senate against Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock;“A Good Hoosier” supp …"

Arizona primary latest example of Club for Growth's clout

By Michael Beckel

Conservative group Club for Growth is top outside spender in U.S. Senate primaries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Peter Thiel":

"… s top donors are billionaire tech pioneer and Ron Paul supporter Peter Thiel ($2 million); board member and leveraged buyout specialist John …"

Donor profile: Robert Rowling

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… Dewhurst in his failed bid for the U.S. Senate against tea party candidate Ted Cruz.Rowling was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1953. He earned his bachelor …"

PAC profile: Club for Growth Action

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… aligned candidates in GOP primaries across the country, including numerous Senate primaries.The group showered millions on Texas GOP primary candidate Ted C …"

"… lions on Texas GOP primary candidate Ted Cruz, who ultimately won the U.S. Senate primary there after a runoff against establishment favorite Lt. Gov. David …"

"… tional $600,000 supporting Cruz.The group was also active in Indiana's GOP Senate primary, which saw tea party-aligned (and Club for Growth-backed) Richard …"

"… s, Club for Growth Action was the top outside spender in the Wisconsin GOP Senate primary on Aug. 14 at nearly $1.7 million. However, the group’s favored …"

Daily Disclosure: Club for Growth Action focuses on Wisconsin

By Rachael Marcus

Fresh off its victory in Texas, Club for Growth Action, a super PAC supporting tea part candidates, is targeting Wisconsin.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Peter Thiel":

"… private equity CEO John Childs ($1.1 million), libertarian Pay-Pal founder Peter Thiel ($1 million), and New Jersey investor Virginia James ($1 million). Other t …"

Super PACs help tea party candidate win Senate runoff in Texas

By Alexandra Duszak and Reity O'Brien

Ted Cruz gets help from super PACs in upset win over Dewhurst in Texas Senate runoff.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… zed spending battle that attracted more than $14 million in outside money, Ted Cruz upset the party establishment favorite Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the in t …"

Donor profile: Harlan Crow

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… ads from Club for Growth’s PAC and ultimately lost to tea party favorite Ted Cruz after a costly and contentious runoff election. The Crow family has also …"

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