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 "Chattanooga":

"… mies while almost certainly reducing or entirely removing such subsidies." …"

"… e the infrastructure they need to support their economies.” The move by Chattanooga will be a first salvo in an effort by municipalities and the FCC to revers …"

"… at want to build or expand broadband networks. Wheeler asked to meet with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke in June to discuss the city’s plans for expanding its n …"

"… tition from community broadband. Given the opportunity, we will do so.” Chattanooga’s network, which covers 600 square miles and serves 60,000 customers, ha …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… e law is the Internal Revenue Service. High-profile politicians from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Mike Huckabee, the former GOP governor of Arkansas, suggested …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… have been developed by the same company that built websites for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other tea party leaders. "Stop the …"

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 "finance":

"… features the sort of anti-regulatory rhetoric often employed by nonprofits financed by right-wing and Tea Party groups. The page features dozens of photos a …"

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 "Cory Booker":

"… ir campaign finance reports: 1/6 Number of Twitter followers of Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.: 1,445,268 Number of campaign finance reports Booker has e-f …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… reporters felt the summit was worth their time, despite the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., were on the agen …"

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 "lieutenant governor":

"… ruz during his contentious GOP primary fight with David Dewhurst, Texas’ lieutenant governor and the favorite of many of the Republican Party’s establishment. The s …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… llying behind the President. This unity — along with the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and other Republicans who forced the government shutdo …"

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 "health care reform law":

"… her than agree to budget money for the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s health care reform law. “If it doesn’t have a full delay or defunding of Obamacare, I know I …"

'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 "federal law":

"… n what's the latest legal kerfuffle involving political committees bucking federal laws that govern — and limit — political committees' names. Rec …"

"… mmunication" is not defined. Asked how his Ayn Rand argument squares with federal law, Stand With Rand PAC treasurer Dan Backer, who also keeps the Stop Pelosi …"

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 "Mitch McConnell":

"… Leadership, which is supporting the re-election of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as the Center for Public Integrity previously noted.     …"

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 "Gabriel Gomez":

"… rry’s seat. (It spent $1.4 million on advertisements opposing Republican Gabriel Gomez who ultimately lost to Democrat Ed Markey by 10 percentage points.) Senat …"

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 "federal law":

"… e potential presidential candidate’s first name, this action may violate federal law. Three Hillary Clinton-themed super PACs established earlier this year co …"

"… “clearly indicate” that they are “a draft committee,” according to federal law. Like super PACs, draft committees need not abide by the strict contribut …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… urden of disclosing most or all of their contributors.     …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… “areas of mischief” regarding politically active nonprofits, known in Internal Revenue Service parlance as 501(c)(4) organizations. Several such organizations spent int …"

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 "Ronald Reagan":

"… Lori Robertson …"

Club for Growth ranks congressional members

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… ub supported Republican Richard Mourdock, and about $2.4 million on ads in Arizona's U.S. Senate race, where the Club backed Republican Rep. Jeff Flake, who …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… s March primary. …"

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 "David Donnelly":

"… s co-founded by Jonathan Soros, son of billionaire investor George Soros*, David Donnelly of Public Campaign Action and Ilyse Hogue, who was named the new president …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… bie Stabenow in Michigan, Kirsten Gillibrand in New York, Amy Klobuchar in Minnesota, Dianne Feinstein in California, Maria Cantwell in Washington state and Me …"

'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 "Club for Growth":

"… signed the multimillion-dollar personal-visit style” strategy used by “Club for Growth, the National Right to Work Committee, and other pro-business / limited go …"

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 "House":

"… ict, pitting Brad Sherman against Howard Berman, both Democratic House members, a candidate-specific super PAC called the Committee to Elect Effe …"

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 "Arizona":

"… s over the weekend targeting hotly contested U.S. Senate races in Florida, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana and Virginia:“The American Dream” supports the U.S. Sen …"

"… t 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” supports Flake …"

"… itive. Florida and Ohio lean Democrat and both have Democratic incumbents. Arizona and Indiana, both open seats, lean Republican. Virginia, also an open seat …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… f their party in primaries across the country, the deep-pocketed, anti-tax Club for Growth has proved itself a force to be reckoned with.If heavily favored Rep. Jeff …"

"… lion on independent expenditures in Republican Senate primaries this year, Club for Growth ranks No. 1, having spent more than $10 million, according to a Center for …"

"… supporting Flake through its nonprofit, political action committee and its Club for Growth Action super PAC — that’s about 70 percent of the $1.5 million spent b …"

"… t trailed Flake by 22 percentage points in a recent poll.Notably, the Club for Growth’s PAC has also steered about $885,000 in bundled contributions into Flak …"

Donor profile: Robert Rowling

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dallas":

"… ch now owns the Omni hotel chain, Gold’s Gym and Tana Exploration Co.The Dallas Morning News described his eclectic holdings in a 2008 profile, saying, …"

"… 2012, TRT announced it would move its headquarters from Irving, Texas, to Dallas, home of campaign finance bigwig Harold Simmons. The move — to a si …"

PAC profile: Club for Growth Action

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth Action":

"… s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.Profile:Club for Growth Action is the sister super PAC to free-market nonprofit Club for Growth Inc., whi …"

"… t politicians and replace them with economic conservatives.”To this end, Club for Growth Action spent millions on tea party-aligned candidates in GOP primaries across the …"

"… ere after a runoff against establishment favorite Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Club for Growth Action spent roughly $5 million on ads opposing Dewhurst and an additional $600,0 …"

"… ed primary in decades.Hoping to replay its victories in Indiana and Texas, Club for Growth Action was the top outside spender in the Wisconsin GOP Senate primary on Aug. 14 …"

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 "Indiana":

"… k is headed by Chris Chocola, a former Republican congressman representing Indiana’s 2nd District. According to its website, Club for Growth operates on th …"

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 "Politics":

"… super PAC, Club for Growth Action, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the American Enterprise …"

"… d: Jan. 30, 2013 *2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Center for Responsive Politics and Center for Public Integrity analysis of Federal Election Commission re …"