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 "Nebraska":

"… l likely fight Chattanooga’s petition. Senators including Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Marco Rubio, R-Florida, w …"

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 "Mike Huckabee":

"… Revenue Service. High-profile politicians from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Mike Huckabee, the former GOP governor of Arkansas, suggested the agency should be outri …"

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 "Virginia":

"… Gov. Rick Scott, another tea party favorite, and Bob McDonnell, the former Virginia governor who was indicted last month on federal corruption charges.  …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… e features dozens of photos and references to Tea Party favorite U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. A Cruz spokesman said the Facebook page “is not affiliated wit …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… * assailed the “Do-Nothing Congress”: 511 Number of minutes Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spent reading Dr. Seuss's "Green Eggs and Ham" during a 21-hour …"

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 "ExxonMobil":

"… lthcare, ALEC’s corporate membership has included big names ranging from ExxonMobil and Wells Fargo to Johnson & Johnson and Kraft. And it has worked clos …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… its enthusiastic endorsement of the 21-hour talk-a-thon last month by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as he railed on the Senate floor against Obamacare. Earlier thi …"

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 "Senate Majority Leader":

"… gh of them came back into the fold to enable then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get the legislation through both chambers and on its way to …"

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 "Congress":

"… SBC, all of which are primary dealers. Garrett isn’t the only member of Congress who appears none too concerned about the prospect of defaulting on the nat …"

"… would pay interest on Treasury securities before making other payments if Congress failed to pass an increase in the limit. Lew refused. President Barack Ob …"

"… crease in the limit. Lew refused. President Barack Obama has said that if Congress doesn’t pass a law to boost the amount the government is allowed to borr …"

"… Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who last month staged a fake filibuster to try to stop Congress from implementing a budget that includes money to pay for Obamacare, benef …"

'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 "Ted Cruz":

"… dates that we support include Senator Rand Paul, Senator Mike Lee, Senator Ted Cruz and Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli." And Stand with Rand …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… rginia campaign finance records indicate that Perry gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association in April. Perry donated $3.1 million in 2013 to Republican super PACs, in …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… he re-election of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Likewise, American Crossroads, the behemoth co-founded in 2010 by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gille …"

"… oma-based Rooney Holdings ($150,000). Jonathan Collegio, the spokesman of American Crossroads, predicted that “enthusiasm about the opportunity to win control of the …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… rt Paul as well as "other candidates who stand for liberty," such as Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah. In January, several notable Clinton suppo …"

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 "Democratic Party":

"… mendment." The letter also admonishes the FCC not to become an arm of the Democratic Party. "The FCC has a long tradition of being nonpartisan," the letter states. …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… of these organizations as an end-run around contribution limits.” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas — the only other committee member present — provided conserva …"

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 "oil production":

"… em: It’s simply not accurate anymore to say that a lizard is threatening oil production in West Texas. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (which is in the Interi …"

"… ls and oil industry representatives warned that such a decision would hurt oil production in the Permian Basin in West Texas. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service …"

"… Gas Association said it was “pleased” with the decision. So, for now, oil production in West Texas is safe from the threat of lizards. However, a new threat lu …"

Club for Growth ranks congressional members

By Michael Beckel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ted Cruz":

"… ission. That sum included more than $5.6 million on ads aiding Republican Ted Cruz during the hotly contested U.S. Senate primary in Texas. The money&n …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… ons was second to casino magnate and fellow Republican-backing billionaire Sheldon Adelson among top donors to super PACs in the 2012 election. Simmons or his compa …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… ed, lost his bid in the Hoosier State, Arizona’s Jeff Flake and Texas’ Ted Cruz are now sitting senators. Club for Growth Action started the year with $4 …"

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 "Scott Brown":

"… In Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren knocked out Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who had stunned the political world in January 2010 when he won the late …"

'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 "Ted Cruz":

"… ntial nominee Mitt Romney.He has also supported the tea party candidacy of Ted Cruz, the GOP’s nominee for U.S. Senate from Texas. In 2010, he gave money to …"

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 "Robert Mercer":

"… roup $250,000 while Rick Santorum-backer Foster Friess and hedge fund boss Robert Mercer have also chipped in.Super PACS dedicated to a single candidate have fough …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… primaries, notably Indiana and Texas, where former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz bested Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.The five U.S. Senate races targeted over th …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… lub for Growth Action spent more than $5.6 million on ads aimed at helping Ted Cruz in the Texas GOP Senate primary. Cruz beat Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a he …"

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 "Ted Cruz":

"… enate primaries.The group showered millions on Texas GOP primary candidate Ted Cruz, who ultimately won the U.S. Senate primary there after a runoff against e …"

"… Dewhurst for not being conservative enough. Club for Growth Action favored Ted Cruz, who won the primary runoff.“Only Worse” attacked former Wisconsin Gov …"

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 "Senate primary":

"… pent in favor of Roberti.  …"

"… Dewhurst — super PAC Club for Growth Action shifts its focus to the GOP Senate primary in Wisconsin.The conservative super PAC released “Change” Wednesday, a …"

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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