Ad war winners take governors' mansions

By Ben Wieder, Reity O'Brien and Rachel Baye

Three out of four races won by top spending candidates and their allies

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dan Malloy":

"… k Snyder.  It also won in Connecticut where incumbent Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy eked out a victory against Republican Tom Foley. But it struck out in …"

"… onnecticut, where Republican candidate Tom Foley conceded the race to Gov. Dan Malloy in an email to supporters.    …"

Pennsylvania super PAC gets 'dark money' infusion

By Michael Beckel

Nonprofit Green Orchard Inc. is listed as the sole donor to new Prosperity for Pennsylvania super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "real estate developer":

"… ebate on choice in education” and whose president is libertarian-leaning real estate developer Howard Rich of New York. The $900,000 contribution from Green Orchard amo …"

Non-candidate spending increases in state elections

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Ben Wieder

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… level races in 2014, with more than $37 million already spent, followed by Texas ($36.8 million), Florida ($33.7 million), Illinois ($26.4 millio …"

"… evision ad war is no guarantee of victory at the ballot, however. In Texas, the heated primary for lieutenant governor helped make that seat the sixt …"

"… ct mail and online messaging to energize conservative voters, according to Texas political consultant Ray Sullivan, who helped run Gov. Rick Perry’s 2012 …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… lotteries wanted to use that opening to sell tickets online. New York and Illinois asked the Justice Department whether such a move would be legal, and in la …"

"… nternet gambling this year, including Massachusetts, California, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Mississippi, where a bill was introduced but failed t …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… esponse to the scandal, he wouldn’t be the first governor to do so. Then-South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford abdicated the position after revelations that he had sec …"

Koch Industries PAC bolts to fast start in 2013

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Energy company's PAC has donated more than $500,000 to politicians in five months.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Corbett":

"… . Notable state-level donations include $5,000 apiece to Republican Govs. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma, as well as $2,500 to Dewey Ba …"

Export push reframes debate over fracking

By Alexandra Duszak

Energy indepedence for the U.S. no longer at issue — exports would help industry's bottom line.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chevron":

"… s. But the advent of widespread fracking by companies such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Chesapeake Energy made the facilities unnecessary. The industry inves …"

Donor profile: Republican Governors Association

By Alexandra Duszak and John Dunbar

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal races":

"… earance on a list of top donors to super PACs — formed to spend money on federal races — at first glance appears to be a mistake. But a close look at the Washi …"

Pennsylvania governor benefited from untraceable $1.5 million donation

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

How Pennsylvania's governor benefited from an untraceable $1.5 million donation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Montana":

"… n, according to Politico. Republican gubernatorial candidates Rick Hill of Montana and Rob McKenna of Washington were also present. The RGA is devoting mill …"

"… ckups as Democrats leave open governorships in North Carolina, Washington, Montana, and New Hampshire. The RGA has dedicated millions to challenge Democratic …"

"… nsor ads attacking Democratic candidates for governor in West Virginia and Montana. Donors and spending on these ads were not reported to the states in quest …"

D.C.-based governors' associations provide back door for corporate donors

By John Dunbar and Alexandra Duszak

Republican Governors Association delivers millions to candidates in states that restrict corporate money.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… .Pennsylvania’s impact fee brought in more than $200 million in 2011. In Texas, where each unit of natural gas is taxed at 7.5 cents on the dollar, $1.4 …"

Parts of Pa. law favored by frackers overturned

By Alice Su

A court on Thursday threw out parts of the state’s Act 13, returning zoning authority over natural gas drilling to local governments

Excerpts from this story referencing "natural gas":

"… tate’s controversial Act 13 on Thursday, returning zoning authority over natural gas drilling to the municipalities and townships that had contested the five-m …"

"… resolved if the Commonwealth is to remain a leader in responsible American natural gas development and reap the associated economic, environmental and national s …"

Local leaders sue for right to control location of gas wells

By Alice Su

Pennsylvania's state legislature passed a law that strips local zoning authority location of fracking wells.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Corbett":

"… y, government, and the conservation community.”Ball said Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, a favorite of the oil and gas industry, had been “very adamantly behind …"

Grading the nation: How accountable is your state?

By Caitlin Ginley

Our State Integrity Investigation reveals corruption risks in all 50 states

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… raft legislation and all related documents are withheld from the public.In Massachusetts, the barriers to access are especially daunting. Not only are the legislat …"

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 "Rick Scott":

"… neral from 2007 until earlier this month, lost the primary to now-Governor Rick Scott. Pam Bondi, who succeeded McCollum as attorney general and will take up hi …"

527s run aground in the states

By Kevin Bogardus

Groups continue to raise money as some regulators crack down

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Minority Leader":

"… told the Center. "A statement must accompany the contribution."The state's House Minority Leader, Democrat Matt Entenza, also came under attack for his $300,000 contributi …"