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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… ees can be traced in part to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, decided early in 2010. The ruling gave the green light to unions and corp …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… the industry pressed Christie to veto the bill. David Satz, Caesars’ top lobbyist, was a member of Christie’s transition team in 2009 and helped write&nbs …"

"… gs on the issue. The Rational Group, the firm that owns PokerStars, hired lobbyists in at least six states last year, including New York, where the company …"

"… n at least six states last year, including New York, where the company’s lobbyist met with an adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November, according to a repor …"

"… s of thousands of dollars to Pennsylvania candidates last year, though the lobbyists represent many other clients as well. Pennsylvania lawmakers say that bec …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… aising period in RGA history. John Dunbar contributed to this report. …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… Democrats. But unlike other conservative mega-donors such as casino mogul Sheldon Adelson or the Kochs' estranged brother, William Koch, David and Charles Koch have …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… said. “I taught history, and people don’t learn from history.” …"

"… ion become energy independent and provide jobs and lower heating costs for Pennsylvanians. But with gas prices collapsing thanks to an unforeseen glut, energy co …"

"… the environment, and higher, rather than lower, gas prices, say critics. Pennsylvanians are “surprised, stunned, angry and upset” about the export push, sai …"

"… into underground shale deposits. The technology, which became popular in Pennsylvania around 2008, enabled drilling companies to access enormous, previously unr …"

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 "Ronald Reagan":

"… nclude some of the biggest names in the Republican Party: former President Ronald Reagan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.Over the …"

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 "Ken Griffin":

"… dge fund managers Paul Singer of New York, Steven Cohen of Connecticut and Ken Griffin and wife Anne from Chicago. Texas home builder Bob Perry gave $500,000. T …"

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 "attorney general":

"… ce for governor of Pennsylvania that Republican Tom Corbett, the state’s attorney general, was the favorite of the burgeoning natural gas industry.Corbett collected …"

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 "Tom Corbett":

"… aracter of neighborhoods and makes irrational classifications.” Governor Tom Corbett, who supported and signed the law in February, announced Friday that his o …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… an A grade from the months-long probe. Only five states earned a B grade: New Jersey, Connecticut, Washington, California and Nebraska. Nineteen states got C …"

"… he State Integrity Investigation seem more than a little counterintuitive. New Jersey emerges at the top of the pack, a seemingly stunning ranking for a state w …"

"… nd statehouses with a history of political corruption and scandal — like New Jersey, Illinois, and Louisiana — have been more likely in recent years to succ …"

"… the nonprofit advocacy group Common Cause.That’s apparently the case in New Jersey, where a series of scandals helped bring about some of the strongest ethic …"

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 "Tom Corbett":

"… it include former Pennsylvania Attorney General and newly-elected Governor Tom Corbett, who has received about $830,000, and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, …"

527s run aground in the states

By Kevin Bogardus

Groups continue to raise money as some regulators crack down

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Corbett":

"… he practice is illegal in the Keystone State.The group donated $480,000 to Tom Corbett, the Republican candidate for state attorney general, a few weeks before t …"