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 "Tom Corbett":

"… s race is also among the hottest in the country. Incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is facing a stiff challenge from Democrat Tom Wolf. The gubernatorial con …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… according to Texas political consultant Ray Sullivan, who helped run Gov. Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential campaign. “Candidates in the Republican primary w …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… Mississippi, where a bill was introduced but failed to pass. Lawmakers in Louisiana held hearings on the issue. The Rational Group, the firm that owns PokerS …"

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 "CEO":

"… e fund chief Paul Singer, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, and Leslie Wexner, CEO of the Limited Brands, each donated more than $1 million to the group last …"

"… relies more on labor unions, but also sees its share of corporate money as CEOs hedge their bets. Even without Perry and Simmons, the RGA has plenty of …"

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 "Natural gas":

"… ere a pro-fracking governor, Republican Tom Corbett, was elected in 2010. Natural gas production in the U.S. has been so prolific that the price of gas has fall …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… an Party: former President Ronald Reagan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.Over the past few months, the Center for Public Integri …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… ts PACs in Michigan and Pennsylvania, it sent $5.3 million to Michigan’s Republican Party and $2.3 million to bolster the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s efforts. …"

"… Michigan’s Republican Party and $2.3 million to bolster the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s efforts. By contrast, the RGA uses a more direct method in states whe …"

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 "Tom Corbett":

"… as no secret in the 2010 race for governor of Pennsylvania that Republican Tom Corbett, the state’s attorney general, was the favorite of the burgeoning natura …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… f clean governmental in recent years, comes in at a respectable number 10. Louisiana ranks 15th.Many of the states at the bottom of the rankings, meanwhile, ar …"

"… ory of political corruption and scandal — like New Jersey, Illinois, and Louisiana — have been more likely in recent years to successfully implement reform …"

"… ome of the nation’s toughest anti-pay-to-play laws for contractors. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, in an attempt to shed the state of its scandalous p …"

"… businesses, utilities, financial institutions, and railroads in the state. Louisiana includes an exemption for records that are part of the “deliberative pro …"

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 "Sonny Perdue":

"… ion from health care professionals since 1996, and former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, who took in at least $970,163 from the industry starting in 1992, when he …"

"… nice K. Brewer, governor of Arizona; Jim Gibbons, then-governor of Nevada; Sonny Perdue, then-governor of Georgia; and Daniel S. Sullivan, then-attorney general o …"

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 …"