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 "Florida":

"… outspent their opponents by more than $1 million. In some states, such as Florida, the successful candidates and their supporters outspent their rivals by h …"

"… former Gov. Charlie Crist and his allies. The heavy spending also made the Florida contest the most expensive TV ad war in the country this election. Scott …"

"… yer, helped knock out Corbett in Pennsylvania but didn’t find success in Florida or Maine where it supported Democrats. Meanwhile former New York City May …"

"… sp;But it struck out in Maryland, where it backed Brown, the Democrat. In Florida, Scott won re-election with help from more than $10 million in ads sponsor …"

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 "Virginia":

"… ary of Green Orchard’s financial largess last year was the YG Network, a Virginia-based nonprofit closely aligned with former Republican House Majority Lead …"

"… It received $1 million. Its second-largest contribution: $900,000 to the Virginia-based Legislative Education Action Drive, which "seeks to enhance the deba …"

"… of the Prosperity for Pennsylvania super PAC. Dion, now a partner at the Virginia-based firm Revolution Agency, did not immediately respond to a request for …"

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 "New Jersey":

"… nline poker operator, which so far has been denied a license to operate in New Jersey because of pending federal money-laundering charges against its founder. A …"

"… or close to 50 years, Nevada had gambling to itself. Even after 1976, when New Jersey legalized casinos in Atlantic City, the gambling industry was essentially …"

"… the practice, and some had already begun the process. An American market: New Jersey Even before the Justice Department revised its opinion, the offshore comp …"

"… for a legitimate way into the American market, with a particular focus on New Jersey. In early 2009, Joe Brennan Jr., who ran a small, Washington D.C.-based in …"

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 "Politics":

"… e Kondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “There are all sorts of other factors that go into it.” 2014 outlook …"

"… andidates, according to data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics, while the DGA has given nearly $29 million. The Center reported&nbs …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… et. David and Charles Koch have heavily supported the 501(c)(4) nonprofit Americans for Prosperity, which ranked among the 2012 election's biggest spenders. Because nonprofi …"

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 "Exxon Mobil":

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

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 "Indiana":

"… he Republican House member who won a bid in November to become governor of Indiana, where corporate contributions are limited.The RGA has maintained that all …"

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 "National Institute":

"… total fundraising, easily the top donor to the campaign, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Corbett’s campaign office did not return ca …"

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 "Democratic Governors Association":

"… the commission.A 527 like the RGA — and its Democratic counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association — is not regulated by the Federal Election Commission and cannot make co …"

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 "Governor":

"… rs the character of neighborhoods and makes irrational classifications.” Governor Tom Corbett, who supported and signed the law in February, announced Frida …"

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 "oil and gas":

"… al Institute on Money in State Politics, Solobay raised just $500 from the oil and gas industry in his 2008 campaign. In the 2010 election, the total jumped to $ …"

"… titioning townships in Washington and Allegheny County, received $700 from oil and gas companies in 2008. In 2010, that amount jumped to $3,650 despite the fact …"

"… It’s a very bad thing in terms of transparency.”So far this year, the oil and gas industry has contributed $250 to White’s campaign and $5,250 to Solobay' …"

"… tion community.”Ball said Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, a favorite of the oil and gas industry, had been “very adamantly behind pushing this bill. They put a …"

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 "Secretary":

"… gn Finance Board).Earlier this year, a North Carolina judge ruled that the Secretary of State could not impose a $30,000 fine on a lobbyist who failed to regis …"

"… to register. The judge cited ambiguous language in the law and decided the Secretary did not have the proper authority.Forty-one states have an agency tasked w …"

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 "Ethics":

"… in August 2004, the group was fined $20,000 by the Louisiana Board of Ethics for failing to disclose its advertisement expenditures. The group als …"