Unions dramatically increase super PAC donations

By Michael Beckel

Unions accounted for $1 out of every $6 raised by super PACs in first half of 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… year — only the Democratic Governors Association, the late Bob Perry of Texas and billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave more. Thomas F …"

Donor profile: AFSCME

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Donor profile: American Federation of Teachers

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ngarten urged teachers to support Obama, saying GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney had a “binder of bad ideas” for public education. The union sent dona …"

Daily Disclosure: Public employee union opens attack on GOP Senate candidates

By Rachael Marcus

The nation's largest public employee union opened an advertising campaign, taking aim at Republican U.S. Senate candidates.

Donor profile: Service Employees International Union

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… $4.4 million* $1 million to Priorities USA Action (pro-Barack Obama) $850,000 to Rethink PAC (pro-Elizabeth Warren) $668,500 to Ho …"

"… da's Future (pro-Bill Nelson) $20,000 to Vote Your Values PAC (pro-Barack Obama) $15,000 to South Floridians for Effective Leadership (pro-Kristin Jacobs …"

"… In November 2011, she released her union's endorsement of President Barack Obama.    Andy Stern, SEIU's president from 1996 to 2010, was one of …"

"… to 2010, was one of the most frequent visitors to the White House early in Obama's term, when the union touted is access to the new commander-in-chief. SEI …"

Donor profile: AFL-CIO

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… d entitled “Greed” linked Romney’s former employer, Bain Capital, to Medicare fraud. Last updated: Jan. 30, 2013 *2011-2012 election cycle. Source: Ce …"

CORRECTED: States pushing efforts to require certification for cleaning medical instruments

By Joe Eaton

States pushing certification requirement for workers who clean surgical instruments

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… o incorrect information received from contributors to two bills before the New York State Assembly, the Center for Public Integrity inaccurately described a l …"

"… ly for a license,” said Mary Olivera, the director of sterilization at a New York City medical facility and past president of the New York State Association …"

"… terilization at a New York City medical facility and past president of the New York State Association of Central Service Professionals. “Same with a dog gro …"

"… Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) is supporting certification bills in New York and is helping prepare legislation in Pennsylvania. Under these proposals, …"

Scores of union leaders earn six-figure salaries

By John C. Henry

The Standoff in Wisconsin Between Gov. Walker and unions could “trickle up” to jeopardize fat compensation packages of labor leaders....

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, and Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, whose local members have been targeted by Walker.McEntee said Walker was …"

AFSCME invests big in Wisconsin House race

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees labor union, is spending a whopping $750,000 on a 30-second ad in

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… the start of the 2010 campaign cycle, according to AFSCME filings with the Federal Election Commission.The union ad lambasts Republican challenger Reid Ribble for his views on S …"

Gerry McEntee

By Peter H. Stone

Gerry McEntee. Photo used under Creative Commons from aflcio.Labor unions face an extremely daunting political landscape in this year’s elec

In reversal, insurance plan will cover boy's prosthetic

By Danielle Ivory

Mother: "Amazing how media coverage can change their attitude"

Excerpts from this story referencing "Blue Shield":

"… the French family learned that the claim had been denied by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. The nonprofit insurer administers the health plan of the Mich …"

"… an change their attitude.”Helen Stojic, a spokeswoman for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, declined to comment on an individual case. She indicated that …"

"… the insurance plan’s lifetime cap on prosthetic coverage. Blue Cross and Blue Shield “generally does not have separate maximums on prosthetics” in its heal …"

Obama’s first choice for FEC raises questions about stance on 527s

By Josh Israel

A few days ago, President Obama made attorney John Sullivan his first nomination to fill one of the three vacant seats on the Federal Electi

Excerpts from this story referencing "Service Employees International Union":

"… onor to Obama’s 2008 campaign, has been associate general counsel to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) since 1997. While undoubtedly the campaign appreciated his personal …"

Organizational donors

By Neil Gordon

Profiles of the top organizational donors in 2003 and 2004

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… ft money. The DGA directed a majority of its contributions in 2003-2004 to Missouri and Washington, both of which featured extremely close gubernatorial races …"

"… its political contributions in 2003-2004 to Democratic party committees in Missouri. That may be because Republican Gov. Matt Blunt campaigned on a promise to …"

"… f their state party contributions in the 2003-2004 cycle to three states—Missouri, New York and Washington. Missouri and Washington featured gubernatorial c …"

"… n the 2003-2004 cycle to three states—Missouri, New York and Washington. Missouri and Washington featured gubernatorial contests between solidly pro- and an …"

Cloud of corruption around Democrats' union patron

By Charles Lewis

WASHINGTON, August 9, 2000 — As the Democratic National Convention gets under way in Los Angeles, the American Federation of State, County a

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… d) …"