‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… t a steady pace, and gone beyond D.C. They are also active on Facebook and Twitter. Berman did not return phone calls requesting comment for this story, but …"

Lobbying activity declines among top special interests

By Dave Levinthal

Three-fifths of nation's top 100 lobbying entities spent less on influence in the second quarter compared to a year ago.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Association of Realtors":

"… quarter 2014 compared to $19.1 million during second-quarter 2013) and the National Association of Realtors ($16.5 million versus $9.1 million) opt to disclose state- and grassroots- …"

Saving the penny makes cents for zinc-backed front group

By Erin Quinn

'Broad-based' group created to save the penny from extinction turns out to be backed by a company that supplies metal to make the coins.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… hechoke.com has no “about us” section and no contact information. Its Twitter feed has a more visible supporter — the Institute for Liberty. The nonpr …"

Get involved: Help judges' disclosures investigation go further with donations and news tips

Join us in finding cases where ruling judges may have had a conflict.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… to our email newsletter or following us on Facebook or Twitter. What we've found so far The Center found 26 examples since 2010 where …"

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Northrop Grumman":

"… ise, include a number of energy interests and defense contractors, such as Northrop Grumman, General Electric, ExxonMobil, Chevron Corp., Edison Electric Institute, B …"

Name calling won't silence investigative reporting

By Bill Buzenberg

How a Verizon flack's tweet clinched more readers for our wireless investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… ago when a corporate spokesman slammed one of our excellent reporters via Twitter, labeling him “lazy and unethical.” Ed McFadden of Verizon later apolo …"

Tea party operative likely behind mysterious web blitz

By Daniel Wagner

The campaign against government crackdown on online payday lenders is likely created by a consultant to Sen. Ted Cruz.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… n’s website is studiously anonymous. The operators of its Twitter account have ignored multiple public requests for comment. Advocates …"

The mysterious online war against a payday lending crackdown

By Daniel Wagner

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… Stop the Choke,” takes a less public approach. Its website, Facebook and Twitter accounts accuse the government of threatening a vast range of Web-based co …"

"… rs’ identity. There is no “about” section on the website. The site, Twitter account and Facebook page include no names, addresses or phone numbers. Th …"

"… or, and we don’t know who set it up.” A public request for comment on Twitter this month did not receive a response. Numerous trade groups representing …"

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Apple":

"… mittee. Comparatively, well-known tech or entertainment companies such as Apple ($3.37 million) and eBay ($2.24 million) spent more than Netflix on federa …"

Pop-up pro-Clinton group fades after scrutiny

By Michael Beckel

Pro-Clinton super PAC linked to man sought by investigator regarding financial problems.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… ng to “restock asap.” And as recently as Oct. 1, the group boasted on Twitter that “The government may be shut down but @Time4Hillary is still up and …"

"… en, not only has the group’s website gone dark, but several Facebook and Twitter accounts linked to the Gibsons have also been deleted or had their privacy …"

"… ails requesting comment. One of the last publicly available tweets from a Twitter account linked to him, however, offers this assessment: “Money money mon …"

Authorities block online access to ICIJ's exposé of Chinese elite's offshore holdings

Chinese authorities moved aggressively to block online access to ICIJ news reports.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… ine domestic content and blocks foreign social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook, but the broad news blackout targeting so many international …"

By the numbers: a 2013 money-in-politics index

By Michael Beckel

A new Center for Public Integrity money-in-politics index highlights the year's top stories and key trends.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… bsp;voluntarily e-file their campaign finance reports: 1/6 Number of Twitter followers of Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.: 1,445,268 Number of campaign …"

White House stays mum on troubles with election regulator

By The Center for Public Integrity

Report unearthed numerous problems at the Federal Election Commission.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… aign finance and elections matters for the White House, has been active on Twitter lately. He's even tweeted about hacking threats, although it had nothing t …"

How Washington starves its election watchdog

By Dave Levinthal

Agency hamstrung by political bickering, case backlogs, staff departures — even Chinese hackers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… contest — to file disclosure reports. In desperation, Weintraub took to Twitter and asked political committees to post disclosures to their own candidate …"

Lobbying dips overall, but the beat goes on for guns, drugs and agriculture

By Dave Levinthal

But third-quarter expenditures are down for many special interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Bloomberg":

"… them.” Mayors Against Illegal Guns, led in part by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, spent $500,000 from July 1 through September, down slightly from its all- …"

Government shutdown shrinks FEC to just four employees

By Dave Levinthal

Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub details how government shutdown is affecting her agency.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ann Ravel":

"… The typically six-member commission currently has two vacancies. Democrat Ann Ravel and Republican Lee Goodman were last week confirmed by the Senate, bu …"

Pro-Clinton super PAC creators have dubious pasts

By Michael Beckel

People behind pro-Clinton super PAC have histories of legal troubles and bankruptcy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "player":

"… anished, that is, until late August. That’s when Gibson resurfaced as a player behind a super PAC called Time for Hillary. Tapping political passions Ca …"

Booker supports e-filing in theory, not in practice

By Michael Beckel

Cory Booker supports an e-filing requirement for campaign finance reports, but he still opts for paper.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… same set of rules.” Booker, who has more than 1.4 million followers on Twitter, gained notoriety for regularly responding to — and aiding — constitue …"

Giffords' gun group to return Midler foundation donation

By Michael Beckel

Bette Midler's family foundation broke rule banning charities from giving to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance records":

"… oup. The gift came from Midler’s private family foundation, according to campaign finance records. Before the second quarter ended in June, another family foundation — t …"

GOP leadership PACs boost American Future Fund

By Michael Beckel

Republican senators steered donations to a nonprofit group touting their GOP colleague in May.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Koch":

"… s to the political network of billionaire industrialist brothers David and Charles Koch. Campaign finance reform organizations have long questioned whether the A …"

OPINION: an outbreak of bipartisanship

By Wendell Potter

Republicans, Democrats work together to expand Medicaid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Snyder":

"… proved, on a bipartisan vote of 76-31, a bill supported by Democratic Gov. Rick Snyder to expand Medicaid there.  I learned about it within minutes of the …"

All the presidents' debt

By Dave Levinthal

Gaggle of former White House hopefuls still owe creditors millions of dollars.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… LaRouche PAC political action committee, could not be reached for comment. Democratic Party officials say they have no comment on LaRouche’s debt, as they maintain …"

Continuing our investigation into the trillion-dollar world of offshore tax havens

By Bill Buzenberg

Our investigation into the previously secret world of tax havens from the British Virgin Islands to Singapore continues throughout 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Europe":

"… bsp; Already we can see the impact the stories are having, especially in Europe, where governments have been moving toward more transparency: French Pr …"

"… -Claude Juncker announced his country plans to lift bank secrecy rules for European Union citizens who have savings based in the country, ending decades of …"

"… d by the ICIJ investigation have evaded taxes or laundered money. And the European Commissioner for Taxation, Algirdas Šemeta, called for an automatic exc …"

How much do you value longform watchdog journalism?

By Bill Buzenberg

How important is it to you to continue to find out about abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… influence of money. Here’s a selection of what some of you had to say on Twitter: Sometimes our independent judiciary doesn't look so independent bit.ly/ …"

OPINION: Disarming the ATF

By Rob Tornoe

A cartoon by Rob Tornoe

Excerpts from this story referencing "WHYY":

"… s of Atlantic City, Media Matters and Philadelphia NPR affiliate WHYY, among others. You can follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, too. …"

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The odd debts presidential candidates still owe

By Dave Levinthal

Race car drivers, student newspapers and Twitter among White House hopefuls' curious creditors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Springfield":

"… or pay the campaign's $5,575 bill to the public school system of Springfield, Ohio. Homeland security? The St. Cloud State University Public Safety De …"

FACT CHECK: Facing facts on fiscal cliff

By FactCheck.Org

How did the U.S. reach a 'fiscal cliff' and what does it mean?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pennsylvania":

"… s and public policy at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, said a higher rate “hurts incentive to work.” Second, he said to us i …"

Issa committee accused of making 'sham' campaign ad

By Rachael Marcus

House oversight committee releases anti-Obama ad that's not an ad; watchdogs cry foul.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Twitter":

"… o the committee’s YouTube channel on Friday. It has made its way through Twitter and conservative blogs over the weekend.“Spend like he says, not like he …"

Mystery firm is election's top corporate donor at $5.3 million

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Supreme Court decision paves way for $75 million in corporate donations to super PACs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "finance":

"… but they don't want to alienate customers.”By category, companies in the finance, insurance and real estate sector donated more than $15 million, “genera …"

OPINION: Democratic process

By Rob Tornoe

A cartoon by Rob Tornoe

Excerpts from this story referencing "WHYY":

"… s of Atlantic City, Media Matters and Philadelphia NPR affiliate WHYY, among others. You can follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, too. …"