Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… rossroads GPS, a nonprofit co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit trade association. On the left, the TV ad wars have been dom …"

"… than 9,300. Other big groups — including the American Chemistry Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Senate Majority PAC and Patriot Majority USA — have also been active in …"

"… orability rating, criticizing him for backing Obamacare, for instance. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, meanwhile, has spent more than $1 million brightening Gardner’s image, …"

Outsiders dominate Alaska's Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Washington, D.C.-based groups are dominating the airwaves in the Last Frontier, home to one of the nation's most contested Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… profit outfit Crossroads GPS are tied to GOP strategist Karl Rove. And the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is headquartered across the street from the White House. Meanwhile, a pro …"

‘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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… lobbying and consulting firm. Berman is a former labor lawyer with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Berman and Co. was created in 1986, according to the company fact sheet. …"

Washington's cynical misinformation game

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the role of distortion in health care politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… nother organization insurers frequently call upon to front for them is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As the National Journal reported in 2012, AHIP funneled more th …"

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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… icy battles, for their prolific output.    That’s because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($28.8 million during second-quarter 2014 compared to $19.1 million during …"

The beautification of Thad Cochran

By Dave Levinthal

Senator's supporters suddenly turn cheery in final bid to save Mississippi mainstay's job.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… for Public Integrity's analysis indicates. During the runoff period, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund, social welfare n …"

"… issippi Conservatives super PAC have led Cochran's positivity parade. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent $700,000 in the runoff phase, trotted out football legend Bre …"

Mississippi's super PAC-dominated Senate slugfest not over yet

By Dave Levinthal

Cochran and McDaniel prepare to square off again June 24 as outside groups spend millions in GOP's contested Senate primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… ississippi Conservatives Fund super PAC, the mainstream Republican-backing U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Realtors Congressional Fund and the American …"

U.S. Chamber targets Dems in state attorney general races

By Ben Wieder

Why are powerful business interests underwriting ads in AG races in the states?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… l Institute on Money in State Politics, state campaign finance filings and Federal Communications Commission records. With 31 states electing an attorney general this year — and nin …"

GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative nonprofits and super PACs have spent $10 million bashing Republicans to the delight of Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… s better positioned to defeat Democrats in November’s general election. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the Club for Growth, has so far invested $2 m …"

"… er’s general election. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC arm of the Club for Growth, has so far invested $2 million into attacks on several incumbent Republic …"

"… sborn, a former Nebraska state treasurer who’s running for U.S. Senate. Club for Growth Action seeks to involve itself in contests “we feel that our resources c …"

Koch brothers, major corporations sponsor pension reform seminar for judges

By Chris Young

Judges who may decide fates of public pension reform disputes to attend seminar sponsored by pro-business interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… nclude trade associations such as the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and conservative foundations such as the John William Pope Foundation and …"

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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… nd the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Overall, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce retained its regular perch as the biggest-spending lobbying entity in the …"

Outside groups help boost David Jolly to victory

By Michael Beckel

Outside groups spent nearly $5 million aiding Republican in Florida's heated House race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… luding the National Republican Congressional Committee ($2.2 million), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($1.2 million), the American Action Network ($470,000) and American Crossr …"

Outside groups dwarf candidate spending in Florida special election

By Michael Beckel

Less than one-third of money pumped into House contest is controlled by Sink or Jolly.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… s must. Jolly’s campaign alone has been aided by nonprofits such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Action Network and the YG Network. Together these nonprofits …"

Super PACs, nonprofits fueling GOP strife

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative super PACs, nonprofits spending millions to blast Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… idates put forward, and we back candidates based on that." Super PAC Club for Growth Action, meanwhile, spent more than $317,000 in January and February campai …"

"… ening the Republican Party’s odds of a successful 2014 midterm election, Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller simply said, "no." But he indicated his group's ad …"

"… he Mississippi Conservatives super PAC, which has pushed against Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America by spending $342,000 to skewer McDanie …"

Exelon amends reports concerning contributions to trade groups

By Michael Beckel

Nuclear giant says its political contribution reports overstated numerous payments to politically active nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… ns such as the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Edison Electric Institute and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The company additionally contributed a combined $317,500 to politically …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… wmaker who has been targeted for defeat by conservative groups such as the Club for Growth, which accuses him of being a “liberal Republican.” The Chamber is al …"

Pulling back the veil on corporate contributions

By Michael Beckel and Erin Quinn

New database pulls back veil on corporate giving to politically active nonprofits and covert ways companies advance their agendas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… 2012. That means if you are interested in trade associations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers or the Business Roundtable, you …"

Top politics investigations from 2013

By The Center for Public Integrity

In case you missed it, here are some of our favorite politics investigations from 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… b? Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Keep reading Nearly $12 million spent by super PACs and nonprofits in s …"

League of Conservation Voters becoming 'dark money' heavyweight

By Michael Beckel

The liberal League of Conservation Voters is fast becoming one of the nation’s strongest 'dark money' forces.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… ing, during Massachusetts' special U.S. Senate election. By contrast, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has reported spending about $200,000 on political ads this year to the FEC …"

Push against offshore secrecy an uphill battle

By Michael Hudson

Big players are taking unprecedented steps to stop offshore abuses, but financial crime fighters worry reforms don’t go far enough.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… ing the American Bankers Association, the American Bar Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber believes such legislation would hit  “every …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… o a right-leaning, Maryland-based contractor, Mentzer Media Services Inc. Club for Growth’s ratio of fundraising costs to contributions — a key measure of a non …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… ies — they just do so in secret. For example, donations to the nonprofit U.S. Chamber of Commerce are not required to be reported. Keith Downey, the current head of the Mi …"

"… eform legislation, or efforts to limit damages paid in civil lawsuits. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform was the RSLC’s single biggest donor in 20 …"

Business groups assail political transparency

By Dave Levinthal

Letter from U.S. Chamber, others charge Center for Political Accountability with laying 'disclosure trap' for corporations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… political and lobbying 'disclosure,'" reads the letter, which is signed by U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue, Business Roundtable President John Engler a …"

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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… peak of $2.45 million, a mark set during the year’s first quarter. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its subsidiary organizations again led all lobbying entities, spending …"

Pro-gun group dramatically ups influence spending

By Dave Levinthal

The nonprofit National Association for Gun Rights spent $3 million lobbying last quarter, far more than the better-known NRA.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… barely cracked the $1 million mark in the second quarter. Overall, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (more than $19 million, including affiliates) and the National Association …"

League of nations lobbying immigration bill

By Adam Wollner

Immigration reform bill attracting special interests from all corners of the globe.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… That list includes some of the heaviest hitters in Washington, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Intel, as well as various smalle …"

Justice for sale in state supreme court elections?

By Bill Buzenberg

Outside groups are funneling more and more money into state races, which is a trend the Center will be following.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ysis of campaign finance reports, tax records and documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission. Tracking all outside spending is nearly impossible thanks to lax state d …"

D.C.-based groups bombarded state high court races with ads

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Nearly $12 million spent by super PACs and nonprofits in 2012-13 state supreme court races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Club for Growth":

"… d as liberal groups didn’t spend much to back Fallone. The state arm of Club for Growth, an anti-tax group, spent at least $287,000 on TV ads supporting Roggensac …"

Secret court judge attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar

By Chris Young

Secret court member embroiled in phone records controversy attended expenses-paid terrorism seminar.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… es G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, among others. He and Posner did not immediately respond to requests for …"

Chevron shareholders reject ban on political spending

By Michael Beckel

Only a sliver of shareholders want oil giant to stop using corporate funds for politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… d trade associations, such as the $1 million it contributed in 2012 to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Samuelrich told the Center for Public Integrity that the motion's suppor …"

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