Mitch McConnell revs ad machine

By Michael Beckel

Kentucky’s embattled senior senator has aired roughly one campaign ad every five minutes since Labor Day.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… al contributed to this report. …"

"… as Grimes’ campaign aired during the same period and more than any U.S. Senate candidate nationwide. But for Republicans, Kentucky’s big-money Senate …"

"… Senate candidate nationwide. But for Republicans, Kentucky’s big-money Senate contest is an anomaly during a week that saw Democrats and their allies pr …"

"… ng to spend whatever’s necessary to prevent the GOP from seizing the six Senate seats it needs in November to win a Senate majority. During the week foll …"

Washington's cynical misinformation game

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the role of distortion in health care politics.

IRS says liberal group too political for 'social welfare' status

By Michael Beckel

Tax agency rejects pro-Blanche Lincoln group's application for tax-exempt status, calling it too focused on influencing elections.

IRS chief promises stricter rules for 'dark money' nonprofit groups

By Julie Patel

Agency chief says he'll tackle exactly how political 'social welfare' groups can get.

Tobacco money fuels gay Republicans, business organizations

By Michael Beckel

Reynolds American gave thousands of dollars to politically active nonprofits such as the Log Cabin Republicans, Americans for Prosperity.

Montana state senators raise big bucks with secretive nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Secretive group connected to GOP state Sens. Jason Priest and Ed Walker raised $900,000 in 2012, new documents show.

Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall Street's secret weapon in Washington

By Daniel Wagner and Alison Fitzgerald

Industry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… andidates, more than any other industry, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s more than two-and-a-half times the $57 million donated by the he …"

"… 012, members raised an average of $2.6 million, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, edging out the powerful Ways and Means Committee. “Members are encoura …"

Center wins Polk award for financial coverage

By The Center for Public Integrity

Award honors 'After the Meltdown,' which showed those most responsible for financial crisis living in luxury.

Corporate cash helps politicians party on

By Michael Beckel

Inauguration, convention-related groups boosted by corporate contributions.

Small-dollar donors boost pro-Obama Organizing for Action

By Michael Beckel

Small-dollar donors accounted for the bulk of pro-Obama nonprofit's 2013 receipts.

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 …"

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Democratic-aligned America Votes

By Adam Wollner and Michael Beckel

Nearly all of 'nonpartisan' Bull Moose Sportsmen's funding has come from a Democratic-aligned nonprofit.

Negative ads make Peterson 'more inclined' to run

By Michael Beckel

Democratic lawmaker Collin Peterson says a secretive nonprofit's media blitz makes him more likely to seek re-election.

IRS sets its sights on political 'dark money'

By Michael Beckel

The Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curb the ability of social welfare nonprofits to influence elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… Alliance — told the FEC it spent $1.36 million on ads urging viewers in Virginia and Ohio to "stand with coal" and "vote no on Obama's failing energy polic …"

Pro-Obama nonprofit boosted by undisclosed donors

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Priorities USA Action raised $8.4 million in 2012, the bulk of which came from four unnamed donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… on which officials announced his plant’s closure (after Romney’s firm, Bain Capital, bought it) was like building his “own coffin.” Priorities USA paid B …"

Anti-Obama nonprofit tells IRS it's not 'political'

By Michael Beckel

Meet the pro-coal group that spent millions attacking Obama while telling the IRS it wasn't engaged in candidate elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… bankrolled his campaign could love."     …"

"… ado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. In addition to its pre-election “stand with coal” advertising blitz, …"

"… erous swing states — including Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia — as well as portions of the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline …"

Koch-backed nonprofit spent record cash in 2012

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit, spent $122 million last year — exponentially more than it ever has.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… t" during 2012, said Kyle Kondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “As long as the money is there, I imagine they …"

ALEC gets gift from Nuclear Energy Institute

By Michael Beckel

Controversial pro-business think tank received $10,000 from Nuclear Energy Institute last year, new documents show.

CVS backs Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's NERD Fund

By Michael Beckel

Pharmacy chain's donation to Michigan governor's group offers a rare glimpse into the funding of politically active nonprofits.

Rail industry, utilities boost 'clean coal' coalition

By Michael Beckel

Norfolk Southern, CSX among companies to voluntarily reveal payments to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

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 "accountant":

"… ing refunds, which will be disclosed on our next report.” Pam Baker, an accountant at the firm in Nashville, Tenn., that handles the Midler Family Foundation …"

OPINION: 'limited benefit' plans are no real bargain

By Wendell Potter

Plans with modest premiums provide no real coverage

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Bertolini":

"… to keep him out of bankruptcy court. …"

"… the money he had been paying Aetna in premiums—some of which went to pay Mark Bertolini’s salary—was not enough to keep him out of bankruptcy court. …"

Super PAC caters to Catholics

By Michael Beckel

Catholic-oriented super PAC mixes politics and religion.

NYC public advocate: State, local governments must lead efforts to regulate dark money

By Michael Beckel

New York City's public advocate and the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending want more regulation of political nonprofits.

Nonprofit spends big on politics despite IRS limitation

By Michael Beckel

Questions raised about whether nonprofits like Koch-connected American Future Fund are primarily about politics.
Mitt Romney

Documents conflict on when Romney left Bain

By The Associated Press

Romney adviser Gillespie charges Obama campaign making false charge against former governor

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… lm when it sent jobs overseas. The documents, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, place Romney in charge of Bain from 1999 to 2001, a period in which the c …"

AP IMPACT: Building costs rise at US nuclear sites

By The Associated Press

Construction costs rising, schedules slipping at new US nuclear plant projects

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission":

"… million for the licensing delays, according to a May report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power, which owns nearly half the new pla …"

Company earned millions in defense contracts while making illegal sales to China

By Zach Toombs

United Technologies Corp. has admitted making false statements about its work on China's first attack helicopter.

OPINION: UnitedHealth Group's misleading promises

By Wendell Potter

UnitedHealth Group's promises left much unsaid.

Finance industry makes up nearly half of pro-Romney super PAC’s donations

By Alexandra Duszak and Rachael Marcus

America's wealthiest investors fill coffers of pro-Romney super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bain Capital":

"… under the name “W Spann LLC.” Conard is a former managing director of Bain Capital — the private equity company co-founded by Romney. Current and former e …"

"… ate equity company co-founded by Romney. Current and former executives at Bain Capital and their families gave at least $3.1 million to Restore Our Future, inclu …"

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