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 "Tom Corbett":

"… s race is also among the hottest in the country. Incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is facing a stiff challenge from Democrat Tom Wolf. The gubernatorial con …"

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 "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… s of groups have flourished in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that loosened campaign spending rules for companies. Gen …"

Washington's cynical misinformation game

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: the role of distortion in health care politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Journal":

"… paigns designed to manipulate public opinion. The most recent evidence: a National Journal article about a new tactic used by the National Republican Congressional C …"

"… sources. The NRCC has created about two dozen “faux news sites,” the National Journal reported, all of which feature articles that “begin in the impartial voi …"

"… uently call upon to front for them is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As the National Journal reported in 2012, AHIP funneled more than $100 million to the Ch …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arkansas":

"… nse spent $1.2 million on “radio and television time in order to educate Arkansas on key issues facing the state.” Based on records Arkansans for Common S …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… overall on “mailings and advertising” related to “judicial fairness, energy and the environment, taxes and the economy and healthcare.” The bulk of …"

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 "New York":

"… . before joining a nonprofit housing group in 2002. He represents the tony New York suburb of Greenwich, Conn., which is home to some of the world’s largest …"

"… ws an annual Super Bowl party for big-ticket donors, according to the New York Post. The Sunlight database includes invitations to fundraisers held on b …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… r and Gay Talese. The awards will be presented at an April 11 luncheon in New York. Other winners of this year’s Polk awards include The Guardian and The …"

"… a second Polk for a six-part series on the U.S. food stamp program and The New York Times was awarded two Polk Awards, for reporting on the Rana Plaza collaps …"

"… r a five part series called “Invisible Child” about a homeless girl in New York City. “In the tradition of George Polk, many of the journalists we have …"

Corporate cash helps politicians party on

By Michael Beckel

Inauguration, convention-related groups boosted by corporate contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "treasurer":

"… .: This story has been updated to include comment from Paul Breazeale, the treasurer of Mississippi 2012, who also provided a copy of the group's 2012 tax retu …"

"… and Washington state, according to company documents. Paul Breazeale, the treasurer of Mississippi 2012, told the Center for Public Integrity that the nonprof …"

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 "Wall Street Journal":

"… of its officers urged Democrats to avoid “economic populism” in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. The piece led Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to fire off …"

‘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 "communications director":

"… ters and Americans for Prosperity declined to comment. Benjamin Cole, the communications director of the pro-coal American Energy Alliance, said his group was “looking cl …"

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 "Ellen Malcolm":

"… ling include longtime Democratic fundraiser Jay Dunn, EMILY's List founder Ellen Malcolm, Democracy Alliance Chairman Rob McKay and Jonathan Mantz, who served as H …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… idential battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. In addition to its pre-election “st …"

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 "Citizens for a Sound Economy":

"… group arose out of the split of an earlier Koch-backed organization called Citizens for a Sound Economy, which became Americans for Prosperity and Freedomworks. The latter group …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Snyder":

"… or and tax issues. Adam Wollner contributed to this report. …"

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 "New York":

"… ABBY GIFFORDS SPEAKS, AND SHE IS FURIOUS!!” Midler wrote as she touted a New York Times opinion column authored by the former Arizona Democratic congresswom …"

"… operating officer of GreenPoint Financial Corp. He currently serves on the New York Institute of Technology’s board of directors and is the board chairman o …"

OPINION: 'limited benefit' plans are no real bargain

By Wendell Potter

Plans with modest premiums provide no real coverage

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… old his company’s big shareholders and Wall Street financial analysts in New York last December. If Aetna does, in fact, hike premiums by more than 100 per …"

"… policy. One Aetna policyholder, Lawrence Yurdin of Austin, Tex. told The New York Times in 2009 that he and his wife had been forced into bankruptcy because …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York City":

"… t organizations, according to a new report slated for publication today by New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and the Coalition for Accountability in Pol …"

"… ctive donors, who need to know where their money is going." The office of New York City's public advocate and the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spendi …"

"… s U.S. Senate campaign in 2000 and was later elected to be a member of the New York City Council. He's currently a mayoral candidate. As the public advocate, he's …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney general":

"… ia Republican Patrick Morrisey in his successful quest to win the race for attorney general, records indicate, and more than $620,000 in a failed effort to sink Misso …"

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 "the Olympics":

"… e at Bain in 1999, 2000 and early 2001. If he turned his full attention to the Olympics in early 1999, as his campaign says, it's hard to square with the Bain SEC …"

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 "Tennessee Valley Authority":

"… initially budgeted at $2.5 billion, will cost up to $2 billion more , the Tennessee Valley Authority concluded this spring. The utility said its initial budget underestimated …"

"… e NRC's concerns. In Tennessee, internal reviews faulted the Tennessee Valley Authority for not providing enough oversight on the project and for allowing a cultu …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Liberation Army":

"… irst batches of the Z10 attack helicopter were delivered to the People’s Liberation Army of China in 2009 and 2010. The helicopter remains in production and comes …"

OPINION: UnitedHealth Group's misleading promises

By Wendell Potter

UnitedHealth Group's promises left much unsaid.