Betting on Justice: Borrowing to sue

By Binyamin Appelbaum and Ben Hallman

Large banks, hedge funds and private investors hungry for new and lucrative opportunities are bankrolling other people’s lawsuits, pumping h

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States Chamber of Commerce":

"… ,” said Lisa A. Rickard of the Institute for Legal Reform, an arm of the United States Chamber of Commerce. But proponents, who argue that people often need help to fight corporati …"

Government bans robocalls? Not so much

By Ben Protess

FTC ban on telemarketing doesn't extend to insurance companies, telephone carriers, politicians or charities

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States Chamber of Commerce":

"… industry lobbyist. Other groups that signed the comment included the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Newspaper Association of America and the Consumer Bankers Association …"

Secret politics pervade popular companies

By Dave Levinthal

Some well-known brands keep their political spending secret while others are more forthcoming, new survey shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… t attention since 2010, when the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision granted them powerful spending freedoms. Corporations may n …"

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 "Raytheon":

"… , with contractors United Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and General Dynamics cutting lobbying spending. Many large oil and energy …"

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 "lawyer":

"… the arrangement used during the tobacco cases and elsewhere by which trial lawyers offer free legal services up front, with the promise of a cut of potentia …"

"… cut of potential damages down the road. Such an arrangement netted trial lawyers in the tobacco case more than $13 billion overall. “Plaintiffs’ lawy …"

"… wyers in the tobacco case more than $13 billion overall. “Plaintiffs’ lawyers have made a concerted effort to ally themselves with state attorneys gene …"

"… tate Attorneys General Alliance With Plaintiffs’ lawyers.” “Private lawyers have enticed states to bring novel or speculative lawsuits that seek to e …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… ntegrity of analysis of new congressional disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data. These new numbers reverse — at least temporarily — top lob …"

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.

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 "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… oundations, such as Third Way, the Republican Main Street Partnership, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Heritage Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Political Educ …"

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 "presidential election":

"… and led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle. Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, the American Energy Alliance organized a 17-state bus tour and spent more …"

'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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… on to the Republican State Leadership Committee and $1 million each to the Republican Governors Association and the Florida Jobs PAC. YG Network, the nonprofit arm of the “Young G …"

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 "Bank of America Corp.":

"… int on the CPA-Zicklin Index's 70-point scale. Internet giant Yahoo! Inc., Bank of America Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Inc., Inc. and CBS Corp. 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 "Mayors Against Illegal Guns":

"… fend our rights from attack, but actively fight to fully restore them.” Mayors Against Illegal Guns, led in part by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, spent $500,000 from …"

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 "Pfizer":

"… Cola, the American Medical Association, Verizon Communications, drug maker Pfizer and defense firm Northrop Grumman. Even Facebook, which during the year …"

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 "David Koch":

"… rthern Virginia-based group tied to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, spent $225,000 on mailers in late October calling on Newby to “keep sta …"

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.

OPINION: insurers hiding political spending

By Wendell Potter

Insurance firms don't want to say how much they're spending on lobbying and campaigns

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… bying through trade associations and tax-exempt organizations, such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, which drafts “model legislation” to protect business interests. At C …"

Gun groups, defense contractors buck downward trend in lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Gun groups, defense contractors, oil companies and Facebook increased spending on lobbying last quarter.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… rter lobbying spikes, including ExxonMobil ($4.2 million to $4.8 million), Koch Industries ($2.3 million to $2.6 million), Chevron ($3.2 million to $3.7 million), th …"

Easter has friends on K Street

By Reity O'Brien

From confectioners to egg cooperatives, a basketful of political influencers press agenda.

Fiscal cliff, elections boost spending on lobbying

By Dave Levinthal

Year-end reports show outlays on influence by most active groups went up.

Daily Disclosure: Congressman gets help from Chevron-powered super PAC

By Rachael Marcus

Corporate donation helps super PAC spend big in Ohio congressional race.

Secret money thrives in presidential, high-profile congressional contests

By Viveca Novak and Robert Maguire

The presidential contest and most high-profile Senate races are attracting big spending from groups that don't disclose their funders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sherrod Brown":

"… is sixth in terms of overall negative shadow money -- behind Obama, Kaine, Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), all Democr …"

"… ection date, isn't reported to the FEC. Ohio's Democratic Senate candidate Sherrod Brown, for instance, was the target of an ad blitz over the summer, much of whic …"

Stealth spending on the rise as 2012 election approaches

By John Dunbar

Outside spending as likely to come from nonprofits as super PACs, records show.

Daily Disclosure: California contest tops outside spending in House races

By Rachael Marcus

It's pro-energy versus pro-environment in California's 7th District House race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil refineries":

"… o. 9 industry contributor to his campaign.Lungren has voted to support new oil refineries and for offshore drilling, as well as to prohibit the Environmental Protec …"

Canadian-owned firm's mega-donation to super PAC raises ‘legal red flags’

By Michael Beckel

Foreigners are prohibited from spending money on U.S. elections, law not so clear on foreign corporations.

Daily Disclosure: Mystery group goes after Dems in Senate races

By Rachael Marcus

A conservative nonprofit with mysterious origins goes after Democratic Senate candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… tnership has teamed up with numerous conservative nonprofits including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Center for Individual Freedom, the American Enterprise Institu …"

Daily Disclosure: Virginia politics is for haters, not lovers

By Rachael Marcus

Heavyweight outside spending groups jumped into the U.S. Senate race in Virginia this week.

Excerpts from this story referencing "League of Conservation Voters":

"… weights the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads GPS, Majority PAC and the League of Conservation Voters.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit business trade association, spen …"

"… e Democratic side, the Democratic super PAC Majority PAC and the nonprofit League of Conservation Voters attacked Kaine’s opponent.“Worked for them,” which was jointly produ …"

"… eaks for companies that outsource jobs.The Chamber, Crossroads GPS and the League of Conservation Voters are nonprofit organizations and are not required to reveal their donors to …"

Outside groups spend $2.2 million in Missouri Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Attack ads by Republican and Democratic super PACs may lead to a dark-horse winner in Missouri GOP Senate primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Eychaner":

"… he top donors to the pro-McCaskill Majority PAC are Democratic super donor Fred Eychaner, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the …"

Daily Disclosure: U.S. Chamber drops $5.9 million on ad blitz

By Rachael Marcus

Ad blitz targets eight key Senate races with attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "a primary":

"… ses” and “trial lawyers.” But Steelman, who is up against Brunner in a primary on Aug. 7, has said she strongly favors “right to work” laws, which un …"

Million-dollar donation in Indiana race may skirt limits on corporate giving

By Paul Abowd

D.C.-based Republican Governors Association uses super PAC to move $1 million to GOP candidate in Indiana.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal election":

"… $200,000. The Right Direction PAC is registered with both Indiana and federal election regulators.Source of funds obscuredIn federal records, it reports its dono …"

Daily Disclosure: Chamber of Commerce spends big on four-state ad blitz

By Rachael Marcus

The nation's No. 1 business lobby spends $1.1 million on ads, avoids disclosure of donors.