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 "financing for lawsuit lenders":

"… ncluding Citigroup, Commerce Bank of New Jersey and Credit Suisse provided financing for lawsuit lenders. More recently, some banks have started cutting out the middlemen. Deutsch …"

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 "Chairman":

"… their home mortgages or those who are trying to avoid foreclosure,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said at a press conference in April. “We’re enforcing th …"

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 "Politics":

"… r against federal-level candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.  Topping the list is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the natio …"

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 "American Medical Association":

"… uptick earlier this year, at least among lobbying powerhouses.  The American Medical Association ($3.9 million, down from $4.3 million during the second quarter of 2013), …"

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 …"

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.

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 "California":

"… tomers,” said Rick Hasen, an election law professor at the University of California, Irvine. “When customers can associate a store or company with a particu …"

"… another conservative-leaning beneficiary identified in corporate filings. California-based eBay Inc. paid ALEC $12,000 in 2012, while Google contributed an uns …"

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 "the Heritage":

"… blican Main Street Partnership, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Heritage Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Lead …"

'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 "cent":

"… profit's success — increased about threefold in three years. It spent 39 cents to raise $1 last year, which is considered relatively inefficient, accord …"

"… ng during the fiscal year ending in June, according to information filed recently to the Colorado Secretary of State. The group agreed to pay a contractor …"

"… ntractor — Alexandria-based BMD Inc., also known as GMA — $4,000, or 6 cents per piece, in addition to reimbursing for other costs such as postage and …"

"… pendent express advocacy." Ending Spending Inc.’s revenue went up 89 percent last year, to $4.4 million from $2.3 million in 2011. The group is affilia …"

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.

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 "American Medical Association":

"… th care interests, such as the American Chemistry Council ($4.75 million), American Medical Association ($4.27 million) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization ($2.02 million …"

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 "American Medical Association":

"… maceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Google, Coca-Cola, the American Medical Association, Verizon Communications, drug maker Pfizer and defense firm Northrop Grumm …"

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 …"

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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… ues-paying member, funneled more than $100 million in 2009 and 2010 to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to finance the Chamber’s advertising and PR campaign aimed at defeating …"

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 "American Medical Association":

"… 2.1 million) and Occidental Petroleum ($1.6 million to $2.1 million). The American Medical Association, CTIA-The Wireless Association, AARP, Altria, America’s Health Insurance …"

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.

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

"… disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data indicates. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s year-over-year lobbying spending skyrocketed more than 88 percent, fro …"

"… dollar-figure spikes are caused, in part, by national elections. Take the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Realtors. The two business organizations …"

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

By Rachael Marcus

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "House":

"… wn 16th District, which has attracted more outside spending than any other House race, according to the Center for Responsive Politics — more than $8.8 m …"

"… to the Leadership Fund, which is dedicated to electing Republicans to the House and Senate, as The Center for Public Integrity reported last week.Renacci …"

"… $2.4 million on the race to date, Federal Election Commission records show.House Majority PAC, one of the top Democratic outside spenders active in the rac …"

"… n it first started airing ads in the district, FEC records show.Last week, House Majority PAC released “Cloud” opposing Renacci. The ad is running for …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ., has given $13 million to the group so far this election, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of Federal Election Commission records.Second is Crossroads GPS, th …"

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 "U.S. Chamber of Commerce":

"… ees, the Service Employees International Union, House Majority PAC and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.This is not the first time Lungren has been criticized for his environment …"

"… helped him win the Bee’s endorsement.In other outside spending news:The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a series of ads in New York congressional districts at a total co …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… ican Future Fund announced the release of attack ads to run in Florida and Wisconsin, battlegrounds for control of the U.S. Senate.In Florida, Democratic Sen. …"

"… p. Connie Mack, R-Fla., according to the Center for Responsive Politics.In Wisconsin, Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin faces former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who won a …"

"… lag. The flag features illustrations of a miner and a sailor who represent Wisconsin’s connection to both land and sea. The two come to life in an animated f …"

"… s, according to the Daily Beast, and has received significant funding from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Issues Mobilization Inc., according to that gro …"

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 "Virginia Public Access Project":

"… C American Crossroads, have been the top outside spenders.According to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan group tracking elections spending in the state, Richard Gil …"

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.

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… del of disclosure subterfuge,” said Bob Biersack, a senior fellow at the Center for Responsive Politics and former longtime Federal Election Commission official. “It’s not wh …"

"… nd Bob Perry have each added $750,000 to the RGA coffers, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.If Pence were running to keep his 6th District congressional seat, his cam …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… artisan group, the four spots are designed to aid Republican candidates in Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico and North Dakota — battleground races that could lea …"

"… ttleground races that could lead to GOP control of the Senate next year.In Nevada, the Chamber’s boxing-themed ad “Hit” criticizes Democratic challeng …"