Jakarta's intelligence service hires Washington lobbyists

By Andreas Harsono and Nathaniel Heller

Former Indonesian president's foundation served as conduit for push to overturn ban on military cooperation

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States Congress":

"… area of military cooperation … the image of Indonesia, especially in the United States Congress, remains highly negative and colored by events in East Timor and other dis …"

Privately sponsored trips hot tickets on Capitol Hill

By Jim Morris

Study finds almost $50 million spent on travel for lawmakers, aides

Excerpts from this story referencing "Association of American Railroads":

"… vention in Las Vegas ($4,072). The Greens took five trips sponsored by the Association of American Railroads, at a total cost of more than $19,000.A member of the House Committee on S …"

"… ps like the rail association in either Washington or Houston.All told, the Association of American Railroads spent about $450,000 on more than 160 congressional trips during the study …"

"… rs have been relatively inexpensive and mundane, although she did go to an Association of American Railroads legislative conference in Palm Beach in 2004."I think if members are going …"

'Top Gun' of travel

By Steve Henn and Robert Brodsky

Spy plane's maker spent roughly $660,000, targeted legislators' aides

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Diego":

"… nd that in 2005 landed promises of billions of dollars in federal business.San Diego-based General Atomics largely targeted congressional staff membe …"

"… ned General Atomics doesn't make revenue figures public, its hometown San Diego Union-Tribune reported in March 2005 that the Air Force had announced …"

"… se Intelligence Committee. The former fighter pilot's district encompassed San Diego, where General Atomics has its headquarters.From 2002 to 2005, records sho …"

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Political foes prefer to score points rather than work together on solutions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House of Representatives":

"… field Dunn was governor and Democrats controlled both the state Senate and House of Representatives. Dunn, and later Republican Gov. and now Sen. Lamar Alexander, who also se …"

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 "Texas":

"… per PAC — Cochran, and Reps. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Pete Sessions, R-Texas, are favored politicos — and counts that money toward its lobbying outpu …"

Ready for Hillary no longer just a super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Pro-Clinton super PAC has converted itself into a hybrid PAC, allowing it to also donate directly to political candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Clinton White House":

"… theless, a number of high-profile politicos have already endorsed a second Clinton White House bid. The committee hasn't acted like many big-dollar super PACs, eschewin …"

The 'McCutcheon' decision explained — more money to pour into political process

By Michael Beckel

The Supreme Court recently decided to eliminate 'aggregate limits' on contributions. We tell you what that means.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… rule. What were the limits? Prior to the case, known as McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, individuals were prohibited from giving more than $48,600 combined to all …"

'Jumbo joints': How big will the newest political animals get?

By Michael Beckel

Supreme Court ruling has emboldened political groups designed to serve as collective fundraising operations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… e organization can solicit up to $97,200 per donor annually to benefit the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Republican National …"

"… as each beneficiary receives no more than the "base" limit. Likewise, the National Republican Congressional Committee could itself establish a similar effort. There are currently 15 members o …"

McCutcheon ruling leaves room for legislative action

By Julie Patel

Court suggests regulatory moves in campaign finance decision that could mitigate potential corruption.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ann Ravel":

"… rom devoting too much of their money to a single candidate. Vice Chairman Ann Ravel, a Democrat, said she hopes the commission can do something to soften the …"

Pro-transparency tea party activist trounced

By Michael Beckel

In primary, Rep. Adam Kinzinger defeats tea party foe who wants congressmen to display donors' corporate logos.

Intelligence contractors donate millions to intelligence watchdogs in Congress

By Alexander Cohen and R. Jeffrey Smith

Those on Capitol Hill who approve and oversee military intelligence spending benefit from a stream of industry campaign funding.

The slow deaths of presidential super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

Once mighty political committees are failing to reinvent themselves in 2013.

D.C.-based groups spent big in special elections

By Dave Levinthal

Special interest super PACs and nonprofits from D.C. region poured millions into special elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… e election, which last month propelled veteran Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., to Congress’ upper chamber — and attracted millions of dollars in outside spending …"

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Jim McDermott forms leadership PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Veteran congressman forms leadership PAC after quarter-century without one.

Conflicts of interest run rampant in state legislatures

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Legislation may overlap with business interests but part-time lawmakers vote anyway.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law":

"… publicans argued the bill would stifle business and cost jobs, and for one lawmaker, the issue hit particularly close to home. Rep. James Strickler spend …"

"… e legislatures approach full-time status. The rest are part-time, and most lawmakers hold regular jobs the rest of the year. As a result, situations lik …"

"… ouse Speaker Michael Madigan is also a partner at a prominent property tax law firm and has used his office to shape legislation and push state contracts …"

"… for-profit day care centers, has pushed to change the state’s child care laws to benefit businesses like his; he told local reporters that all part-tim …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "America PAC":

"… few weeks as to both entities."   One committee is named Bolton for America PAC and is organized as a traditional political action committee, which may ra …"

University of Alabama plays politics as well as football

By Michael Beckel

BCS champ Alabama spent $370,000 on federal lobbying in 2012, records show.

Lobbyist PACs hurting for cash following election

By Dave Levinthal

Political cash machines of many top government affairs shops see a slow start to 2014 election cycle.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patton Boggs":

"… Federal Election Commission records indicates. The PAC sponsored by Patton Boggs, for example, the nation's biggest lobbying firm, ended the 2012 president …"

"… ed the 2010 midterm election cycle with slightly more available cash. Patton Boggs has no comment on its PAC activity, said Kevin O'Neill, dep …"

Congress' youngest member forms leadership PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Being the youngest member of Congress isn't stopping Patrick Murphy from forming leadership PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… ime Democratic financial official whose jobs have included stints with the presidential campaigns of Al Gore and John Kerry, will serve as PEM PAC's treas …"

"… ressman who wasn't even born until late into Ronald Reagan's first term as president, but he's already scored a bigger electoral victory than most: defeat …"

Did GOP congressman make illegal super PAC solicitation?

By Michael Beckel

Congressman from Illinois cited for potentially illegal super PAC solicitation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Congressional Ethics":

"… ith candidates.” …"

"… itted Kinzinger against fellow incumbent Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Ill. The new Office of Congressional Ethics report found that Schock and his associates steered at least $115,000 to a …"

"… district, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported. The new Office of Congressional Ethics report notes that Schock’s campaign committee “may have asked” the l …"

"… the local party committee to contribute to the super PAC. Schock told the Office of Congressional Ethics that he referred to the contribution from the local party committee as "we …"

Obama inauguration sponsors spent millions influencing government

By Dave Levinthal

Obama's inauguration, brought to you in part by corporate America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal elections":

"… SA Today noted, and while it’s illegal for such contractors to influence federal elections, they’re not banned from donating to inaugural committees unless the com …"

The ‘Citizens United’ decision and why it matters

By John Dunbar

Sometimes donor disclosure reveals little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Campaign Act":

"… enforce. It wasn’t until 1971 that Congress got serious and passed the Federal Election Campaign Act, which required the full reporting of campaign contributions and expenditu …"

PAC profile: Congressional Leadership Fund

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… nd through June 30 — $5 million — came from 79-year-old casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, in February.Overall, Adelson and his family members …"

Daily Disclosure: Realtors spend big on California race

By Rachael Marcus

National Association of Realtors backs Rep. Brad Sherman in a big way

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ads supporting Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., in his quest to be elected in California’s 30th District.Sherman faces a challenge from another incumbent Democra …"

"… nother incumbent Democrat, Rep. Howard Berman, thanks to redistricting and California’s top-two primary system. That new system pitted all candidates — rega …"

"… more than $709,000 ensuring Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., won his primary in California’s 31st District, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported. …"

"… cts. In “Choices,” the group criticizes Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., in California’s 10th District. “Oath” opposes Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., and supports …"

Consider the Source: Your personal election guide

By Bill Buzenberg

Turn to us through Election Day and beyond for the narrative behind the massive flow of money at federal and state levels.

The Army tank that could not be stopped

By Aaron Mehta and Lydia Mulvany

Corporate cash and adroit lobbying have helped crush the Army’s effort to stop work on its premier tank.

How we crunched the numbers

By Lydia Mulvany

Behind the numbers

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

"… s that have authority approving legislation related to the Abrams Tank. …"

Issa wants to know if Dems are raising dollars for super PACs

By Michael Beckel

The House's chief investigator wants details of Obama officials campaign activities following Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York City":

"… at a Restore Our Future fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel in New York City.While super PACs are prohibited from coordinating their expenditures with …"

Chamber spends early, often on GOP congressional candidates

By Peter H. Stone

The nation's largest business lobby taps corporate giants in an attempt to recapture Senate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Exxon Mobil":

"… s, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobil and private equity firm the Blackstone Group.In 2008, the Chamber received …"

"… mpanies. Funding for the Center was led by America’s largest oil company Exxon Mobil and included the likes of, Koch Industries, Peabody Energy and Southern Co …"