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 "Finland":

"… ife went were Grand Cayman (reported cost for one trip: $6,273), Helsinki, Finland ($7,024), and Punta Mita, Mexico ($8,253).In a written response to the Cen …"

'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 "chief executive officer":

"… and discuss the capabilities of [the plane] with them," said Tom Cassidy, chief executive officer of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the company's aircraft-manufactur …"

Congress' never-ending political money chase

By Dave Levinthal

Congressional lawmakers are hard at work raising campaign cash in D.C. as lame duck session begins.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… Day 2016 is 721 days away: Lawmakers (and soon-to-be lawmakers) are using Congress' lame duck session to generate cash wherever they can get it. Some are be …"

"… tober.   Rep.-elect Bob Dold, R-Ill., this month won back a seat in Congress he lost in 2013. On Wednesday evening, he will host a reception at the Cit …"

"… ublican Martha McSally that ended with her less than 200 votes up on him. "Congressman Barber is committed to ensuring that every lawful vote is counted and t …"

"… D.C.-based lobbyist. "As it will be weeks before this process is complete, Congressman Barber's campaign will need additional resources to cover costly legal …"

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 "National Association of Realtors":

"… quarter 2014 compared to $19.1 million during second-quarter 2013) and the National Association of Realtors ($16.5 million versus $9.1 million) opt to disclose state- and grassroots- …"

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.

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.

'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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lockheed Martin":

"… d his retirement at the end of the session.   Defense industry giant Lockheed Martin, which provides many intelligence services for the military, including ana …"

The slow deaths of presidential super PACs

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "America":

"… few details of its future and cryptically stating: “The fight to protect America from the growing debt, higher taxes and attacks on our job creators is not …"

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 "Missouri":

"… ily slamming Colbert Busch in South Carolina. Freestone Communications of Missouri — a state that hosted a special election in June — got $64,2 …"

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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 "Integrity Florida":

"… I don't know about,” he said. Last year, the government watchdog group Integrity Florida examined lawmakers’ financial disclosure forms in that state and discove …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

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 "FedEx":

"… nbsp;recent clients include AT&T, Citigroup, Delta Airlines, Facebook, FedEx, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, National …"

Congress' youngest member forms leadership PAC

By Dave Levinthal

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

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… e, the local political party committee in Schock’s home district, as the Center for Public Integrity previously reported. The new Office of Congressional Ethics report notes …"

"… idates because they have no relationship with candidates,” Ryan told the Center for Public Integrity. “In reality, we’ve seen in the past few years that many super PACs ar …"

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 government":

"… to inaugural, which is largely determined by the committee itself, not the federal government. While it’s known which companies and individuals are making contributi …"

The ‘Citizens United’ decision and why it matters

By John Dunbar

Sometimes donor disclosure reveals little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… andidates, according to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. …"

PAC profile: Congressional Leadership Fund

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the super PAC

Daily Disclosure: Realtors spend big on California race

By Rachael Marcus

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

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… e itself from legacy projects and modernize some of its combat strategy, a Congress looking to defend pet projects and a well-financed and politically savvy d …"

"… saying that the company’s PAC typically gives money whenever members of Congress invite its representatives to fundraisers. “The timing of a donation is …"

"… Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense handed in its conference report and Congress rushed to pass a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open, the co …"

"… final large spike in donations last year came the week of Dec. 11-17, when Congress made a final vote on the whole budget. During this week, GD’s donations …"

How we crunched the numbers

By Lydia Mulvany

Behind the numbers

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… tive statistics to see relationships among General Dynamics and members of Congress, especially those who sit on committees that have authority approving legi …"

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.

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