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 "Patrick Leahy":

"… he IMET and FMF programs. He was also a former top aide to Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, a key figure in the Senate on human rights issues and U.S.-Ind …"

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 "Sudan":

"… sional travelers are trusted to distinguish between a visit to war-ravaged Sudan and a long weekend in Antigua.In fact, the lines are regularly blurred and …"

"… fect change in some of the harshest areas of the world," including Rwanda, Sudan and Colombia."It's clearly beneficial for these interest groups to make th …"

'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 "United States":

"… ting the company," he said. "The staffers' very presence suggests that the United States Congress will grant favors to the Italian government or the Australian gov …"

"… s … [and the appearance of doing] anything to give the imprimatur of the United States government approving a private contractor sale," the Tennessee Democrat sa …"

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 "Scott Lilly":

"… possible when message makers call the shots. …"

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 "transportation":

"… n “critical job creation issues being considered by Congress,” such as transportation, infrastructure, energy and trade matters, Holmes said. The Realtors asso …"

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.

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 "campaign finance system":

"… new measures to ensure adequate disclosure and secure the integrity of our campaign finance system.” Michael Beckel contributed to this report. …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Adam Kinzinger":

"… cratic challenger Randall Olsen in November.     …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… critic of the NSA, in contrast received $24,500 from intelligence-related Pentagon contractors during the study period, placing him near the bottom among the …"

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 "Alexandria":

"… significant effort in the second half of this year,” said Dan Backer, an Alexandria, Va.-based election lawyer who didn’t detail what the effort would entai …"

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 "California":

"… ted millions of dollars in outside spending from political groups based in California, New York and Florida. Organizations in Illinois, meanwhile, spent precis …"

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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 "Utah":

"… state contracts that have sent millions of dollars to clients of the firm. Utah state Rep. Johnny Anderson, who runs for-profit day care centers, has push …"

"… cts. A 2010 review by the Deseret Morning News found that two out of three Utah legislators had introduced a bill that created a potential conflict with t …"

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 "National Association of Broadcasters":

"… k, FedEx, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, National Association of Broadcasters, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Visa and Wal-Mart, according to filings …"

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 "Florida":

"… . Patrick Murphy is the youngest member of Congress. The 29-year-old Florida Democrat has formed a leadership PAC — once primarily the domain of vete …"

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 "Adam Kinzinger":

"… r other political action committees. In March, Schock wanted to help Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., with his re-election bid. Redistricting had pitted Kinzinger agai …"

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 "Congress":

"… ime Policy Group, Van Scoyoc Associates and Wiley Rein. Former members of Congress and high-ranking state politicians now employed by the influence industry …"

The ‘Citizens United’ decision and why it matters

By John Dunbar

Sometimes donor disclosure reveals little.

PAC profile: Congressional Leadership Fund

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the super PAC

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Jewish Coalition":

"… d funds from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the Republican Jewish Coalition, the American Natural Gas Alliance and Crossroads GPS.Advertisements:“Su …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Supreme Court":

"… shadowy political organizations that have flourished in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. Turn to us through Election Day and beyond for …"

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 "Lima":

"… king vehicle from top to bottom.Its proposal would idle a large factory in Lima, Ohio as well as halt work at dozens of subcontractors in Pennsylvania, Mi …"

"… been carrying around a message that a cutoff of tank manufacturing work in Lima will harm the nation’s “industrial base,” using what has become a fa …"

"… deficit hawks. Rep. Jim Jordan, who represents the Ohio district where the Lima plant is located and has received $31,000 for his campaigns from General D …"

How we crunched the numbers

By Lydia Mulvany

Behind the numbers

Excerpts from this story referencing "General Dynamics":

"… their subsidiaries.From these data, the Center selected donations made by General Dynamics executives, the company’s PAC and the PACs of affiliated companies. The …"

"… PR data, the Center used descriptive statistics to see relationships among General Dynamics and members of Congress, especially those who sit on committees that have …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… oliticians have also mingled with their super PAC supporters.For instance, Kentucky Republican House candidate Thomas Massie attended an event at the home of …"