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 "Marina Walker Guevara":

"… pua think of Gus Dur if these documents are published?"Susanna Hamblin and Marina Walker Guevara contributed to this report.The ICIJ investigation is supported by funding …"

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 "Italy":

"… ostly excursions — at least 200 trips to Paris, 150 to Hawaii and 140 to Italy. While some of these trips might qualify as legitimate fact-finding missio …"

'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 "Italy":

"… re than a combined $46,000.Bensing said that he and his wife, Lia, went to Italy and Turkey in 2004 and Australia in March 2005 on the company's tab. His d …"

"… staffers who went on at least one of the March 2005 trips to Australia and Italy sponsored by the company include top aides to Senate Armed Services Commit …"

"… documents.Shortly after the Australia trip, company officials traveled to Italy to play host to a delegation of eight staffers and their guests in Rome, V …"

"… meetings with foreign government officials while on the company-sponsored Italy/Turkey trip in 2004."I was with Admiral Cassidy in Italy in 2004," Cochran …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… ut also in the state capitals. As a young reporter, I covered politics in Tennessee when Republican Winfield Dunn was governor and Democrats controlled both t …"

"… t, Democrat Tip O’Neill was House Speaker and Republican Howard Baker of Tennessee was Senate Minority Leader. Baker, who died last month, was a true moderat …"

"… running for a third term, bears little resemblance to the man who governed Tennessee in a bipartisan fashion and who was first elected to the Senate as a moder …"

"… rsed his opponent, state Rep. Joe Carr — Alexander is trying to persuade Tennessee GOP voters that, despite allegations to the contrary, he’s a dyed-in-the …"

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 "federal government":

"… t significant considering the social media company only began lobbying the federal government late last year and has been increasing expenditures ever since. Data secur …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… bo-joint fundraising committees could become attractive options. Take the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: This November, Senate Democrats will be defending 21 seats, and political …"

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 "Maine":

"… hopeful. Hours after the Supreme Court's decision, U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, introduced legislation requiring contributions of at least $1,000 be repo …"

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 "Government":

"… ut they haven’t, said  Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. He noted that in the aft …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… olitics. With President Barack Obama re-elected and Republican challenger Mitt Romney vanquished, groups such as conservative Restore Our Future and liberal Pri …"

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.

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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 "Michael Madigan":

"… ool administrators vote on education funding bills. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is also a partner at a prominent property tax law firm and has used his of …"

"… s who want something from him as legislator.” Illinois’ House Speaker Michael Madigan is an extreme example. In a series of articles over the past few years, th …"

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… we just wanted to get the names registered." Kelley Rogers, president of Virginia-based Strategic Campaign Group, which filed the committees' federal organi …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… bby shops in terms of revenue, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Who are the Crimson Tide's lobbyists? H. Stewart Van Scoyoc, the firm's …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… sponsor federal PACs. They are Ogilvy Government Relations; Podesta Group; Peck, Madigan & Jones; Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti; Capi …"

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.

Obama inauguration sponsors spent millions influencing government

By Dave Levinthal

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

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

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 "Fannie Mae":

"… deal with issues of interest to realtors, including disaster insurance and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Sherman sponsored a bill in 2011 to amend the Flood Insura …"

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 "Podesta Group":

"… omenon now common among veterans of both political parties.GD has paid the Podesta Group more than $1.5 million since 2009 to lobby on the defense approp …"

How we crunched the numbers

By Lydia Mulvany

Behind the numbers

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 "Bain Capital":

"… lican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tenure at private equity firm Bain Capital.Requests for comment from the Cabinet officials were not immediately retur …"

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 "Iowa":

"… dropped about $2 million on “issue advocacy” ads late last year — in Iowa, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.In February, the pro-b …"