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 "cleric":

"… justice."The Gus Dur connectionGus Dur is an internationally known Muslim cleric. He formerly headed the Nahdatul Ulama, Indonesia's largest Muslim organiz …"

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 "United States Congress":

"… undamental rights around the globe find that the direct involvement of the United States Congress is essential to the effort to effect change in some of the harshest areas …"

'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 "Admiral":

"… cials while on the company-sponsored Italy/Turkey trip in 2004."I was with Admiral Cassidy in Italy in 2004," Cochran said. "We met with officials there to t …"

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 "Verizon Communications":

"… illion from $3.2 million), AT&T Inc. ($3.8 million from $3.7 million), Verizon Communications ($3.5 million from $3.3 million), CTIA-The Wireless Association ($2.2 mill …"

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":

"… primed to pump Democratic congressional candidates full of cash. The pro-Clinton super PAC today filed paperwork to convert itself into a hybrid PAC. This …"

"… ganization aims to put renewed punch into its promise to this year support Clinton's allies during this year's midterm elections. "Ready for Hillary and our …"

"… 2013 with the goal of laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run by Clinton, who has not announced her future political intentions. Nevertheless, a nu …"

"… 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 PA …"

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 "Congress":

"… l $5,000. Why do aggregate contribution limits exist in the first place? Congress created the aggregate limit rule to prevent donors from circumventing the …"

"… ttee, National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee have already formed a super-sized joint fundraising&nb …"

"… the person who wrote the check would no doubt be remembered fondly as the Congress goes about its business. …"

'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 "Congress":

"… e contributions, there was something of a silver lining — the court said Congress or the Federal Election Commission can take steps that might lessen the im …"

"… y Thursday after an agency meeting. But given the deep partisan divide in Congress and the FEC’s tendency to deadlock on even minor issues, chances that ne …"

"… and parties as they want. Individual contributions will still be capped. Congress could create restrictions on transfers among candidates and political comm …"

"… ence of a tiny minority of wealthy players,” they wrote. “We hope that Congress and our colleagues will take the Court’s suggestions seriously and join …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… an $1 million. More than half of this sum came from PACs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The PACs of Home Depot, General Mills and the American Society of Anesth …"

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 "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 "Washington":

"… xico flare like the bolo tie, to the power-broker business suits common in Washington, D.C. John Ryan sticks to the formal end of the scale. The Republican sen …"

"… olitics, they paid Ryan $240,000 last year to represent their interests in Washington. Ryan is not registered to lobby in New Mexico, but he has voted on bills …"

"… he has voted on bills involving some of the same issues he lobbies for in Washington. Last year, he voted on a tax bond measure that funded dozens of projects …"

"… nd federal money through block grants. The move has shifted more work from Washington to state capitols, he said, but states have not kept pace by devoting more …"

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.

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 "Roll Call":

"… used the funds to air attack ads against Manzullo. In April, Schock told Roll Call that he personally asked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to “m …"

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 "John Breaux":

"… heir ranks. They include Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.; Sens. John Breaux, D-La., Jim Slattery, D-Neb. and Don Nickles, R-Okla.; Reps. Vic Fazio, D- …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… $7,000 per week to members of the four committees. But the week President Obama announced his defense budget plan in 2011, the donations spiked to more th …"

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.

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 "Koch Industries":

"… by America’s largest oil company Exxon Mobil and included the likes of, Koch Industries, Peabody Energy and Southern Co. Energy lobbyists say that the Chambe …"