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 "treasurer":

"… ointed Abdullah and three other men to sit on its board: Aris Junaidi, the treasurer, and members Salim Muhamad and Sulaiman."They're all close associates to G …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… di, legislative counsel for Rep. Ed Towns, D-N.Y., flew from Washington to Los Angeles on the tab of Clear Channel Communications for what was simply described a …"

"… sponsored by the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, a conservative, Los Angeles-based nonprofit that, according to its Web site "is dedicated to defending …"

"… erest groups to make these expenditures," said Bob Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies. "They're not just doing this withou …"

'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 "Yugoslavia":

"… n drone, reminding Rumsfeld of "the value the Predator gave us [in Bosnia, Yugoslavia and Kosovo]."(Cunningham was sentenced to more than eight years in prison …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… eady back on the fundraising trail, according to documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity: Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., will hold court Wednesday evening at Rosa Me …"

Message-maven culture killing compromise in Washington

By Wendell Potter

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

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 "Koch Industries":

"… production interests also spent less, including Southern Co., Exxon Mobil, Koch Industries, Exelon Corp., Duke Energy and BP. A surprise lobbying spender of 2013 …"

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 "U.S. House":

"… ajority in the U.S. Senate. Democrats' hopes of retaking a majority in the U.S. House, meanwhile, are rapidly disappearing. Ready for Hillary formed in early 2 …"

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 "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… lican National Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee have already formed a super-sized joint fundraising committee th …"

'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 "attorney":

"… d such examples as a "wild hypotheticals." Nevertheless, Paul S. Ryan, an attorney at the Campaign Legal Center, is still concerned. "Members of Congress wi …"

"… with business before Congress," said Ryan. Kirk Jowers, a campaign finance attorney at Caplin & Drysdale, told the Center for Public Integrity that the us …"

"… ,000 per donor per year. While plausible, Dan Backer — the conservative attorney who helped Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon bring the campaign finance …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… there was something of a silver lining — the court said Congress or the Federal Election Commission can take steps that might lessen the impact of the expected increase in co …"

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 "Politics":

"… an 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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ve-figure range, according to financial documents filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission. And the little income these and other presidential-focused super PACs re …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… ons thanks to the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which allowed super PACs, unions and certain nonprofits to raise and spen …"

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Jim McDermott forms leadership PAC

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… ent on their re-election campaigns, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. A McDermott spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment on …"

Conflicts of interest run rampant in state legislatures

By Nicholas Kusnetz

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

John Bolton forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Former U.N. ambassador forms pair of political committees

Excerpts from this story referencing "Libya":

"… after canceling her testimony before Congress on the killing in Benghazi, Libya, of the U.S. ambassador to Libya. Clinton had sustained a concussion after …"

"… fore Congress on the killing in Benghazi, Libya, of the U.S. ambassador to Libya. Clinton had sustained a concussion after taking a fall.     …"

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 "Alabama":

"… D.C., President Barack Obama was scheduled to honor the University of Alabama's championship football team at the White House today. While Crimson Tide …"

"… special trip to the nation's capital for the event, the University of Alabama also maintains a full-time presence in Washington. In fact, the Universit …"

"… maintains a full-time presence in Washington. In fact, the University of Alabama spent $370,000 on lobbying in 2012, according to congressional records, an …"

"… House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in 2012 on the University of Alabama's behalf. Among their lobbying targets: Sequestration-related legislation …"

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 "Aetna":

"… John La Place said. Prominent Ernst & Young lobbying clients include Aetna, Airlines for America, Barclays, Boeing, Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, Johnson …"

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 "Ronald Reagan":

"… hy may be a freshman Congressman who wasn't even born until late into Ronald Reagan's first term as president, but he's already scored a bigger electoral vict …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "David Bossie":

"… agitate an eclectic cross-section of politicos, liberal and conservative. David Bossie, president of Citizens United, the conservative activist group that prompt …"

The ‘Citizens United’ decision and why it matters

By John Dunbar

Sometimes donor disclosure reveals little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… and eight-figure donations from people like casino magnate and billionaire Sheldon Adelson who, with his family, has given about $40 million to so-called “super PA …"

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.

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.