Grover Norquist nonprofit funded pro-Republican women’s group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative-leaning Independent Women's Voice got 13 percent of its revenue last year from Americans for Tax Reform, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… “engage more women in the political process.” The nonprofit told the Internal Revenue Service it spent nearly $960,000 on all “direct and indirect political campaign …"

Nursing homes serving minorities offering less care than those housing whites

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Nursing homes serving blacks, Latinos provide less daily registered nurse care than those housing whites.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Houston":

"… acilities where black people made up the majority of patients, Chicago and Houston had notably low registered nurse staffing levels relative to majority-whit …"

Mega-donors give big to state candidates

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien and Ben Wieder

More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… tate teachers union, gave $500,000 to Wolf’s gubernatorial campaign. In New York, wealthy individuals can donate through multiple limited liability corpora …"

"… rew Cuomo using this method, according to a recent report by the New York Public Interest Research Group. The original sources of such contribu …"

Secretive groups spend millions to influence state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits hit TV airwaves with attacks on state-level candidates, gaining traction since the U.S. Supreme Court 'Citizens United' decision.

Excerpts from this story referencing "incumbent governor":

"… s from Topeka to Wichita with roughly 7,000 ads that boosted or bashed the incumbent governor. Who funds these groups remains largely a mystery. The groups, nonprofits …"

'Outside' groups swamp Florida's airwaves in race for governor

By Rachel Baye

Lax laws allow candidates to work so closely with outside groups, contribution limits become almost irrelevant.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… e illegal. Less obviously coordinated efforts prompted a criminal probe of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall election campaign, for example. Yet in F …"

Gun rights debate enters a new arena: the campus

By Wade Millward and Carmen Forman

The right to carry a firearm onto college campuses has become another issue in the gun control debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boise State University":

"… ‘You don’t have the right to protect yourself.’” For others, like Boise State University student Angel Hernandez, the new law means less focus on learning and more …"

Chattanooga wants feds to pre-empt broadband ban

By Allan Holmes

Tennessee city seeks to expand municipal broadband service, pre-empting industry-backed state ban.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… a Bailey, vice president of corporate communications for the EPB, told the Center for Public Integrity. “We continue to receive requests for broadband service from nearby com …"

How cozy can candidates be with political groups?

By Rachel Baye

A Wisconsin probe into recall campaigns highlights murky rules nationwide about how much candidates and outside groups can coordinate.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ben Nelson":

"… 2011, an ad that was similar to Schauer’s aired featuring then-U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, a Nebraska Democrat. It was paid for by Democratic Party committees. Nels …"

Outside money pouring into governors races

By Ben Wieder

Dem, GOP associations are spending more than double as much on governors' races in the 2014 cycle than at the same period in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… d $1.5 million to a committee supporting the Republican challenger in Illinois, Bruce Rauner, along with contributions to Republican groups in Texas …"

Shameful coverage of Obamacare's real impacts

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "insurance":

"… ts — the so-called Medical Loss Ratio. Prior to the passage of the law, insurance company executives — who consider what they spend on medical care to be …"

"… ordable Care Act passed. “No more pre-existing condition clauses … and insurance companies had to refund some of what we paid if they didn’t spend enough …"

Judge who stopped Wisconsin campaign finance probe tied to Koch-funded junkets

By Chris Young

Federal judge who attended Koch-funded conferences halts campaign finance investigation into Wisconsin group with Koch ties.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… nd to an investigation into possible illegal campaign coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups during two recent recall electio …"

"… Judge Rudolph Randa of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ordered prosecutors to immediately halt its long-running investigation int …"

"… ation into the campaign spending and fundraising activities of Walker, the Wisconsin Club for Growth and other conservative groups. Prosecutors were trying to …"

"… g campaign strategies at the time of the 2011 and 2012 recall elections in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Club for Growth spent millions on ads during Wisconsin’s …"

Tobacco money fuels gay Republicans, business organizations

By Michael Beckel

Reynolds American gave thousands of dollars to politically active nonprofits such as the Log Cabin Republicans, Americans for Prosperity.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Mexico":

"… ical network. A group that’s been called “a secretly funded arm” of New Mexico Gov. Susanna Martinez’s re-election campaign. The nation’s largest GO …"

"… while it gave $11,000 to the pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans and $10,000 to New Mexico Competes, a conservative advocacy group whose first executive director was …"

ICIJ guide to voter restrictions around the world

By Sasha Chavkin and Hamish Boland-Rudder

In light of the recent voter ID ruling in Wisconsin, ICIJ set out to learn more about voting restrictions outside of the U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… to continue reading.    …"

"… a blow in one of America’s most contentious legal battles. Finding that Wisconsin’s new law requiring that citizens show government-issued photo IDs in or …"

"… past or present discrimination,” Judge Adelman wrote in her decision on Wisconsin. The controversy over America’s restrictive voting laws — which suppo …"

GOP leaders, donors mix during secretive forum

By Michael Beckel

Documents shed light on closed-door confab featuring top politicians and donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dick Cheney":

"… in the future of American foreign policy heard from former Vice President Dick Cheney, former CIA Director David Petraeus, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, f …"

Meet the Banking Caucus, Wall Street's secret weapon in Washington

By Daniel Wagner and Alison Fitzgerald

Industry campaign cash flows to pro-bank activists in Congress, yielding big returns.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Comptroller of the Currency":

"… Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., CFTC, SEC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency all agreed to allow community banks to keep their CDOs. They made the anno …"

More than a dozen states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

By Michael Beckel

A Supreme Court ruling elminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… es aren’t the only ones that could be affected by the McCutcheon ruling. Indiana, for instance, imposes aggregate limits on the political contributions of …"

New report ranks best, worst states for kids of all ethnicities

By Susan Ferriss

Ethnic minority children will be majority of U.S. kids in four years, but face barriers to success in some places.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… African-American kids face especially daunting obstacles in Mississippi, Wisconsin and Michigan. Native American kids face the biggest challenges in South Da …"

Ready for Hillary courts super PAC skeptics

By Michael Beckel

Ready for Hillary is courting 'Citizens United' skeptics — and finding success.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… iety Foundations. See the Center’s list of donors here. …"

"… ill have absolutely no regrets if she doesn’t run,” Bremer Muggli, the Wisconsin attorney, said of her donations. Similarly, none of the other Ready for H …"

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "teacher":

"… m” organizations, funded largely by wealthy donors, that are challenging teachers’ unions and supporting mostly conservative candidates up and down the t …"

"… rter schools, voucher programs and weakening of employment safeguards like teacher tenure, all ideas bitterly opposed by unions. StudentsFirst flooded at le …"

"… s goal, she said, would be to provide some much-needed opposition to the teachers unions’ political power. “The problem to date has been that you’ve …"

"… The problem to date has been that you’ve had these incredibly powerful teachers unions that have lots of resources, and they use those resources to have …"

Congress twists the relevant facts on purpose

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Congressional Budget Office report deliberately distorted.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… employers decide our services are no longer needed. As Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee, said during the Congressional deb …"

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… overning magazine. The most vulnerable Democrats, meanwhile, appear to be Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, according to recent po …"

Pro-gay marriage Republican group boosted by Karl Rove’s super PAC

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer's 'American Unity' super PAC received $53,000 from American Crossroads last year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ed Gillespie":

"… Crossroads, one of the first super PACs, was co-founded by GOP strategists Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove, a former adviser to President George W. Bush. Gillespie him …"

Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits

By Michael Beckel

Analysis of company disclosures reveals steady flow of cash from corporations to social welfare organizations, trade associations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Newt Gingrich":

"… s formation in the early 1990s amid the “Republican revolution” led by Newt Gingrich. Last week, Yahoo News reported that the group would drop …"

‘Nonpartisan’ gun rights group boosted by Democratic-aligned America Votes

By Adam Wollner and Michael Beckel

Nearly all of 'nonpartisan' Bull Moose Sportsmen's funding has come from a Democratic-aligned nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vice President":

"… In January, Perricone served as a member of the gun safety roundtable that Vice President Joe Biden convened in Washington, D.C. He also met with President Barack O …"

State judges: We don't need no stinkin' disclosure

By John Dunbar, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Officials defend limited financial disclosure for high court judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… as “a solution looking for a problem,” according to The Argus Leader. South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Toal called the Center’s study “very flawed,” acc …"

"… h,” Campsen said. “There are protections in place.” The Center gave South Carolina a failing grade largely because the materials available to the commission …"

"… ected. Room for improvement? There were also a few calls for reform. “South Carolina's judicial ethics standards are clearly lacking,” noted The Po …"

State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information

By Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Despite universally poor disclosure rules, Center finds numerous conflicts among state high court judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Italy":

"… 12, Arkansas Justice Courtney Goodson accepted a $50,000 trip to Italy from Arkansas attorney W.H. Taylor, according to Goodson’s financial dis …"

"… paid for Goodson’s $12,000 “Caribbean Cruise.” Goodson’s trip to Italy was by far the most expensive gift reported by supreme court justices in 2 …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney general":

"… m to pump money into last year’s election. Citing the ruling, the state attorney general’s office issued an opinion in August 2012 that said outside gr …"

"… help its preferred candidate, Tim Fox, win the Republican primary race for attorney general. But the group was not required to say how much it spent in the general e …"

"… In West Virginia, Patrick Morrisey became the state’s first Republican attorney general in 80 years thanks to heavy spending by outside groups. A former Capitol …"

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… information could divulge confidential corporate data. Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Wyoming, Rhode Island and Virginia have also created sim …"

'America Votes' spent nearly $1 million on Wisconsin recall

By Adam Wollner

Progressive nonprofit, fueled by unions, targeted Wisconsin recall elections in 2011 and 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… o Workers ($75,000); the United Food and Commercial Workers ($50,000); the Illinois-based regional arm of the Laborers International Union of North America ($ …"

Obamacare's hidden battle: insurance agents push state regulation of guides to new marketplaces

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Insurance agents talk state legislators into regulating Obamacare's consumer helpers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "law firms":

"… more than 200 lobbyists and other representatives of insurance companies, law firms and industry associations for the summer meeting of the National Conferenc …"