State ad wars tracker

By Chris Zubak-Skees

Who's on the air in state elections?

Deadbeat politicos outrun federal enforcers

By Dave Levinthal

Sharpton, Gingrich committees among dozens that owe taxpayers money.

Who tried to buy the 2014 state elections?

The individuals, unions, trade groups and others who gave the most.

National donors pick winners in state elections

By Ben Wieder, Kytja Weir, Reity O'Brien and Rachel Baye

Two giant D.C.-based players dominated political giving in 2014 state-level elections.

Romney's top fundraisers consider bailing

By Carrie Levine

As the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee considers another bid, Jeb Bush and other 2016 hopefuls try to poach top fundraisers.

IRS rarely audits nonprofits for politicking

By Julie Patel

New documents show the federal tax agency almost never audits nonprofit groups for illegal politicking.

High court appears divided over whether judicial candidates can ask for cash

By Reity O'Brien

U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments over rights of judges to seek contributions; case could undo limits in 30 states

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on judicial campaign contributions

By Reity O'Brien

Florida free speech case before U.S. Supreme Court could overturn 30 states' bans on judicial candidates asking for campaign donations.

Why industry is trying to tell you how to think

By Erin Quinn, Chris Young and Kimberley Porteous

How we investigated the top message peddlers influencing public policy — and why you should care.

Who needs lobbyists? See what big business spends to win American minds

By Erin Quinn and Chris Young

Trade groups pay top PR, advertising firms $1.2 billion over five years to influence public.

Liberal ‘dark money’ group could face IRS fine

By Michael Beckel

Union-backed Pennsylvanians for Accountability could face IRS fine after failing to file a mandatory tax return.

Shumlin re-elected as Vermont governor

By Rachel Baye

Democrat's belated win in Vermont race reinforces trend of TV ad war winners taking governors' mansions

State politics findings you may have missed

By The Center for Public Integrity

What you need to know about the money behind state-level offices.

Secretive nonprofits flourished — and succeeded — in 2014 state elections

By Reity O'Brien

Nonprofits backed winning candidates, or bashed losers, in 63 percent of the state races in which they sponsored ads.

Charities risked tax-exempt status with political ads

By Rachel Baye

The IRS bans charities from participating in elections, but some groups pushed the envelope in 2014.

Mary Landrieu abandoned on airwaves

By Dave Levinthal

Republicans bombard Democratic senator ahead of U.S. Senate runoff vote.

Election ads were about issues, says 'Carolina Rising' chief

By Carrie Levine

'Dark money' nonprofit spends millions backing candidate but says ads are about issues.

Koch-linked organization uses ‘dark money’ to fight political disclosure

By Michael Beckel

Most of the $13 million raised by American Commitment has come three Koch-backed groups.

Tell us about your experience with political ads

By The Center for Public Integrity

Americans saw more than 2 million TV ads during Election 2014 — did you find them to be informative?

Nearly 100,000 negative ads helped turn tide in Florida elections

By Michael Beckel, Reity O'Brien and Kytja Weir

Battles over the U.S. Senate and governorships dominated TV commercial breaks.

Gillespie's rich friends leave him hanging

By Carrie Levine

Consummate GOP insider Ed Gillespie nearly wins Virginia Senate seat, no thanks to his deep-pocketed friends.

Ballot measure backers spend big, win big

By Liz Essley Whyte

Of the most expensive ballot races, top spenders won over voters in 21 of 25 contests.

GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

By Michael Beckel, Dave Levinthal and Carrie Levine

Super PACs, 'dark money' nonprofits help make Election Day difference as Republicans seize a U.S. Senate majority

Ad war winners take governors' mansions

By Ben Wieder, Reity O'Brien and Rachel Baye

Three out of four races won by top spending candidates and their allies

The meanest U.S. Senate races of all

By Chris Kirk and Dave Levinthal

Many of the nation's most competitive U.S. races featured the most negative political advertising.

Surprise! No. 1 super PAC backs Democrats

By Carrie Levine and Dave Levinthal

To the surprise of many, the top-spending super PAC this election backs Democrats, not Republicans.

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.

U.S. Senate races to attract 1 million TV ads

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Super PACs, nonprofits help fuel relentlessly negative messaging in U.S. Senate races.

Flush with mystery money, Kentucky nonprofit haunts Grimes’ Senate bid

By Michael Beckel

Formerly modest nonprofit becomes deep-pocketed, dark money benefactor of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

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Writers and editors

John Dunbar

Deputy Executive Editor, Managing Editor, Politics, Finance The Center for Public Integrity

John is director of Consider the Source, the Center's ongoing investigation of the impact of money on state and federal politic... More about John Dunbar

Ben Wieder

CAR Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Ben Wieder is the Computer Assisted Reporter for the Consider the ... More about Ben Wieder

Michael Beckel

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Michael Beckel joined the Center for Public Integrity as a politics reporter in February 2012, where his focus is on super PACs, politica... More about Michael Beckel

Reity O'Brien

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Reity O’Brien is a reporter for the Center's "Consider the Source" money-in-politics coverage, and was the Center’s 16th James R.... More about Reity O'Brien

Chris Young

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Chris Young is a reporter for the Center’s Consider the Source project, where he covers Washington, D.C.’s “misinformation industry.” Bef... More about Chris Young

Dave Levinthal

Senior Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Dave Levinthal joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2013 and leads its reporting team ... More about Dave Levinthal

Alison Fitzgerald

Senior Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Alison Fitzgerald is a finance and investigative reporter who joined the Center in April 2013 to lead its financial and business reportin... More about Alison Fitzgerald

Daniel Wagner

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Daniel Wagner came to the Center in 2013 from The Associated Press in Washington, D.C.... More about Daniel Wagner

Kytja Weir

Project Manager The Center for Public Integrity

Kytja Weir joined the Center in 2013, where she is project manager and reporter for the Consider the Source state politics team.... More about Kytja Weir

Erin Quinn

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Erin Quinn is a reporter for the Center’s Consider the Source project, covering Washington, D.C.’s “misinformation industry.” She was pre... More about Erin Quinn

Rachel Baye

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Rachel Baye is a reporter for the Center’s Consider the Source project.... More about Rachel Baye

Carrie Levine

Politics Reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Carrie Levine joined the Center for Public Integrity in October 2014 as a federal politics reporter investigating the influence of money ... More about Carrie Levine