Meet 10 super PACs that rely on grassroots donors, not billionaires

By Michael Beckel and Sarah Whitmire

Meet 10 super PACs that raised big bucks from grassroots donors, not billionaires, in 2013.

Zombie super PACs face termination

By Dave Levinthal

Federal regulators put hundreds of obscure political committees on notice for disclosure failures.

Credit union overseer cozies up to industry execs

By Daniel Wagner

Credit union regulator Rick Metsger cozies up to industry execs at D.C. conference.

What makes a good U.S. ambassador?

By Michael Beckel

Former diplomats offer advice as Obama faces criticism for elevating numerous campaign bundlers with limited overseas experience.

Next up: 'Citizens United v. IRS'?

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative group promises to 'pull out all the stops' to fight proposed nonprofit regulations.

Tea party operative likely behind mysterious web blitz

By Daniel Wagner

The campaign against government crackdown on online payday lenders is likely created by a consultant to Sen. Ted Cruz.

FEC to Claire McCaskill: Show us your money

By Dave Levinthal

Missouri Democrat says missing campaign finance report was lost in the mail

The mysterious online war against a payday lending crackdown

By Daniel Wagner

Anonymous group called "Stop the Choke" says Obama crackdown on illegal online payments is "destroying the free market."

Netflix stacking deck on Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

'House of Cards' distributor is accelerating its own political efforts in Washington.

Troubled FEC hangs 'help wanted' sign

By Dave Levinthal

Elections agency seeks staff to address computer woes and paperwork backlog.

GOP megadonor Harold Simmons bankrolled liberal causes

By Dave Levinthal

The charitable foundation of the late Harold Simmons contributed big bucks to Planned Parenthood, other left-leaning causes in 2012.

Newest senator not afraid to e-file

By Michael Beckel

Montana Democrat John Walsh will co-sponsor the Campaign Disclosure Parity Act and file his own financial reports electronically.

American Crossroads revs up attacks on Dems

By Michael Beckel

Karl Rove's deep-pocketed group kicks into action after largely dormant 2013.

Dems introduce plan for public financing of campaigns

By Michael Beckel

Bill would provide matching funds to candidates who limit size of contributions.

Pro-Vitter super PAC fueled by energy interests

By Julie Patel and Erin Quinn

A super PAC backing Sen. David Vitter's run for governor got most of its money last year from energy interests, new documents show.

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.

Pop-up pro-Clinton group fades after scrutiny

By Michael Beckel

Pro-Clinton super PAC linked to man sought by investigator regarding financial problems.

GOP governors group dwarfs Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder and John Dunbar

This year features 36 governors' races; Republicans enter with a big fundraising advantage over Democrats.

Exelon amends reports concerning contributions to trade groups

By Michael Beckel

Nuclear giant says its political contribution reports overstated numerous payments to politically active nonprofits.

Beltway allies powered pro-Cheney super PAC

By Michael Beckel

Group backing daughter of former VP Dick Cheney for Wyoming U.S. Senate seat funded by Washington power players.

Obama to lament DeVry grad's student debt

By Daniel Wagner

Graduates of for-profit company’s schools default at much higher rates than national average.

Do senators fear the Internet?

By Rachel Baye

Nearly one-fifth of upper chamber members say they support e-filing campaign finance reports — but won't be this week.

RGA raises $50 million going into election year

By Ben Wieder

The top outside political spender of 2012 is preparing for a busy 2014, with 36 gubernatorial races this year.

Senate Democrats' January of doom

By Dave Levinthal

DSCC drenches supporters in negativity to wring cash from them.

Pro-Republican super PAC goes sour

By Michael Beckel

A pro-GOP super PAC funded by a California vintner has ceased operations.

T-Mobile’s lobbying spending may be paying off

By Allan Holmes

The No. 4 wireless carrier sees its lobbying investments paying off in D.C.

Corporate cash helps politicians party on

By Michael Beckel

Inauguration, convention-related groups boosted by corporate contributions.

Small-dollar donors boost pro-Obama Organizing for Action

By Michael Beckel

Small-dollar donors accounted for the bulk of pro-Obama nonprofit's 2013 receipts.

Hillary Clinton: the 'Citizens United' candidate

By Dave Levinthal

Era of super PACs, unlimited fundraising boosts Clinton as she mulls a presidential run.

Congress, FEC meet about security breakdowns

By Dave Levinthal

Election agency officials on Capitol Hill to brief lawmakers investigating computer hacks, staffing problems.

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Writers and editors

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

Dave Levinthal

Senior reporter The Center for Public Integrity

Dave Levinthal joined the Center for Public Integrity in 2013 and leads its Consider the Source project team investigating the influence ... More about Dave Levinthal

Marcelo Rochabrun

Reporter The Center for Public Integrity