Peter Overby

Peter Overby appears in the following:

Big Money Is Helping GOP Win In State Legislatures Too

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Every election cycle, big donors open their checkbooks for two Washington-based party organizations that are gradually remaking state legislative elections.


Top Spenders On Capitol Hill Pay Billions, Receive Trillions

Monday, November 17, 2014

A new analysis by the Sunlight Foundation examines corporations that expend the most money in Washington on campaign contributions and lobbying. Defense contractors and finance giants lead the pack.


Alaska Station Sets Dubious Record: Most Senate Campaign Ads

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The Center for Public Integrity calculates that KTUU in Anchorage ran more U.S. Senate ads this cycle than any station in the country.


Climate Change Activists Come Up Short In Midterm Elections

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire, spent tens of millions of dollars in the midterms, mostly in seven senate and gubernatorial races. Most of his candidates lost, as will — presumably --one of his Steyer's key ambitions: major action on climate change.


The 4 Big Numbers To Know In The Midterm Elections

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The 2014 midterm election campaigns are almost over — all $3.7 billion worth of them. Most of that money was spent on television advertising.


What Can $3.7 Billion Buy? How About 2,969,370 Campaign Ads

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Outside groups, and especially secret donor groups, are accounting for more of the spending than ever before


18 Student Science Experiments Lost In Rocket Explosion

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Melissa Block speaks with high school freshman Natalie Moyer about her experiment that was lost on the Antares rocket when it exploded on Tuesday.


Money Mixes Up Missouri Circuit-Court Race

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Money is flowing into state elections for trial judges and supreme court justices. One big player is the little-known Washington group Republican State Leadership Committee.


Democrat Climate Activist Is Election's Biggest Donor — That We Know Of

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Activist Tom Steyer has spent an astonishing $58 million this election cycle. He says he wants leaders in Washington who will take climate change seriously.


This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

Monday, October 20, 2014

This midterm cycle, more than half the ads from so-called outside groups are being paid for by secret donors. That means voters will never know who's paying tens of millions of dollars for those ads.


Top Spending PAC Aims To Keep The Senate In Democratic Hands

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Senate Majority PAC, run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Reid, is the top-spending superPAC in the midterm election season. Its donors are essentially a compilation of the party's big-donor base.


Dems Probably Won't Take The House, So Why Are They Raising So Much?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is millions of dollars ahead of the Republicans in fundraising, especially among the small-donor faithful.

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Billionaire GOP Donor Finally Opens Checkbook For 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, is giving $20 million to GOP-oriented "social welfare" groups for use in midterm campaigns.


A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's open season on the wealthy political donors. Democratic campaign ads tie Republican candidates to the Koch brothers, while GOP ads paint sinister images of George Soros and Tom Steyer.


Tommy Boggs, Influential Lobbyist, Dies At 73

Monday, September 15, 2014

Boggs changed the lobbying profession by recognizing how power in Washington was becoming more diffuse.


Senate Moves Forward In Bid To Limit Campaign Funds

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Americans generally agree that too much money is spent running for office. The Senate took up a proposed constitutional amendment that could change that, but it's not likely to ultimately pass.


Jury Finds Virginia's Former First Couple Guilty Of Corruption

Friday, September 05, 2014

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were convicted on Thursday of federal corruption charges. They were acquitted only on a handful of lesser charges.


Cantor's Wall Street Move Highlights Disclosure Law Loophole

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Despite a 2007 ethics law, House members can still negotiate for a post-Congress job without ever publicly disclosing it.


A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle

Monday, September 01, 2014

The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.


Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.