Peter Overby

Peter Overby appears in the following:

Advocacy Groups Tell Lawmakers To Back Off

Friday, December 19, 2014

Three groups from across ideological lines say a congressional investigation into ties between the EPA and the Natural Resources Defense Council seems intended to intimidate.


Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Utilities say consumers who put solar panels on their roofs should help pay to maintain the lines that carry the power they sell back into the system. Panel leasing firms say that's anti-competitive.


Spending Bill Provision Would Provide Big Boost To Party Fundraising

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The 1,600-page omnibus spending bill includes language that raises contribution limits to the national party committees, bringing them above the realm of merely wealthy donors. Under the provision, donors can give a party a total of $778,000 — each year, an eight-fold increase.


In Spending Bill, A Gift For Political Party Fundraising

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Republican and Democratic parties will be able to collect an additional $97,200 per year from donors to pay for presidential nominating conventions.


In Europe, Ugly Sells In The Produce Aisle

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Lumpy, bumpy produce that fails to meet supermarkets' high bar for beauty usually ends up as waste. But increasingly, European supermarkets are finding that ugly sells, if you tell the right story.


Senators Try Again To Make Disclosure Process Electronic

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Senate still prefers paper instead of electronic filings for disclosures of donors and spending. The massive amounts of paper create all sorts of disclosure headaches.


Study: Campaign Cash Brings Tax Benefits On Capitol Hill

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A new analysis finds that corporations that deploy lobbyists and make contributions experience lower and more consistent tax rates over the long term.


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.