Peter Overby

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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.


Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

Friday, August 22, 2014

A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs in Iowa, and the GOP has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state, the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.


More Details Surface On Missing IRS Hard Drive

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A more detailed account about what happened to Lois Lerner's computer is now available. But critics say there are still lots of unanswered questions.


Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A big week in congressional mailing: Members of Congress can't use "franking" to send mass mailings during a blackout that starts 90 days before an election. That deadline is approaching.


Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.


Long GOP Primary Season Gives Democrats Time To Fill Campaign Coffers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

If Democrats lose control of the Senate this fall, it likely won't be for lack of campaign money. The prominent female candidates in particular have healthy campaign accounts.


A Year Into IRS Probe, Partisan Motives Still Prove Elusive

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A year into congressional scrutiny of the IRS, House Republicans have narrowed their focus to two issues: former CIA official Lois Lerner's lost batch of emails, and the possible political motivations behind the agency's targeting of conservative groups. As NPR's Peter Overby reports, the investigators may be asking the wrong questions.


Interpreting The IRS Emails, Washington-Style

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Throughout the yearlong investigation, congressional Republicans and Democrats have taken the same evidence and come to diametrically opposed conclusions.


Interest Groups Come Down On Opposite Sides Of Export-Import Bank

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Establishment Republicans and Tea Party conservatives clash over a federal agency that helps finance U.S. firms in foreign trade. The legal authority for the Export-Import Bank expires in September.


IRS Chief Tangles With Lawmakers Over Missing Emails

Friday, June 20, 2014

IRS commissioner John Koskinen appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee. He tells lawmakers how emails that possibly reveal scrutiny given to Tea Party groups vanished from IRS computers.


Lost IRS Emails Spark Republican Ire

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

House Republicans are demanding to know what happened to missing emails belonging to Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting controversy.


Tract Issued By Theologians Takes On Money In Politics

Friday, June 13, 2014

A group of 11 theologians has offered up a faith-based analysis of money's role in politics, pitting voices of the pulpit against the courtroom.


The Big Numbers Behind Eric Cantor's Failed Primary Bid

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Political action committees poured cash into the House majority leader's campaign, posting big contributions in the final days of the race. Tea Party-backed challenger David Brat was all but ignored.


Lobbyists Loom Behind The Scenes Of School Nutrition Fight

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

School food service administrators once supported new healthy food requirements on the nation's school lunch program. But now, they want the rules delayed. And they're getting swept up in politics.


College Colleagues Will Face Off For Eric Cantor's Seat

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two professors at Virginia's Randolph-Macon College find themselves in an unexpected position: facing each other in November for a seat in Congress.


Outside Groups To Spend Even More Ahead Of Miss. GOP Senate Runoff

Friday, June 06, 2014

Well-heeled outside groups easily outspent Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel before the GOP Senate primary in Mississippi. They're going all in on the runoff election later this month.


Amendment Would Allow Congress To Set Political Spending Limits

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Many liberal critics of the Supreme Court's campaign finance rulings say a constitutional amendment is needed to limit money's influence in politics. The Senate held a hearing on one proposal.


Billionaire Environmentalist Targets 7 Statewide Races

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tom Steyer, a California investor, is aiming to label Republican candidates as "science deniers" who are on the wrong side of the climate change issue.


Obamacare Buried By Avalanche Of Negative Ads, Study Finds

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

According to an analysis of Affordable Care Act advertising, an unprecedented amount of money was spent on negative ads attacking the law. And very little was spent defending it.

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Tea Party Stumbles As GOP Establishment Flexes Fundraising Strength

Monday, May 19, 2014

Tea Party candidates did well in GOP primary elections in 2010 and 2012; this year, not so much. Part of this lack of success is because establishment candidates have generally out-raised them.