Peter Overby appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Boggs changed the lobbying profession by recognizing how power in Washington was becoming more diffuse.
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.
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.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Despite a 2007 ethics law, House members can still negotiate for a post-Congress job without ever publicly disclosing it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Throughout the yearlong investigation, congressional Republicans and Democrats have taken the same evidence and come to diametrically opposed conclusions.
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.