Peter Overby

Peter Overby appears in the following:

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.

Comments [1]

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.


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.