Peter Overby

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Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A former Iowa state senator says he concealed money he took for shifting loyalty from Rep. Michele Bachmann to then-Rep. Ron Paul during the 2012 presidential campaign.

There's always a certain amount of weirdness in the Iowa presidential caucuses, and in the 2012 cycle the peak weirdness might have come ...


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

Finally, we now have a detailed IRS account of its attempts to resurrect the long-gone hard drive in Lois Lerner's computer.

But it's not definitive.

Lerner headed the tax-exempt organizations division in 2011, when it was dealing with hundreds of applications from conservative groups. They wanted status as 501(c)(4) ...


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

Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.

It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, ...


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 poli...


Interpreting The IRS Emails, Washington-Style

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Here's the biggest recurring theme in the IRS controversy — the one about alleged targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Throughout the yearlong investigation, congressional Republicans and Democrats have not only highlighted their own evidence but also taken the same evidence and drawn diametrically opposed conclusions.

The latest example ...


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

With new technology came a new type of Washington scandal: missing emails.

In the latest instance, the vanished emails belonged to Lois Lerner, former head of the exempt organizations division at IRS. She's the official who oversaw the scrutiny of applicants for tax-exempt status as 501(c)(4) social welfare groups — ...


Tract Issued By Theologians Takes On Money In Politics

Friday, June 13, 2014

In a newly issued report, a group of 11 theologians goes where the pols and lawyers dare not tread, with a faith-based analysis of money's role in politics. In "Lo$ing Faith In Our Democracy," published by Auburn Theological Seminary in New York, you can guess where it comes down ...


The Big Numbers Behind Eric Cantor's Failed Primary Bid

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The big numbers are in from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss to Tea Party candidate David Brat.

First of all, the vote totals: 36,120 votes for Brat; 28,902 for Cantor.

Cash raised: Between the start of 2013 and May 21, 2014, Cantor raised $4.7 million. ...


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

San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer has already pledged at least $50 million to his superPAC, NextGen Climate, and now the superPAC's leaders are laying out a hardball strategy for the fall campaign.

The goal: tag seven Republican candidates as "science deniers" who are on the wrong side of the increasingly ...


Obamacare Buried By Avalanche Of Negative Ads, Study Finds

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It's been obvious ever since 2010 that Republicans and conservatives were spending a lot more slamming the Affordable Care Act than the Obama administration and Democrats were spending to defend it.

But 15 to 1?

Yes. That's the ratio calculated by Kantar Media's campaign media analysis group — CMAG ...

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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.