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Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

selensergen/Shutterstock.com Despite his vast wealth, Sheldon Adelson was not exactly a household name when the Republican presidential primary campaign got under way. But the casino magnate’s multimillion-dollar contributions to a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC ended that. Adelson’s support was linked to a shared stance with Gingrich as staunch supporters of Israel. Not quite so well […]

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Where do big political donors give? Everywhere

Brooks Elliott/Flickr The focus on billionaires’ and corporations’ contributions to super PACs this year has highlighted the impact of the rich and powerful on the presidential campaigns. But an analysis by the Investigative News Network of contributions by wealthy individuals in seven states shows that their giving is greater than any one cause or race reveals – […]

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Bain, Romney’s old firm, gives millions to Democrats

Republican presidential candidate Mitt RomneyJim Young/Reuters Bain Capital, the private equity firm co-founded by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney – and portrayed by President Barack Obama’s supporters as a gang of corporate raiders – has pumped nearly $4.5 million into Democratic campaigns and causes, public records show. A Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of campaign […]

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With sugar price supports, sour taste for consumers

Rick Roth, who runs a mid-sized sugar and vegetable farm in Belle Glade, Fla., believes the U.S. sugar program helps growers mitigate risk in an uncertain business.Amy Green/Florida Center for Investigative Reporting BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Behind every candy bar and can of soda is a complex government program of import tariffs and farmer loans […]

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Efforts under way to make Nixon’s White House tapes accessible

President Richard Nixon delivers farewell remarks at the White House in 1974.Marion Doss via the National Archives/Flickr Archivists are working to better code hundreds of hours of secret audio tape recorded by former President Richard Nixon in hopes that researchers will have an easier time searching, listening to and following along with the material in a […]

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Federal office may have saved less on training than it claims

Figures on how much money the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General spent on recent traning sessions differ in a public press release and internal expense documents.Sergey Mironov/Shutterstock Mindful of tightening federal budgets, the Homeland Security Department’s top watchdog said that in the spring, it saved taxpayers about $188,000 by holding “all-hands” training […]