Follow The Money
May 16, 2013 — The Justice Department is investigating the IRS's flagging of grass-roots conservative groups that sought nonprofit status. But some lawmakers want the debate extended to look at the well-financed activities of existing 501(c)(4) groups that spent millions in the 2012 elections.
May 3, 2013 — Reversing a trend that dates back to the 1990s, the lobbying industry is becoming more secretive. And campaign money now looms ever larger as a critical element in the persuasion business.
May 1, 2013 — The Congressional Budget Office projects the deficit will drop below 4 percent of GDP next year and below 2.5 percent in 2015. Still, despite the improvement in the short run, the federal government faces long-term deficits, mostly tied to health care costs.
Apr 27, 2013 — The 2012 election was the most expensive in history, but there remain some gaping holes in our knowledge about who paid for what. The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a proposal to add more transparency in future elections, but it won't happen without a fight.
Apr 23, 2013 — Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Ron Wyden have sponsored a bill aimed at outing the wealthy donors, corporations and unions that financed some $300 million in secretly funded campaign ads last year. Initial reactions showed what the two senators are up against.
Apr 10, 2013 — Revenues from gas taxes often fall short of what's needed for repairs and construction of the nation's roads, so states are starting to take action. Some are considering an increase in the state gas tax while others are getting creative.
Apr 9, 2013 — Even a budget proposal that's likely nowhere gives a president the chance to state priorities and place dollar amounts next to them.
Apr 5, 2013 — Automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in March 1 have had little initial impact in many parts of the government. In a few programs, however, the effect has been real and painful as the government has begun cutting $85 billion from its spending through the end of September.
Apr 2, 2013 — The federal criminal complaint against New York politicians as the result of an FBI sting was a reminder of how often real-life political scandals can read like the imaginings of Hollywood screenwriters.
Mar 30, 2013 — In a step toward fuller disclosure, the agency is asking more questions of the entities whose multimillion-dollar ad budgets helped clog the airwaves during election season.