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Peter H. Stone

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The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles

(28) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 2:21 PM

The oil and gas industry may have thought it had killed the electric car, but sales -- boosted by generous government subsidies -- rose dramatically between 2010 and 2014, and energy giants are worried the thing may have come back to...

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The Story Of Sheldon Adelson's Purchase Of A Las Vegas Paper Is Even Crazier Than You Think

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 10:43 AM

Three months before a mysterious article popped up in an obscure Connecticut newspaper criticizing a judge overseeing a lawsuit against Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson and his casino empire, freelance reporter Scott Whipple received a lucrative proposal from his old boss.

Meeting at the...

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Inside The Big-Moneyed Network Rallying Around Marco Rubio

(5) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Just weeks before Paul Singer penned a glowing letter backing Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) presidential campaign in late...

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Watch Out, Dems: Sheldon Adelson And The Koch Brothers Are Closer Than Ever

(663) Comments | Posted June 14, 2015 | 10:15 PM

sheldon adelson and david koch
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson (left) and billionaire industrialist David Koch (right) are both deeply committed to making sure a Republican wins the White House in 2016. (Adelson: Star Max/IPx Koch:AP)

In late April, some...

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Sean Noble, 'Wizard' Behind Koch Brothers' Donor Network, Now On The Outs

(994) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 7:36 AM

In 2009, as conservative consultant Sean Noble was poised to launch the Center to Protect Patient Rights, an Arizona-based advocacy group, he was invited to one of the secretive conferences for wealthy donors and prominent politicos hosted by multibillionaires Charles and David Koch.

Noble’s entree to...

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Sheldon Adelson's Woes Mount With Grand Jury In Las Vegas Sands Money-Laundering Probe

(4696) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 10:22 AM

The legal headaches besetting billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. now include a grand jury in Los Angeles, part of a federal money-laundering probe of his Nevada-based casinos, The Huffington Post has learned.

The involvement of a federal grand jury, not previously reported, suggests an escalation of the money-laundering...

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New Koch Brothers Group Revamps Billionaires' Dark Money Operation

(1663) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 4:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- The sprawling conservative network backed by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is being overhauled, with some key Koch operatives moving to a fledgling "dark money" group that is poised to become a chief financing vehicle for the mega donors' political and ideological projects, The Huffington Post...

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Haley Barbour Leaves American Crossroads Amid Concerns Over Conservative Victory Project

(1185) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 3:26 PM

The powerful fundraising team that American Crossroads deployed in 2012 to pull in more than $300 million has lost ace fundraiser Haley Barbour, according to three GOP operatives close to the super PAC.

The departure of Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman and governor of Mississippi who volunteered in...

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California Officials Turn Up The Heat On Secretive 'Dark Money' Groups (UPDATE)

(6131) Comments | Posted March 24, 2013 | 12:45 PM

WASHINGTON -- California officials have widened an investigation into the source of $11 million that was mysteriously funneled by a few nonprofit groups in 2012 to sway two ballot measures in the state, The Huffington Post has learned.

The state’s election watchdog agency, the Fair Political Practices Commission, which launched...

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Mitch McConnell Had Previously Floated Karl Rove Idea To Target Weak Tea Party Candidates

(3139) Comments | Posted February 9, 2013 | 5:13 PM

WASHINGTON -- A firestorm on the right has greeted a new Karl Rove-backed super PAC aimed at knocking off weak conservative Senate candidates and protecting strong incumbents in GOP primaries, but the new PAC may well prove to be a plus in the eyes of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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NRA Gun Control Crusade Reflects Firearms Industry Financial Ties

(14502) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 11:53 PM

Throughout its 142-year history, the National Rifle Association has portrayed itself as an advocate for the individual gun owner’s Second Amendment rights. In turn, the NRA relied on those gun owners, especially its 4 million or so members, to pressure lawmakers into carrying out its anti-gun control agenda.

In the...

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Sheldon Adelson Spent Far More On Campaign Than Previously Known

(10711) Comments | Posted December 2, 2012 | 11:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson vowed to spend as much as $100 million to defeat President Barack Obama and help the GOP take control of Congress. According to two GOP fundraisers with close ties to the Las Vegas billionaire, he made good on that promise -- and then some....

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Jack Gerard, Top Oil Lobbyist, Positioned To Be Key Player In A Romney Administration

(1264) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 4:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- Several dozen of K Street’s powerful trade group leaders and lobbyists flocked early this summer to the American Petroleum Institute's offices for a fundraising and political powwow with several top Mitt Romney campaign officials, including finance chairman Spencer Zwick, transition chief Michael Leavitt and political director Rich Beeson.

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RNC 2012: GOP Shadow Groups Eclipsing Party In Tampa

(2048) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 1:45 PM

TAMPA, Fla. -- A shift of power from the official Republican party apparatus to an informal coalition of megadonors, super PACs and nonprofit advocacy groups is underway here, as a rising shadow party increasingly drives GOP politics.

Mel Sembler, a Florida shopping mall magnate and a key member of...

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Koch Brothers, GOP Mega Donors, Help Bankroll Religious Conservative's 2012 Efforts

(15017) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 8:15 AM

A conservative group led by longtime political activist Ralph Reed has budgeted $10 million for a major 2012 election push to turn out the religious right and block a second term for President Barack Obama, a top executive with his organization told the Huffington Post.

The Faith and Freedom Coalition's...

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Karl Rove Gave Secret Speech Outside Romney Donor Retreat

(11085) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 2:17 PM

WASHINGTON -- Karl Rove was the featured speaker at a previously unreported luncheon held just outside the Mitt Romney campaign's recent retreat for high-dollar donors, according to three Republican fundraisers who attended the event.

Rove's luncheon speech did not appear on the retreat's official agenda because Romney's campaign didn't...

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Sheldon Adelson To Lavish $71 Million In Casino Money On GOP Super PACS, Nonprofits

(13601) Comments | Posted June 16, 2012 | 12:23 AM

WASHINGTON -- Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, whose net worth makes him one of the world's richest men, is on a check-writing spree that will soon bring his total political contributions in this election cycle to at least $71 million, according to sources familiar with his spending. That money is spread...

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Koch Brothers Plan To Funnel Tens Of Millions To Conservative Allies To Influence 2012 Elections

(14129) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 11:22 AM

WASHINGTON -- As they strategize to spend as much as $400 million to defeat President Barack Obama and help Republicans win control of Congress, the billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch and an allied network of wealthy conservatives are looking to funnel tens of millions into conservative-leaning groups for television...

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Newt Gingrich Cements Ties To Religious Leaders

(292) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 10:03 PM

By Peter H. Stone
The Center for Public Integrity

The political unit of a religious conservative group called Renewing American Leadership, whose honorary chair is Newt Gingrich, is aiming to raise $500,000 to $1 million for high-stakes political issues in its first year.

Gingrich, who is weighing...

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Chamber Of Commerce Raising Money To Fund Lawsuits Against Regulation, Reform

(158) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 6:55 AM

Even as it plowed tens of millions of dollars into ads this year to help mostly Republicans notch Congressional victories, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was initiating a new effort to raise millions more from energy, health insurance, financial services, and other firms to...

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