Peter Overby http://wkms.org en Once Neglected, Secretaries Of State Step Into The Spotlight http://wkms.org/post/once-neglected-secretaries-state-step-spotlight Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Control of Congress won't be the only big question in this fall's elections. A quieter but critical battle is being waged over state-level races for secretary of state. In most states, that's the official in charge of running elections. Elections have become a political lightning rod. Many conservatives rail against voter fraud and lax rules, liberals say that's voter suppression. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Peter Overby 38771 at http://wkms.org Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator http://wkms.org/post/political-groups-aim-early-attacks-new-hampshire-senator Even with 10 months to go before the midterm congressional elections, some political and ideological groups are already on the air, attacking incumbents they hope to take down in November.<p>One race that's attracting early advertisers is in New Hampshire, where Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is seeking a second term, and two tax-exempt social welfare organizations are buying ads against her.<p>The ads echo the Republican National Committee's strategy of tying Democrats to the Affordable Care Act. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:10:00 +0000 Peter Overby 38011 at http://wkms.org Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator FEC: Tea Party May Not Shield Donors http://wkms.org/post/fec-tea-party-cant-shield-donors Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene. The Federal Election Commission has turned back a bid by conservatives to weaken the federal campaign-finance disclosure law. A Tea Party group had asked for a precedent-changing decision to keep its donor lists secret. It said Tea Party members are being targeted for harassment and intimidation. NPR's Peter Overby reports.<p>PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: The commission deadlocked yesterday: three votes to exempt the Tea Party Leadership Fund from disclosure. And three votes not to. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:33:00 +0000 Peter Overby 36784 at http://wkms.org What A Bitcoin Political Debut Could Mean For Transparency http://wkms.org/post/what-bitcoin-political-debut-could-mean-transparency Bitcoin, the virtual currency that exists as alphanumeric strings online, is on the verge of getting into politics.<p>The Federal Election Commission is expected to vote Thursday on a proposal to allow bitcoin contributions to political action committees — even as skeptics say that bitcoins could undermine the disclosure standards of federal law.<p>The FEC is acting as other federal agencies are also exploring the uses, and dangers, of digital currency. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:28:00 +0000 Peter Overby 36741 at http://wkms.org What A Bitcoin Political Debut Could Mean For Transparency Outside Money Plays Big Role In Va. Race For Governor http://wkms.org/post/outside-money-plays-big-role-va-race-governor Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Two of the big winners in Virginia's elections this week were not on the ballot. They actually aren't even Virginians. They are two men who spent more than $2 million each to help elect Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor.<p>NPR's Peter Overby reports on the Election Day impact of San Francisco environmentalist Tom Steyer and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.<p>PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: Tom Steyer made his fortune as a hedge fund manager. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 09:47:00 +0000 Peter Overby 36400 at http://wkms.org Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous http://wkms.org/post/secret-persuasion-how-big-campaign-donors-stay-anonymous <em>Part two of our "Secret Persuasion" story reported with the <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/11/wellsprings-flow.html">Center for Responsive Politics</a>. Read the first part <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/11/05/242354030/from-social-welfare-groups-a-river-of-political-influence">here</a>.</em><p>As tax-exempt organizations become a vehicle of choice for big political donors, one powerful appeal is the anonymity. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:26:00 +0000 Peter Overby 36333 at http://wkms.org Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous From Social Welfare Groups, A River Of Political Influence http://wkms.org/post/social-welfare-groups-river-political-influence <em>Part one of the two-part "Secret Persuasion" investigation, reported with the Center for Responsive Politics.</em><p>Bruce Pregler walks down the slope from his cabin, eases into the Au Sable River and casts his line; fishing takes his thoughts away from his downstate law practice.<p>He stands in the flowing water, holding his fishing rod, and gazes at the river around him. "You can't look at it from the bridge or a lodge," he says of the Au Sable, one of Michigan's prime spots for trout fishing. "You need to float it, walk it, wade it, fish it, enjoy it. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:20:00 +0000 Peter Overby 36297 at http://wkms.org From Social Welfare Groups, A River Of Political Influence Outside Political Money Floods Virginia Races http://wkms.org/post/outside-political-money-floods-virginia-races Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Virginia holds elections next month for state offices, including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. But what was historically a pretty sedate affair is, this year, drawing millions of dollars from all over the country.<p>NPR's Peter Overby reports.<p>PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: Time was when the candidates for governor campaigned across Virginia together, in the same car, even. But those days are long gone. The old dominion is an ideological battleground. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:23:00 +0000 Peter Overby 36011 at http://wkms.org Money For Dam Project In Shutdown Deal Riles Conservatives http://wkms.org/post/money-dam-project-shutdown-deal-riles-conservatives <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA7aueKsFdA</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Peter Overby 35860 at http://wkms.org Money For Dam Project In Shutdown Deal Riles Conservatives Why A Medical Device Tax Became Part Of The Fiscal Fight http://wkms.org/post/why-medical-device-tax-became-part-fiscal-fight Among the bargaining chips in the budget crisis on Capitol Hill, there's the small but persistent issue of taxing medical device manufacturers.<p>The 2.3 percent sales tax covers everything from MRI machines to replacement hips and maybe even surgical gloves. The tax was imposed to help pay for the Affordable Care Act. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:12:00 +0000 Peter Overby 35742 at http://wkms.org