Peter Overby http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Outside Groups To Spend Even More Ahead Of Miss. GOP Senate Runoff http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/outside-groups-spend-even-more-ahead-miss-gop-senate-runoff 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. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Peter Overby 36771 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Tea Party Stumbles As GOP Establishment Flexes Fundraising Strength http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tea-party-stumbles-gop-establishment-flexes-fundraising-strength 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, and establishment-aligned outside groups are no longer reluctant to get involved in primaries. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 19 May 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Peter Overby 36270 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Pay-To-Play Laws Celebrate 20th Anniversary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pay-play-laws-celebrate-20th-anniversary While the Supreme Court this month took another step in freeing up big political donors, another set of federal restrictions on political money is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The so-called pay-to-play rules — enforced by the Securities and Exchange Commission — are a narrow but powerful way to control political cash.<p>Think "pay to play" and you might think of video games or high school sports. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:34:00 +0000 Peter Overby 35624 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Pay-To-Play Laws Celebrate 20th Anniversary Once Neglected, Secretaries Of State Step Into The Spotlight http://news.stlpublicradio.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 21:03:00 +0000 Peter Overby 33809 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator http://news.stlpublicradio.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 32996 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator FEC: Tea Party May Not Shield Donors http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31648 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org What A Bitcoin Political Debut Could Mean For Transparency http://news.stlpublicradio.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. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:57:00 +0000 Peter Overby 31607 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org What A Bitcoin Political Debut Could Mean For Transparency Outside Money Plays Big Role In Va. Race For Governor http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31278 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31205 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Secret Persuasion: How Big Campaign Donors Stay Anonymous From Social Welfare Groups, A River Of Political Influence http://news.stlpublicradio.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 31174 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org From Social Welfare Groups, A River Of Political Influence