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Harold Simmons, owner of Contran Corp. and Valhi, Inc.

Republican mega-donor Harold Simmons considers President Barack Obama to be "the most dangerous man in America," and in a bid to unseat him, fueled conservative political groups with tens of millions of dollars. Read more»

In 2009, a network of online media outlets began popping up in state capitals across the nation, each covering the news from a clearly conservative point of view. What wasn't so clear was how they were funded. Read more»

The Arizona's state seal at the Capitol building in Phoenix.

The Goldwater Institute and the Michigan-based Mackinac Center between them successfully shepherded five model bills through ALEC’s Commerce, Insurance, and Economic Development Task force — all targeting public sector unions — at ALEC Task Force Summit. Read more»

South Carolina, Indiana and Colorado have all given the free-market group a pass on registering or reporting lobbying expenditures. Read more»

Beer and wine wholesalers have pumped substantial cash into the campaigns of several American Legislative Exchange Council politicians who have sponsored voter ID bills in their states. Read more»