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The conservative billionaire's massive grant to the United Negro College Fund is nothing new. Read more»

Tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. last year helped fund several of the nation’s most politically active — and secretive — nonprofit organizations, according to a company document reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. Read more»

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, who signed an order requiring Verizon to give the National Security Agency telephone records for tens of millions of American customers, attended an expense-paid judicial seminar sponsored by a libertarian think tank that featured lectures from a vocal proponent of executive branch powers. Read more»

Conservative foundations, multinational oil companies and a prescription drug maker were the most frequent sponsors of more than 100 expense-paid educational seminars attended by federal judges over a 4 1/2-year period, according to a Center for Public Integrity investigation. Read more»

The totals spent are based on data collected by Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group, or CMAG. The totals reflect estimates of expenditures on broadcast TV ads and differ from totals reported to the Federal Election Commission.

Two conservative nonprofits have spent more on TV ads to influence the presidential race so far than all other super PACs put together, new spending estimates show. Read more»

Herman Cain

Herman Cain, the latest Republican candidate to join the front runners for the 2012 election, doesn’t just have the support of some GOP voters; he has the Koch brothers on his side, the Associated Press reports. Read more»

The Cato Institute was begun 34 years ago with a grant from Charles and David Koch. Additionally, the Kochs gave Cato $11 million alone in the seven-year period between 1986 and 1993.

Charles Koch justifies his puny tax rate with the argument that government spending often "does more harm than good," and adds, "my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington." Read more» 3

The Koch Industries building.

Charles and David Koch, the owners of the country’s second-largest private corporation, have played an increasingly public role as financial angels for conservative causes. What’s not so well-known is the activity of Koch Industries in the trenches in Washington, where a look at lobbying disclosures reveals a lobbying steamroller for the company’s interests, at times in conflict with its public pose. Read more»

The Koch Industries ad aimed at the media.

The Koch Industries boycott is taking hold. Americans have begun to wonder just how much influence these guys have purchased. Now the Kochs are fighting back. Read more»

Greenland's Sermeq Kujalleq glacier has thinned in recent years. Politico reports that Fox News Vice President Bill Sammon sent an email to staff last December insisting that everyone at the station refrain from recognizing the global scientific consensus on man-made global warming.

Another day, and another piece of incontrovertible evidence that the folks at Fox News are exclusively in the business of pushing propaganda, rather than reporting “news.” On health care and climate change, the channel chooses sides as it chooses its words. Read more»