Raul Grijalva Tries to Tie ALEC to Bundy Ranch

Free market group dismisses congressman’s accusations of illegal lobbying
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D.-Ariz.) / AP

A Democratic congressman is attempting to tie the standoff over publicly owned lands in Nevada to a conservative policy group long reviled by the left in what the group says is a baseless and politically motivated attack.

Begich Earmarked Millions for Bankrupt Green Energy Company

Alaska Dem got $4,400 from geothermal company’s lobbyist after earmark, stimulus award
Sen. Mark Begich (D.-Alaska) / AP

As Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) seeks to shore up his energy policy credentials, a now-bankrupt green energy company to which he steered federal subsidies could cloud his message.

Begich Decries ‘Outsiders’ but Enjoys Support from Billionaire Dems

Pro-Begich super PAC funded by Bloomberg, Katzenberg, Podesta
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) / AP

A super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and financed by liberal billionaires from New York and Washington, D.C., is dropping huge sums to help reelect a vulnerable Democratic senator who has decried out-of-state influence in the race.

Taxpayer-Backed Electric Car Company Closes U.S. Factory

Government watchdog recommends DOE wind down controversial program
President Barack Obama  tours Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City, Mo. / AP

Critics of Democrats calling for additional subsidies for electric vehicles are pointing to the financial troubles of one stimulus-backed car producer that just announced it is closing its U.S. plant.

Conflict of Interest

‘Pro-market’ Lexington Institute arguing in favor of subsidies for donors
Boeing F-18 Super Hornet jet fighter / AP

An ostensibly market-oriented nonprofit group defending a controversial federal program to finance the purchase of U.S. exports is financially supported by top defense contractors that benefit from the program.

Reid Attacks Koch for Offenses Committed by Reid Donors

Senate Dem leader received tens of thousands of dollars from companies that did business in Iran
AP

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) on Wednesday criticized a Koch Industries subsidiary for allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran even though Reid has accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from companies that have done exactly that.