One of the people who helped write the McCain-Feingold legislation on political contributions says Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate change is an example of how politics has become “privatized,” The New York Times reports.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has warned that Congressional investigations can be tools of “intimidation,” according to a blog post from lobbyist David Goldston, who hasn’t yet said whether the group will respond to a letter from Republican lawmakers including Sen. David Vitter, R-La., demanding documents and emails regarding its communications with the Environmental Protection Agency over the EPA’s carbon rule, The Hill reports.
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton swept through a second Arkansas campaign swing in as many weeks Sunday, hoping to keep Democrats in power at home and in the U.S. Senate.
Clinton returned to Pine Bluff, seeking the same political successes he had here in 2000 and 2002. Late-in-the-campaign rallies with predominantly black crowds helped put Mike Ross in the U.S. House and Mark Pryor in the U.S. Senate then, and both candidates need Clinton's help now.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff highlighted her government's achievements in reducing poverty while her rival used Sunday night's presidential debate to attack her on allegations of bribery in state-run oil company Petrobras.
Opposition candidate Aecio Neves grilled Rousseff over a growing kickback scandal at Petrobras, where a former top executive has told investigators he helped operate a long-running scheme that funneled money back to Rousseff's Workers' Party.
The League of Conservation Voters on Friday released new polling that put Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, ahead by a slender 1 point in his race for that state's open Senate seat, a lead within the poll's margin of error, but seen by the group as evidence that his prospects are on the upswing.
Braley has been locked in a tight race against Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst for the seat of retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat. They have sparred over environmental regulations and biofuels in the race, one that could determine which party holds a majority in the Senate for the last two years of President Barack Obama's second term.
The phone poll of 714 likely voters, conducted Wednesday and Thursday by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, found him leading with 48 percent support to 47 percent for Ernst, with 5 percent undecided. The poll had a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.
Ernst had maintained a slight edge in most polls since Labor Day, overcoming Braley's early lead in the race.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates hit the road next week as Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes campaigns with Bill Clinton and a trio of Republican congressmen stump for Sen. Mitch McConnell.
It's the third visit for Clinton, who won the state twice as a presidential candidate and remains popular with Kentuckians. But his visit comes after a new Gallup survey shows more Kentuckians lean toward Republicans.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican candidate Joni Ernst defended her opposition to abortion rights during Thursday's final debate between her and Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley in their neck-and-neck race for a U.S. Senate seat, but she said for the first time that she might support a legal exception to save the life of the mother.
The issue has come to define the final weeks of their campaigns to succeed retiring Democrat Sen. Tom Harkin. Polls show more women support Braley, a congressman from northeast Iowa, and more men back Ernst, a state senator from southwest Iowa.
Current and former executives from oil companies including Occidental Petroleum, Woodvine Group and the former Tana have contributed to a super PAC established by Charles and David Koch this cycle, FuelFix reports.
Accusing Chevron Corp. of donating $3 million to pack the city council in Richmond, Calif., with legislators friendly to its refining interests, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was set to travel to the city to support Chevron foe Mayor Gayle McLaughlin in her bid for council, The Hill reports.
League of Conservation Voters holds media conference call on Iowa Senate voter survey results and calls by candidate Joni Ernst to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency. LCV officials Daniel J. Weiss, Carol Browner to speak.
Delta subsidiary Monroe Energy has filed a petition with the Commerce Department, protesting that the decision to allow exports of lightly processed condensates violates the crude export ban, FuelFix reports.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced that oil and gas exploration leases for tracts in the western Gulf of Mexico –- some 4,000 blocks over 21 million acres -– will be sold in New Orleans in August, The Associated Press reports.
Air strikes on Libyan ports combined with strong German retail sales figures and a rebound in the yen against the dollar were helping oil prices recover from Monday’s sharp drop. West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery gained 75 cents to $50.34 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped $1.34 to $60.88, Reuters reports.
Driller and oilfield services company Nabors Industries Ltd. has reported a net loss of $891 million in the fourth quarter after the plunge in oil prices forced it to write off almost $1.2 billion, FuelFix reports.
Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit charging that the Port of Seattle violated state law by failing to do an environmental review before signing a lease allowing Royal Dutch Shell to use the port as a base for its Arctic drilling fleet, The Associated Press reports.
A lawsuit by beekeepers charging that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to use pesticide label regulations to protect the bee population, will be heard by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in April, E&E reports.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is predicting peak demand this summer will hit a record, exceeding 69,000 megawatts, and the grid operator says it should be able to handle that, although the margin calculated is less than its preferred planning reserve, Platts reports.
The quantity of combustible gas contained in the crude oil on the train that derailed in West Virginia last month was greater than levels permissible in a new North Dakota standard set to take effect in April, according The Wall Street Journal.
A ban on the curriculum known as the Next Generation Science Standards, which teaches climate science, has been lifted in Wyoming, with Gov. Matt Mead signing a measure to do that on Monday, National Journal reports.