Rachel Baye, Center for Public Integrity

Rachel Baye

Center for Public Integrity

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Past articles by Rachel:

GOP governors take cue from Obama on how to push policy

How governors are using well-funded political groups to lobby for their own policy agendas. → Read More

Capitol Gains: S.C. politicians use office to pad pockets

How state candidates are using office to enrich themselves → Read More

5 things to know about Mississippi's primary

Mississippi is one of the few states this year where voters face a full ballot from governor to state legislators. But Tuesday’s primary isn’t going to offer them many hot races. Familiar names of incumbents fill the ballot in the Republican-controlled state and few races are expected to be competitive. More than a third of the legislature — 66 out of 174 seats — is already decided because the… → Read More

11 things to know about Virginia's legislative primary

Virginia's June 9 primary is the proving ground for a fight over the state senate → Read More

Incumbents attract cash in N.J. Assembly races

New Jersey's June 2 primary is just the start of a fight over control of the Assembly → Read More

Party control of Pennsylvania's high court up for grabs

Pennsylvania's May 19 primary will shape the state's highest court for a decade or more. → Read More

Secretive group destroys candidates' chances, leaves few fingerprints

A secretive nonprofit uses attack ads to knock out state candidates in small-dollar races around the country. → Read More

Shumlin re-elected as Vermont governor

Democrat's belated win in Vermont race reinforces trend of TV ad war winners taking governors' mansions → Read More

Charities risked tax-exempt status with political ads

The IRS bans charities from participating in elections, but some groups pushed the envelope in 2014. → Read More

Gubernatorial hopefuls outspend U.S. Senate candidates

Thirty-six seats are at stake in the U.S. Senate and 36 governorships are also up for election on Nov. 4. → Read More

'Outside' groups swamp Florida's airwaves in race for governor

Lax laws allow candidates to work so closely with outside groups, contribution limits become almost irrelevant. → Read More

How cozy can candidates be with political groups?

A Wisconsin probe into recall campaigns highlights murky rules nationwide about how much candidates and outside groups can coordinate. → Read More

Donors, friends of governors often get state supreme court nod

Judicial elections are often criticized for corrupting influence, but appointment process has problems too. → Read More

Issue ad or political ad? You be the judge

Ads intended to influence elections often not reported because sponsors claim they are about issues. → Read More

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools. → Read More

Where education titans spent

StudentsFirst is a rising power in state political spending, but it didn’t come close to matching the National Education Association’s influence in 2012. That year, the National Education Association and its local and state affiliates accounted for roughly $15.7 million in independent spending, nearly five times what relative newcomer StudentsFirst spent. → Read More

Do senators fear the Internet?

Nearly one-fifth of upper chamber members say they support e-filing campaign finance reports — but won't be this week. → Read More

Koch-backed governors group gives big to Cuccinelli in Virginia

Cuccinelli slams McAuliffe for accepting out-of-state cash while raking in millions from governors association. → Read More