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Luke Rosiak

Luke Rosiak was a reporter for The Washington Times.

Articles by Luke Rosiak

Karl Rove

‘Social welfare’ funders sidestep rules of super PACs

The political groups that injected millions of dollars into political races over the past two years may already be giving way to the rise of a new class of politically oriented nonprofits, organizations that have most of the same powers as super PACs, and one major advantage: They don't have to meet the same strict requirements for disclosing where their money comes from. Published August 20, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Alan Grayson, Florida Democrat (Associated Press)

On left and right, firebrands are hot on the Web

Thanks to the Internet, a revolution has occurred in the way local campaigns are financed. Outfits such as ActBlue on the left and Club for Growth on the right harness donations from partisans across the country, channeling them into campaigns where they are backing candidates who tend to be on the ideological wings of the two parties. Published August 19, 2012

Karl Rove

Va. Senate race tops nation in ‘secret money’

A "secret-money" political group connected to Republican operative Karl Rove spent $1 million Wednesday on television ads opposing Democrat Tim Kaine in the race for Virginia's open Senate seat, bringing total spending by the non-traditional groups opposing him to $2.3 million. Published August 15, 2012

President Obama speaks Aug. 13, 2012, during a campaign event at Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa, during a three-day campaign bus tour through the state. (Associated Press)

Conservative groups’ ad-buying binge eclipses Obama, Romney

Two conservative advocacy groups are in the midst of an ad-buying spree so intense that when combined, they have bought more commercials in the country's major markets than President Obama's campaign, according to new disclosure records analyzed by The Washington Times. Published August 13, 2012

Proposal targets eligibility, fraud in food stamp program

A top Agriculture Department official Thursday announced an initiative to counter fraud in the $80 billion food stamp program, entering a campaign-tinged fray that has recently focused on abuse of entitlement programs for the poor. Published August 9, 2012

Maryland state Sen. Nancy Jacobs (Associated Press)

Voters vs. cash: Races could be turned by out-of-state money

A Washington Times analysis of newly released Federal Election Commission records found 70 House races and two Senate races where one candidate raised the most money from within the state, but the opponent raised the most overall thanks to out-of-state donations. Published August 8, 2012

**FILE** A Metrorail train of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Associated Press)

Metro reimbursed questionable college courses for half-million dollars

One accountant at Metro took Federal Income Tax 1, a course at the University of Maryland University College described as "an introduction to federal taxation." Another took Intermediate Accounting 1. Several other Metro workers in financially sensitive positions — who help oversee million-dollar contracts — used the transit authority's tuition reimbursement program to enroll in introductory courses on contracts or business. Published July 26, 2012

President Obama speaks July 24, 2012, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. (Associated Press)

Households divided by campaign donations

Husbands and wives may share checking accounts, but they don't always share political preferences. So what happens when one-half of the marriage wants to donate to a candidate? Published July 26, 2012

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (left) speaks on Saturday, July 21, 2012, as former Sen. George Allen, also a former governor, listens during the Virginia Bar Association's senatorial debate at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. (Associated Press)

Chamber spends big in Senate races

The Chamber of Commerce Thursday spent a whopping $1.6 million on television ads opposing Bill Nelson in Florida's Senate race and $1 million attacking Democrat Tim Kaine in the race for a Virginia Senate seat against Republican George Allen, disclosures showed Thursday. Published July 26, 2012

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney out-raised President Obama by $73 million to $66 million in June, disclosures showed Friday. Mr. Romney doubled his small-donor base, as contributions from people giving $200 or less quadrupled from $2.4 million in April to $10 million in June. (Associated Press)

Romney tops Obama fundraising total in June

Mitt Romney out-raised President Obama by $73 million to $66 million in June, disclosures showed Friday, as he doubled his small-donor base and capitalized on his newfound control over the Republican National Committee to hit up wealthy early supporters for the much larger contributions that vehicle can accept. Published July 22, 2012

Herman Cain (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Cain’s post-candidacy PAC spending raises questions

With charisma and national name recognition but no imminent political prospects, onetime Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain is using the donor-fueled political action committee created in his name in unusual ways. Published July 19, 2012

** FILE ** President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama fundraiser gets Energy Department post

Dozens of major fundraisers for President Obama's re-election campaign have been appointed to plum posts on advisory boards and humanities commissions and at embassies. The practice is not new to Mr. Obama, but it's generally viewed as unsavory. Published July 18, 2012

A fallen tree blocks one lane of traffic on 13th Street NW in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, Saturday, June 30, 2012. Violent evening storms following a day of triple-digit temperatures wiped out power to more than 2 million people across the eastern United States. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

D.C. food stamp paybacks due for power outage losses

The D.C. government will pay food-stamp recipients who say they lost food because of recent power outages, officials said — even though the majority of stores doing business in food stamps sell almost no perishable foods. Published July 10, 2012

** FILE ** President Obama speaks at a fundraising concert on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, in Miami Beach, Fla. (Associated Press)

SEIU boots join Democratic super PAC bucks

One of the nation's largest unions has teamed with a Democratic super PAC to run $20 million in advertising aimed at keeping House seats out of Republican hands, according to plans announced Monday. Published July 2, 2012