Jacqueline Toth

EPA Ends Media Research Deal With GOP-Tied Firm Amid Complaints
Whitehouse: ‘Powerful odor’ surrounds contract

A $120,000 no-bid contract the EPA awarded to a Republican-affiliated group to provide media monitoring services has been terminated after reports it was seeking emails of agency employees.

The group awarded the contract, Definers Public Affairs, has employees previously or currently affiliated with America Rising, a prominent political action committee that performs opposition research for Republican candidates.

How Many Gas Pipelines Do We Need?
As demand for natural gas rises, so do questions about pipeline capacity


When coal-fired and nuclear power plants are retired, they’re usually replaced not by new renewable technologies like solar or wind, but with power plants fueled by natural gas.

Bipartisan Buzzsaw for Trump Plan to Sell Power Assets

Bipartisan groups of House and Senate lawmakers have made clear their opposition to the sale of the nation’s power marketing administrations.

President Donald Trump’s budget request for the Energy Department includes the ability to sell the transmission assets of the Western Area, Southwestern and Bonneville power administrations, which together market and transmit electricity to power providers in more than 34 states.

Upton Sees a Place for Energy in Possible Infrastructure Bill
Michigan Republican optimistic about energy provisions

The Republican chairman of a House energy subcommittee says he wants a widely discussed infrastructure package this session to contain a section on energy issues.

That energy title, said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., would “focus on protecting the actual infrastructure of the electric grid” and “get into the weeds a little bit on cybersecurity and some other things.”

The Quest to Recover Lost Gay Histories
'Archive activism' helps group unearth stories from a deleted political past

Charles Francis sets three books down on the table. “These are the last three biographies of President Eisenhower,” he says. “Not one of them mentions Executive Order 10450.”

That 1953 presidential order is the subject of a lawsuit brought against the Justice Department by the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., of which Francis, 65, is president.

Presidential Election TV Ads Doubled from 2012
Increase largely due to the involvement of super PACs

TV viewers might have noticed an increase in political advertisements ahead of the November elections this year compared to four years ago. More than 480,000 election ads have run on network and cable TVI this election cycle since 2014 – a 122 percent increase over the same period in 2012, according to a new report.

The Wesleyan Media Project at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, which studies broadcast, network and cable ad spots, estimates that $408 million has been spent on television advertising for the current presidential race. And Republicans have outspent Democrats on TV spots by nearly two-to-one — $270.5 million to $138 million — with much of that coming from super PACs supporting the candidates.