Ariel Wittenberg was an intern at ProPublica. She has previously worked for the Center for Public Integrity, where she covered the nation's foreclosure crisis. A graduate of Brandeis University, she was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, where her projects ranged from covering the university budget to writing a four-part series on the intersections of race at the university. She has also written for the Waltham News Tribune and the Metro West Daily News.
A Las Vegas casino owner, Jon Huntsman Sr., Jeffrey Katzenberg and more than one hedge-fund magnate all made the list of biggest contributors through Jan. 31.
Super PAC filings for 2011 reveal few surprises in identifying contributors: Unions give to Democrats, while businesses back Republicans. Much less is known about the social-welfare nonprofits that might play a big role in the election.
The blackout that put millions of Westerners in the dark last week was no surprise: Major power outages have more than doubled in the last decade.