Rachael Marcus

Reporter  The Center for Public Integrity

Rachael is a reporter for the Center’s Consider the Source team where she writes the Daily Disclosure, tracking outside spending and campaign ads in the election. She first joined the Center in September 2011 as an American University Fellow. She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in journalism at American University. A graduate of Reed College in Portland, Ore., Rachael majored in political science with a focus on international relations. Before joining the center, she interned for the Portland Mercury, an alternative newsweekly, and freelanced for several local newspapers and magazines in Laguna Beach, Calif. and Portland, Ore.

Democratic group tries to make political hay from 'fiscal cliff' issue.

Rove-affiliated nonprofit runs 'fiscal cliff' ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats.

Biggest contributors to super PACs in 2012 election backed losing candidates.

Last-minute ad spending by outside groups favor the GOP challenger.

House oversight committee releases anti-Obama ad that's not an ad; watchdogs cry foul.

Obama is hit with $37 million in attack ads, Romney with less than $1 million

Hedge fund managers, other investors top donors by industry to super PACs.

Spending groups contrast administration's response to Sandy with Benghazi.

A super PAC created by the mayor of New York spends big in three states.

Super PACs release negative ads with a Halloween twist

Ad targets Rep. Scott DesJarlais over sex scandal.

Corporate donation helps super PAC spend big in Ohio congressional race.

Oil company's donation one of only a handful from Fortune 500 companies to super PACs.

Senate race in Virginia tops in spending for super PACs and nonprofits.

GOP nominee's good deeds featured in new series of ads from attack PAC, nonprofit.

Evangelical activist Gary Bauer back in the political limelight.

Pro-Obama super PAC outraises counterpart for second month in a row.
Barack Obama

A mystery nonprofit group drops a cool million opposing Obama.

Billionaire-backed nonprofits press defense of coal industry with ads knocking president's policies.

A new attack ad from a tea party-aligned PAC say President Barack Obama treats the presidency as "spring break."

Big donors include the NEA, Bob Perry and Foster Friess.

Video paid for by 'social' welfare' nonprofit.

Less than 24 hours after debate ends, outside groups start running ads critical of candidates.

Tight Senate race in Virginia draws $2.25 million ad blitz from labor unions
Mitt Romney

Since Labor Day, super PACs and nonprofits have favored Romney over Obama by a large margin.

Chicago-area House Republicans hit by negative ads paid for by union, super PAC.

Lawsuit by Montana GOP Senate candidate against BIllings fire department subject of two ads.

It's pro-energy versus pro-environment in California's 7th District House race.

Democratic and Republican spending groups attack presidential candidates' debate performances.

Democratic super PAC End the Gridlock is pumping money into a race that looks increasingly like a GOP pickup