Bloomberg helps Democratic governors' group close gap on Republicans

By Ben Wieder

The Republican Governors Association is outpacing its Democratic counterpart but Democrats are catching up.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Bloomberg":

"… ons and former New York City mayor, billionaire and political independent, Michael Bloomberg. The groups were neck-and-neck in the most recent quarter, with the Democ …"

Non-candidate spending increases in state elections

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Ben Wieder

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… ees can be traced in part to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, decided early in 2010. The ruling gave the green light to unions and corp …"

Nonprofits' failure to report political activity to IRS raises questions

By Julie Patel

Nonprofits are required to report poltical activity to the IRS — Center finds three that did not and one that underreported.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Murtha":

"… the special election that spring for the seat of longtime Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania who died in February 2010. Burns lost. Representatives of …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… on to the Republican State Leadership Committee and $1 million each to the Republican Governors Association and the Florida Jobs PAC. YG Network, the nonprofit arm of the “Young G …"

A hyper-super PAC boosts McAuliffe in Virginia race

By Adam Wollner

Democratic group making donations — illegal at the federal level — to Virginia gubernatorial candidate McAuliffe.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… bility to help fill the campaign coffers of gubernatorial candidates. The Republican Governors Association has given a massive sum of money — nearly $5.7 million — to Virginia A …"

"… v. 5. Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the Republican Governors Association donated $1 million to Ken Cuccinelli's attorney general campaign account. …"

IRS fails to release political groups' financial filings

By Ben Wieder and Kytja Weir

Agency fails to explain why normally accessible political disclosures are being withheld.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… on in the same period last year and more than $22 million in 2011; and the Democratic Governors Association, which reported more than $16 million in donations in the first six months …"

Super PACs swarming New Jersey special election

By Adam Wollner

Front-runner Cory Booker gets boosted — and bashed — by outside groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… 5 million during the 2006 midterms, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Since the Mobilization Project and American Commitment Action Fund offic …"

Pro-Rand Paul super PAC's name may violate law

By Michael Beckel

Federal regulators could crack down on independent groups using politicos' monikers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Utah":

"… s who stand for liberty," such as Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah. In January, several notable Clinton supporters formed a super PAC called …"

Governors’ groups rely increasingly on 'dark money' affiliates

By Paul Abowd

Powerful state governors' associations are pumping more funds into nonprofit arms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… e Court in 2011.  Both the RGA and DGA fueled a ballot initiative in Ohio to repeal Republican Gov. John Kasich’s law curtailing union bargaining …"

"… ining rights for public employees. The RGA made its largest grant to Make Ohio Great, a nonprofit, which shares a D.C. address with the RGA and supported …"

"… the RGA and supported Kasich’s law. The nonprofit hired Rex Elsass, an Ohio-based political consultant whose business counted Kasich as a client and w …"

"… . Kasich’s anti-collective bargaining law was repealed by 61 percent of Ohio voters in a 2011 special election. Funding phantoms The RGA nonprofit ga …"

Adelson gave $40 million to super PACs in final weeks of election

By Michael Beckel and Andrea Fuller

Ninety-one individual donors gave $1 million or more to super PACs in the 2012 election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… Adelson ramped up his giving to GOP-aligned super PACs active in House and Senate races. In Virginia alone, Adelson invested $4 million into a super PAC th …"

"… ats prevailed in the most contentious races — including battles for U.S. Senate seats in Massachusetts and Virginia. Adelson’s donations to super PACs …"

Gridlocked election commission awaits action by Obama

By Michael Beckel

Despite a high court ruling leaving campaign finance rules up in the air, partisan FEC fails to act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… ats until replacements are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.Since taking office in 2009, Obama has nominated just one individual for a …"

Pennsylvania governor benefited from untraceable $1.5 million donation

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

How Pennsylvania's governor benefited from an untraceable $1.5 million donation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ken Griffin":

"… dge fund managers Paul Singer of New York, Steven Cohen of Connecticut and Ken Griffin and wife Anne from Chicago. Texas home builder Bob Perry gave $500,000. T …"

Mitt Romney

Romney benefits from post-Citizens United spending

By Rachael Marcus

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio":

"… attracting the most attention are in the battleground states of Virginia, Ohio and Wisconsin. Republicans are hoping for a strong enough showing to take …"

"… ic Sen. Jim Webb in a race that has drawn $12.8 million since Labor Day.In Ohio, Republicans are desperate to unseat Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, and in …"

"… , against Republican Rep. Dan Lungren. The race has attracted $5.3 million.Ohio’s rejiggered 16th District, where Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton squares o …"

"… nsive House races since Labor Day:California’s 7th District, $5.3 millionOhio’s 16th District, $4.6 millionPennsylvania’s 12th District, $4.5 millio …"

Daily Disclosure: RNC, nonprofit group pump up Romney’s veep pick

By Rachael Marcus

Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan as running mate prompted a spate of new ads touting 'America's Comeback Team.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "Vice President":

"… ing “Comeback Team” which unflatteringly splices together remarks from Vice President Joe Biden, for example: “... uh to be able to know what the American peo …"

Donor profile: Fred Eychaner

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Million-dollar donation in Indiana race may skirt limits on corporate giving

By Paul Abowd

D.C.-based Republican Governors Association uses super PAC to move $1 million to GOP candidate in Indiana.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… as much cash as his Democratic opponent John Gregg as of July 16. The Democratic Governors Association has given Gregg $29,000 since January. The DGA’s June filing with the FE …"

Donor profile: William Doré

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chris John":

"… tion of the money that has aided Democrats has gone to Louisianans such as Chris John and Mary Landrieu. Over the past two decades, Doré, along with his wife, …"

FEC deadlocks on Super PAC ad coordination with candidates

By Sandy Johnson

American Crossroads had sought approval to coordinate its ads with candidates

American Crossroads robocalls tell Washington voters to back Rossi

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

A Skamokawa, Wash., reader alerted us to a statewide robocall by American Crossroads, a conservative group flush with cash that opposes the

Excerpts from this story referencing "Crossroads":

"… . …"

"… e concludes by urging listeners to vote for Republican Dino Rossi.American Crossroads is the Section 527 political committee connected to the 501(c)(4) non-prof …"

"… ection 527 political committee connected to the 501(c)(4) non-profit group Crossroads GPS. Both have links to Republican strategists Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove. …"

"… th have links to Republican strategists Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove. Unlike Crossroads GPS, American Crossroads does publicly disclose the names of its large don …"

Political inaction committees: How political action committees are spending your donations

By Josh Israel, Aaron Mehta and Gabriel Debenedetti

Jay Peters is a psychology instructor at a Durham, North Carolina, community college who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to conserv

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokesman":

"… ectly to electing candidates, progressive or otherwise.David Spring, a PAC spokesman, told the Center that the PAC’s aid to its endorsed candidates is not th …"

"… his campaign committee and $2,000 from his leadership PAC back in 2004. A spokesman for Rangel did not respond to a request for an explanation.Some have criti …"

Crossroads GPS ad attacks Sen. Patty Murray in Seattle

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

A reader in Mukilteo, Washington, a coastal suburb about 20 miles north of Seattle, reports seeing an independent attack ad against Washingt

Campaign cash: The independent fundraising gold rush since 'Citizens United' ruling

By Peter H. Stone

For many powerful GOP operatives and allied fundraisers, the luncheon last April felt like one part reunion and one part strategy summit for

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Donohue":

"… al driveEarly this summer, the Chamber’s feisty chieftain, silver-haired Tom Donohue, told a gathering of about 100 trade group leaders at a posh resort in Ran …"

Though inactive since 2005, FEC complaints have kept America Coming Together's doors open

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

In 2004, America Coming Together (ACT) made a big splash as one of the larger independent “527” committees set up to influence the president

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Kerry":

"… nergize progressives to vote — presumably for Democratic standard-bearer John Kerry. These independent groups, which also included the conservative Swift Boat …"

"… der filed his own FEC complaint against ACT, the Democratic Party, Senator John Kerry, and other groups he believed had unlawfully worked to deny him ballot acc …"

IRS not paying attention to 527 groups’ disclosures

By Aaron Mehta

The Internal Revenue Service isn’t doing enough to police incomplete disclosures filed by so-called 527 political groups, which means the go

More muscle and money for American Crossroads

By Peter H. Stone

To jumpstart fundraising, the pro-Republican American Crossroads 527 group is reaching out to powerful politicos such as ex-Sen. Phil Gramm

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ed Gillespie":

"… — which was launched in the spring with help from GOP fundraising stars Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove — American Crossroads is also trying to line up other heav …"

Obama’s first choice for FEC raises questions about stance on 527s

By Josh Israel

A few days ago, President Obama made attorney John Sullivan his first nomination to fill one of the three vacant seats on the Federal Electi

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… tor (AFSCME with $6,403,269).We attempted to reach Sullivan for comment. A spokeswoman for SEIU referred us to the White House communications office; they did no …"

“McCain-Feingold” fails to solve campaign finance problem

By The Center for Public Integrity

New campaign reform act replaces the problem of unlimited "soft money" contributions with the problem on weakly regulated independent commit

Scoring secretary of state seats for Dems

By Sarah Laskow

Plagued by memories of Florida’s Katherine Harris and Ohio’s Ken Blackwell, a little-known 527 group helped win secretary of state posts for

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… oup has just started fundraising for candidates in this election cycle, in Missouri, Oregon, Montana, and West Virginia.Analysis of state election data provid …"

Stealth campaigns

By Sara Fritz

Their names roll off the tongue with a patriotic cadence: Freedom’s Watch, Democracy Alliance, Citizens United, Progress for America, Founda

Excerpts from this story referencing "George Soros":

"… f their big funders. The most generous donors include billionaire investor George Soros, a contributor to liberal Democratic organizations; Bob Perry, a conservat …"

A wealth of advice

By Sandy Bergo

Nearly $2 billion flowed through consultants in 2003-2004 federal elections

Excerpts from this story referencing "general election":

"… the total spending by presidential candidates, national party committees, general election candidates for Congress, and so-called "527"s — independent political gr …"

"… ending during 2003 and 2004 in 471 races. The study involved more than 900 general election presidential, House and Senate candidates; the four other presidential pri …"

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