Guess who's behind 2015's first super PAC?

By Michael Beckel

Curiously, it’s not the anticipated group backing a Jeb Bush presidential run.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… A super PAC called “We the People, Not Washington” registered with the Federal Election Commission on Monday, according to new documents released by the agency. Its treasur …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… which have been in existence for more than a decade, got a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which, in conjunction with related fede …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… American Action Network, $25,000 to the 60 Plus Association and $15,000 to Americans for Prosperity. The Institute, the largest trade association of the oil and natural gas i …"

"… , has more than 500 members including BP America, Chevron and ExxonMobil. Americans for Prosperity, backed by oil moguls David and Charles Koch, provided about $486,000 in g …"

"… d the National Federation of Independent Business, which received $20,000. Americans for Prosperity awarded smaller grants to the American Energy Alliance, which spent hefty …"

"… and promotion and $3 million on travel in 2012. Of its advertising output, Americans for Prosperity paid $55.8 million to a right-leaning, Maryland-based contractor, Mentzer …"

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.

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.

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 "San Francisco":

"… he early flow of outside money into New Jersey is unlikely to subside. The San Francisco-based group Pac Plus pledged last month to spend $2 million in support of …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… or, a libertarian icon. The super PAC’s website features a photo of the Kentucky senator above the assertion that it exists to “support candidates like R …"

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 "527 groups":

"… .4 million. The governors associations still spend far more through their 527 groups. The DGA spent $49 million and the RGA spent $77 million during the 2012 e …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… sizeable contracts for Simmons' company. Another Texan, millionaire Bob Perry, ranked third, giving $23.5 million to conservative super PACs. Perry is t …"

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 "Romney":

"… is campaign-finance scandal continuing.”As both Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney raised hundreds of millions of dollars for their campaigns, long-time alli …"

"… weeney created the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action, while former Romney campaign advisers Carl Forti, Charles Spies and Larry McCarthy created the …"

"… fficials even appeared at fundraising events for the super PACs, including Romney himself.Meanwhile groups that didn’t disclose their donors — such as C …"

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 "Tom Corbett":

"… aign stop near Philadelphia early in his 2010 bid for governor, Republican Tom Corbett announced “we’ve got to raise money,” that it was the “number-one …"

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 "Labor Day":

"… llion *Third-party candidates make up the remainder.   …"

"… ender in the race and the primary source of anti-Romney ads.Overall, since Labor Day, super PACs, nonprofits and other Citizens United spenders have spent $217 …"

"… ring Democratic 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 …"

"… , has been the second-most expensive House race for outside spenders since Labor Day, bringing in $4.6 million. And Pennsylvania’s 12th District race — Dem …"

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.'

Donor profile: Fred Eychaner

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ed by the individual super donor. **Sources: Federal Election Commission; Internal Revenue Service …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… tising campaigns and other political activities. They are regulated by the Internal Revenue Service but not the FEC and are required to report their donors and spending.Becau …"

Donor profile: William Doré

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

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 "Bob Perry":

"… of its large donors and they include Texas billionaire Harold Simmons and Bob Perry, a Houston homebuilder known for financing the Swift Boat Veterans for Tru …"

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 "Durham":

"… dams contributed to this report. …"

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

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

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 "Phil Gramm":

"… Crossroads 527 group is reaching out to powerful politicos such as ex-Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas and aggressively using a new money-collecting entity that can giv …"

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 "Ellen Weintraub":

"… . If confirmed by the Senate, Sullivan would fill the slot of Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat.Sullivan, a $560 donor to Obama’s 2008 campaign, has been as …"

“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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act":

"… megaphones. …"

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

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 "Mitch McConnell":

"… hey predicted that it would stifle free speech. But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the leading GOP opponent of the legislation, did foresee one …"

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