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 "Democratic Governors Association":

"… ors Association raised about $68 million through the end of September, the Democratic Governors Association has been catching up with a record haul of more than $45 million, fueled b …"

"… lysis of preliminary data from media tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. The Democratic Governors Association has been the second-leading independent group, buying an estimated $12.3 m …"

"… ing advantage through the same period. The biggest individual donor to the Democratic Governors Association is Bloomberg, who gave $1.1 million in September. It appears to be the fir …"

"… mbent Republican governor. Meanwhile, aided by Bloomberg’s donation, the Democratic Governors Association has spent $7.2 million on ads mostly critical of Snyder. The governors’ …"

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 "Democratic Governors Association":

"… s conservative Let's Get to Work political committee ($10.8 million), the Democratic Governors Association ($5.1 million), the union-backed Illinois Freedom Political Action Committ …"

"… he group and the candidate that would be illegal in most states. The Democratic Governors Association, which along with the Republican Governors Association advocates for the e …"

"… s money from the Republican Governors Association. On the other side, the Democratic Governors Association recently fired back by pouring more than $1.2 million into Connecticu …"

"… nsylvania, for example, NextGen Climate Action Committee and the Democratic Governors Association-backed PA Families First only jumped in after the May 20 primary …"

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 "Fiesta Bowl":

"… d that the Department of Justice successfully prosecuted the leader of the Fiesta Bowl organization, a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit, a few years ago because it …"

'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 "Verizon Communications Inc.":

"… ts board of directors, which includes representatives of companies such as Verizon Communications Inc., Phillips 66 Company, Xerox Corp., Alcoa Inc., IBM, United Parcel Service, …"

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 "Oregon":

"… tes and groups may raise and who may they receive money from are Missouri, Oregon and Utah, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… canvassing operation costing nearly $74,000 in support of Booker’s bid, Federal Election Commission filings today show. That follows an effort from another new super PAC, Am …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… Senate, including $457,000 during the first quarter of 2013, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Federal law, in most cases, only permits political committees au …"

Governors’ groups rely increasingly on 'dark money' affiliates

By Paul Abowd

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

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 "Elizabeth Warren":

"… incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and criticized Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in telephone calls and mailings. Despite the spending, however, Democrats …"

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.

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 "Mike Pence":

"… C to sidestep the state’s corporate ban and give $1 million to candidate Mike Pence while obscuring the original donors. The RGA has also used the super PAC, …"

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.

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 "Mark Neumann":

"… ts Hovde against former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thomspon and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.In other outside spending news, the Committee for Justice and Fairnes …"

Donor profile: Fred Eychaner

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Fred Eychaner":

"… 7-2012): None found Lobbying issues: N/A Biography: Chicago media mogul Fred Eychaner may hold the distinction of being the first super PAC donor. As the Cente …"

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 "Oregon":

"… 2010. The group was a top donor in the Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, Oregon, New Mexico, and Iowa races. In 2004 and 2008, its PAC also gave a to …"

Donor profile: William Doré

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bobby Jindal":

"… 527 committee called Believe in Louisiana that supports Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education reform efforts $75,000 to the Republican Governors Associat …"

"… 527 committee called Believe in Louisiana that supports Louisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education reform efforts, and in 2010, he donated $75,000 to the Repub …"

FEC deadlocks on Super PAC ad coordination with candidates

By Sandy Johnson

American Crossroads had sought approval to coordinate its ads with candidates

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… icials and super political action committees would be against the rules.“American Crossroads is the Republican super PAC that sought an opinion from the FEC, following …"

"… issue is certain to rise again.“The result of today’s deadlock is that American Crossroads did not get the green light it sought from the FEC to fully coordinate ads …"

"… Legal Center FEC program director Paul S. Ryan. “Instead, any ads run by American Crossroads that feature federal candidates will be subject to legal scrutiny and may …"

"… ads already in the 2012 election. Of that amount, the Karl Rove-affiliated American Crossroads and its sister group, Crossroads GPS, accounted for nearly half. The Post …"

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 "George H. W. Bush":

"… and government relations firm. A former Republican National Committee and George H. W. Bush transition staffer, Williams has taken more than $460,000 in salary from t …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… thorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. …"

"… 20 miles north of Seattle, reports seeing an independent attack ad against Washington Sen. Patty Murray. The 30-second spot, entitled “Can’t Afford Patty, …"

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 "fundraiser":

"… It’s our democracy itself.” …"

"… ttee under Chairman Michael Steele. Those woes have given major donors and fundraisers heartburn and prompted many to put their political and financial chips el …"

"… ymity is attributable to several factors, say campaign finance lawyers and fundraisers, but arguably the most important is that the Supreme Court decision was c …"

"… ay sources familiar with the group. Singer has also been a hefty donor and fundraiser for several GOP candidates and campaign committees this election season.Da …"

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

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 "Obama":

"… change the way Washington works? Time will tell. …"

"… slot of Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat.Sullivan, a $560 donor to Obama’s 2008 campaign, has been associate general counsel to the Service Emplo …"

"… teful for his employer’s contributions — monetary and otherwise — to Obama’s campaign during both the primary and general election campaigns. The t …"

"… mary and general election campaigns. The two million-member union endorsed Obama in February 2008 and immediately authorized up to $5 million in independen …"

“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 "527 groups":

"… contributions to independent committees, including so-called 501(c)(4) and 527 groups. With large donors no longer permitted to donate millions of dollars to th …"

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 "Oregon":

"… st started fundraising for candidates in this election cycle, in Missouri, Oregon, Montana, and West Virginia.Analysis of state election data provided no ap …"

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 "Americans for Tax Reform":

"… seemed to be evidence of collusion between a nonprofit independent group, Americans for Tax Reform, and the Bush-Cheney campaign. As reported in the newspaper, she saw ATR …"

A wealth of advice

By Sandy Bergo

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… g to these consultants amounted to more than half of the total spending by presidential candidates, national party committees, general election candidates for …"

"… 3 and 2004 in 471 races. The study involved more than 900 general election presidential, House and Senate candidates; the four other presidential primary candi …"

"… general election presidential, House and Senate candidates; the four other presidential primary candidates who spent $20 million or more; the six major party c …"

"… most money," says Joe Trippi, the manager and consultant for Howard Dean's presidential bid."It's kind of like the nuclear arms race," he says. "No one's willi …"