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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… h the Internal Revenue Service show that the gap is narrowing. Though the Republican Governors Association raised about $68 million through the end of September, the Democratic Gove …"

"… Bhargava each contributed $2.5 million through the end of September to the Republican Governors Association. Private equity head Mike Shannon and his wife, Mary Sue, along with hedg …"

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 "NextGen Climate Action Committee":

"… bid is also getting help from two political groups, PA Families First and NextGen Climate Action Committee, which have already aired an unprecedented $3 million in ads themselves, 1 …"

"… s Freedom Political Action Committee ($4.9 million) and the aforementioned NextGen Climate Action Committee ($2.3 million), created by California hedge fund manager and environmental …"

"… t $4.9 million attacking wealthy Republican gubernatorial nominee Rauner. NextGen Climate Action Committee, the group funded by deep-pocketed environmentalist Tom Steyer, has s …"

"… ctions to 26 percent of ads afterward. In Pennsylvania, for example, NextGen Climate Action Committee and the Democratic Governors Association-backed PA Families Firs …"

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 "Politics":

"… of independent expenditures that year, according to Center for Responsive Politics and FEC records. The money paid for an ad supporting Tim Burns, the Repub …"

'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 "60 Plus Association":

"… k money” nonprofits: $250,000 to American Action Network, $25,000 to the 60 Plus Association and $15,000 to Americans for Prosperity. The Institute, the largest trade …"

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 "campaign finance reports":

"… ates will conduct gubernatorial elections in 2014.     …"

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 "Rush Holt":

"… — the favorite to win the seat — U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Rush Holt, D-N.J., and Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver have also entered t …"

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

By Michael Beckel

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

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 "Scott Walker":

"… nprofit Greater Wisconsin Committee was mobilizing against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill. Greater Wisconsin put the $425,000 grant toward a multim …"

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 "Larry McCarthy":

"… ction, while former Romney campaign advisers Carl Forti, Charles Spies and Larry McCarthy created the Restore Our Future super PAC to boost the former Massachusetts …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… g spree did not stop in Pennsylvania. Haley Barbour, then the governor of Mississippi and chairman of the RGA, cultivated an expansive stable of wealthy donors. …"

"… t to look at the numbers coming out of the RGA and not marvel/quake at the Mississippi governor's fundraising capacity,” wrote The Washington Post’s Chris Ci …"

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 "Jim Renacci":

"… trict, where Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton squares off with Republican Rep. Jim Renacci, has been the second-most expensive House race for outside spenders since …"

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 "New York":

"… re, Daniel Lungren of California, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Nan Hayworth of New York, James Renacci of Ohio, Mike Coffman of Colorado, and Raymond “Chip” C …"

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 "official":

"… er for Responsive Politics and former longtime Federal Election Commission official. “It’s not what a normal human being would call transparent.”The don …"

"… rection is not required to file such a report, according to state election officials.A 527 can accept unlimited contributions from corporations, unions and in …"

Donor profile: William Doré

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… account that benefited the National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee Corporate name: Doré Energy Corp.; former president, CEO and chairman o …"

"… fundraising event of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee that featured a keynote speech by President George W. Bush, whose first pr …"

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 "Robocall":

"… est for comment.Listen to a recording of the call here.Ad Title: Untitled RobocallPaid for By: American CrossroadsDisclaimer: Paid for American Crossroads, …"

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 "John McCain":

"… Republicans.Americans Against Illegal Immigration PACIn May 2005, Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) joined forces to introduce an immig …"

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 "GPS":

"… ad is being run by Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (Crossroads GPS), a tax-exempt 501(c)(4) advocacy organization connected to the American C …"

"… he tagline “We can’t afford 6 more years of Patty Murray.”Crossroads GPS has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on television ads criti …"

"… on the George W. Bush administration’s policies and describes Crossroads GPS as “Karl Rove’s Shady Front Group For Attack Ads Bought And Paid For B …"

"… For By Corporations.”Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for both Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, confirmed that Republican strategists Karl Rove a …"

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 "New Hampshire":

"… d about three dozen House races in such key states as California, Florida, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The strategy, Miller says, is to focus on “clus …"

"… ore recently has been pouring big money into states such as California and New Hampshire in some primary contests.Looking ahead, Ryan says his group is going to be …"

"… help elect dozens of GOP Senate and House candidates in such key states as New Hampshire, Washington, and Wisconsin.“Minimum duplication of effort makes donors h …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… until 2007 when the groups famously agreed to pay thousands of dollars in Federal Election Commission fines. In the case of ACT, the organization’s leaders opted to pay a who …"

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 "New Hampshire":

"… ds to help GOP Senate candidates in such key states as Colorado, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and a few others.Law said that American Crossroads is …"

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 "John Sullivan":

"… ington works? Time will tell. …"

“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

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 "campaign manager":

"… rted in the newspaper, she saw ATR’s founder, Grover Norquist, give Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman a confidential list of conservative activists in 37 states. Wh …"

A wealth of advice

By Sandy Bergo

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