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 "hedge fund manager":

"… tion. Private equity head Mike Shannon and his wife, Mary Sue, along with hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin round out the group’s top five donors, at $2 million fro …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… et magnate Tom Wolf has tapped his own considerable wealth to help blanket Pennsylvania's airwaves with more than $11 million worth of television ads, surgin …"

"… lf and also the political groups empowered by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Pennsylvania is on top of the heap for ad spending so far in state-level races in 2014, …"

"… t in 2010, but more money was provided by independent groups like those in Pennsylvania, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from media tr …"

"… sing and other election materials. The decision forced 24 states including Pennsylvania, which limited such spending, to change their laws. Even in some states, …"

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.

'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 "Ken Cuccinelli":

"… nor of Virginia this month, and supporting McAuliffe’s rival, Republican Ken Cuccinelli, according to Brian Baker, the president and general counsel of both Endin …"

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 "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.

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 "Rick Perry":

"… for governor. The state’s Democratic Party, whose candidate lost to Gov. Rick Perry in the race, sued unsuccessfully to keep the Green candidate off the ballo …"

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 "businessman":

"… corporations and unions — set a new standard in political giving. Texas businessman Harold Simmons, the billionaire owner of Contran Corp., ranked a dist …"

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 "Meredith McGehee":

"… ar the kind of coordination and links that would not be permitted,” said Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center. ”You could have had an FE …"

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 "White House":

"… ive Roundtable — led by venture capitalist Fred Malek, who worked in the White House under Presidents Nixon and Ford and served as campaign manager for Preside …"

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 "New Hampshire":

"… than $585,000. The campaign opposes Republican Reps. Charlie Bass of New Hampshire, Daniel Lungren of California, Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, Nan Hayworth of Ne …"

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 "National Institute on Money":

"… to Mitch Daniels’ successful bids for Indiana governor, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics.“The RGA is confident they can get away with this — …"

"… than half of that money has gone directly to candidates, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Some states have been concerned about the national grou …"

Donor profile: William Doré

By Michael Beckel

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican":

"… uisiana GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education reform efforts $75,000 to the Republican Governors Association, including $25,000 from Doré Energy (2010) $53,500 …"

"… inner Committee,” a “soft money” account that benefited the National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee Cor …"

"… t that benefited the National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee Corporate name: Doré Energy Corp.; former presi …"

"… nks as the top donor to the Red, White and Blue Fund super PAC that backed Republican Rick Santorum in the GOP presidential primary. A month after he cut his f …"

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 "Rossi":

"… The male voice concludes by urging listeners to vote for Republican Dino Rossi.American Crossroads is the Section 527 political committee connected to th …"

"… ent more than $6.3 million on advertisements attacking Murray and boosting Rossi — the most of any race in the country.“Who knows how much more they ha …"

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 "Laurel":

"… s noted, “It’s a pretty wild, wild world out there.”Reporting Fellow Laurel Adams 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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jonathan Collegio":

"… s Shady Front Group For Attack Ads Bought And Paid For By Corporations.”Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for both Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, confirmed th …"

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 "Business Industry Political Action Committee":

"… the president of American Crossroads; and Greg Casey, the president of the Business Industry Political Action Committee which aims to spend $6 million this year to boost the pro-business vote.Al …"

"… to do a “blend of issue ads and direct advocacy.”The Washington-based Business Industry Political Action Committee, or BIPAC, doesn’t have as much cash as its allies, but still plans to a …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… unched in the spring with help from GOP fundraising stars Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove — American Crossroads is also trying to line up other heavy hitters like …"

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

“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 "Campaign Legal Center":

"… groups had largely ceased their activity. Paul S. Ryan of the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center told the Center that under the current system, he finds it “difficult to …"

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 "Ohio":

"… ade by Republicans. …"

"… 2008 presidential election to the GOP, as they did in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004. So far the group has scored victories in Nevada, New Mexico, Minn …"

"… the group has scored victories in Nevada, New Mexico, Minnesota, Iowa, and Ohio.The SoS Project organizers formed the group “to protect our elections fr …"

"… e SoS Project reports giving Jennifer Brunner $167,000 toward her race for Ohio’s secretary of state spot (when she won the seat being vacated by Blackw …"

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 "Ken Mehlman":

"… aper, she saw ATR’s founder, Grover Norquist, give Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman a confidential list of conservative activists in 37 states. When a watchdo …"

A wealth of advice

By Sandy Bergo

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Boston":

"… ttee (NRCC) declares Jennings is "Wrong for Indiana" because he moved from Boston bringing its "liberal values with him." The mailer was designed by Arena C …"