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 "Duke Energy":

"… million from Griffin. Two energy companies, Devon Energy, at $900,000, and Duke Energy, at $775,000, are among the Republican group’s top 10 donors overall. T …"

Political nonprofits bungle IRS filings

By Michael Beckel

High-profile groups such as Crossroads GPS and Patriot Majority USA acknowledged mistakes after Center for Public Integrity inquiry.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… help execute their spending plans and produce advertisements, according to Federal Election Commission filings. But when the IRS asked each group how many independent contracto …"

"… Wednesday. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, social welfare nonprofits — which are organize …"

Outside money pouring into governors races

By Ben Wieder

Dem, GOP associations are spending more than double as much on governors' races in the 2014 cycle than at the same period in 2010.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… all as they duel over governorships in 36 states. Through March, the Republican Governors Association has spent five times more around the country than it did at the …"

Mudslinging at the FEC over disclosure

By Julie Patel

Controversy brews at elections agency over whether a conservative group should reveal its donors.

Billionaires boost Republican governors group past Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder

GOP governors' group outraises counterpart, but Democrats still expected to win a few races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Haley Barbour":

"… istie may have trouble matching the Midas touch of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who raised a staggering $87 million to help the party capture five new go …"

GOP governors group dwarfs Democrats in fundraising

By Ben Wieder and John Dunbar

This year features 36 governors' races; Republicans enter with a big fundraising advantage over Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Aetna":

"… esearchers and Manufacturers of America, donated $325,000. Health insurer Aetna gave $300,000 and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer gave $275,650. Other top don …"

RGA raises $50 million going into election year

By Ben Wieder

The top outside political spender of 2012 is preparing for a busy 2014, with 36 gubernatorial races this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… , the group will likely spend far more than that this year. The group’s Democratic Party counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association, has yet to release its …"

Liberal heavyweight Patriot Majority USA fueled by secret, big-dollar donors

By Julie Patel

A dark money group expected to play defense for Democrats in the upcoming battle for the U.S. Senate should have plenty in its arsenal.

IRS sets its sights on political 'dark money'

By Michael Beckel

The Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curb the ability of social welfare nonprofits to influence elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Jewish Coalition":

"… cacy in 2012, while such expenditures amounted to nearly 46 percent of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s spending last year. Social welfare groups also spent hundreds of mill …"

"… are at the mercy of the congressional schedule.” Representatives of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Crossroads GPS and Patriot Majority USA did not immediately respond to re …"

League of Conservation Voters becoming 'dark money' heavyweight

By Michael Beckel

The liberal League of Conservation Voters is fast becoming one of the nation’s strongest 'dark money' forces.

'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 "Terry McAuliffe":

"… ion has given more than $3.3 million to the campaign of Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, federal records show. Of that, the former chairman of the Democratic Nat …"

How governors' associations keep donations secret

By Paul Abowd

Political groups led by state executives increasingly raising undisclosed cash through nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… by the Center for Public Integrity on Thursday, the Washington, D.C.-based Republican Governors Association and Democratic Governors Association together have poured tens of millions …"

"… , gubernatorial seats. The two nonprofit groups — the RGA’s Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee and the DGA’s America Works USA — are not …"

"… West Virginia and Missouri, according to IRS records. The RGA nonprofit, Republican Governors Association Public Policy Committee, promised the IRS it would spend only 20 percent o …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… 011. It sent its largest grant to the Midwest, where the nonprofit Greater Wisconsin Committee was mobilizing against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget b …"

"… mobilizing against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill. Greater Wisconsin put the $425,000 grant toward a multimillion dollar ad campaign against Wa …"

"… David Prosser, a conservative candidate who won his re-election bid to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2011.  Both the RGA and DGA fueled a ballot initiat …"

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors

By Michael Beckel

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Comcast":

"… insurance company Aetna. Meanwhile, the Florida Power and Light and Comcast each donated $125,000 to the RGA, while Publix Super Markets and …"

Nonprofit spends big on politics despite IRS limitation

By Michael Beckel

Questions raised about whether nonprofits like Koch-connected American Future Fund are primarily about politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… e” nonprofits in spending in the 2012 federal election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, trailing only the Karl Rove-affiliated Crossroads GPS and Americans for P …"

"… ch-backed nonprofit Americans for Prosperity, as was first reported by the Center for Responsive Politics. In addition to Noble, there is another Koch connection. In 2008, Trent …"

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 "527 groups":

"… a far cry from the $23.7 million Soros donated during the 2004 election to 527 groups — the predecessors of super PACs — when he ranked as the top …"

GOP gov's group raises $100 million in mostly losing effort

By Paul Abowd and Andrea Fuller

Many of the same super-rich Republican donors that financed super PACs were active at the state level.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch Industries":

"… Koch is co-owner of the second-largest privately held company in America, Koch Industries, an energy conglomerate.Seven of the RGA’s top 10 donors are corporate e …"

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.

Outside spending makes big difference in state-level races

By Paul Abowd and Chris Young

Attempts to oust justices in Florida and Iowa fail; GOP scores in N.Car., Montana too close to call.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pat McCrory":

"… tside spending was nullified after the 2010 high court decision.Republican Pat McCrory’s race with Democrat Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton was never close. Dalton suff …"

Stealth spending on the rise as 2012 election approaches

By John Dunbar

Outside spending as likely to come from nonprofits as super PACs, records show.

Daily Disclosure: Non-disclosing nonprofit spends $8.2 million anti-Obama ad

By Rachael Marcus

A conservative trade association, Americans for Job Security, spent $8.2 million on anti-Obama ads, according to records.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Insurance Association":

"… g.Americans for Job Security was launched in 1997 with seed money from the American Insurance Association and the American Forest and Paper Association, according to National Publi …"

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS charges into congressional race

By Rachael Marcus

Crossroads GPS is now active at all levels of the national election

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Bishop":

"… trict, where Republicans have become adamant about ousting Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop:“Number One” opposes Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who faces a challenge f …"

"… Baldwin is just out of touch with Wisconsin.”“Judgment” opposes Rep. Tim Bishop, the Democrat representing New York’s 1st District. Bishop is being chal …"

Daily Disclosure: Nonprofit and super PAC team up for ad blitz

By Rachael Marcus

Former Sen. Norm Coleman's American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund hit House races.

North Carolina governor's race awash in out-of-state funds

By Paul Abowd and John Dunbar

Two powerful partisan groups are funneling millions of dollars into the North Carolina governor's race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "527 groups":

"… le ethics” during his time as mayor of Charlotte.The DGA and the RGA are 527 groups, named for the section in the IRS tax code that regulates them. The groups …"

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.

Nonprofit profile: American Action Network

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

U.S. Chamber, GOP block election ad transparency bill

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Bill would force underwriters of attack ads to come out of the shadows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Boehner":

"… ill this year, it’s still considered a longshot.Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio also opposes the bill. His office did not did not respond to reque …"

Nonprofits outspent super PACs in 2010, trend may continue

By Michael Beckel

Increasingly active nonprofit groups act just like super PACs but don't reveal donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of California-Irvine":

"… butions from a 501(c)(4) or a 501(c)(6).Rick Hasen, a law professor at the University of California-Irvine, says the attack ads produced and funded by nonprofits are likely to have …"

New GOP super PAC aimed at attracting youth vote

By Rachael Marcus

Three Republican groups have given $750,000 to a new super PAC aimed at attracting youth voters.

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