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 …"

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 "San Francisco":

"… to understate a nonprofit’s political activity, said Greg Colvin, a San Francisco-based attorney who specializes in nonprofit tax law — although Colvin ad …"

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 "Illinois":

"… d $1.5 million to a committee supporting the Republican challenger in Illinois, Bruce Rauner, along with contributions to Republican groups in Texas …"

Mudslinging at the FEC over disclosure

By Julie Patel

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… the public and to fulfill the purposes of the FEC,” Ravel told the Center for Public Integrity. “It’s about disclosure.” The criticism from her peers also follows …"

"… voted against allowing the agency to fight litigation, Weintraub told the Center for Public Integrity. FEC spokeswoman Judy Ingram said votes on litigation are made behind clos …"

"… chairwoman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, told the Center for Public Integrity last year that fighting for expanded disclosure at the federal level was a …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… ndustrialist David Koch. Koch, hedge fund chief Paul Singer, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, and Leslie Wexner, CEO of the Limited Brands, each donated more than $1 m …"

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 "Democratic Governors Association":

"… tion, the biggest outside spending group at the state level, outraised the Democratic Governors Association, by more than $22 million in 2013 — $50.3 million for Republicans for th …"

"… has been updated to include information regarding individual donors to the Democratic Governors Association.       …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… nia Public Access Project. In 2010, the RGA, under the leadership of then-Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, outraised the DGA by more than $50 million. This y …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… onservative groups have typically dominated. New documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity show the nonprofit League …"

'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 "Eric Cantor":

"… ame.” Its president, John Murray, a former aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., earned about the same amount in compensation: $630,000. Michael B …"

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.

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 "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 …"

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors

By Michael Beckel

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors.

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 "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… reiner, who served for 14 years as the Iowa chairwoman of the pro-business American Legislative Exchange Council. Ryan and Greiner did not respond to requests for comment. In 2008, when …"

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 "Tennessee":

"… te home outside of Knoxville, Tenn. Both were registered with the state of Tennessee in late September, and neither have websites. Rose, after intense press s …"

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 "Humana":

"… ural giant Monsanto, credit card company Visa and health insurance company Humana were large donors to both the RGA and DGA — each giving about $100,000 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 "American Future Fund":

"… identified candidate for federal office,” which would have required the American Future Fund, a conservative nonprofit, to disclose information about its donors.The th …"

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 "Michael Dubke":

"… sroads Media was co-founded by former Americans for Job Security president Michael Dubke. Dubke is also a partner at Black Rock Consultancy, a GOP consultancy he c …"

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 "Crossroads GPS":

"… EASE tell us what the disclaimer at the end says, and we will check it out. …"

"… s just announced an $8.8 million campaign targeting President Barack Obama.Crossroads GPS’ ads target Senate races in Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Wisconsin …"

"… e Center for Public Integrity reported last week.As a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, Crossroads GPS is not required to publicly disclose its donors.The super PAC and nonprofi …"

"… co.Crossroads is also paying more attention to the Senate. Just last week, Crossroads GPS released a $2.5 million wave of ads hitting Democrats Berkley in Nevada, T …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Action Network":

"… e2012 Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter. …"

"… ads designed to aid Republicans, with $1.6 million of that coming from the American Action Network, according to a press release from the group.With just seven weeks until E …"

"… in hopes of helping the GOP maintain the majority.The four ads released by American Action Network Monday targeted races in Minnesota, Illinois and California:“Dangerous, …"

"… the Republican incumbent. The ad is running in the Sacramento media market.American Action Network is organized under section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code, meaning its pri …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… as much cash as his Democratic opponent John Gregg as of July 16. The Democratic Governors Association has given Gregg $29,000 since January. The DGA’s June filing with the FE …"

Nonprofit profile: American Action Network

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Action Network":

"… mittee to Reelect the President, often referred to as CREEP.  Profile:American Action Network advocates for limited government, a strong national defense and “America …"

"… fense and “American exceptionalism,” according to its website.In 2010, American Action Network spent nealry $19 million on political ads in 2010, making it the second-mo …"

"… York venture capitalist and co-founder of Home Depot, sits on the board of American Action Network, as does Fred Malek, a co-founder of the group and a top GOP fundraiser. M …"

"… draiser. Meanwhile, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is an adviser to American Action Network, and Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor of Florida, is a board membe …"

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 "Twitter":

"… ion, follow our Source2012 Tumblr and the hashtag #Source2012 on Twitter.* George Soros is the chairman and founder of the Open Society Foundations …"

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 "Thomas J. Josefiak":

"… the donors who were bankrolling its spending during the midterm election, Thomas J. Josefiak, a lawyer for the group, said in a letter that the commission was misinter …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ed Gillespie":

"… n candidates. The group was created by Republican operatives Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie. Super PACs can raise unlimited funds from wealthy individuals, corporatio …"