Flush with mystery money, Kentucky nonprofit haunts Grimes’ Senate bid

By Michael Beckel

Formerly modest nonprofit becomes deep-pocketed, dark money benefactor of Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "lobbyist":

"… a tremendous amount of legs in its early years,” said David Mast, a lobbyist who served on its board of directors when it first launched. But its curr …"

Oops: Republican super PAC misidentifies source of massive donation

By Michael Beckel

Super PAC acknowledges a $300,000 gift came from parents of GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, not a wealth management firm.

Excerpts from this story referencing "co-founder":

"… r gave more money to American Crossroads than the Sullivans — Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, who gave $500,000. …"

Conservative super PAC scores cash from entity tied to Arizona Cardinals

By Michael Beckel

GOP powerhouse American Crossroads got $50,000 from a limited liability company that shares its address with the Arizona Cardinals.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ed Gillespie":

"… ican Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, which, this year, has actively supported Republican candidates such as Th …"

GOP civil war rages in Senate primary battles

By Dave Levinthal

Conservative nonprofits and super PACs have spent $10 million bashing Republicans to the delight of Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… vatives have become Democrats’ unwitting allies in the battle to control Congress. Conservative groups have together spent nearly $3 attacking Republican c …"

"… who will make the best general election candidate,” National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said. GOP brass are, however, har …"

"… o lost Tuesday to former state Sen. David Rouzer in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District GOP primary. It’s also spend another $3.6 million through …"

Democrats easily outpace Republicans in super PAC fundraising race

By Michael Beckel

Democrats are fully embracing the independent political money groups they once derided in an effort to retain the Senate this year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Bridge":

"… se Majority PAC raised $7.8 million. Additionally, the Democratic-aligned American Bridge 21st Century super PAC — which specializes in opposition research, the t …"

"… 000. Liberal billionaire George Soros, meanwhile, contributed $500,000 to American Bridge in December, earning him the top spot among that group’s 2013 donors. S …"

"… sing, which specializes in opposition research, much like the Democrats’ American Bridge, raised about $478,000. One of its top donors was Restore Our Future, the …"

Pro-gay marriage Republican group boosted by Karl Rove’s super PAC

By Julie Patel and Michael Beckel

Hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer's 'American Unity' super PAC received $53,000 from American Crossroads last year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… s receipts, according to a newly filed report with the FEC.     …"

"… cal action committees that are allowed to accept unlimited contributions. American Crossroads, one of the first super PACs, was co-founded by GOP strategists Ed Gillesp …"

"… he U.S. Senate in Virginia. Federal Election Commission records show that American Crossroads and its nonprofit sister group, Crossroads GPS, spent $175 million during …"

"… n cycle, mostly on advertising aimed at defeating President Barack Obama. American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio said the contribution was designed to aid Repu …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… es of outside cash. In New Hampshire, for instance, the DGA gave the state Democratic Party nearly $3 million, which mostly went to helping Hassan. Analyzing outside …"

"… how you feel about raising prices on Arkansas families.” The state’s Democratic Party tried to fight back against the group by producing a TV ad starring Democr …"

"… t,” says Kathy Sullivan, the Hassan advisor and former head of the state Democratic Party. The money is “gross” and so is the lack of disclosure, she says. Sul …"

Democrats seize super PAC crown

By Michael Beckel

Liberal groups outraised conservative counterparts 2-to-1 in first half of 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… igned super PACs outraised liberal ones nearly 3-to-1. But with President Barack Obama last year offering his tacit approval of big-dollar political giving, Demo …"

Rove-affiliated groups spend $175 million, lose 21 of 30 races

By Michael Beckel and Reity O'Brien

Super PAC American Crossroads goes 3-10, nonprofit Crossroads GPS goes 7-17

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee":

"… but spending cannot be coordinated with campaigns.The scorecards of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee mirrored those of their a …"

Super PACs, nonprofits favored Romney over Obama

By Michael Beckel and Russ Choma

Funds from outside contributors neutralized Obama's fundraising advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alexandra Duszak":

"… ns.”Researchers Robert Maguire of the Center for Responsive Politics and Alexandra Duszak of the Center for Public Integrity contributed to this report. Graphic des …"

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 "Washington":

"… vel/quake at the Mississippi governor's fundraising capacity,” wrote The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza on the eve of the 2010 vote. The spending has con …"

"… epublican gubernatorial candidates Rick Hill of Montana and Rob McKenna of Washington were also present. The RGA is devoting millions to four possible pickups …"

"… possible pickups as Democrats leave open governorships in North Carolina, Washington, Montana, and New Hampshire. The RGA has dedicated millions to challenge D …"

Big business prefers GOP over Democratic super PACs

By Michael Beckel

Corporations have made big contributions to super PACs with conservative groups the biggest benefactors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ralph Nader":

"… an, a lobbyist for Public Citizen, the nonprofit advocacy group founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, disagrees.“Our elections should be run by individual Americans, …"

FACT CHECK: A new front in the ‘war on women’

By FactCheck.Org

Romney's senior campaign advisor makes inaccurate statements on President Obama's economics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… W. Bush. Gillespie and Karl Rove, another Bush adviser, helped launch American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, two political groups that aim to raise $240 million to …"

Top 10 donors make up a third of donations to super PACs

By John Dunbar and Michael Beckel

Super PACs have collected $200 million, a third of it from the top 10 contributors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… e given to six different super PACs this cycle, but the conservative group American Crossroads, co-founded by Karl Rove, former adviser to President George W. Bush, is b …"

"… pro-Mitt Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and $2.5 million has gone to American Crossroads.The other individual donors in the top 10 are:Peter Thiel (fifth), a liber …"

"… .A. Jerrold Perenchio (sixth), gave $2.6 million, with $2 million going to American Crossroads. He is a longtime GOP donor and former owner of Spanish language network U …"

"… the creation of super PACs. It said that outside spending groups — like American Crossroads, for example — could accept unlimited contributions from corporations, u …"

Democratic operatives seeking million-dollar checks for super PACs

By Peter H. Stone

Obama is accused of hypocrisy for White House backing of super PAC fundraising effort

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Bridge":

"… d House Majority PAC, which is House-focused. The other two super PACs are American Bridge 21st Century, an opposition research entity that helps the other PACs, and …"

Haley Barbour is cranking up his Crossroads fundraising while winding down governorship

By Peter H. Stone

Legendary fundraiser Haley Barbour picks up pace for GOP's Crossroads

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… ndary fundraiser, has begun raising millions for the Republican powerhouse American Crossroads to ensure that the eventual GOP nominee has enough outside financial suppo …"

"… is and New York to court donors as part of an ambitious plan mapped out by American Crossroads and its affiliated Crossroads GPS. The two Crossroads have also increased …"

"… eeping the House in GOP hands. Former Sen. Norm Coleman chairs both groups.American Crossroads on Tuesday released a video of Barbour making a pitch for its fledgling …"

"… said he won’t take a salary for his work with the two Crossroads groups.American Crossroads declined to comment for this story.Publicly the two groups announced plans …"

Fine line between politics and issues spending by secretive 501(c)(4) groups

By Peter H. Stone

Tax-exempt nonprofits are reporting only a fraction of what they're raising and spending

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… ds GPS, a c4 launched by Rove and Gillespie, and its affiliated Super PAC, American Crossroads. A Super PAC can take unlimited checks but must disclose the names of dono …"

"… oup's general expenditures.For instance, Crossroads GPS and its affiliated American Crossroads reported to the FEC that it spent a total of $38.6 million on ads in 2010. …"

"… ssue advocacy guidelines and therefore were not disclosed to the FEC, American Crossroads president Steven Law said.  Last summer’s $20 million ad blitz by G …"

The weekly watchdog: Oct. 17 - Oct. 21

By Bill Buzenberg

In case you missed them, catch up on this week's top investigations from iWatch News

Excerpts from this story referencing "iWatch News":

"… nregulated money that is already flooding the 2012 political landscape. An iWatch News investigation reveals the depth of ties between the conservative group Ame …"

"… x weeks since they were appointed, according to an analysis of FEC data by iWatch News. More than a third of the money came from health-related interests as the …"

"… rom her surgery, her suit said, it became clear she was going to be fired. iWatch News has identified 18 former Countrywide employees who alleged they were retal …"

One House seat in Kentucky embodies how outside groups dominate politics — with money

By Anne Farris Rosen

Candidates become mere pawns as big-money groups duke it out with attack ads

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… in 44 House districts including Chandler’s. “Andy Barr supports ending Medicare to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and millionaires,” claimed the ads tha …"

"… on ads claiming seniors should not trust Barr because he wants to abolish Medicare and put Social Security “in the hands of Wall Street.” Eight other com …"

New GOP campaign is aimed at Hispanics

By Peter H. Stone

Initiative will focus on economic freedom to attract Hispanic votes

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney general":

"… . The meeting will feature New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez, former attorney general Alberto Gonzales — whose Justice Department Korn once worked for—and s …"

Tim Pawlenty's ties to "Swift Boat" Bob Perry

By Delal Pektas and Kelsey Sheehy

Texas donor of "Swift Boat" fame has long come to Tim Pawlenty's aid

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… with fellow Texan Karl Rove, donating $7 million dollars to the 527 group, American Crossroads. Advertisements sponsored by Crossroads attacked a slew of Democratic cand …"

Obama groups raise $4-5 million in first two months

By Peter H. Stone

Democratic groups already collecting millions in unlimited contributions for Obama re-election

Excerpts from this story referencing "Colorado":

"… he first ads will start June 27 and run in key battleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia.American Crossroads, a 527, in the …"

Democratic donors and operatives talk money at posh Laguna Beach resort

By Peter H. Stone

Democratic donors and consultants talk money for the 2012 campaigns at exclusive Laguna Beach hotel

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… second term; Rebecca Lamb, a veteran strategist for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who will help spearhead Majority PAC; Ali Lapp, a former top official at t …"

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 "Patty Murray":

"… tive group flush with cash that opposes the re-election of Democratic Sen. Patty Murray.The nearly 40-second recorded message says “Senator Patty Murray is no l …"

"… ic Sen. Patty Murray.The nearly 40-second recorded message says “Senator Patty Murray is no longer the mom in tennis shoes who promised to go to Washington and …"

"… d raising the U.S. debt limit six out of six times, by over $5.3 trillion. Patty Murray is completely out of touch and out of control.” The male voice concludes …"

Crossroads GPS ad attacks Harry Reid, and attack ads

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (GPS), a conservative group that has poured millions of dollars into attack ads, is airing a new

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… lut of negative advertising as a way to amplify its own attack on Democrat Harry Reid.Backed by Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, Crossroads GP …"

"… hat record, that’s really all you need to know,” as the words “NO on Harry Reid” appear on a black screen.Crossroads GPS disclosure forms indicate that …"

Harold Simmons

By Peter H. Stone

In conservative and GOP money circles, Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons is almost a household name. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "Southwest Louisiana Land LLC":

"… alth additionally includes large holdings in rather obscure companies like Southwest Louisiana Land LLC and Dixie Rice Agricultural Corp. Those are the two firms that wrote those …"

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 "health insurance industry":

"… ’s box are the financial services industry, the energy industry, and the health insurance industry,” Reed said.Other older groups that can protect donors’ identities, su …"

Karl Rove, GOP heavyweights find sugar daddies for groups influencing elections

By Peter H. Stone

Despite having no official position, former President Bush adviser Karl Rove remains a potent, behind-the-scenes operative doing his utmost

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… ed other party heavyweights on a conference call for prospective donors to American Crossroads, an independent conservative group he helped launch this year — a group …"

"… instrumental in organizing strategy meetings that draw top politicos from American Crossroads and ten or so other GOP allied groups collectively slated to spend almost …"

"… 0 million on ads and get out the vote efforts. And Rove’s money hunt for American Crossroads has included successful personal solicitations of GOP sugar daddies in Tex …"

"… irman Ed Gillespie, who also was on that Wednesday conference call, to get American Crossroads — a 527 which must publicly disclose its donors — off the ground in Ma …"

American Crossroads spin-off launches new ads in Missouri, Nevada

By Peter H. Stone

Conservative group American Crossroads, launched barely six months ago with help from GOP uber-consultants Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove, has r

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… l moguls, also kicked in at least $1 million to the 527. …"

"… dent Steven Law told the Center for Public Integrity.The announced goal of American Crossroads is to raise at least $52 million to help two to three dozen Senate and Hou …"

"… Reid in Nevada and Democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan in Missouri. American Crossroads has already spent some $600,000 on ads in Nevada attacking Reid on differe …"

"… g ads to help a dozen or two House candidates in September.In coming weeks American Crossroads will also finalize plans for an ambitious get-out-the-vote effort aimed at …"

Chamber of Commerce, other biz lobbies drill big oil for new cash gusher

By Peter H. Stone

What do the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), and the new American Crossroads group have i

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Crossroads":

"… rce, the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), and the new American Crossroads group have in common this summer?All are seeking big bucks from the deep-p …"

"… made “significant progress” in enticing new donors from other sectors.American CrossroadsMeanwhile, American Crossroads, a so-called 527 nonprofit group that’s lo …"

"… in enticing new donors from other sectors.American CrossroadsMeanwhile, American Crossroads, a so-called 527 nonprofit group that’s looking to raise upwards of $50 …"

"… ielded lucrative dividends.In a report filed with the IRS late last month, American Crossroads disclosed that two Texas billionaires with sizable oil investments, Trevor …"