Gillespie's rich friends leave him hanging

By Carrie Levine

Consummate GOP insider Ed Gillespie nearly wins Virginia Senate seat, no thanks to his deep-pocketed friends.

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

"… less than a quarter as much as the Virginia Progress PAC, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Virginia “is a rich state for us in terms of members and supporters an …"

GOP rides cavalry to U.S. Senate majority

By Michael Beckel, Dave Levinthal and Carrie Levine

Super PACs, 'dark money' nonprofits help make Election Day difference as Republicans seize a U.S. Senate majority

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kay Hagan":

"… nal $14 million.) Similarly, in North Carolina, incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis, her Republican rival, collectively ra …"

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 "politician":

"… on of McConnell or defeat of Grimes. Issue ads that praise or criticize a politician but fall short of overtly urging people to vote for or against them do not …"

"… h previously could not call directly for the election or defeat of federal politicians. They may now also raise unlimited amounts of money to fund such overt po …"

"… whose political network has spent millions of dollars aiding GOP politicians across the country this year. In the home stretch of the campa …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… the Federal Election Commission. The group, co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove, listed the Glenmede Trust Company as giving it $300,000 on Aug. 29, part …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… ay with $4.6 million cash on hand.     …"

"… ce records filed today. On May 23, Cholla West LLC contributed $50,000 to American Crossroads, the super PAC co-founded by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, w …"

"… incorporation and compliance issues as its registered agent. The address American Crossroads listed for Cholla West LLC on its new filing with the Federal Election Com …"

"… s evening. The Cardinals media relations office had no immediate comment. American Crossroads spokesman Paul Lindsay confirmed that the address was "properly listed" bu …"

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 "Mitch McConnell":

"… ements and related expenditures primarily attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Cochran.  “Our ultimate goal is to pass policy that’s …"

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 "David Koch":

"… ht with one arm tied behind our back.” Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have spent millions backing conservative causes — the specter of their i …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… ates who oppose marriage for gay couples. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, for example, has said that his view is that “marriage itself is a relat …"

'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 "Pat McCrory":

"… victory in North Carolina. GOP control In the Tar Heel State, Republican Pat McCrory easily defeated Democrat Walter Dalton with the help of several outside gr …"

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 "Republicans":

"… sed about $20 million. That’s a stark contrast with 2011 and 2012, when Republicans rapidly deployed the nascent organizations following the U.S. Supreme Cour …"

"… Integrity review of FEC data. And during the same period last year, when Republicans, unlike Democrats, engaged in a heated presidential primary battle, GOP-al …"

"… .3 million so far this year. Currently, Democrats hold a narrow edge over Republicans in the U.S. Senate, but defending that advantage will bring many tough cam …"

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 "North Dakota":

"… Indiana, Majority PAC’s 14 “wins” included victories in Montana and North Dakota, states where Obama lost the popular vote to Romney.Super PACs and nonprof …"

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 "president":

"… ion, with the overwhelming majority favoring Republicans, particularly GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.An estimated $577 million, or roughly 69 percent, w …"

"… spending in the 2012 election, more than $450 million was dedicated to the presidential election with more than $350 million spent helping Romney and about $10 …"

"… s, Obama still has an edge of more than $166 million: $924 million for the president’s re-election team versus $758 million for Romney and the GOP.The presid …"

"… sident’s re-election team versus $758 million for Romney and the GOP.The president’s campaign committee was bankrolled to a great degree by money from gras …"

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 "president":

"… ives met with Barbour, Malek, American Crossroads strategist Karl Rove and presidential candidate Mitt Romney in August for an Aspen fundraising and strategy s …"

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 "Colorado":

"… publicly traded companies that have donated to Restore Our Future include Colorado-based Hallador Energy Co. ($100,000); Arizona-based Apollo Group, the corp …"

"… such as greenhouse gas regulations and a desired land exchange in Utah and Colorado. Last year, records show the company also voiced concerns about proposed D …"

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 "health insurance":

"… ints under Bush.Gillespie said “there are 2.7 million more women without health insurance today than when Barack Obama took office.” True, but there are also 2.1 …"

"… during two recessions under two presidents — one of each party.Women and health insuranceIn his interview with “Meet the Press” host David Gregory, Gillespie al …"

"… Gregory, Gillespie also cited the growing number of women who are without health insurance — once again without any perspective.Gillespie, April 29: "Actually, Dav …"

"… David, when you look at the facts there are 2.7 million more women without health insurance today than when Barack Obama took office."That is true, as far as it goes. …"

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 "Newt Gingrich":

"… all of it was spent in a fruitless effort to elevate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the GOP presidential nomination through donations to the pro-Gingrich s …"

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 "Florida":

"… super PACs backing Romney and Newt Gingrich have run in key primaries. In Florida, the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future, which last year raised $30 m …"

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 "Republican National Committee":

"… ndraising skills in the mid-1990s when he spent several years chairing the Republican National Committee which was instrumental in the GOP’s 1994 Congressional sweep. Barbour’ …"

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 "Democracy 21":

"… merican Action Network and Priorities USA were singled out in September by Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center, which wrote the IRS challenging their statu …"

"… hem ineligible for tax exempt status,” Fred Wertheimer, the president of Democracy 21 told iWatch News. “The idea that these groups are social welfare organiz …"

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 "Countrywide Financial Corp.":

"… was to undergo cancer surgery, a senior vice president with her employer, Countrywide Financial Corp., called her in for a “counseling meeting.” The impetus for the meeting …"

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 "Kentucky":

"… y.    …"

"… .In this one congressional district, national outside groups — some with Kentucky connections — financed a barrage of negative ads that exemplify how loca …"

"… stakes rematch between Chandler and Barr.As a result, residents of central Kentucky have witnessed the advent of the endless political campaign. The ubiquitou …"

"… still more than a year away, will be no less messy or expensive than 2010.Kentucky’s 6th District is  a microcosm of the unprecedented and often unreg …"

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 "Miami":

"… ne markets with substantial Latino populations, including Denver, El Paso, Miami and Reno.Crossroads declined to say what they’d spend next year on ads a …"

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 "campaign manager":

"… tin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party and Hatch’s campaign manager in 2006..Perry tossed the pass Pawlenty was looking for — a $500,000 che …"

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 "Boston":

"… ist Paul Begala, who is shuttling to some donor solicitations in New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and other cities.Overall, the climate this ye …"

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 "Pat Stryker":

"… eeting drew the likes of Rob McKay, the heir to the Taco Bell fortune, and Pat Stryker, whose family founded the medical giant Stryker Corp. Also on hand were Mi …"

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 "Bob Perry":

"… of its large donors and they include Texas billionaire Harold Simmons and Bob Perry, a Houston homebuilder known for financing the Swift Boat Veterans for Tru …"

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 "Ed Gillespie":

"… tack on Democrat Harry Reid.Backed by Republican strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, Crossroads GPS is tax-exempt 501(c)(4) advocacy group connected to Americ …"

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 "real estate":

"… personal worth pegged at almost $5 billion.Simmons made his early money in real estate and drug stores before going into the buyout business and he’s worked wi …"

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":

"… the president of American Crossroads; and Greg Casey, the president of the Business Industry Political Action Committee which aims to spend $6 million this ye …"

"… 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 …"

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 "Steven Law":

"… ollars as well but doesn’t have to disclose its donors. As of August 21, Steven Law, the group’s president, said the two entities together had brought in $1 …"