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 "North Carolina":

"… rginia’s race like they did in other U.S. Senate contests from Alaska to North Carolina. “Shame on them,” said Howard Leach, one of only six donors to the We …"

"… hould have put some money in Ed’s race.” Reported outside spending on North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, the most expensive in history, was $81.2 million. Th …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… ive groups — including a cluster of groups tied to Republican strategist Karl Rove and a network of groups backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and D …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… me store. There, among monsters, ghouls and evil clowns, a vinyl President Barack Obama mask sells for $24.99 — the “scariest one of them all,” one shopper …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… e Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, who gave $500,000. …"

"… e Trust Company as giving it $300,000 on Aug. 29, part of the $1.7 million American Crossroads raised in August. But Glenmede spokeswoman Melissa Stonberg says the weal …"

"… illion for wealthy individuals, families and foundations — didn’t give American Crossroads a penny. "The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A. did not make any donations to …"

"… a penny. "The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A. did not make any donations to American Crossroads," Stonberg told the Center for Public Integrity. "We have contacted Americ …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… sly contributed to politicians — mostly Republicans — according to the Center for Responsive Politics. None of the Bidwills could be reached for comment this evening. The Card …"

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 "Republican Party":

"… icy that’s lowering taxes and making government smaller.” Officially, Republican Party officials are floating above the fray, and per usual, not endorsing candid …"

"… ckoo caucus going against hardened conservatives. It shows how extreme the Republican Party has become, and that helps Democrats.” Said Matt Thornton, spokesman fo …"

"… er PAC House Majority PAC: “Pass the popcorn. It’s indicative that the Republican Party is at war with itself… the longer they’re spending money against each …"

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 "Senate":

"… key to the Democrats’ plans for this year’s congressional elections. Senate in play The Senate Majority PAC, which aims to help Democrats retain cont …"

"… s’ plans for this year’s congressional elections. Senate in play The Senate Majority PAC, which aims to help Democrats retain control of Congress’ u …"

"… ign ads as segments of damning video or audio — raised $5.9 million. “Senate Majority PAC is necessary because we have to fight back against the Koch b …"

"… e groups who are flooding millions of dollars into races trying to buy the Senate,” said spokesman Ty Matsdorf. “We can't fight with one arm tied behind …"

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 "Colorado":

"… n Montana and Washington. And Democrats took control of the state House in Colorado and both chambers in Maine and Minnesota. In those states, Democratic cand …"

"… outside groups funded largely by wealthy individuals and national unions. Colorado is ground zero for this model of liberal-leaning outside spending. It beg …"

"… ganize and fund a network of progressive nonprofits with a goal of turning Colorado state politics blue. By 2008, Democrats dominated all levels of government …"

"… te politics blue. By 2008, Democrats dominated all levels of government in Colorado, despite there being a near-even split among registered voters. “It’s …"

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 "law":

"… ds of Arizona and her husband, Mark Kelly, to support stricter gun control laws. Her super PAC brought in more than $6.6 million between January 1 and th …"

"… New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent, and the Texas-based law firm of Democratic mega-donors Steve and Amber Mostyn, each donated $250,0 …"

"… ions. Steve Mostyn serves as the group’s treasurer. Unions, Texas trial lawyers spread funds to Democrats The next six super PACs with the largest fu …"

"… ors Association, three groups focused on expanding the ranks of Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and a union-fun …"

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 "Karl Rove":

"… g anytime soon,” Backer said.Andrea Fuller contributed to this report. …"

"… lead-up to November ensured that we would not only be able to compete with Karl Rove and the Koch brothers on the air in Democratic seats, but also bring the f …"

"… ”Conservative attorney Dan Backer, too, predicts Rove is here to stay.“Karl Rove is not retiring anytime soon,” Backer said.Andrea Fuller contributed to …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… ist for no other reason than to elect favored candidates — are spared by Internal Revenue Service and FEC rules from having to publicly reveal their donors.Crossroads GPS, …"

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 "Montana":

"… n, according to Politico. Republican gubernatorial candidates Rick Hill of Montana and Rob McKenna of Washington were also present. The RGA is devoting mill …"

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

"… nsor ads attacking Democratic candidates for governor in West Virginia and Montana. Donors and spending on these ads were not reported to the states in quest …"

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 "Senate Minority Leader":

"… ake political ads, conservatives have questioned the necessity of doing so.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a fierce opponent of campaign finance regulations, …"

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 "White House":

"… tile workplace for women under President Obama.” Gillespie also said the White House itself was a hostile workplace for women under the president, citing the r …"

"… pt. 20, 2011: One of the most striking quotes in the book came from former White House communications director Anita Dunn, who was quoted as saying that, “this …"

"… d told the Post on Friday that she told Suskind “point blank” that the White House was not a hostile work environment.Suskind allowed the Post to l …"

"… weren’t for the president” phrase only modifies the statement that the White House would be sued, not the subsequent sentence saying that the White House “ …"

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 "Sheldon Adelson":

"… tives.Top donorsNo. 1 on the donor list by far is billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson and family, who gave $26.5 million. Nearly all of it was spent in a fruitl …"

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 Crossroads":

"… have struggled to catch up to much better funded Republican groups such as American Crossroads, are aimed at helping Obama win re-election, preserve the Democratic major …"

"… ffiliated non-profits raised a combined raised $19.6 million. In contrast, American Crossroads and its non-profit affiliate, Crossroads GPS, pulled in $51 million.Priori …"

"… they want to raise $100 million. They have pulled in $6.7 million in 2011. American Crossroads and its non-profit arm, launched in early 2010 by GOP consultants Karl Rov …"

"… ed worries about their negative impacts.Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for American Crossroads, in a statement called the new policy a “brazenly cynical move by Barack …"

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 "New York":

"… term, has already traveled to GOP money meccas in California, Illinois and New York to court donors as part of an ambitious plan mapped out by American Crossr …"

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 "AFP":

"… was launched with funding from the billionaire Koch brothers. Tracy Henke, AFP’s chief operating officer, said the group spent about $25 million on iss …"

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 "Bill Buzenberg":

"… st for trying to prevent fraud at the company.  Until next week, Bill Buzenberg Executive Director …"

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 "bank":

"… tee, Bluegrass Committee, contributed $5,000 to Barr in 2010.Crossroads’ bankerAmerican Crossroads also looked to central Kentucky for its banking needs …"

"… roads’ bankerAmerican Crossroads also looked to central Kentucky for its banking needs. It deposits its money in Forcht bank, one of Kentucky’s larges …"

"… g needs. It deposits its money in Forcht bank, one of Kentucky’s largest bank groups, founded by Terry E. Forcht, a Louisville native whose business is …"

"… Committee and chairman of American Crossroads, who himself owns community banks in Kentucky.American Crossroad spokesman Jonathan Collegio said that, bec …"

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 "Jeb Bush":

"… together in Florida early this year  —  which drew former Gov. Jeb Bush —  and plans another one in the Sunshine State in early 2012.Colema …"

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 "John McCain":

"… arded to him, including his Purple Heart.At the time, even Republican Sen. John McCain condemned the ads, saying “I think the ad is dishonest and dishonorable. …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… of the bigger GOP allied groups have set as goals for this election cycle. American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, two groups that have relied heavily on fundraising hel …"

"… ttleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia.American Crossroads, a 527, in the first six months of this year has reported raising $3.8 mil …"

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 "American Bridge":

"… ions, who will run the House Majority PAC; and David Brock, the founder of American Bridge 21st Century, a group that will focus on doing opposition research.These a …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

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

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 "American Crossroads":

"… lespie, Crossroads GPS is tax-exempt 501(c)(4) advocacy group connected to American Crossroads. The group’s new 30-second ad encourages Nevada voters to defeat the Sen …"

"… atic Sen. Patty Murray.Jonathan Collegio, spokesman for Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads, explained the strategy behind the ad. “Toward the end of the election c …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… ronmental groups. …"

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 "Nick Ryan":

"… n Future Fund and BIPAC, also have seen spikes in their funding this year. Nick Ryan, an Iowa based lawyer who founded AFF, a 501(c)(4), says that he expects h …"

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 …"