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 "Politics":

"… iticians — 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 "Democrats":

"… ready drawing super PAC interest. …"

"… pent nearly $3 attacking Republican candidates for every $1 spent slamming Democrats, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of federal independen …"

"… ions of dollars either bashing Republican hopefuls or gushing about fellow Democrats through television, radio and Internet ads. Such a dichotomy illustrates …"

"… dates they support are bona fide conservatives better positioned to defeat Democrats in November’s general election. Club for Growth Action, the super PAC a …"

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 "Harold Simmons":

"… the 2012 presidential race, that gave it $100,000. Texas billionaire Harold Simmons, who died in December, ranked as the top giver to the Congressional Leader …"

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 "president":

"… cked many more candidates who oppose marriage for gay couples. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, for example, has said that his view is that “mar …"

"… s.  “I’m encouraged by the news,” said Fred Karger, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate and gay rights activist. “Hopefully this Republican Party, …"

'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 "Los Angeles":

"… he biggest beneficiary, however, was in California. Target Enterprises, a Los Angeles media buying firm, collected nearly $19 million and was the preferred vend …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… he re-election of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Likewise, American Crossroads, the behemoth co-founded in 2010 by GOP strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gille …"

"… oma-based Rooney Holdings ($150,000). Jonathan Collegio, the spokesman of American Crossroads, predicted that “enthusiasm about the opportunity to win control of the …"

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 "National Republican Congressional Committee":

"… tures on behalf of won.The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee had more mixed results.The GOP managed to retain control of the U.S. House …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… illion spent helping Romney and about $100 million spent to help President Barack Obama.The spending helped close the gap on Obama’s considerable fundraising ad …"

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 "The New York Times":

"… e-sex couples to marry. He has a gay son who married in Massachusetts, and The New York Times reports he gave $425,000 to back New York’s gay marriage bill. Corbett …"

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 "Alpha Natural Resources":

"… Restore Our Future, American Crossroads has also drawn Fortune 500 backing.Alpha Natural Resources gave $100,000 to the group in October. Alpha owns Massey Energy, the owner …"

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 "Ed Gillespie":

"… f women under the president.– Eugene Kiely …"

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 "conservative":

"… is make household names out of a bunch of relatively unknown, very wealthy conservatives. Of the top 10 donors to super PACs so far in the 2012 election cycle, se …"

"… wife, Annette, have given to six different super PACs this cycle, but the conservative group American Crossroads, co-founded by Karl Rove, former adviser to Pres …"

"… s United v. Federal Election Commission case, decided in January 2010. The conservative majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices ruled that spending on independent …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… d with making a bid for the White House but eventually opted against a run. …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… our disclosure requirements,” Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), told iWatch News.“Our current system of campaign finance dis …"

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 "conservative":

"… dscape. An iWatch News investigation reveals the depth of ties between the conservative group American Crossroads and the insurgent GOP candidate, Andy Barr. Its …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… ads targeting Chandler and 11 other House Democrats.GPS and its affiliated American Crossroads were among the nation’s big spenders in the 2010 mid-term elections. Cro …"

"… es who maneuver for control of Congress and the White House.Among those is American Crossroads, a Super PAC  formed with the help of Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, for …"

"… ding farm in Chandler’s district. Hughes has contributed $3.5 million to American Crossroads and $2,400 to Barr’s 2010 campaign. Barr told iWatch News he does not kn …"

"… iture committee that ran ads against Chandler in 2010 and coordinates with American Crossroads and other groups supporting Republicans.Other Kentucky-related donors made …"

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 "Marco Rubio":

"… panic vote,” said Jose Mallea, the campaign manager in 2010 for GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.Mallea, who worked for White House chief of staff Andy Card whi …"

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 "Missouri":

"… tart June 27 and run in key battleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada and Virginia.American Crossroads, a 527, in the first six months o …"

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 "Bill Burton":

"… e most ambitious. Sweeney is poised to start it in the next few weeks with Bill Burton, a former deputy director of communications at the White House. Sweeney an …"

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 "Crossroads":

"… . …"

"… e concludes by urging listeners to vote for Republican Dino Rossi.American Crossroads is the Section 527 political committee connected to the 501(c)(4) non-prof …"

"… ection 527 political committee connected to the 501(c)(4) non-profit group Crossroads GPS. Both have links to Republican strategists Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove. …"

"… th have links to Republican strategists Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove. Unlike Crossroads GPS, American Crossroads does publicly disclose the names of its large don …"

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 "conservative":

"… . www.crossroadsgps.org …"

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 "American Crossroads":

"… gain this year via checks for $1 million apiece to the newly founded group American Crossroads that were written by two little-known companies in which the 79-year-old T …"

"… s sizable holdings.The checks were among the first to come in the door for American Crossroads. They came after a visit from Crossroads’ informal advisers Karl Rove an …"

"… Rove and Ed Gillespie to talk up the important mission they envisioned for American Crossroads in helping GOP congressional candidates this fall.Simmons was a natural ta …"

"… ice Agricultural Corp. Those are the two firms that wrote those checks for American Crossroads.In the last few years, Simmons has garnered new attention because he’s b …"

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 "campaign finance watchdogs":

"… the handiwork of a conservative nonprofit group: Citizens United.Longtime campaign finance watchdogs reacted angrily to the decision. “The 2010 Congressional elections are b …"

"… ct be muted by Congress?Almost as soon as the high court ruled in January, campaign finance watchdogs began to push for greater disclosure of the firms that were poised to funn …"

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 "Paul Singer":

"… een quite successful,” says a GOP fundraiser familiar with Rove’s work.Paul Singer, founder and chief executive officer of the $17 billion dollar hedge fund …"

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 "Dallas":

"… million donations: one from Dixie Rice Agricultural Corp., a firm in which Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons is a major investor, and another from a trust c …"

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 "Greg Casey":

"… million this year — almost triple what it did last election cycle, says Greg Casey, the group’s president. Those funds will go for its “prosperity projec …"

Power shifts to outsiders in U.S. Senate fight

By Michael Beckel

Battle for control determined in large part by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… nsored tweets. David Keating, the president of the Center for Competitive Politics, which favors increased deregulation in elections, sees this as a positive …"