North Carolina's state of political hate

By Dave Levinthal

North Carolina's U.S. Senate race is the nation's nastiest — and few are particularly friendly affairs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… same seven days. Among other top negative advertisers: the pro-Hagan American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees’ political arm (1,165 TV ads), pro-Tillis nonprofit Crossroads GPS& …"

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 "energy":

"… he Democrats only a half-million shy of the Republican group, which counts energy companies and billionaires David Koch and Sheldon Adelson among its top do …"

"… donors, at $2 million from the Shannons and $1.5 million from Griffin. Two energy companies, Devon energy, at $900,000, and Duke energy, at $775,000, are am …"

Can this 'dark money' group help the Democrats keep the Senate?

By Michael Beckel

Patriot Majority USA raises millions from unknown sources to play attack dog in the South.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thom Tillis":

"… ot Majority USA’s $1.7 million TV ad blitz slamming Republican candidate Thom Tillis. “These are the rules that are set before us,” she continued. “You …"

Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… heen will likely face former GOP Sen. Scott Brown, who briefly represented Massachusetts and has now gone north to the Granite State in a bid to reclaim his politi …"

Who’s bankrolling secretive liberal group America Votes?

By Michael Beckel

A dozen anonymous donors accounted for most of the $12.7 million America Votes raised during its last fiscal year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kentucky":

"… as a major player in the U.S. Senate races in Arkansas, North Carolina and Kentucky. America Votes was created ahead of the 2004 election by a group of liber …"

Koch brothers, major corporations sponsor pension reform seminar for judges

By Chris Young

Judges who may decide fates of public pension reform disputes to attend seminar sponsored by pro-business interests.

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

"… conomics Center, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. As the Center for Public Integrity reported last year, George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center …"

"… to requests for comment. Mercatus Center spokesman Kyle Precourt told the Center for Public Integrity in an email that Norcross is “entrenched in research now and not availab …"

"… than what is spent each year on subsidies to business,” Sirota told the Center for Public Integrity. “And business likes that imbalance.” Critics of pension reform worry …"

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 "South Carolina":

"… esponse to the scandal, he wouldn’t be the first governor to do so. Then-South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford abdicated the position after revelations that he had sec …"

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 "Governor":

"… ant fundraising advantage over its Democratic counterpart. The Republican Governors Association, the biggest outside spending group at the state level, outra …"

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

"… dated to include information regarding individual donors to the Democratic Governors Association.       …"

'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 "California":

"… aying field,” said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School in California. “This is the political reality.” Twenty super PACs raised more than …"

"… piece from AFSCME, the union-aligned group Working for Working Americans, California developer George Marcus and Priorities USA Action, the super PAC started i …"

Super PACs invest in D.C. Council race

By Michael Beckel

Two groups boosted Republican Patrick Mara during unsuccessful D.C. Council bid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… ndidates. Bonds' candidacy was endorsed by the D.C. Democratic Party, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees labor union and several local political heavyweights, including Marion Bar …"

Democratic super PACs start year with cash advantage

By Michael Beckel and Dave Levinthal

Democrats increasingly embracing super PACs despite previous opposition.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… 2012. Its preferred candidates prevailed in GOP Senate primaries in Texas, Arizona and Indiana. While Republican Richard Mourdock, which the Club supported, …"

"… ard Mourdock, which the Club supported, lost his bid in the Hoosier State, Arizona’s Jeff Flake and Texas’ Ted Cruz are now sitting senators. Club for G …"

'Fiscal cliff' ads target candidates in 2014

By Rachael Marcus

Rove-affiliated nonprofit runs 'fiscal cliff' ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… sroads, co-founded by Karl Rove, a former aid to Republican President George W. Bush, is one of the heavy-hitting advocacy organizations speaking out …"

Californian spends $44 million, loses ballot initiative fight

By Paul Abowd

Failed ballot initiatives attracted millions in spending from siblings with differing political views.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Joe Ricketts":

"… state.Adelson and his wife, Simmons and the No. 4 federal super PAC donor, Joe Ricketts, sent $2.6 million combined to Michigan to stop public employee unions’ …"

Daily Disclosure: Congressman gets help from Chevron-powered super PAC

By Rachael Marcus

Corporate donation helps super PAC spend big in Ohio congressional race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… ard Carmona, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona.“Energy Virginia” opposes President Barack Obama and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who …"

"… in Arizona.“Energy Virginia” opposes President Barack Obama and former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who is running for U.S. Senate.“Distorting” opposes Se …"

"… ng $3 million and released two new ads: “What’s Tim Kaine’s Plan for Virginia?” opposing the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the state, and …"

Daily Disclosure: Union-funded ads slam Allen in Virginia Senate race

By Rachael Marcus

Tight Senate race in Virginia draws $2.25 million ad blitz from labor unions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patriot Majority USA":

"… ME —to produce and air ads. Other Democratic groups, like the nonprofits Patriot Majority USA, VoteVets Action Fund and League of Conservation Voters, have also teamed …"

Nonprofit profile: Patriot Majority USA

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the nonprofit group

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… of well-known Democratic political donors and labor unions, especially the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.AFSCME is both the largest donor to Patriot Majority’s 527 committee and …"

Daily Disclosure: California contest tops outside spending in House races

By Rachael Marcus

It's pro-energy versus pro-environment in California's 7th District House race.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House race":

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

"… a in central California has already seen more outside money than any other House race, and with a new campaign from the nonprofit League of Conservation Voters …"

Daily Disclosure: Public employee union opens attack on GOP Senate candidates

By Rachael Marcus

The nation's largest public employee union opened an advertising campaign, taking aim at Republican U.S. Senate candidates.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jon Tester":

"… opposing Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., who is challenging Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.The anti-Thompson ad rests on a claim that he “sold his influence to hea …"

Daily Disclosure: Democratic super PAC zeroes in on GOP Medicare plan

By Rachael Marcus

Super PAC ad accuses GOP Senate candidate Rick Berg of being on a 'short leash'

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… Renaissance Technologies, Fred Eychaner, the CEO of NewsWeb Corp., and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.  In other outside spending news:"Diner" from Patriot Majority USA op …"

Daily Disclosure: Virginia politics is for haters, not lovers

By Rachael Marcus

Heavyweight outside spending groups jumped into the U.S. Senate race in Virginia this week.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… headed by animal rights activist Julie Caramante.  …"

"… an anti-Kaine ad Wednesday that suggests he favors “union bosses” over Virginia jobs. (The Chamber released a similar ad the same day attacking Sen. Bill …"

"… focused two on criticizing Kaine. “Cost” hits Kaine for “not putting Virginia first” by voting to cut back spending on defense, an industry that emplo …"

"… by voting to cut back spending on defense, an industry that employs many Virginians. “Pledged” criticizes Kaine for “higher taxes, reckless spending ( …"

Outside groups spend $2.2 million in Missouri Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Attack ads by Republican and Democratic super PACs may lead to a dark-horse winner in Missouri GOP Senate primary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… re than $2.2 million in the race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri, with nearly 90 percent of the total going toward negative ads, according …"

"… and “two peas in a pod.” The ad accuses them of not doing enough for Missouri businesses.McCaskill has been rated as one of the most moderate senators b …"

"… geting Brunner.The super PAC’s top donors are Stanley Herzog, who runs a Missouri-based highway and railroad construction company ($250,000), retired financ …"

"… truck dealership Peterbilt of Springfield, Inc., the campaign committee of Missouri state Rep. Caleb Jones and a political action committee connected to Misso …"

Daily Disclosure: Dem super PAC wants to avoid Brunner in Missouri

By Rachael Marcus

A Democratic super PAC is spending heavily against businessman John Brunner who has yet to win the GOP nomination.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Missouri":

"… ion Commission. …"

"… runner’s biggest challengers. Majority PAC is the biggest spender in the Missouri Senate election so far, despite not having a candidate to oppose, having s …"

"… Post-Dispatch reported that under Brunner, the company grew from about 50 Missouri employees to 500 by the time he stepped down.Now Vi-Jon employs about 1,40 …"

"… omises that “this Marine will never back down.”The U.S. Senate race in Missouri has attracted much attention from outside spending groups. In addition to …"

Wisconsin recall breaks record thanks to outside cash

By Paul Abowd

All eyes are on Wisconsin recall election as unions square off against deep-pocketed GOP donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Israel":

"… r Public Integrity report. Though he is known primarily for his support of Israel, Adelson also has an extensive history of bitter disputes with unions who …"

Donor profile: National Education Association

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… s from other labor unions including $575,000 from its top union donor, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The NEA spent a sizeable amount ahead of the 2010 midterm elections, whe …"

Donor profile: AFL-CIO

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… f the AFL-CIO’s largest member unions, AFSCME, spent sizeable amounts in Florida and Ohio on radio, TV and internet ads aimed at blue-collar workers that c …"

FACT CHECK: Democrats' repeat ‘end Medicare’ cry is wrong, again

By FactCheck.Org

House Majority PAC returns to false talking point that House Republicans voted to end Medicare

Excerpts from this story referencing "Glenn Kessler":

"… “Lie of the Year,” and the Post‘s “Fact Checker” columnist Glenn Kessler called it an untruth worthy of four Pinocchios — his worst pos …"

PAC profile: Senate Majority PAC

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Democratic Senate members and candidates

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… ding Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. In each of those states, Senate Majority PAC spent at least …"

"… te Majority PAC spent at least $2 million on independent expenditures. In Virginia's high-stakes contest between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George All …"

PAC profile: House Majority PAC

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the super PAC, supporting Democratic House members and candidates

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… ational Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.The super P …"

Democrats launch $5 million campaign to defend health care law

By Peter H. Stone

Democrats raise $5 million to promote and protect health care reform law

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… he two groups include among others: Service Employees International Union; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Families USA; Health Care for America NOW; and the Small Business Majorit …"

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