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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… ons and former New York City mayor, billionaire and political independent, Michael Bloomberg. The groups were neck-and-neck in the most recent quarter, with the Democ …"

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 "Mark Pryor":

"… Benton County Democratic Party in Arkansas, agrees. There, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is locked in a close race with Cotton, his Republican challenger. “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 "Mark Pryor":

"… $2.66 per eligible voter on TV ads. 2) Arkansas Incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is fighting for a third term in a state shaded red — Mitt Romney won 60 …"

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 "president":

"… video posted to YouTube last year. (In November, Speed became the group's president.) "When EMILY's List spends one dollar in New Hampshire, it means that AF …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… by advocates of public pension reform. Bill Lurye, general counsel of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, stands out as one of the only panelists offering a union perspective on t …"

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 "Republican Governors Association":

"… aising period in RGA history. John Dunbar contributed to this report. …"

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 "Aetna":

"… esearchers and Manufacturers of America, donated $325,000. Health insurer Aetna gave $300,000 and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer gave $275,650. Other top don …"

'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 "George W. Bush":

"… Karl Rove. Gillespie and Rove, former political strategists for President George W. Bush, co-founded American Crossroads, a well-funded, high-profile super PAC. Th …"

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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… White House three times, records show. Additionally, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent, and the Texas-based law firm of Democratic mega-donors St …"

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 "Ed Gillespie":

"… the House.” The GOP juggernaut, co-founded by strategists Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, raised more than $117 million during the 2012 election cycle, second only …"

'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 "Al Franken":

"… ia (Jay Rockefeller); Arkansas (Mark Pryor); Iowa (Tom Harkin); Minnesota (Al Franken) and Montana (Max Baucus).LaborWhile Crossroads is fighting for spend …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… t effort garnered roughly $2 million in spending, almost entirely from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.In Washington state, a successful effort to expand charter schools g …"

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 "Politics":

"… spending than any other House race, according to the Center for Responsive Politics — more than $8.8 million.Chevron Corp., ranked No. 3 on the Fortune 500 …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… pendent spending, having attracted $18.5 million to date, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Nearly $10 million of that has gone toward opposing Democrat Kaine.Crossr …"

Nonprofit profile: Patriot Majority USA

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the nonprofit group

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

"… xecutive director is Bill Burke, the secretary of Patriot Majority USA.The Center for Responsive Politics reported about the often confusing, circular movements of the Patriot Majo …"

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 "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… and $3.1 million of that has been spent opposing Lungren, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The race has attracted many the big hitters, including the American Feder …"

"… s campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, he has received $46,800 from oil and gas corporate political action commi …"

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 "Nevada":

"… s influence.”The anti-Heller ad says that he sided with Wall Street over Nevada homeowners. Heller voted to end a mortgage relief plan for unemployed …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… e pro-McCaskill Majority PAC are Democratic super donor Fred Eychaner, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.When including all ou …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… ns, president of Euclidean Capital, Fred Eychaner, CEO of NewsWeb, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.In other outside spending news:Democrat-aligned super PAC American Bridge …"

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 "U.S. Supreme Court":

"… .The record spending total was made possible thanks to the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision — which had the effect of invalidating Wisconsin’s …"

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 "state law":

"… t gave $50,000 to We Are Ohio, which led a successful effort to defeat the state law that would have limited collective bargaining for public sector unions. Wo …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… and is backed by money from several labor unions, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Service Employees International Union.The PAC fired first on Feb. 9, w …"

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 "American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees":

"… ited Brotherhood of Carpenters; American Federation of Teachers; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Laborers International Union of North America all made seven-figure co …"

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 "Julia Brownley":

"… several six-figure ad buys designed to aid Democratic state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley of California as she competed in a three-way primary against Republican st …"

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 "spokesman":

"… s at stake” if repeal efforts are successful, said David Di Martino, a spokesman for both groups. “Repeal advocates in Congress are attacking the Afforda …"

Obama pep talk to donors

By Peter H. Stone

President aims to raise a cool $1 billion for his re-election campaign; GOP will build on 2010 success....

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

"… d on the sidelines. But by fall, as the U.S. House began to slip away, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees jumped in with $91 million, which led spending by all groups. AFSCME presi …"

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