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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… with the Democrats. The top-spending groups to aid Republicans have been Americans for Prosperity, the politically active nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires Char …"

"… s repeatedly blasted the Koch brothers, who support conservative nonprofit Americans for Prosperity, for their involvement in the race. But the top sponsor of ads in this co …"

"… more than 9,500 ads in the race. That’s about 63 percent more ads than Americans for Prosperity, which has pummeled Hagan for her ties to Obama and her vote for the presi …"

"… for her ties to Obama and her vote for the president’s health care law. Americans for Prosperity’s ads don’t overtly call for Hagan’s defeat, thereby allowing the gr …"

Outsiders dominate Alaska's Senate race

By Michael Beckel

Washington, D.C.-based groups are dominating the airwaves in the Last Frontier, home to one of the nation's most contested Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… uting the Republican frontrunner, Dan Sullivan. Three of these groups — Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners and the American Energy Alliance —  fall within c …"

Tobacco giant funded conservative nonprofits

By Dave Levinthal

Reynolds American donated big to secretive political nonprofits that lambasted Democrats in 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Future":

"… year to 501(c)(4) groups include $100,000 to the Partnership for Ohio’s Future, an organization run by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce that spent several mi …"

"… olds American planned to disclose its donation to Partnership for Ohio’s Future. But Woggon said she did not have a problem with officials there doing so …"

Secret money thrives in presidential, high-profile congressional contests

By Viveca Novak and Robert Maguire

The presidential contest and most high-profile Senate races are attracting big spending from groups that don't disclose their funders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… for a staggering $8 million of that.This week, spending by Crossroads GPS, Americans for Prosperity, Patriot Majority and other nondisclosing groups broke $200 million. Almos …"

"… rvative groups.The three groups doing the most spending -- Crossroads GPS, Americans for Prosperity and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- are all conservative, and the sums the …"

FACT CHECK: Green stimulus sending jobs overseas?

By FactCheck.Org

Conservative advocacy ad avoids the facts about Obama administration investments into sustainable energy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.– Robert Farley …"

"… n ad from the American Future Fund. Both the American Future Fund and Americans for Prosperity ads cite a Sept. 9, 2010, story in the Washington Times,&nb …"

"… so it’s a stretch to claim the entire $34 billion has been “wasted.”Americans for Prosperity announced it is spending $6.1 million to air the ad in eight bat …"

Republican allies pour money into ads targeting 50-60 House races

By Peter H. Stone

Four Republican-allied groups are targeting between 50 and 60 House races in a new coordinated round of hard-hitting television ads....

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… otly contested House races, say analysts and sources. Those groups include Americans for Prosperity, the American Future Fund, Americans for Job Security, and the U.S. Chambe …"

GOP’s Senate hopes energized by Koch network ad blitz

By Michael Beckel

How many TV ads have groups connected to the billionaire brothers aired in your state?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… es the six most active nonprofit groups in the Koch brothers’ coalition: Americans for Prosperity, the American Energy Alliance, Concerned Veterans for America, the Freedom …"

"… alf as many ads to date as these six Koch-connected groups.  In all, Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers’ flagship political operation, alone has aired more t …"

"… “buy health insurance.” And Democrat Gary Peters has been slammed by Americans for Prosperity for supporting Obamacare, which the group contended was “making things w …"

"… r. In an interview with C-SPAN last month, Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, acknowledged that “it’s very difficult to beat a sitting United State …"

Kochs put a happy face on free enterprise

By Chris Young

Initiative spearheaded by billionaire brothers paints positive portrait of free-market system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… by America’s most high-profile free-market advocates: Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who have built a powerful political empire based …"

"… on libertarian principles. Brooks, whose high-profile think tank receives Koch funding, was recently tapped to serve on the advisory board of the Charles …"

"… funding, was recently tapped to serve on the advisory board of the Charles Koch Institute’s “Well-Being Initiative,” which “aims to advance our un …"

"… tive may be billed as a way to explore well-being, but some critics of the Koch brothers are skeptical. “The question needs to be: Whose well-being are …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… ech University are due to receive Koch foundation donations. …"

"… Troy University in Alabama. Billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch may rank among the nation’s biggest bankrollers of conservative causes a …"

"… t bankrollers of conservative causes and Republican campaign vehicles. But Koch proselytizing of government deregulation and pro-business civics is increa …"

"… dents, as well. In all, two of the six private charitable foundations the Koch brothers control and personally fund combined in 2012 to infuse colleges a …"

Issue ad or political ad? You be the judge

By Rachel Baye

Ads intended to influence elections often not reported because sponsors claim they are about issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… paign, running August through mid-November, by the Colorado chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation to elect the conservative slate. AFP paid for mailers, canvass …"

"… th the Colorado Secretary of State, and Comcast doesn’t have a record of Americans for Prosperity’s advertising purchase in its political files. Why? Because according t …"

"… tical files. Why? Because according to AFP, the ad wasn’t political. “Americans for Prosperity is an issue client that we’re not required to keep anything in the file …"

"… ry of State spokesman Rich Coolidge declined to say whether the ads run by Americans for Prosperity would be considered electioneering without someone filing a complaint agai …"

'Dark money' groups give big to similar nonprofits

By Julie Patel

Politically active nonprofits frequently share money with one another while hiding donors, new tax filings show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "527 groups":

"… hRMA gave to both Democratic and Republican political organizations called 527 groups. It collected nearly $198 million in dues, including $68.3 million in poli …"

Anti-Obama nonprofit tells IRS it's not 'political'

By Michael Beckel

Meet the pro-coal group that spent millions attacking Obama while telling the IRS it wasn't engaged in candidate elections.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… d Friday that the American Energy Alliance received $15,000 last year from Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, w …"

'Dark money' groups fueled by cable industry

By Julie Patel

Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform among beneficiaries, new disclosure shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… eiving National Cable & Telecommunications Association money include: Americans for Prosperity, which received $50,000, spent $33.5 million opposing Obama during the 201 …"

"… or Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign spending. Americans for Prosperity often supports Tea Party causes and candidates and is the main political a …"

"… d President Phil Kerpen is the former policy and legislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity and previously worked at Club for Growth, another group that doesn’t dis …"

Koch-backed nonprofit spent record cash in 2012

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit, spent $122 million last year — exponentially more than it ever has.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… e IRS by Friday. Alan Suderman contributed to this report.     …"

"… mation in 2004 through 2011. During its previous eight years of existence, Americans for Prosperity spent a combined $72 million, a review of Internal Revenue Service records …"

"… to engage on our issues, we go all-in," said Levi Russell, a spokesman for Americans for Prosperity. "You can expect that to continue." Organized as a “social welfare” no …"

"… “social welfare” nonprofit under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code, Americans for Prosperity advocates for “a limited government and free markets.” While these non …"

Koch Industries PAC spending record cash

By Adam Wollner

Committee has biggest spending month ever during a non-election year.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ence elections and policy. For instance, the Koch brothers co-founded the Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy organization that was among the biggest spenders …"

OPINION: echoes of the past in anti-ObamaCare ads

By Wendell Potter

Americans for Prosperity's spots recall Harry & Louise

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… want them to do if and when they take office. …"

"… st trade associations, front groups and right wing organizations much like Americans for Prosperity (AFP)  to scare the public away from the Clinton health care reform p …"

Koch Industries PAC bolts to fast start in 2013

By Dave Levinthal and Michael Beckel

Energy company's PAC has donated more than $500,000 to politicians in five months.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… et. David and Charles Koch have heavily supported the 501(c)(4) nonprofit Americans for Prosperity, which ranked among the 2012 election's biggest spenders. Because nonprofi …"

Barack Obama accused of 'dark money' hypocrisy by non-disclosing nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Americans for Prosperity slams the president's nonprofit in a new ad, yet the group doesn't plan on revealing its funders.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… dangers of corporate influence-money and business as usual in Washington." …"

"… 's campaign committee is transforming itself into a nonprofit, which, like Americans for Prosperity, is organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. tax code. The designatio …"

"… g as influencing elections is not their primary purpose. But what the new Americans for Prosperity ad doesn't say is that Obama's new nonprofit, called Organizing for Action …"

"… rofit, called Organizing for Action, plans on disclosing its donors, while Americans for Prosperity does not. Politico has reported that the nascent pro-Obama nonp …"

Nonprofit spends big on politics despite IRS limitation

By Michael Beckel

Questions raised about whether nonprofits like Koch-connected American Future Fund are primarily about politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… onsive Politics, trailing only the Karl Rove-affiliated Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, which is backed by conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Ko …"

"… s to a network of conservative groups, including the Koch-backed nonprofit Americans for Prosperity, as was first reported by the Center for Responsive Politics. In addition …"

"… ith the state of Kansas to lobby on behalf of the American Future Fund and Americans for Prosperity. Sebits did not respond to a request for comment. The American Justice Pa …"

Daily Disclosure: Koch-funded groups attack Obama for 'war on coal'

By Rachael Marcus

Billionaire-backed nonprofits press defense of coal industry with ads knocking president's policies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… bsp; …"

"… Its president, Thomas Pyle, is the former director of federal affairs for Koch Industries and former lobbyist for the National Petrochemical and Refiners …"

"… esearch, a free-market energy nonprofit that has received backing from the Koch-run Claude R. Lambe Foundation. Pyle is also the institute’s president.R …"

"… institute’s director of donor relations, once worked for the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. Board member Wayne Gable the a managing director of …"

Daily Disclosure: Koch-backed nonprofit ‘educates’ voters about Obama

By Rachael Marcus

Obama's 'failing agenda' subject of new negative ad blast from big outside-spending nonprofit.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

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

"… tion Commission as “electioneering communications” if, as with the new Americans for Prosperity spots, they come within 60 days of a general election.Issue advertising al …"

"… rpreted as educational and not subject to IRS limits on political activity.Americans for Prosperity, known for being financed by the billionaire industrialist brothers Charle …"

"… for Responsive Politics. The entire sum has been spent opposing Obama, but Americans for Prosperity has spent unreported millions more on U.S. congressional races.The appeals …"

Daily Disclosure: GOP nonprofits continue attacks on Senate Dems

By Alexandra Duszak

Non-disclosing nonprofit conservative organizations continue to blanket airwaves with attack ads in Senate races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… paign are Ohio, New Mexico, Florida and Montana. …"

"… and began airing in Wisconsin last week, according to a press release from Americans for Prosperity.“Tammy Baldwin: Stop Wasteful Spending,” features a handful of Wiscons …"

"… onsin, especially how to tighten their belts and balance the budget.”The Americans for Prosperity ad also points out Baldwin’s vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act, w …"

"… ate from the $25 million ad campaign targeting President Barack Obama that Americans for Prosperity announced in early August.Americans for Prosperity is not required to disc …"

Daily Disclosure: Patriot Majority USA targets Koch brothers

By Alexandra Duszak

A liberal super PAC and a nonprofit kick off campaign targeting billionaire industrialists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… The Kochs are also major funders of conservative think tanks including the Cato Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.“Greed Agenda” and …"

Daily Disclosure: Americans for Prosperity launches first ad of $25 million campaign

By Alexandra Duszak

Conservative nonprofit Americans for Prosperity launches massive anti-Obama ad campaign

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ment firm and a private equity firm. …"

"… done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”Americans for Prosperity is organized as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit with the Internal Revenue Service, m …"

"… show its total revenue was $22 million in 2010, up from $7 million in 2008.Americans for Prosperity believes in “cutting taxes and government spending in order to halt the …"

"… tedly plan to steer more than $200 million into conservative group such as Americans for Prosperity ahead of the 2012 elections.In other outside spending news:Women VOTE!, th …"

Nonprofit profile: American Commitment

By Rachael Marcus

Quick stats on the nonprofit group, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ident, founder): Kerpen is the former policy and legislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity and previously worked at Club for Growth. He is chairman of the Internet F …"

"… columnist.Profile:American Commitment was founded in April 2012 by former Americans for Prosperity strategist Phil Kerpen. The group’s website says it is dedicated to indi …"

"… t has generally supported Republican candidates running for federal office.Americans for Prosperity is known as a Koch-brothers-backed, politically active nonprofit, but Kerp …"

"… cally active nonprofit, but Kerpen denies American Commitment is linked to Americans for Prosperity. When asked by the Washington Post if billionaire brothers Charles and Dav …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ate science.”The 501(c)(4) shares resources, office space and staff with Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization — whose chairman as of 2 …"

"… ces of roughly 75 percent of the groups’ 2010 budget remain a mystery.”Americans for Prosperity, launched a bus tour, sent in field staff and spent $3 million on issue ad …"

"… spending does not show up in filings with the Federal Election Commission.Americans for Prosperity in August announced a $25 million campaign targeting Obama. Several w …"

"… their election or defeat.According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Americans for Prosperity reported to the FEC spending roughly $40 million on political ads in 2012 …"

Tea party leader Dick Armey gets first-class treatment

By Rachael Marcus

Chief of nonprofit backing populist tea party movement enjoys big salary, other perks.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… out of $3.5 million from anonymous sources, according to an examination of Federal Election Commission records.Most was in the form of in-kind contributions for staff, rent, leg …"

Koch-related group is reviewing financial transactions with Cain aide's charity

By Peter H. Stone

Americans for Prosperity ties to Cain aide under review

Excerpts from this story referencing "Americans for Prosperity":

"… l meeting hosted by AFP in Washington. …"

"… about five years was Wisconsin state director of the tax-exempt nonprofit Americans for Prosperity. Early in 2010 Block launched Prosperity USA, a charity that shelled out $ …"

"… rally in Chicago which the documents indicate he went to at the behest of Americans for Prosperity. The charity was supposed to be paid $5,000 by AFP for Cain’s speech.The …"

"… Prosperity USA, late last year to meet with Tim Phillips, the president of Americans for Prosperity, and David Koch.Koch’s family controls the nation’s second largest pri …"

Questions about Herman Cain's financial support from a tax-exempt charity

By Peter H. Stone

Cain hit with financial questions, in addition to sexual harassment charges

Excerpts from this story referencing "Koch":

"… ervative advocacy group started in 2004 with largesse from the billionaire Koch brothers. It has 501(c)(4) status and can accept unlimited contributions f …"

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