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 "Barack Obama":

"… ue. …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… organizations, emboldened by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in January 2010, spent more than $250 million to promote or attac …"

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 "America":

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

"… ch as the absurd allegation that the stimulus did not create any American jobs (when the Congressional Budget Office’s economists state  …"

"… such loans have gone bad).The ad begins, “Washington promised to create American jobs if we passed their stimulus. But that’s not what happened. Fact: B …"

"… e truth, that $2.3 billion of tax credits went overseas, while millions of Americans can’t find a job.”We’ve looked at the claim that “$2.3 billion o …"

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 …"

Koch-linked organization uses ‘dark money’ to fight political disclosure

By Michael Beckel

Most of the $13 million raised by American Commitment has come three Koch-backed groups.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Cato Institute":

"… pen — a veteran of Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth and the Cato Institute — American Commitment has vigorously opposed efforts to force donor disc …"

Koch-backed nonprofit raised $44 million in 2013

By Michael Beckel

ObamaCare-bashing Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, raised $44 million in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… ate Majority PAC, a super PAC operated by allies of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Crossroads GPS, a social welfare nonprofit co-founded by GOP …"

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 "Harry Reid":

"… social welfare” nonprofit run by a close ally of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. — a preeminent Koch brothers naysayer who even maintains an anti …"

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 "Center for Public Integrity":

"… advice, and I thought it would be a great thing to do,” Cabrera told the Center for Public Integrity in an interview. Cabrera — not a libertarian, he says — explained tha …"

"… hat free markets are inherently moral. In an interview, Zak told The Center for Public Integrity that he had reservations about joining the advisory board when he was firs …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… also serves as a board member of three Koch private foundations, plus Americans for Prosperity, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that during the 2012 election cycle&nb …"

"… according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. In all, Americans for Prosperity spent $122 million during 2012 — more than it had from its for …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… American Action Network, $25,000 to the 60 Plus Association and $15,000 to Americans for Prosperity. The Institute, the largest trade association of the oil and natural gas i …"

"… , has more than 500 members including BP America, Chevron and ExxonMobil. Americans for Prosperity, backed by oil moguls David and Charles Koch, provided about $486,000 in g …"

"… d the National Federation of Independent Business, which received $20,000. Americans for Prosperity awarded smaller grants to the American Energy Alliance, which spent hefty …"

"… and promotion and $3 million on travel in 2012. Of its advertising output, Americans for Prosperity paid $55.8 million to a right-leaning, Maryland-based contractor, Mentzer …"

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 "Club for Growth":

"… egislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity and previously worked at Club for Growth, another group that doesn’t disclose its donors. The Center for Individ …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… $122 million last year as it unsuccessfully attempted to defeat President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, according to a Center for Public Integrity re …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… ries and has held leadership positions at Koch-funded nonprofits including Americans for Prosperity, Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundatio …"

"… ore drilling.American Commitment, a non-disclosing nonprofit led by former Americans for Prosperity staffer Phil Kerpen, is one of the pro-coal leaders this election. It runs …"

"… “betraying coal,” saying their “war on coal is also a war on jobs.”Americans for Prosperity, which was founded by David Koch, continued its own pro-coal campaign with …"

"… s well.All three groups, along with a handful of others, oppose  what Americans for Prosperity calls Obama’s “draconian” fuel efficiency standards — requirements …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… ed a $4.2 million ad campaign targeting key Senate races in Ohio, Montana, New Mexico and Florida. Florida — where Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson faces …"

"… sents the first reported negative spending from the Crossroads camp in the New Mexico Senate race, where former Republican Rep. Heather Wilson faces current Rep …"

"… s new ad campaign. The four states that are part of the campaign are Ohio, New Mexico, Florida and Montana. …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… OMEN VOTE! spent nearly $662,000 on advertising opposing former Republican Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who is running for U.S. Senate in the state.Union PAC …"

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 "New Mexico":

"… mmitment aired seven different television ads in Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida, New Mexico, Nevada and North Dakota, all opposing Democratic candidates. Another seri …"

Nonprofit profile: Americans for Prosperity

By Paul Abowd

Quick stats on Americans for Prosperity, supporting conservatives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wisconsin":

"… nched a bus tour, sent in field staff and spent $3 million on issue ads in Wisconsin ahead of the state's recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, acco …"

"… state's recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. At one rally, Phillips called Walker’s controversial …"

"… a $2.7 million ad buy targeting Senate candidates in competitive races in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia.In 2010, it spent $1.3 million o …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… and provide them with talking points they can use to challenge President Barack Obama. But even though the group is highly critical of the federal government, i …"

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