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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… hat “Alaskans, not outsiders, should pick our elected officials.” But Federal Election Commission records show that about 95 percent of the $5.1 million Put Alaska First ra …"

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 "Reynolds American Inc.":

"… ir giving to (c)(4)’s,” Freed said.      …"

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 "Tim Kaine":

"… rector. When Crossroads GPS went up with an ad last week accusing Democrat Tim Kaine of wanting to raise taxes, it wasn't the first time he'd heard that claim …"

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 "Fisker":

"… ds of jobs in Finland.” Actually, the first round of government loans to Fisker Automotive went toward design, engineering, sales and marketing work done …"

"… hat created hundreds of jobs in Finland.” The car company in question is Fisker Automotive, which was awarded more than a half billion dollars worth of lo …"

"… o make fuel-efficient electric cars. And all of the electric cars built by Fisker so far were manufactured in Finland. That forms the basis of the ad’s cl …"

"… t forms the basis of the ad’s claim.But there’s more to this story.The Fisker loans came in two parts. The first part, according to a statement&nbs …"

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 "Senate":

"… this election cycle in an attempt to help Republicans take control of the Senate in the upcoming November election. That amounts to nearly one out of ever …"

"… at amounts to nearly one out of every 10 TV ads in the 2014 battle for the Senate according to a new Center for Public Integrity analysis of data provided b …"

"… eground states — accounting for about one out of every 16 ads across all Senate races, according to Kantar Media/CMAG. Koch-connected groups reportedly i …"

"… families. The top six Koch-connected nonprofits have hammered Democratic Senate candidates on an ever-expanding geographic field. Through the end of Augu …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… tico reported on a memo from the Koch brothers’ powerful political group Americans for Prosperity, which laid the groundwork for its future political operations. “[W]e c …"

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 Family Foundations":

"… g those receiving support, according to a document posted on the Koch Family Foundations & Philanthropy website. While the document doesn’t include dollar f …"

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 "Denver":

"… issue ads, said Ariana Dobson, who sells political ads for Comcast in the Denver-area. According to Zvonek, the organization didn’t have to file records …"

'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 "Politics":

"… lion on the 2012 federal elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign spending. The super PAC spent mo …"

"… at don’t have to disclose donors, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And for the first time, contributions to politically active nonprofits we …"

"… its 2012 tax return, which was first obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics. Launched in October 2011, the group spent nearly $3 million on political …"

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 "Koch Industries":

"… enter for Responsive Politics, the American Energy Alliance, led by former Koch Industries lobbyist Thomas Pyle, told the Internal Revenue Service that it did not "e …"

"… rofit backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, who lead Koch Industries. And Politico reported last year that the American Energy Alliance — an …"

'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 "Tim Kaine":

"… d Carmona. American Commitment also spent some of its money to oppose Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Obama. American Commitment Founder and President Phil Kerpen i …"

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 "Politics":

"… e Kondik, a political analyst at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “As long as the money is there, I imagine they will be spending pretty …"

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 "Health Insurance Association of America":

"… ear it for made-up reasons. Most insurers were at the time members of the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), which after merging with another trade group would later become Am …"

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 "John Boehner":

"… tion to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. House Speaker John Boehner’s campaign has collected $5,000 from KOCHPAC, and House Majority Leader …"

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 "California":

"… cadre of wealthy business executives and conservative groups tried to sell California voters on new campaign finance reforms. Couched in lofty rhetoric about t …"

"… cannot be its primary purpose. The American Future Fund’s investment in California was part of a nationwide, political advertising spree in 2012 that exceede …"

"… n Future Fund spent money in 20 congressional elections in 2012, including California’s 26th Congressional District, where it spent $500,000 attacking Democra …"

"… ons who have a differing or conservative point of view.” Proposition 32 California’s campaign finance rules require major donors to groups that pay for pol …"

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 "Washington":

"… teful Spending,” features a handful of Wisconsinites who believe that “Washington can sure learn a lot from Wisconsin, especially how to tighten their belts …"

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 "Ohio":

"… ajority PAC, costs $1.6 million and features ads that will air in Indiana, Ohio, Montana and North Dakota.“Means,” from Patriot Majority USA, criticiz …"

"… Stocked,” from Majority PAC, cites a Dayton Daily News report that says Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel hired friends and college buddies …"

"… Senate candidate Josh Mandel hired friends and college buddies when he was Ohio’s treasurer.“Sly One,” also from Majority PAC, attacks North Dakota …"

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 "Ohio":

"… nine swing states: Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Florida.“President Obama pledged to cut the d …"

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 "Terry Campbell":

"… They don’t speak for us. We use them as an educational tool,” agreed Terry Campbell, president of the tea party organization in San Angelo, Texas.Armey did no …"

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 "Americans for Prosperity":

"… Before Cain’s campaign launched, Block was the Wisconsin state leader of Americans for Prosperity, the grassroots conservative advocacy group started in 2004 with largesse …"